360-degree cameras cover a much larger field of view than conventional cameras, which is why a high pixel count is essential for capturing good detail. Most current consumer models max out at 4K resolution, though, with 8K video reserved for bulkier high-end models that are mostly aimed at professionals.

Chinese manufacturer Kandao is now changing this, however. Today, the company has launched QooCam 8K, which it calls the 'first pocketable 8K 360-degree camera.'

The camera uses a pair of fisheye lenses and 1/1.7” sensors to capture stills and video; it's also capable of 16-bit DNG capture and 10-bit color for stills. It offers automated image stacking at Raw level for increased dynamic range and detail and can also record 4K video at 120 frames per second.

Kandao’s Super Steady electronic stabilization uses a 6-axis gyro to smooth video footage without the need for a gimbal and, according to the manufacturer, makes the QooCam 8K usable as an action cam.

A 2.4-inch OLED touchscreen lets you check shooting information, preview and playback footage and adjust parameters without connecting a smartphone. Footage can be edited and reframed in the dedicated QooCam App or QooCam Studio which include templates for those who are beginners in the world of 360-degree editing.

Additionally, the QooCam 8K can be used to live stream 360-degree video in 4K with in-camera real-time stitching. It is compatible Facebook, Youtube and other platforms. The
Kandao QooCam 8K 360-degree camera is now available for pre-order on the Kandao website for 599 Euros (approximately $660). Shipping is scheduled for December 2019.