We've seen a few interesting panoramic camera projects over the past few months but none of them capture panoramic video. Centr, which was launched by former Apple engineers and currently in the Kickstarter stage, is aiming to fill this gap. The camera is a doughnut-shaped device that records 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
This is achieved by stitching together footage from four separate full-HD camera modules in real time. The resulting video can be interactively seen on a special viewer on the centrcam.com website or through a dedicated app on your mobile device. The app can also control camera settings or show a live-preview of the recorded footage via Wi-Fi link. You can also shoot with just one of the four cameras or create gigantic 20MP 360-degree time lapses.
The Centr's doughnut design means you can hold it by the hole in the middle and no part of your hand will accidentally appear in the recorded footage, but the device is also compatible with standard tripod and GoPro mounts. The battery provides power for two hours of recording and comes with a quick-release for easy swapping. It's also splash-proof, allowing you to use the Centr near water.
The web viewer is currently, at least on my machine, still a little unresponsive but browsing the 360-degree video is a pretty unique experience.
It'll probably take some time for users to work out how to best use the Centr but if it looks like something you'd like to own as soon as possible, you can reserve it now by pledging $300 on the project's Kickstarter page. Centr is still looking for about half of its $900,000 funding with only 10 days left in the campaign. Head over to Kickstarter or watch the video below for more information.