Twist, spin and share

lifestyle July 14, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

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Huawei releases a tiny camera that lets you have fun with 360-degree VR



A COMPACT 360-degree camera that lets you have fun taking and sharing 360-degree photos and videos, the Huawei EnVizion 360 VR Camera is easy to use. Even better, it doesn’t need a battery as it is designed to be plugged into the USB-C port of your Android smartphone and functions as its dual-lens 360-degree camera.

The camera has a symmetrical design with no edges or corners and extends the 360-degree shooting experience from inside to outside, offering a harmonious user experience. It’s tiny too, even smaller than a car key, allowing you to take it anywhere.

You need to install Huawei 360 Camera app to use this camera. Once the app is installed, the app will start up and become ready to shoot 360-degree photos and videos the moment you plug it in. 

The camera uses its dual 13-megapixel cameras to capture 5K (5376x2688 pixel) photos and 2K (1920x960 pixels) video clips at 30 frames per second.

Each camera will take a 180-degree shot in front of it and join the two shots into one 360-degree photo.

The photos and videos can be viewed in several fun modes, including panorama, fisheye, planet, 360 panorama, snapshot and animated gift.

You take a shot by pressing the shutter button and the camera saves a file for you to open and view in the app. There are four modes for viewing the photo, namely Fisheye, Perspective, Little Planet and Crystal Ball. Each mode lets you rotate to see the photo in different fisheye perspectives.

There is also a VR mode for viewing the photo with a special VR headset that attaches to your smartphone’s display.

The Gyroscope viewing mode centres the picture around your phone and lets you spin it.

You can also use the Screenshot function to capture a part of the photo being displayed and save it as a snapshot.

Each photo or video clip captured with the Huawei 360 Camera can be easily shared to your social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Line and Google Photos.

When you share a 360-degree photo or 360-degree video to a network, it can be rotated to see the scene around the camera without distortion.

For example, when a photo captured with the camera is shared on your Facebook wall, it will carry a 360-degree mark and can be rotated to show the scene around the camera, including your face and the hand holding the camera. Google Photos also supports this function.

The dual cameras capture bright and clear photos thanks to bright lenses with a f/1.8 large aperture and a 185-degree wide angle.

The camera also has a 10-second timer. You can use it with a tripod and shoot more creative photos and videos.

Huawei EnVizion 360 VR Camera has a suggested retail price of Bt4,490 and is available at Huawei shops, selected dealers and through Huawei's official online stores on Lazada and Shopee.

Key Specs

Megapixel: 13MP

Panoramic Coverage: |360 x 360

Sill Image Resolution (Max): 5376 x 2688 pixels

Panoramic Video Spec: 1920 x 960 / 30 FPS, 1280 x 640 / 30 FPS

Weight: 30g

USB: Type C

Power: Mobile OTG Power Supply

Operating System: Android 6.0 or later

Image Format: JPEG / GIF

Video Format: MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, audio: AAC)

FOV: 185 degrees