It was last year The worst possible moment to launch a 360-degree camera: capture the 360 views of you and all your friends while having fun! That wasn’t 2020.
Somehow, Vecnos, mark biraka Ricoh managed to survive the pandemic collapse of the social life of the Japanese company and continued to improve its Iqui 360 camera. Unlike most 360 cameras, this is not an action camera. The company recently released a new version with more colors available, and more importantly, a significant update to its companion app.
Over the obstacle
360-degree content has yet to achieve much success, as these cameras are not easy to work with. Unlike video taken with a regular phone or camera, the 360 footage must be leveled before it can be shared online. Typical “tiny balloons” are spherical images that are the most common shapes of 360 photos because they are the easiest to share.
Facebook is an exception to this rule. It allows you to share 360 images that your friends can explore and skip, but if you want to put your 360 videos and images on Instagram, Twitter, or anywhere else, you’ll need to edit them first. And let’s face it, tidying up video footage before putting it online? It’s enough friction to keep most people away.
Where 360 films have found their toes is in the action camera market. That’s partly because the major camera brands in this category like it GoPro and Insta360, They have released 360 cameras, but it’s also a natural fit. When you attach the camera to your head and place your mountain bike down a 30-degree slope, you don’t know what the story will be. When you are deleting the front view may be good footage, but it may also lose the reason you deleted it, Sasquatch was out of the field of view of the left camera.
If you had a 360-degree view of the scene, you can use the back and edit software to pan within 360-footage, highlight Sasquatch, and then pan to show yourself above the heel.
Video editing is complex and time consuming, and most of the software you typically need requires more powerful (and more expensive) hardware to run. Do those YouTube channels you follow provide everything professional, easy, and effortless? These people do a lot of work; the rest will not work to share 360-degree footage with 20 people on Instagram.
Vecnos ’Iqui camera aims to eliminate most of these barriers by facilitating the process of taking and sharing 360 photos and videos. He is largely successful in his first goal.
More camera, less distortion
Iqui has come a long way in bringing 360 non-professional cameras closer to the market that loves non-action cameras. Perhaps the best trick is that this is the only 360 camera you don’t need in the manual.
The design is simple and intuitive. There are three buttons: the power switch, the shutter, and a toggle switch between video and still images. The only thing you won’t discover on your own is that you have to hold down the toggle button to pair it with your Iqui phone, but the app walks you through that.
The simplicity is nice, but Iqui uses a proprietary charging plug. It’s not a deal, but it’s annoying. Even worse, the adapter you connect to the bottom of the Iqui has a USB-C port on the bottom, which fits into a stand that keeps it upright. But … you have to put it on its side to reload. Why do you have a charging base to keep the camera upright if you can’t charge in that orientation? When placed flat, you run the risk of scratching the lenses, and there are many lenses that can be broken.