Photography took a step in a new and exciting direction, due to the introduction of 3D cameras in the mainstream market. There are a surprising number of options to choose from which can be disorienting when trying to make an intelligent purchase. In this article, we will be reviewing one of the leading cameras for serious 3D photographers, the Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K.
Kodak SP360 4K
The SP360 4K is an updated version of the original Sp360. With the addition of 4K resolution and a wider view angle, Kodak has essentially taken the original strong foundation and made it better. The SP360 utilizes a “box-construction” that allows it to be placed on flat surfaces in a manner that fits the desired application. A horizontal 360 video is achieved by placing the camera on its back, with the bulbous lens facing upwards. Placing the camera on its side and facing the lens towards the action works well, if you intend to use the SP360 4K as a normal 2D camera. The SP360 4K features buttons to control shutter and camera settings on one of its square sides, and an LCD display on the neighboring side, is used to navigate settings. The 3rd flat side is used as a docking bay for USB ports, power and other forms of connection.
The SP360 4K is riddled with accessories and this is one of its strongest attributes. Many different types of mounts are available that allow you to be really creative in your filming endeavors including a suction cup, hardware mount, and a dual camera mount. A key element of the SP360 4K is the unique ability to place 2 SP360 4K’s back to back in order to truly create a 360 video with no dead space. A wrist strap remote is also included that allows the user to control up to 5 cameras simultaneously.
Short-Comings of the SP360 4K
While the SP360 has many strengths in its design, there are also flaws. Many complaints stem from the cumbersome menu options that are manipulated on the side of the camera with a series of small buttons. Too many menus and hidden options confuse or elude most users. Also related to menu options is the inability to control the settings of multiple cameras at the same time, which as a result can be tedious and time-consuming. Users also complain that the software is difficult to navigate, cumbersome and poorly put together. Unfortunately, the plastic frame of the camera hasn’t been built for tough environments which leave people concerned about the durability of their precious gear.
All in all, Kodak’s SP360 4K is a specialized 3D camera that has many strengths and the benefit of being trialed in a previous model. There are areas where the SP360 comes up short, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to what you’re looking for in a camera that decides if Kodak’s SP360 4K is a good fit for you.