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Thinkware U1000: Best 4K Dash Cam With Cloud

Thinkware U1000: Best 4K Dash Cam With Cloud

Thinkware U1000 True 4K Dash Cam

Technical Specifications

— Dual channel dash cam
— Max. resolution: 4K front, 1440p rear
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— GPS built in
— Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz)
— 4-5 sec bootup time
— Supports up to 128 GB MicroSD cards
— Time and date stamp on video
— Simple and time-lapse parking mode
— Buffered parking mode (with radar module)
— Lock file button
— CPL filter
— Apps for Android / iOS
— Viewing software for PC and Mac
— Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)
— Loop recording, auto on/off, G-Sensor, motion detection
— Operating temperature: from -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F)
— Storage temperature: from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F)
— Overheat protection
— Internal capacitor instead of battery
— Internal microphone and speaker
— Adhesive mount
— Advanced Driver Assistance System (LDWS, FCWS, uFCWS, FVDW)
— Safety camera alert (red-light and speed cameras)
— Thinkware Cloud 2.0 (includes remote live view)

Front Camera:
— Max. resolution: 3840×2160 pixels @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 28 Mbps
— Size: 64mm x 112mm x 32mm (2.5″ x 4.4″ x 1.2″)
— Weight: 112g (.25 lbs)
— 8.42MP Sony STARVIS sensor (IMX 334)
— Angle of view: 150° diagonal

Rear Camera (Optional):
— Max. resolution: 2560×1440 pixels @ 30fps
— Bit rate: 14 Mbps
— 5.14MP Sony STARVIS sensor (IMX335)
— Angle of view: 156° diagonal

Thinkware U1000 Review

Thinkware are one of the leading, and most trusted, dash cam manufacturers from South Korea. In late 2019, they released their brand new U1000, which is ground-breaking in several ways.

First of all, this is Thinkware’s first dash cam that allows you to remote view the video footage over the internet (cloud view). Second, this is also Thinkware’s first 4K dash camera, and the first high-end dual camera ever to allow 1440p rear resolution.

Design

The U1000 comes in an elegant black-and-silver casing that almost resembles a wedge shape. Wedge-shaped dash cams are among the most stealthy ones. Being relatively narrow, the U1000 is almost invisible from outside the vehicle, unless you know what you’re looking for.

The camera sticks to the windshield with a black adhesive, making it look just like a part of the car.

Thinkware U1000 dash cam, as seen from belowThe control buttons are underneath the camera (facing down when the device is mounted to the windshield). On the left-hand side, there are three buttons: The power button on top, a Wi-Fi toggle button below that, and a mute microphone button on the bottom.

A bit below the center, between the two speakers, there is a large lock file / manual recording button, marked REC in bright red letters.

Near the top of the device, there are three LEDs: One each for Wi-Fi, recording, and GPS.

Below the LEDs, we can see some vents for cooling. More cooling vents are located on the sides of the camera. A small reset button (that you’ll need a pin to press) is situated on the right-hand side.

Apart from the usual connectors for power and rear video, the U1000 also has a port for an optional radar accessory. The radar costs around $90 extra, and it’s only needed for the camera’s energy-efficient buffered parking mode.

Video Quality

When recording at 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels), the Thinkware U1000’s forward camera records very good video during the day. At night, forward video quality is also good, sometimes even very good. Most 4K cameras don’t perform that well at night, so the Thinkware U1000 is ahead of the competition in this regard.

The U1000’s rear camera is a bit less impressive: It records at 1440p (2560×1440 pixels), but its video quality is only fair, both at day and at night. Fortunately, the rear camera is optional. If you acquire the U1000 without the rear camera, it costs about $100 less than the dual camera version.

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Video courtesy of: Jeremy Wong

Forward video at day is of very good quality. When reviewing on a 1080p screen, it’s necessary to press pause to read license plates.

Thinkware Cloud

The U1000 is the first of Thinkware’s dash cams that allows you to view footage from your car remotely, over the internet. Previously, only BlackVue dash cams had this feature.

Other features of the Thinkware cloud include:

  • Geo fencing: Get an alert to your phone if your car leaves a predetermined area (great if you have teenagers, for example)
  • Parking & driving impact notifications: Get an alert if the G-sensor detects an impact, both when the car is driving or parked
  • Locate vehicle: Get exact GPS coordinates of your car, together with speed and driving direction, shown on Google maps

For the cloud features to work, you either need to have a cell phone in or near the car that the camera can connect to using Wi-Fi, or you can set up a portable Wi-Fi hotspot in the car (not included).

Simple & Time-Lapse Parking Modes

The U1000 supports several parking mode options:

  • Simple (called “Energy Saving 2.0” by Thinkware): When the G-sensor detects an impact, the camera wakes up within 1 second, then records for 20 seconds
  • Time-lapse: Records continually at 2 frames per second (fps), to save space on the SD card
  • Buffered: See below

A hard-wiring kit is required for any parking mode to work. This may or may not be included with your camera. If it isn’t, you can order it separately for between $20-30.

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Video courtesy of: Carber Solution

Forward footage at night is of good quality. You can read some license plates while just driving by, but not always.

Buffered Parking Mode With Radar Module

If you connect the radar module ($90), the U1000 can also work in an energy-saving buffered parking mode. The radar module will wake the camera up when a vehicle comes into range. The dash cam will then start recording, but only save the footage to the memory card if an impact actually happens. Otherwise, the footage is discarded.

If there’s an impact, video from 10s before to 10s after the event will be saved.

Buffered parking mode is not available without the radar module, and needs a hard-wiring kit as well.

Memory Usage

The U1000 comes with a 32GB Thinkware branded memory card, but this isn’t a lot as 32GB will only give you about 90 minutes of footage if you’re recording front and rear (4K cameras produce huge video files).

If you use the forward camera only, 32GB will let you record about two and a half hours.

The maximum SD card size that the U1000 will take is 128GB. This is enough for 10h of front camera footage, or over 6.5 hours front and rear.

If you buy a larger SD card, make sure to get a high-speed, high-endurance one (here’s why).

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Video courtesy of: Jeremy Wong

Rear footage during the day is fair. You can see what’s going on, but the footage isn’t very sharp, and it’s hard to read license plates.

Other Features

The camera’s in-built GPS system records your vehicle’s location and speed in the video footage. You can turn the speed stamp off in the settings if you’re concerned that this might work against you.

The U1000 is mainly operated via Wi-Fi, as it doesn’t have a screen itself. Free smart phone apps are available for Android and iOS.

Thinkware’s PC and Mac viewer let you watch recorded footage on a bigger screen, together with the route and speed record. It’s also possible to format the memory cards, change camera settings, and install updates with the viewer.

A CPL filter is available for the forward camera, to reduce windshield reflections of the car dash when driving in direct sunlight.

If you’d like to record at a higher frame rate, you can set the front camera to record at 1440p (2560×1440 pixels) and 60fps. At 4K resolution, it records a standard 30 frames per second. Higher frame rates may make it easier to catch license plates, for example.

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Video courtesy of: Jeremy Wong

Rear footage at night is fair. You probably won’t be able to read other cars’ license plates, unless they are right behind you.

The U1000 comes with the following Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) features:

  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Front Collision Warning System (FCWS)
  • Urban Front Collision Warning System (uFCWS)
  • Front Vehicle Departure Warning (FVDW)

Additionally, a safety camera alert can warn you of red light and speed cameras on the road.

Conclusion

The Thinkware U1000 is 2019’s most advanced dashboard camera. It is also one of the most expensive ones, to date. Video quality of the forward camera is great. Especially at night, the front camera records very good footage, considering that 4K cameras usually struggle in low light situations.

The rear camera is a bit disappointing though, so it’s a good thing that it’s optional. You get a free CPL filter and hard-wire kit with the front-and-rear package though, so in total, it may still be worth going for.

The U1000 comes with a lot of extras, such as remote live view, impact notifications, radar-assisted parking mode, and more. Feature-wise, it’s right up there with BlackVue’s DR900S-2CH, but with better video quality.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Thinkware released an updated rear camera down the road. For the time being, if you’re looking for a cutting-edge, high-end 4K dash cam that records great video quality day and night, the U1000 is an excellent (though expensive) pick.

Compare Prices And Buy Online Today

The Thinkware U1000 is available for sale from the following vendors:

Amazon US / CA / UK / DE / FR

eBay US / CA / UK / AU

Walmart

This camera is one of our selection of the best dash cams of 2019/2020.

 

Nikon D750 is performed to challenge Canon DSLR

Nikon D750 is performed to challenge Canon DSLR

Nikon D750 vs Canon 5D Mark III & Canon EOS 6D. Image: cameraegg.org
After appearing several times in the unofficial news, or rumors since the beginning of August 2014, Nikon has finally officially announced its latest DSLR camera called the D750. Nikon D750 is offered with a compact design. 
 
This new camera is made based on a combination of magnesium alloy and carbon fiber. The combination of high quality materials will make the D750 is sturdy and comfortable in bad circumstances. After all, the Nikon D750 has been supported by several attractive features, so the Nikonian and Nikon DSLR enthusiasts will be excited to bring this sturdy camera anywhere.
New Nikon D750. Image: japanese.engadget.com
Nikon D750 has a 24.3 MP CMOS sensor, FX format, and reinforced with EXPEED 4 image processor. For your information, this processor is also used on Nikon DSLR cameras are more expensive, D810. Nikon D750 even enriched with 51-point autofocus sysem. You will also be fascinated with the D750 because the new camera is equipped with an optical viewfinder that is able to cover 100% frame. You will enjoy a more sophisticated screen, moreover the Nikon D750 also has ISO 100-12800. Nikon D750 is a full frame DSLR camera.
Is Nikon D750 could be a serious challenger to Canon camera range, especially for the DSLR class?
If yes, is it possible D750, can be a threat on the Canon EOS 6D or Canon 5D Mark III. If you look at the resolution aspect, the Nikon D750 is superior, than the Canon EOS 6D or 5D Mark III. As we know, the Canon 5D Mark III has a resolution of 22.0 megapixels, while the Canon EOS 6D is equipped with a resolution of 20 MP. Meanwhile, Nikon D750 24.3 megapixel resolution strengthened. However, professional photographers agreed, that the amount of megapixels is not the most important factor, to make sharp pictures and brilliant. So, what features are relied on Nikon D750?
In addition to considering the above explanation, let’s see what you can get from a D750.
Key Specifications of Nikon D750:


24MP Full-frame CMOS sensor with AA filter
Flip up/down 3.2″ 1,229k-dot RGBW LCD screen
Maximum framerate of 6.5fps at full resolution
Improved 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX II AF system (sensitive to -3EV)
91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor with face detection and spot-metering linked to AF point
Built-in Wi-Fi
Highlight-weighted metering
Group Area AF mode

Simultaneous internal recording and HDMI output

1080/60p video recording
Powered aperture for control during live view/video
The photography enthusiast who wants to make creative pictures, then you will be able to maximize the various features of the D750 perfectly. This camera has been equipped with the Auto modes such as auto [flash off]). Also scene modes such as portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait, night landscape, party or indoor, beach and snow, sunset, and dusk till dawn, plus pet portrait, candlelight, blossom, autumn colors and food. You also can create unique photos with special effects modes consisting of: night vision; color sketch; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key and low key.

 

 

                                                Nikon D750, a full frame DSLR. Image: digitalcameraworld.com
 
Nikon enthusiast or a fan of DSLR camera will also be satisfied by a Nikon D750. This DSLR camera has been strengthened by the integration of Wi-Fi. Please note the D750 is an FX format DSLR camera with the first that has Wi-Fi connectivity in an integrated manner.
On the back of the D750 there is a tilting 3.2-inch LCD display. The LCD can be tilted up to 90 degrees, and can be turned down to 75 degrees. Thus you can be maximized to create a variety of creative photo, you can even make the Nikon D750 a great money maker. You can sell your stock pictures offline and online.
You can find information about how to make money from the world of photography on the Internet. Maximize the search engines such as Google, so that you can enroll in an online photo sales site that offers the most attractive compensation or commission.
Nikon D750 is also equipped with a programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); Manual (M); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2). Nikon D750 which makes it unique because you can maximize the built-in flash on the camera for various shooting conditions. Flash on the D750 you can set the various options such as Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party or indoor, pet portrait, color and sketch. Auto flash on this camera is with auto pop-up, you can even combine with P, S, A, M, food, and you can use the manual pop-up with button release.
Are you curious to have this new camera?
If you want to have it, then you can buy a Nikon D750 begin mid-October 2014, you can get a price of $ 2299 D750 (body-only). It was reported, that Nikon will launch a 24-120mm lens f / 4 VR for the Nikon D750. Nikon lenses are known sharp and able to produce beautiful pictures, bright and stable, especially if you attach it to the D750.

 

ZTE Nubia Z7 ready to challenge top smartphones

ZTE Nubia Z7 ready to challenge top smartphones


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New ZTE Nubia Z7. Image: forum.xcitefun.net
ZTE is China’s big companies are known by various technologies tingggi has long played in the telecommunications business, a modem, and of course smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S5, Huawei, and later appeared Oppo Smartphone, as a new rising star. Do not want to left behind with the new players, ZTE finally launched high-class smartphone, the ZTE Nubia Z7.
The ZTE Nubia produced Z7 seem very serious to challenge the M8 HTC, LG G3, and the Sony Xperia Z2, perhaps also to stem the iPhone in the Chinese market. The Nubiz Z7 has a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of Full HD 1080p or 1920 x 1080 pixels. To get the clear picture, it is also combined with a screen technology IPS (In-Plane Switching). ZTE Nubia Z7 created by the Operating System, Android 4.4 KitKat, and wrapped with Nubia interface UI 2.0, so you will get a dazzling display.

To satisfy the user, ZTE Nubia Z7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset 805, 450 quad-core processor with 2.5 GHz top speed. This sophisticated smartphone is also reinforced with 3 GB of RAM memory, and is supported by the Adreno 420 graphics processing from the sophistication of the technology, you can play many new games that you can download from the Google apps store, and definitely very fun to play video you receive from your friends who joined in the group BBM (BlackBerry Messenger).
In the meantime, you will be satisfied with the camera feature on the ZTE Nubia Z7, because Z7 has a camera with a high resolution, 16 megapixel camera, equipped with autofocus, LED flash with dual-LED (dual tone) flash technology, and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). With OIS feature, you can fix the problem when your hands are a little shaky, so the photos you take can always sharp and bright. It supports a f/2.0-f/22 aperture and its photo software is the new Neo Vision 4.0.

 

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ZTE Nubia Z7 vs Samsung Galaxy S5. Image: testmatriel.com

 

If you selfie photo lovers, the front camera is 5 MP, which is perfectly fine for a front shooter, and great for selfie with your friends or family. This smartphone can be used to create video with stereo sound system, in Full-HD 1080p @ 30fps capability. Feature your camera can also be maximized with features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, and HDR features to produce a more stunning photographs.
This smartphone has a speed of HSDPA, HSUPA, LTE and comes complete connectivity as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and Wi-Fi hotspot. You can use the Nubia Z7 with Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by), and don’t forget to enjoy music with DTS sound enhancement. There is anohter special feature in this sophisticated smartphone to track locations with A-GPS, GLONASS technology.
The new Nubia Z7 is a well-designed smartphone, and it looks a bit like an iPhone or an Ascend P6/P7. The display is wonderful with 2560 x 1440 resolution 5.5 inch screen, given it a truly impressive pixel count (445 PPI). The ZTE Nubia Z7 is the first phone to have a RAM-supported auto-refresh function for its 2K screen. All this is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, which keeps the screen safe from scratches and cracks, so you do not have to worry that bring the Z7 to anywhere, any time.

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera phone with a 4K video

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 camera phone with a 4K video

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New Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. Image: electronista.com
Panasonic, a Japanese electronics giant that we are familiar with their wide range products such as home appliances, LED TVs, digital cameras, and other high-tech products apparently tempted to enter the market of smartphones. Though Panasonic ever fails to grab the market with Eluga smartphones. But now, Panasonic re-try with more sophisticated products, the Panasonic Lumix Smart Camera CM1 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. Panasonic surprised the gathered press at Photokina press conference by revealing the Lumix DMC-CM1. Would you also be surprised if you see the physical shape and real feaaturs of this hybrid smartphone? 
The Lumix DMC-CM1 camera-phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. Although Panasonic CM1 has been equipped with a variety of advanced features, the main attraction of this phone is the camera. Not surprisingly, the Lumix Smart Camera CM1 could become a major competitor of Samsung Galaxy K Zoom which has been circulating in various electronic stores.
Panasonic Lumix CM1 is basically a compact camera that is equipped with a sensor size of 1 inch and has a function as a smartphone. The Lumix CM1 camera is equipped with a measuring sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels, which combined with Leica lens with an aperture of f / 2.8 at the back of the phone. If you look at the first glance, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is more akin to a thin camera rather than a smartphone. If you carry this gadget, then your friends will surely be curious to take a closer look at the Panasonic Lumix CM1.
Key Specifications of Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1:

Size: 135.4 x 68 x 21.1mm
Weight: 204g
Display: 4.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Camera: 20-megapixel, MOS Sensor, F2.8 / 28mm Leica DC, 4K video
Camera Processor: Venus Engine
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AB 2.3GHz Quad–Core
RAM: 2GB
Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE (Cat4), GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS
Internal Storage: 16GB, microSD slot for 128GB more
Battery: 2600mAh
In addition to functioning as a smartphone and can be maximized to create brilliant pictures, then you will be surprised with video capabilities on this Lumix CM1. You could make a movie or a video clip with the very latest high resolution, namely 4K video at the speed of 15fps. If required, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is also capable of recording full HD 1080p video at 30fps. It is remarkable, you’ve got two high resolution options.

 

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Panasonic Lumix CM1 camera phone. Image: loadthegame.com

 

In its functionality as a smartphone, you will be fascinated with this Panasonic Lumix CM1. This hybrid smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset 801, which carry the quad-core processor speed of 2.3 GHz Krait 400. And also combined with 2GB of RAM memory, graphics processor and is supported by a highly qualified Adreaon 330, and 16GB of storage. Snapping a lot of pictures or shooting 4K video you’ll be glad of the microSD card support.
For connectivity, you do not need to worry, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 supports 4G LTE networks. It comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 128GB (via microSD card). To accompany you in various activities, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM is powered by 2600mAh battery. It seems you have to carry a large capacity Powerbank in any of your activities, so you do not lack power, especially if you are active to take pictures, make videos, coupled with the thrill you to surf the Internet, or see important news on famous sites . Not to mention if you maximize the Lumix DMC-CM1 is to talk with Line, WhatsApp or BlackBerry Messenger with friends, family or your BBM Group.

 

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The camera function on the Panasonic DMC-CM1. Image: slashgear.com

 

You will also be comfortable with the Lumix CM1 screen on this, because Panasonic Lumix CM1 equip with a screen measuring 4.7 inches with full HD resolution, so you enjoy the sharpness of the screen at a density of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
You can casually reply to any important incoming messages on this smartphone, or when you play a video, and make edits on your photos. For your information, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is supported by comprehensive connectivity, which is 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. With all the facilities that you are free to send or exchange variety of important data, pictures or videos, as per your requirements.
You will also be comfortable with the Lumix CM1 screen on this, because Panasonic Lumix CM1 equip with a screen measuring 4.7 inches with full HD resolution, so you enjoy the sharpness of the screen at a density of 1920 x 1080 pixels. You can casually reply to any important incoming messages on this smartphone, or when you play a video, and make edits on your photos.
For your information, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is supported by comprehensive connectivity, which is 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. With all the facilities that you are free to send or exchange variety of important data, pictures or videos, as per your requirements. Even if you are very curious, and eager to have a smartphone camera, you will be able to buy it in November 2014 at a price of US$ 1,163. If you do not need 4K resolution, you can choose Samsung Galaxy K Zoom or Oppo N1.

 

QooCam 8K – The First Consumer 8K 360 Camera: Example Videos, Specs, Features, Price

QooCam 8K – The First Consumer 8K 360 Camera: Example Videos, Specs, Features, Price

The QooCam 8K is the first ever consumer 8K 360 camera; this is a huge upgrade from previous 360 cameras which so far have only managed 5.7K resolution at most. While resolution isn’t everything, such a large image size results in very sharp and clear video. The QooCam also features  1/1.7“ sensors which is around 50% larger than the lenses used in most other 360 cameras, this allows the QooCam 8K to work well in low light conditions. Let’s take a look at the full technical specifications of what looks set to be the most feature packed 360 camera ever!

QooCam 8K Specs

Specs QooCam 8K
Video Resolution 8K @30fps – 4K @120fps
Photo Resolution 7680 X 3840, 30MP Panoramas, 12 Bit RAW
Stabilisation Ultra Steady Software Stabilization
Bit Rate Up to 200mbps
360 Livestream 4K
Water Resistance Only with extra case
Memory 64Gb Internal – Expanable with MicroSD
Battery 3600 mAh
Audio 3.5mm Audio Jack
Other Features 1/1.7“ Sensors, Touchscreen, 1 Shot Panoramas
Price $599
Where to Buy Buy from Kandao

List of QooCam 8K Features

High Resolution Video: At 8K the QooCam 8K features the highest resolution video of any 360 camera by quite some margin.

4K Reframed Video: Most people use 360 cameras to create re-framed video but have been limited to 1080p. The QooCam 8K will allow for 4K reframed video at truly high definition.

Slow Motion Video: Qoocam 8K can shoot 120fps slow motion 360 video at 3840 x 1920. No other 360 camera can shoot at such high resolution and frame rate so this is the first 360 camera with true slow motion.

High Quality Photos: The camera has the ability to shoot high resolution 360 photos at 7680 x 3840 which is among the highest of any 360 camera out right now. The QooCam will also feature 12-Bit DNG RAW as a photo option, allowing you to capture a huge amount of image data for post processing.

3.5mm Audio Jack: While the camera itself doesn’t feature stellar audio hardware it does allow for external microphones to be attached via a standard audio jack.

Large Battery: The 3500 mAh battery is among the largest of any 360 camera, however it will need all this power for the arduous process of shooting 8K video.

Built in Memory: Enjoy up to 64GB of internal memory as well as a microSD card slot. When shooting 8K video you’ll need all the memory you can get!

Livestream: 4K 360 livestream is available over 5G

Panoramas: Automatically shoot stitch line free panoramas in 12 Bit RAW format.

Charge while recording. Need to shoot an extra long video? The high resolution recording is likely to be a big drain on the battery; thankfully the QooCam 8K will allow you to charge while recording so you can get those extra long shots for a timelapse.

8K Video and Super Slow Motion

The defining feature of the new QooCam is of course 8K video resolution. Various tech companies have been vying for the highest resolution camera for the past few years. First 4K was considered the top feature, then 5.7K cameras came along and now Kandao has become the first to introduce an 8K 360 camera for consumers. This is a really huge resolution and should go a long way to fixing the relatively low quality we find when shooting in 360.

Up until now if you wanted 8K 360 video you needed to invest thousands in a pro level camera. I didn’t think an 8K camera was on the horizon for the consumer market for at least a few yeas, but here it is! What’s also astounding in the extremely high bit rate than Kandao claims the QooCam 8K can shoot in, up to 200mbps! This should result in very sharp and crisp looking video but will also take up a huge amount of memory space. It’s for this reason that the QooCam 8K features internal memory of 64GB as well as  a microSD card slot to expand that memory.

The QooCam 8K can also shoot 4K video at 120fps which is a higher frame rate than any other 4K 360 camera. This is actually a more exciting feature for me personally as I have always thought that 360 video and slow motion make an excellent combination. Previous cameras have only been able to shoot high frame rate 360 video at low resolutions but the QooCam may be able to deliver decide quality slow motion.

Example Videos

This is the most impressive video shot with the QooCam 8K that I’ve seen. It features 10 bit 8K hyperlapse video re-framed and the result is pretty amazing. The quality of the video is beyond any other 360 camera under $1000 and certainly better than all the consumer cameras out now. Notice the lack of pixelization, vibrant colors and details even in the distance. Also notice the maximum video resolution of this re-framed video is 4K, much larger than the max 1080p possible with cameras like the GoPro Max and Insta360 One X.

The QooCam 8K is the first consumer 360 camera to shoot 10-bit video which allows for greater control of color and exposure in post production. 10-Bit video, when edited correctly, can result in much higher quality video – just what users of 360 cameras have been asking for. To put it into even greater perspective, the QooCam 8K will be able to capture 1 billion possible colors, 64 times more than the 16.7 million colors than 8-bit video used by other consumer 360 cameras.

This short video shot at the maximum 8K shows the potential of the QooCam 8K as a VR camera, The 8K video (if you can load it) looks crisp and detailed, even around the edges where 360 video scan sometimes appear blurry. The quality of the video is on par with some professional 360 cameras which cost thousands of dollars. The colors also appear natural and not washed out. There does appear to be some stitching artefacts, particularly when the man holding the child walks through the stitching line, but this could be improved with software updates. This video shows how the QooCam 8K is likely to be to go to 360 camera for creating 360 virtual tours.

This night time footage shows that the QooCam 8K can work well in difficult lighting conditions and again it performs better than all other consumer 360 cameras. The lack of noise in the shadows and glare in the lighter areas makes for a really stunning video. The excellent performance in low light is no doubt due to the larger sensors in the dual lenses.

Stabilised Video

If you want to use your 360 camera as an action camera, stabilization is extremely important. Thankfully many companies have developed software which can completely stabilise 360 video even in the most extreme circumstances. The QooCam 8K will feature such stabilization as demonstrated in their launch video.

Larger Sensors

While people tend to focus on resolution to determine how good a cameras video will look it’s actually the size and quality of the image sensors that makes the most difference. The QooCam 8K seems to beat the competition in this department too, featuring two 1/1.7“ Sensors which are over 50% larger than those found in most other consumer 360 cameras. Only the Ricoh Theta Z1 has a larger sensor but this is mostly a photography camera. The larger sensors will allow for greater dynamic range accurate color and improved performance in low light conditions. The QooCam will be hard to beat when it comes to video quality.

16 Bit RAW Photos

The previous Kandao camera, the first QooCam, didn’t have a huge amount going for it. One thing it could do better than many other 360 cameras was shoot RAW DNG photos, often with excellent results. The QooCam 8K retains this feature and allows you to shoot the maximum quality photos possible.

Software

The QooCam 8K is accompanied by a desktop editing software for Mac and Windows as well as an App for both iOS and Android. The desktop software allows you to batch process your video and photo files and render them at the highest quality. The new QooCam app lets you reframe your 360 files into 1080p flat videos as well as change speed, add filters and export in 360.

 

Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • 8K Resolution Video
  • Large Sensor Size
  • External Audio Mic
  • 30 Megapixel RAW Photos
  • Slow Motion 360 Photos
  • Internal and Expandable Memory
CONS:
  • Huge File Sizes
  • Not Waterproof without Case
  • No Lens Protection

Price

The recommended retail price of the QooCam 8K is $599. Considering the fact that all other 8K 360 cameras have cost at least $2000 in the past this represents a pretty good deal. The QooCam 8K is a market disruptor and may represent the start of a new generation of 8K 360 cameras.

Available from Kandao

 

 

 

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