Hey! You should know that Kodak has released a newer version of this product: the Kodak PIXPRO ORBIT360 4K.
The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 mixes two of the most up-and-coming features in video cameras, 360 and 4K -- or does it? While consumers should take a closer look at what the tech sheet really says, the SP360 is still a fun, affordable way to record consumer 360 videos.
True 4K should be at least 4,000 pixels wide, but like many other manufacturers, Kodak is marketing a video that's 3840 pixels wide as 4K. While the SP360 is a "4K" camera and a 360 camera, it's not both at once. The camera can capture regular frame video at 3840 pixels wide, or circular 360 video at 2880x2880, not both at once. With those specs, it's not suprising that users are reporting video quality that's less than what they expected.
That video is also captured on a single lens with a single sensor. The lens is actually 235 degrees, but the lens cover works to expand that view to 360--likely the cause of the fringing that early users are reporting. Of course, Kodak also offers a bundle of both cameras together with stitching software, which would get users both the higher resolution and the 360 perspective in one, but at almost double the cost.
Along with the video, the SP360 can shoot 12 megapixel stills at up to 10 fps. A time lapse mode is also a nice feature.
Another perk? The camera includes several different mounts, including adhesives, suction and bracketing mount types. The included housing is also splashproof, though not submersible.
While the SP360 can't record both 4K and 360 at once, it's still a decent option if you head in without huge expectations. That could change quickly as more options enter the market like the upcoming Nikon KeyMission and Samsung 360 VR, but for now the pickings are pretty slim, though it's certainly worth comparing to cameras like the 360Fly and Ricoh Theta S. With 360 tech still pretty new, don't expect amazing without entering into the pricey professional models, but the SP360 still looks to get the job done in an albeit basic way.