Canon exhibits off a brand new fold-out 180/360 VR digicam at Photonext 2023



Canon has been displaying off a brand new digicam at Photonext 2023 in Yokohama, Japan. The digicam has no title or mannequin quantity but, and Pronews studies it to be an idea prototype. The idea, although, is intriguing coming from an organization like Canon. Intriguing as a result of it’s an idea that’s been launched earlier than and didn’t actually appear to take off.
It’s a 180º and 360º hybrid digicam aimed on the shopper market. In its folded state, it’s a typical 360º 2D digicam with its lenses back-to-back. Unfolded, it locations its lenses side-by-side to shoot 180º 3D VR content material. Whereas the general type issue seems very completely different, it sounds similar to the Insta360 EVO.

PHOTO NEXT 2023のキヤノンブースで展示されているCanon PowerShot Vシリーズのコンセプトカメラ360°&180° 3D VR Camera表裏にレンズが付いていて、360°カメラとして使えるし、広げてヒラメにすると180°VRカメラになるそうです。詳細は非公開です。
— Ichiro Uematsu (@IchiroYqz01403) June 6, 2023

Various photographs of the brand new digicam have been posted to Twitter and different platforms displaying off the brand new digicam, together with these above from Japanese pictures fanatic Ichiro Uematsu. Two of them are on show, with one within the folded place subsequent to 1 unfolded. They have been additionally captured by 360º and VR180 video creator wistaria_.

昨日、PHOTONEXT Canonブースで『360°&180°3D VR Digicam』見てきた。Insta360 EVO、Vuze XR 無き今、コンシューマでも買える(比較的)安価なVR180カメラとして発売に漕ぎつけて欲しい‼️
— うぃしゅたりあ (@wistaria_) June 8, 2023

Canon already has the RF 5.2mm f/2.8 Twin Fisheye lens (purchase right here) and Canon EOS R5c (purchase right here) combo that covers the skilled market. This digicam received’t be fairly so high-end, not in such a compact type issue. So, it’ll doubtless be tailor-made in direction of shoppers and entry-level prosumers. Basically, the identical market that the Insta360 EVO was marketed in direction of when it was launched in 2019.
The Insta360 Evo, launched in 2019.When the Insta360 EVO was launched, it was a reasonably revolutionary little digicam bringing 180º 3D VR content material to the lots. However it was maybe a bit forward of its time. Most of the people nonetheless wasn’t actually prepared for 3D VR content material but. Certain, there have been a couple of VR headsets on the market, however most individuals have been the shoppers of 3D content material reasonably than the creators of it. Now, with Apple’s current Imaginative and prescient Professional announcement, we might begin to see a rise in user-generated 3D content material creation.
This might make it a wonderful time for Canon to enter the market with a 3D digicam. Or for Insta360 to launch an EVO 2 – one thing authentic EVO customers have been actively looking for for the previous few years for the reason that EVO disappeared from retailers. If 3D content material creation turns into simpler for the lots and consumption turns into equally as simple, it has a considerably increased probability of turning into adopted by shoppers.
Small digicam expertise’s come a good distance within the 4 quick years for the reason that Insta360 EVO’s launch. Canon’s additionally not restricted to off-the-shelf sensors from Sony. So, it’s unclear what specs Canon may need to shove into this factor – or what may are available a hypothetical Insta360 EVO 2. There hasn’t precisely been lots of competitors on this sector. Canon may hold it as low a spec as it could actually get away with. Or, they may make it as excessive a spec as potential to make life tougher for the competitors.
[via ProNews / Lead image: Ichiro Uematsu/Twitter]