The below information helps you decide what VR Camera type you want to start with, worth to read before you start to buy your equipment!
So do i need to link multiple cameras to get a VR camera?
Depends: if you want to have monoscopic video recorded you can use the below 360 degree camera solutions:
- Ricoh Theta
- Kodak SP360
- Giroptic 360cam
- IC Real Tech Allie
If you are planning to work with stereoscopic videos: then currently the best way is an assembled camera rig. There are a lot of difficulties with this method this is to be explained next.
Building an own rig, e.g. out of GoPro Cameras, see the Google Jump project.
Choice of VR Camera:
When choosing your camera(s), make sure that your camera can support the required resolution. Milk VR requires a final stitched video to meet a minimum resolution of 4096×2048 at 23.976-60 fps. While most 4K cameras only film 3480×2160 resolution at 30 fps for monoscopic video, once stitch together, the videos should match the required resolution for Milk VR.
Commonly used cameras for shooting 360° video by grade:
- Samsung Project Beyond
- Red cameras
- DSLR cameras
- Xiaomi Yi
What parameters to look at when you are choosing a camera/what setup to use for your shots (if you are stitching videos):
- FPS: 50/60 the more the better (important for synchronization)
- Resolution: 1440P or better
- Wide Field of view
- Low light: disabled
- Spot Meter: off
- Flat color if possible
Consistency of cameras:
Consistency across the camera setup is very important. Any differences in lenses, exposure, white balance or focus will become noticeable at stitch seams and distract viewers. Stitch seams will also be more noticeable in moving imagery than in slow motion or still shots.