Consumer 360-degree cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone units like Samsung Gear 360 to devices that attach to smartphones like the Insta360 Air or Nano. Currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign are NoMatterWhat Technologies for its Fusion Lens camera designed for iPhone.
Featuring a duel lens system where one lens sits on the front iPhone camera and the other sits on the back, the Fusion Lens allows users to shoot 360-degree video at 6K resolution. Because the system uses the native front and rear cameras of an iPhone, Fusion Lens introduces an ultra-wide range of light to hit the cameras CMOS sensor, bringing over 180-degree field-of-view (FoV) for each camera.
With the accompanying Fusion Lens app, users can stitch images from both cameras in real-time, allowing for instant 360 images that are ideal for sharing across social media channels. Since both cameras have different resolutions, exposure and focus, the app will adjust the images accordingly for the best image result.
As the Fusion Lens is a clip on device it doesn’t need to be charged, nor does it require technologies like wifi or Bluetooth, meaning that it becomes a much more cost effective solution than some of its counter parts.
The IndieGoGo campaign only launched a couple of days ago and has already exceeded its funding goal of $10,000 USD from 139 backers. Pledge tiers begin at $39 for the limited Super Early Bird offer, saving 43 percent off the standard price of $69. After that offer sells out further funding tiers are priced at $44 and then $49. There’s also a retail pack of 20 available for $840, offering a bulk saving of 39 percent.
Currently Fusion Lens supports iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus with the launch expected in February 2018. NoMatterWhat Technologies also plans on making an iPhone X and Android compatible models in the near future.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Fusion Lens, reporting back with any further updates on the campaign.