Nikon Roles Out 360-D Cameras

Nikon Roles out 360-Degree Cameras

Nikon announced its new KeyMission line of shooters on Monday, while entering into the world of 360 degree and action camera business.

The KeyMission 360 priced at US$499.95, can corral 360 degree video in 4K UHD at 24p, along with the more traditional HD 1080p. Also it has 30 megapixel stills.

With two f/2.0 lenses, each having a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor,  both the units eliminate blind spots of a 360 degree camera.

Several features includes of automatic in-camera stitching; time-lapse and loop, shooting modes like Superlapse, built-in stereo microphone, electronic vibration reduction, that takes the shake out of a video after being shot.

The KeyMission 170 priced $399 with a 170 degree superwide angle f/2.8 lens has an 8.3MP CMOS sensor that captures 4K UHD or 1080p HD videos.

As it supports highlight tagging, it makes very easy to create films, that includes a remote control for starting, stopping and adding tags to video; a rear LCD for framing shots, changing the camera settings and playing back video.

The KeyMission 80 is a rugged point and shoot camera priced at $279.95 that has a 25mm f/2.0 lens with an 80 degree angle of view, having a 12MP sensor.

Also it has a 5MP front facing camera with a 22mm f/2.2 lens for selfies, and supports interval timer shooting recording and time-lapse.

All the KeyMissions don’t need a protective housing, as they are shock resistant in comparison to other action cams.

Water Proof Shock Proof Freeze Proof(Fahrenheit)
360  to 98 feet from 6.6 feet 14
170  to 33 feet from 6.6 feet 14
 80  to 3.2 feet from 6 feet 14

Nikon offers SnapBridge for its 360 and 170 models, which is a smartphone app for getting access to the camera settings, plus it is a software that advance edits on a PC or Mac.

The 360 cameras are very important for future virtual reality and 3D experiences.

360’s and VR are hand in hand for the next few years, says ABI’s Abbruzzese.

Director of marketing and planning for Nikon, Kosuke Kawaura said, we hope to acquire a share large enough to allow us to establish a leading position, similar to our role in the compact market and we also expect the market to expand in the future with differentiated products, as we plan to offer such products.

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