Chinese company YI has introduced a new consumer camera called the YI 360 VR. This model features a pair of cameras with 220-degree f/2.0 aspheric glass lenses, one on the front and another on the back, that simultaneously record footage. The resulting videos have up to a 4K/30fps resolution if stitched in-camera, while footage stitched using the camera’s PC app maxes out at 5.7K/30fps resolution.
The YI 360 VR is compatible with both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. The camera supports recording 4K video for up to 60 minutes per charge, and you’ve got integrated dual-band WiFi for livestreaming in 4K.
Users are able to preview the footage in five modes: little planet, stretched view, panoramic, round, and dual VR. Here’s a quick introduction that gives you an idea of the kinds of shots you can expect from the YI 360 VR:
YI is offering its 360 VR camera through Microsoft’s website and its physical Microsoft Store US locations for $400 USD. Live demonstrations of the camera are offered in stores as well.
YI Technology’s High Quality, Live 360 VR Camera Now Available at Microsoft Stores for $399
The pocket-sized camera is the first to shoot 360 degree video in 5.7K at 30fps, with instant in-device stitching for 4K footage and live-streaming.
SEATTLE, November 13, 2017 – YI Technology (YI), the leading provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, announced availability today of its unique YI 360 VR camera (“YI 360”) at Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and Microsoft.com. The YI 360 makes high-end virtual reality video easy and accessible to anyone who wants to create and share content.
With a simple, handheld and mountable camera design, the YI 360 VR is the first VR camera to → continue…
When we got our hands on Chinese camera maker YI’s first mirrorless camera, the YI-M1, we didn’t have a lot of positive things to say. Despite a great sensor, the camera was… unrefined. But the company just released a new firmware version for the M1 that promises to smooth out some of its rougher edges.
Key updates include (much-needed) improved AF speed, the addition of a RAW+JPG shooting option, exposure control in P, A, S and M modes when shooting video, AF/MF control during video capture, and the addition of a histogram in live view while shooting both stills and video.
We’ve updated our review model to the latest firmware and are taking it for another spin to possibly update our review, but in the meantime, check out the release notes below to see what all YI has improved and fixed on the M1 with this newest update.
Firmware Version 3.0-int Update Logs
- Added exposure control in the mode P/A/S/M for video capture
- Added AF/MF control for video capture.
- Added RAW+JPG format for still capture
- Added still image option in Time Lapse
- Added the option to shoot 1-3 images when using the self-timer function with an initial 2 second or 10 second timer settings
- Added a histogram in live view mode for both still and video capture
- Added new focus viewing modes with improved image quality including: 6x, 8x and 10x magnification in MF mode
- Added 2 ways to show the Metering mode in the UI
- Added the user guide (Restoring factory settings to view)
- Added multiple selection of images for deletion.
- Added 2 new options for the display grid
- AE algorithm optimization
- Master Guide template display logic optimized
- Improved AF speed
Fixed some known bugs, and improved the overall stability of the system.
Change the thumbnails in each screen from 9 to 12 images.