Sphere Pro – The 360 Degree Lens for DSLR

December 28th, 2016
Sphere Pro - The 360 Degree Lens for DSLR

Sphere Pro lens is a new product from Sphereoptics — a young startup from New York. It brings 360 video capability to conventional DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. No stitching is required so converting videos to spherical format is easier and faster. 

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The Sphere Pro lens is intended to be mounted (for best results) or held pointed upwards and it is designed to capture a 360° horizontal and 180° vertical field of view. That makes it one of a kind. It is a 35mm full frame format lens and has a Nikon F mount, but you can mount it to most cameras using an applicable adapter. The aperture is fixed at f/8 and focus is fixed as well (best at 40″/1meter).

From the test video you can see the image quality is not perfect, but for a quick VR experience it is sufficient. This lens gives you the ability to shoot conventional content with your personal camera and then quickly switch lenses and record a spherical video with the same body. If you wanted a better quality image you could mount the lens to a RED Cinema camera and shoot in significantly higher resolution, such as 6K. The image outcome will get better in line with the sensors used, which is an excellent feature of the device.

How does Sphere Pro lens work?

The device uses a special toroidal mirror with a reflective surface and series of optical elements to capture the full sphere of light around the lens into a circle-like image on the camera sensor. The resolution is therefore only dependent on the smallest dimension of the sensor. Converting the video to a spherical shape for VR viewing is easy and fast through pixel mapping. According to the creators, the process is so easy it can be done on your average iOS or Android device.

sphere-pro-lensSphereoptics is currently developing a sphere lens for the GoPro and for smartphones as well. The smartphone version could be especially interesting in my opinion. They are also working on an app which would make creating and sharing spherical videos a lot easier. Since many smartphones already shoot 4K videos, the quality probably won’t be so bad if the optics are designed well.

Do you think that modifying your existing camera is the best path to shooting 360 video? Or, is it best to just buy a native 360 camera like Samsung Gear VR? Let us know in the comments!

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January 3rd, 2017

Looking at this clip gives me a headache. Maybe this is just the musac…

Josef Spajon Xavier
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December 30th, 2016

Quality, resolution, speed?

Tobias Macke
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December 29th, 2016

Laurenz Kobza

Tobias Macke
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December 29th, 2016

Johannes Puschner

Neel Gondalia
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December 29th, 2016

Harsh Potter

Cal Hunter
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December 28th, 2016

Garrett what do you think about this?

Ramon Solorio
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December 28th, 2016

Any word on prices yet?

Mario Sonneck
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December 28th, 2016

Da hast ja mit jeder Goprosphere ne bessere Quali… Überzeugt mich gar nicht..

Nino Leitner
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December 28th, 2016
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Die hat auch viel mehr Auflösung weil da viel mehr Kameras eingebaut sind.

Mario Sonneck
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December 28th, 2016
Reply to  Mario Sonneck

Klar, aber dem Kunden ist das egal, bei dem zählt das Ergebnis.

Mario Sonneck
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December 28th, 2016
Reply to  Mario Sonneck

Und das Überzeugt mir nisch…

Nino Leitner
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December 28th, 2016
Reply to  Mario Sonneck

Mario Sonneck eh :-)

Jakub Han
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December 29th, 2016
Reply to  Mario Sonneck

Mario Sonneck ist auch nicht für Hochqualitatives Ergebnis gedacht. Eher als schnelles shoot-and-share. ;)

Mario Sonneck
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December 29th, 2016
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Ich hab dann gar nicht mehr auf den Preis geachtet, was kostet das Ding denn? Also so für shoot-and-share? ;-)

Mario Sonneck
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December 29th, 2016
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Darf dann eher nicht über dem Preis einer Theta S oder Samsung Gear liegen, die dabei auch noch kleiner und hantlicher wären im Vergleich…

Jakub Han
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December 29th, 2016
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Preis ist noch nicht bekannt.

Jakub Han
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December 29th, 2016
Reply to  Mario Sonneck

Ja, die Größe und das Gewicht sind bei dem Gerät nicht so super. Wie gesagt bin ich eher auf die Version für Smartphones gespannt. Dann wäre das ganze jedenfalls leichter und schneller.

Mario Sonneck
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December 29th, 2016
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Naja, in der Qualitätsstufe hab ich schon die Theta, die ist richtig klein und leicht, und übers Smartphone super bedienbar… ;-)

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