The Panasonic AW-360C10 camera (right) and AW-360B10 base station (left).
Panasonic has entered the 360 degree camera market with the development of a Live Camera System, the AW-360. The camera is capable of producing 360-degree video in uncompressed 4K/30p using the industry-standard 2:1 equi-rectangular format 360-degree video by stitching the output of four cameras.
The Panasonic AW-360C10 Live Camera Head and AW-360B10 Live Camera Base Unit provides the immersive experience, giving the viewer the sense of immersion in a variety of scenes, such as live broadcasts of sports, concerts and other stadium events.
There is also a high level of operability, with natural images matched to the environment being generated by automatically controlling the exposure and white balance of the output of four cameras without the need for a PC or similar to processes the images. In addition, seamless video can be generated because the high-precision “Real-time active stitching function" continuously changes the stitching position by automatically detecting a subject at the seam. (With many 360 degree cameras, images at the seams tend to be distorted when stitched as-is, but the AW-360 solves this problem with its high-precision real-time active stitching.)
Real-time video transmission is possible because 4K/30p high-resolution video is generated with low latency. Easy installation/uninstallation at a shooting site makes operation even more flexible. Not only is this system capable of monitoring and changing configuration remotely via a network with a PC or tablet such as an iPad, but it also allows for control from iPad in a Wi-Fi environment. Furthermore, the 360-degree Live Camera is designed for professional use, offering high reliability with the features that address operators’ most specific needs, such as prevention of unexpected cable removal.
The AW-360 360 degree camera will be available in August 2017, with pricing to be announced.
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