Nikon already has a lot of appreciation from Pro Photographers across the globe. They are one of the top players when it comes to DSLR and SLR cameras. And now they want to be more than that and a what way to leave a mark in the world of photography other than entering into the world of 360-degree cameras. We all know that 360-degree photography and videography is the future. And Nikon’s answer to that is the Keymission 360. As the name suggests, it is a 360-degree camera which is capable of shooting 4K videos. Do make a note here that this is not just a regular 360-degree camera. It is an action camera which doubles as a VR camera as well. Now taking a look at the camera, it feels well put together. The camera’s body is dominated by ultra-wide angle lenses, of which there are a 20-megapixel 1/2.3 inches sensors that are capable of capturing footage in 4K. At the top, there is a record button and battery indicators as well. On the sides is the array of buttons and flap that hides the space for swappable battery and memory card. This is a shockproof upto 2m and waterproof down to 30m, and if that is not enough for you, then you can also get the silicon cases for added protection.
The footage taken from the camera looks great, especially the 4K when viewed on a proper 4K display. The company’s stitching algorithm does a great job as well with the footage, and it looks impressive. Yes, there might be some minor issues with the stitching where the content could tear in the middle where the camera meets. This can ruin your experience for a split second but other than that, you should not be having any kind of issues whatsoever. Although this is a minor issue and should not affect your decision of buying one. They also have an app called Snapbridge 360/170 on both Android and iOS, which you can use and take your footage to your mobile devices. The software’s electronic Vibration Reduction function uses information recorded by the KeyMission 360 during shooting to calculate horizontal, vertical, and rotational camera movements, allowing it to compensate for vibrations in the video. With this feature, you can always make sure that the footage you record using this is ready to go online to be shared with your friends and families.
The Nikon Keymission 360 is highly portable too. It measures only about 65.7 (W) x 60.6 (H) x 61.1 (D) mm with the AA-15A Lens Protector attached. It weighs only 198g including batteries, microSD memory card, and a lens protector. So now you can imagine how portable this thing can be despite having so much potential. If you are a professional photographer or maybe someone with just an active lifestyle, this could be the best device to carry around and show the people what you and how you do it. With that said, the price tag of $500 is totally justified with its functionalities. Although this might sound quite a bit expensive considering the fact that other action cameras such as few of the GoPro’s etc. can’t even record 360-degree footage, this is totally worth the price.