You can probably file the Kandao Obsidian VR camera under the “out of my price range” folder considering its $9,999USD price tag. You can probably already guess that the Kandao Obsidian isn’t intended for the consumer market but it is still an interesting piece of camera technology. Both the Kandao Obsidian R and Obsidian S are comprised of 6 fish-eye synced lenses that can capture high-quality stereoscopic and spherical videos/photos and time-lapses, supporting three recording modes (flat, standard, and log), and DNG format for photos.
The Obsidian R features 8K (7,680 x 7,680) high-resolution recording at 30 fps, the Obsidian S is optimized for high frame rate shooting, producing up to 120 fps footage in 4K resolution, as well as 6K x 6K resolution at 30 or 50 fps, which is ideal for the high-end professionals who need high speed VR content, like motion or sports. Both cameras are Wi-Fi enabled through one Ethernet cable for fast connectivity to mobile devices or laptops, making remote control a much easier for professional directors.
The Kandao Obsidian cameras also offer up a software solution that can do post-processing, editing, stitching, video encoding, and live streaming. The stitching process of Kandao Studio is built on optical flow code and optimized by a deep learning algorithm to generate seamless and natural stereoscopic 360 panoramas automatically, capturing depth information from images as well. Despite high-quality stitch, the software also offers fast stitch mode that could work at a speed of 10 frames per second for quick preview and ready the Obsidian camera to do VR live streaming. The company is offering up its new camera through an early adopter program to start with.
Kandao Technology (Kandao) announced the official launch of its award-winning Kandao Obsidian 3D panoramic camera recently. Kandao Obsidian 3D panoramic camera was the first Chinese product awarded the 2017 ‘Best of Innovation’ in digital imaging category at Consumer Electronic Show (CES). Kandao plans to roll out its Early Adopter Program on July 18th, 2017 for mid-August delivery.
The Early Adopter Program will provide professional directors and producers around the world an excellent opportunity to experience Obsidian camera’s latest functionalities, ultimately improving the company’s new product.
Only 200 Kandao Obsidian cameras will be initially available to program participants with two models being offered, Obsidian R for high resolution and Obsidian S for high frame rate.
“We believe that Kandao Obsidian will support Hollywood filmmakers and professional video producers to create industry-standard VR content through a powerful and efficient way,” said Lionel Lau, the CMO and co-founder of Kandao Technology. “One of the reasons of offering the Early Adopter Program is to fully understand the needs of professionals and to shape the future of an industry leading product together.”
Successful program applicants will get full access to not only Kandao Obsidian camera, but also its supplied stitching software Kandao Studio and remote control Apps with no additional charge.
Program participants will also receive benefits like a three year warranty and a gift package of professional accessories. Moreover, a prize has been set to encourage program participants to explore a new way of VR storytelling and VR industrial application. Each model is priced at $9,999 and a $1,000 refundable deposit* per camera is required to pre-order the Kandao Obsidian for delivery in mid-August 2017.
* The $1,000 deposit is refundable prior to shipment confirmation. Further conditions may apply.