Apart from launching its flagship DSLR cameras, the D5 and D500
, Nikon marked its debut in the action camera segment with the launch of the KeyMission 360. We don't have any pricing or availability details just yet but we expect that announcement to happen pretty soon.
The KeyMission 360 is a rugged action camera, similar to GoPro, except for the fact that it has two lenses for full 360-degree video. What's more, it can shoot up to 4K resolution, which is quite impressive. The camera is waterproof up to 100ft/30m, can withstand dust, shock and even low temperatures. It also supports an electronic vibration reduction feature to reduce the effects of camera shake. This can enabled through Nikon's app during video playback. The camera itself looks like a small cube and packs in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC for connectivity with your smartphone or tablet.
With virtual reality (VR) all set to make a big splash this year, the average user still lacks the means to create meaningful content suitable for VR. The 360-degree video space is still at its nascent stages with not many manufacturers offering devices to capture such content. Ricoh is one of the few companies who have such devices already in the market, like the recently launched Theta S
. It was only a matter of time before bigger players like Nikon entered this space and we should see many more following suit in the months to come.