🔴New professional VR180 camera for Oculus Quest 2! 12K 30FPS and 8K 60FPS with TWO full-frame sensors (36mm x 24mm), sLog/sLog2 + HDR, 65mm IPD with SSDs external storage, and VR180 Livestream ready! This is a whole lot of craziness! Let’s watch the camera trailer together, react together, and analyze every detail:
米七科技 M7 180 3D / FM360 DUO SPECS
Sensor: Dual CMOS 135 Full-frame sensors (Same as Canon R5)
Sensor Size: 36mm(H) X 24mm(V)
Effective Pixels: 3600MP
Dynamic Range: 16 Stops
Lens: X2 180 Custom made Fisheye Lenses
ISO: Auto/Manual (400–125000)
Shutter Speed: Auto/Manual (1s — 1/8000s)
WB: Auto/Manual (2300K — 7500K)
Image Profile: Liner/Rec.709/HLG/ReinhardHDR/sLog/sLog2
Material: Aviation-grade ALuminum Alloy
Dimensions (W X H X D): 160mm x 150mm x 83mm
Storage Temperature: -20 C — 70 C
Operation Temperature: -10 C — 45 C
Resolution: 12000 x 6000 @ 30fps (after stitching) / 8192 x 4096 @ 60fps (after stitching) / 8192 x 4096 30fps (after stitching) / 6000 x 6000 @30fps (per lens, stored separately) / 4096 x 4096 @60fps (per lens, stored separately)
Highest Bitrate: 400Mbps
Color Bit-depth: 8bit/10bit
Video Encoder: H.265 main 10 profile
Audio Profile: AAC (22.05KHz 16bit)
Memory Card: TF memory card slot (card requirements: 90MB/s or higher) / Support for external USB SSDs
File System: exFAT
USB: x2 USB 3.0 ports with support for external SSD
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack / Dual-channel Cannon inputs
WIFI: 5G, 802.11n. External antenna support
Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet
Power input: DC 12V (x2 LEMO ports)
Let’s talk about what we learn from the video. The image quality is obviously really good. But why their demo has shadow depth of field in a VR video? I suspect the camera body is just like Z Cam K2 Pro, you can pop the original lens out and replace it with a cinematic lens. I actually manage to get another video, which you are watching now. It is shot on the FM360 8K “broadcast” camera — I translated that part for you. One good thing about your boy Hugh here is, I understand Chinese. So I can read specs before everyone else. So this video is a demo of just one of those cameras, and it is 8K. So FM360 DUO is TWO 8K cameras put together. Its IPD is 65mm — and if you are a stereoscopic expert — you know that is very important. The point is, this camera is as easy as Insta360 EVO — it should have no stereo problem to make you cross-eye.
Let’s talk about sensor size, which is the most impressive feature of this camera. The sensor size is 36mm(H) x 24mm(V) with 16 stops dynamic range. This is the brand new Panasonic 8K sensor that used in Canon R5 and the upcoming SONY A1 8K camera.
Put it into perspective — the brand new SONY A7S III sensor is 35.6 x 23.8 mm — so it is the exact same size. So we can make an educated guess that the FM360 DUO is using 2 SONY sensors that also used in the latest SONY A7S III, which is really good news. This camera is going to be really good in low light as we all know the A7S III has impressive low light — better than the RED Komodo.
Another advantage compared to K2 Pro right here is FM360 DUO has a built-in Gyro. It uses to calibrate stabilization in post. Right now, it is very hard to move a professional VR180 camera. With stabilization like the Insta360 EVO — we can finally film some action VR180 shots.
In the image quality setting, you can set your color profile to Rec 709, HLG, HDR and sLog, and sLog2 — this is another evidence that FM360 DUO is using SONY tech.
If you don’t know already, I have a system to evaluate VR camera. And it is explained in detail in my 360VR Filmmaking masterclass. And this video is based on that system. So we can systematically break down each important point for VR professionals.
The next thing we need to pay attention to is the codec and bitrate. The bitrate is 400Mpbs, and it is in H.265 main 10 profile with the ability to go 10-bit color depth. This is not so impressive in 2021. For a professional camera in these specs, it should offer ProRes in 4:2:2 color subsample — just like K2 Pro right here. K2 Pro actually supports ProRes HQ and RAW.
I personally hate the 10-bit color in H.265 — it really slows down our post-production pipeline in both Qoocam 8K or Insta360 Titan. It is gimmicky. If any camera offers more than 10-bit color, it should be in ProRes or some kind of RAW format.
So let’s hope FXG and M7 — the makers of this camera, is listening and give us the ProRes feature when it releases.
Let’s talk about storage! It uses TF memory card with optional support for external USB SSDs — which is really good. They learn this from Blackmagic or Teche. Support SSDs will save us lots of money in storage.
This is not only a cinematic VR camera — but also a VR Livestream broadcast level camera. It has built it Gigabit Ethernet ports — TWO of them. Judging from the product photo, it also has professional XLR input and output, and LEMO ports for a reliable power solution.
VR180 live streaming is not here in US yet. Only Facebook or Oculus Venue support 180 Livestream, and it is not VR or def not in 8K. But good to know you are also investing in a professional VR Livestream camera as VR Livestream is huge right now during the pandemic.
This camera will not need Mistika VR to do stereo calibration in POST like the Z Cam K2 Pro, which is a nightmare if you have experience in VR180 post-production. Again I have a course for that if you want to turn any DSLR, Mirrorless camera, or even cinema cameras like the RED Komodo into a VR180 rig. This camera will skip all that. Probably not good for my in-depth VR course, but it is good for you. 1 less thing to learn.
This is all the information I have for you for now. And I can’t wait to get my hand on this camera and start testing it in real-world production. Like what I did here with SHAED. If you are new to the world of VR180 and don’t know why you want to make your music video, narrative film, or documentary in VR180, I will highly recommand checking out my new release here inside Oculus Quest 2. This is something you need to experience in VR to know its power:
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