The camera brings multiple perspectives to live
Just over one year ago, Facebook unveiled their $30k Surround 360 camera that could capture
footage in 3D and render it all out through the company’s
software. The flying saucer shaped camera never actually went
on sale, but instead was used as a reference design for others
to create their own version.
Now Facebook is announcing the second generation of its
Surround 360 design—and this time there’s two cameras. During
the annual F8 developer’s conference, Facebook announced the
x24 and x6 camera models as an upgrade to last year’s design.
The x24 is named after the fact it has a 24 camera
array—just like the x6 has six cameras. Both cameras take on
the shape of a ball instead of a flying saucer and are designed
for professional content creators.
Facebook doesn’t plan on selling these latest additions to the
Surround 360 family. Instead the x24 and x6 camera designs will
be licensed to a select group of commercial partners. The x24
was made in partnership with FLIR, a company known for its
thermal imaging cameras. The x6 prototype was entirely build
When it comes to upgrades, both cameras are not just
cleaned up versions of last year’s prototype. The x24
specifically can capture 8k-quality footage and has six degrees
of freedom (6DOF). That’s right, 6DOF tech…