VSN Mobil's V.360 shows promise of 360-degree action cameras
This is the future of action cams, or maybe not.
But at the very least it's a new direction for the category.
I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and this is the VSN Mobil V.360.
One of the first 360 degree video and still camera for consumers that you can actually buy.
It uses a single camera to capture a 6480 by 1080 resolution video at up to 24 frames per second and grabs eight megapixel panoramic photos with a single shot.
You can do that with this little included remote or you can use an IOS or Android device to start and stop recordings.
Change shooting modes and settings, get a live preview and review your photos and videos.
Since it's a single camera there are no visible seams and there's no need for stitching, that you might have with models that use multiple cameras.
The video and photos could be viewed with the app or with the desktop player.
And you can upload them to YouTube.
And there's Google Cardboard support.
Unfortunately the quality is just okay, with a lot of visible artifacts.
Which might be disappointing given it's $450 price tag.
Plus, the vertical viewing angle is just 60 degrees so doing something like mounting it on handlebars might cut off heads.
The size and shape make it awkward for helmet mounting too and you'll likely get some stares and questions regardless of how you mount it.
Also, while it's shock, vibration, dust, and water proof.
There's nothing to prevent it from getting scratched.
You can read the full review on cnet.com, but like a lot of first gen products, it has some quirks.
So it's not perfect, and you'll have to look past it's faults to see the big picture.
I'm Josh Goldman, and that's a look at the VSN mobile V360 360 degree camera.
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