Luna Is The World’s Most Compact Consumer VR Camera
Consumer-level VR cameras are steadily on the rise, due to the growth of VR experiences and the wide array of things that virtual reality has to offer. Now, a new entry to the 360-camera scene is expected to become the next big thing by being the smallest one out there.
Developed by VR startup Memora, the Luna 360-degree camera is about the size of a regular billiard ball at six centimeters in diameter and weighs just 180 grams. It features two 190-degree fish-eye lenses that create a seamless 1920 by 960-pixel resolution video. It is made to be user-friendly, with no additional cables and rigs to set up to shoot 360-degree video. In addition, the Luna camera has no moving parts which helps in the stability of the device while in use.
To keep the video steady, the Luna also comes with a 9-axis gyroscope. Wi-Fi connectivity is also included, allowing users to share the footage or put it up for live streaming. Meanwhile, a 32GB internal memory offers plenty of room for storing captured media.
Aside from its video capture capability, the Luna also has a 5-megapixel camera for shooting stills, as well as a microphone to capture audio.
The camera’s body is constructed from aluminum while the lenses are covered in scratch-proof glass for added sturdiness. The Luna is made for the extremes thanks to its IP68 certification, meaning it is waterproof and can be submerged for shooting underwater.
Luna also comes with its own mobile app, allowing filmed content to be viewed with Google Cardboard and potentially other VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR.
To cap the list of features, the camera also has a built-in magnetic connector, allowing users to stick it on metal surfaces. It also comes with an optional accessory pack to let it be attached to a mono pot or other devices.
The Luna camera is still in the development phase, and has an Indiegogo campaign. The camera costs $249, with an additional $99 for the accessory pack, and is expected to ship out in October 2016.