It’s the Oculus Rift of Smartphone Cameras

Panoramic, livestreaming VR — from your iPhone

By Rebecca Klar

This Is the Oculus Rift of Smartphone Cameras
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11 July 2016

If you’re going to overshare, at least make it memorable.

Give your life some 360-degree panoramic views. Put your pics in “God mode.” Livestream it to all your social media extempore.

These are the promises of Insta360 Nano, available now for preorder.

It’s the world’s tiniest spherical camera, with a virtual reality feature to boot. And the images it creates?

You have to see ‘em to believe ‘em.

The Nano, which is about the length of a finger and can be controlled with one hand, utilizes two lenses that combine to capture your life in 360 degrees. A pair of sensors behind the lenses create images at a solid 3040x1520 resolution and video at 30 frames per second.

Some nice touches: the camera gives you access to a “Little Planet” view, where you are, as the company gloats, “watching the world from the [sic] God’s point of view” (admittedly, their blog writer needs a bit of translation help, but it’s cool).

Working the Nano is pretty much idiot-proof. After connecting it to your iPhone via the lightning port, an app automatically opens, allowing you instant access to panoramic photo taking, videos and sharing — you can also set the device to automatically upload images to your social media, or start a livestream to Facebook or WeChat.

Even the box is cool: it converts into a VR cardboard set in a jiff.

The compact aluminum camera holds up to 70 minutes of storage and lasts 100 minutes between charges. It’s available for use with the iPhone 6, 6s or 6 Plus. Preorders start now and ship in late July.

Oversharing has never looked so good.

The Specifics

Insta360 Nano

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