Currently seeking crowdfunding on Indiego, the Nico360 claims to be the world’s smallest 360-degree camera, standing just 46 millimeters tall and weighing 96 grams. The tiny, block-shaped device from Hong Kong isn’t just small, however, it’s also surprisingly powerful, with features that make other 360-degree cameras seem lacking.
The guts of the Nico360 are made up of two, 16-megapixel Sony sensors covered by dual, all-glass lenses. The camera outputs 360-degree video at 2,560 x 1,440p resolution. Video can be saved to the device’s 32GB of internal storage, or even live-streamed to an Android or iOS device over Wi-Fi. It supports both 360-degree web playback as well as VR headsets.
Designed for outdoor use, the Nico360 is waterproof and fits into a case with a standard GoPro-style accessory mount. An anti-slip grip pattern helps you keep ahold of the camera in any conditions. It also offers rotation and G-force data logging for tracking whatever epic, extreme-sport maneuver you try to pull off.
Other features include Bluetooth, a 1,400mAh battery, and even support for Adobe DNG RAW files (presumably just for still photos). The camera also uses electronic image stabilization, which should help reduce camera shake. We’d prefer optical stabilization, but in a camera this small, that probably wasn’t an option.
Video footage will be automatically merged into its final, 360-degree form through the companion mobile app. In addition to iOS and Android support, the NicoVR app for Windows PCs offers what appears to be fairly advanced editing controls.
The Nico360 has a month left in its Indiegogo campaign, and currently stands at just under $3,000 raised of its $50,000 flexible goal. Interested backers still have time to get in on the early-bird special for just $99. That’s half off the expected retail price when the camera begins shipping in October. Other perks include accessories like a VR headset, monopod, and various mounts.