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Luna is the world's smallest 360-degree camera



With the rise of virtual reality and browsers able to support more versatile forms of video, 360-degree cameras should be about to take off. This is one of the smallest around.

It's called Luna, and it promises to make shooting 360-degree video as simple as taking photos with your phone. It uses dual 190-degree fish-eye lens tech, and has no moving parts, so should be hardwearing enough to survive some adventures.

It's waterproof too, and has gyro-stabilisation to keep the footage steady.

When it comes time to share your footage, it has Wi-Fi, so you can preview the video on your smartphone, wirelessly save it to your device, share it on social media, and even livestream it.

Using the mobile app and a Google Cardboard viewer, you can also view your videos in virtual reality.

With a diameter of just 6cm, it's small enough to fit in your hand. And weighing just 180g, it's light enough to take everywhere.

It's a doddle to use, too. Click it once to take a panoramic photo, and twice to start recording 360-degree videos. And that's it.

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As well as recording in 360 degrees, you can video in flat mode, VR mode and planet mode.

It's passed its funding goal and will ship in October. Prices start at $299 (£197).


December 11, 2015, 10:37 am

Sounds good, but the recording time of "up to 40 minutes" isn't great.


December 11, 2015, 1:20 pm

I thought considering it's size and functionality 40 minutes is remarkable.

Most uses for this type of device are still quite limited. In what scenario would you need more than 40 minutes?


December 11, 2015, 3:48 pm

All the usual things these sorts of cameras are used for - extreme sports, recording gigs (they quote it as a use case for concerts - to attach to the mic) - GoPro Hero range do 1.5 - 2 hours so it's only doing 1/3 to 1/2 of the major competitor.


December 11, 2015, 4:56 pm

But the GoPro hero solution is much larger by comparison, and I image about 5 times more expensive.

I imagine this type of camera being used for media purposes more than a general use action cam. In a lot of case it could be charged whilst recording.
I'd also assume it has replaceable batteries, so if battery life is a concern you could have spares. No ideal, I know, but it's a trade-off.

Also, and although it doesn't really matter, the fact that the 360 version of the GoPro is clearly just the Hero devices stuck together makes it look a little bit of a poor effort, and that puts me off.

I'd like to see what kind of quality the Luna puts out. It looks to be a two lens solution, compared to competitors using many more.


December 13, 2015, 9:30 am

You can save a video, put it at your PC and then continue recording


December 13, 2015, 11:47 pm

Unfortunately, it's the battery life that's up to 40 minutes, not the internal memory capacity.

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