- Page 1 DokiCam Review
- Page 2 Video quality, battery life and verdict Review
DokiCam – Video and image quality
With only a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440, the DokiCam’s video isn’t as high resolution as a 360 camera like the Kodak PixPro SP360 or Samsung Gear 360 (2017), both of which can do up to 4K resolution.
One advantage the DokiCam does have is its 200-degree FOV for each camera that stitches together better than a lot of other 360 cameras I’ve tested. Granted, you’re still going to get an overlapped image for objects passing closer than a metre from the camera, but it’s still more seamless than most.
Actual video quality isn’t the best, however. The video is soft towards the edge of the frame and lots of detail gets lost with a lot of noise in the shadow details, such as the astro turf on a football pitch. Chromatic aberration can also be a problem in trickier scenes such as the forest video below. Colours are also very muted and lacking any real pop.
Watching back your video looks much better on the smaller screen of your phone compared to when uploaded to YouTube or Facebook, appearing sharper and less washed out, but viewing with a VR headset does once again highlight the flaws.
Annoyingly, while the app lets you flip your video vertically to view back on your phone, attempting to rotate it and then upload to YouTube causes it to not be processed as a 360-degree video. You’ll have to pretend we’re playing five-a-side on the ceiling as I had the camera dangling upside down from the ceiling netting.
Arguably, the DokiCam does a better job with still image capture, managing a sharper image as well as giving you the ability to save in interesting ways, such as the planet view. It’s still not amazing, though. You’ll want to use the remote control function of the app so you’re not obstructing the camera.
The good news is that 360-degree photos uploaded to services like Google Photos are recognised as such, so you can pan around to your heart’s content inside your browser.
DokiCam – Battery life
Battery life from the DokiCam is pretty good, lasting about 1 hour 40 minutes while recording at its maximum resolution and taking occasional still images. The battery isn’t user replaceable, but you could always use an external battery pack to keep it charged for longer timelapses.
Should I buy the DokiCam?
The DokiCam is really well-built, if not a little large for a 360 camera, with only middling image quality. It is incredibly easy to use, however, and the accompanying app works really well with a seamless and reliable connection. The little tripod legs included are a useful addition and much easier to prop the camera up compared to the updated 2017 model of the Samsung Gear 360. However, the new Samsung Gear 360 still pips it with better video quality at 4K and an overall more portable form factor.
An extremely well-built dust and water-resistant 360 camera, but it only delivers average video quality.