In the race for higher resolutions for simple 360° cameras in the consumer area, Kandao will soon be ahead of the field, as a new version of the small QooCam will be released in December, which records panorama videos in up to 8K (7680x3840 at 30fps). In 4K can be filmed with up to 120fps. The comparable Insta360 ONE cameras, for example, currently (still) offer a maximum of 5.7K (but the larger Insta360 ball cameras have already implemented 8K).
The QooCam 8K is equipped with two extremely wide-angle camera modules, each with 1/1.7" BSI CMOS with 20MP, which together cover 360°. Although the sensor size is larger than in the previous version, you certainly can't expect breathtaking 8K quality here, just because of the small lenses; the data rate is max. 200Mbps. Since a much larger image area is captured than with "normal" shots, a higher resolution at 360° is in principle very welcome.
In photo mode the special HDR feature "Realtime Raw+" -- here a 16bit DNG/JPG image is calculated from a fast sequence of several burst photos. Further features of the QooCam 8K are a calculated image stabilization on 6 axes via gyro data, a small 2.4" touch display, a 3.5mm microphone input, 64GB internal memory (expandable via SD card up to 256GB). The WLAN signal should reach up to approx. 15m. The camera supports live streaming, but requires a connection to a smartphone.
The QooCam Studio software is available for Windows and Mac. With it, the videos can be easily edited and additional slowmotion effects can be calculated.
The Kandao QooCam 8K will be available for 599 Euro from December 11th.