There aren&t many professional hardware players left in the VR league -- Kandao is one of them. The new model in its Obsidian lineup now films spherical video in 12Kx12K, in either 12-bit KDRaw or 4:2:2 10-bit All-I compression. A max frame rate of 30fps applies to stereoscopic 12K videos, 60fps is possible in 6K.
Weighing about 11 kilograms, the Obsidian Pro has eight camera units, each equipped with an APS-C-sized 24MP image sensor. Instead of simple lenses, proper lenses with 135° horizontal / 195° vertical FOV are installed, consisting of 14 elements in 10 groups and offering a minimum aperture of f2.8. The ISO range extends up to 12,800, and Kandao specifies the camera&s dynamic range at 14 f-stops.
Obsidian Pro FOV
The focus distance can be switched between close-up and normal. The camera is operated via an app or a small integrated touch LCD. The video data can be recorded internally on an 8-in-1 SSD module, and 4K proxy files are stored on a microSD. A newly developed cooling system is supposed to prevent overheating in demanding recording modes. Via HDMI, the Obsidian Pro can output a max of 8K @ 30Hz. In addition to Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth and HDMI, a 10Gb Ethernet port is also on board, including for a live broadcast.
Recording on SSD
For sound recording, the Obsidian Pro has eight small, omnidirectional microphones. In addition, there is a 3.5mm mini-jack input for a microphone, and mics can also be connected via USB-C. Gyro data is recorded for stabilization. The camera can either be powered from the wall socket or via V-mount battery solutions.
The Kandao Obsidian Pro 12K 3D camera costs between 20,399 and 29,599 euros depending on the included SSD option (none, 4 / 8 / 16GB), but there are div. import duties added since it ships from China. It is expected to be available from May 20.
More info about the camera can be found in the following launch video