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Canon announced a new hybrid 360 camera that converts to a VR 180 camera, similar to Insta360 EVO.  Check out the photos, shot by Naoto Somese for Pronews!

Just days after Apple’s Vision Pro announcement, Canon announced a new 360 and VR180 camera hybrid at Photo Next 2023 in Yokohama, Japan.  Here’s a preview:

The new camera appears to build on Canon’s success with its VR180 Dual Fisheye Lens for the Canon R5 and R8, which has been well regarded among immersive content shooters.

The new camera will be able to shoot not only VR180 like the Dual Fisheye Lens, but can also shoot 360 photos and videos, making it the first 360 camera from a major camera manufacturer since the Nikon Keymission 360 (reviewed here).

The hybrid camera is similar in concept to the Insta360 EVO (reviewed here), which was one of the first 360 cameras that could convert to a VR180 camera. Insta360 EVO was sold out in 2020 and has been resold for as much as $1,200, almost 3 times its original price.

Insta360 EVO has sold for as much as $1200
Insta360 EVO has sold for as much as $1200

Many questions remain about the new Canon camera, which is only a concept for now.  For example, how is the stabilization?  How is the workflow?

Meanwhile, we’re left wondering about whether Insta360 will re-release the EVO or at least the long-promised Insta360 One R 3D Mod.  Check out Naoto-san’s original article here.

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