Nikon unveils the KeyMission 360, their new 360-degree action camera

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Nikon unveils the KeyMission 360, their new 360-degree action camera

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a boxed shaped camera with two large lenses on either sides that can shoot in 360-degree videos.

The Nikon D5 is a newly developed FX format digital SLR, replacing the aging D4 models, offering increased speed, precision and quality, according to Nikon. The only other traditional camera company that makes an action camera is Sony, a company that also serves as GoPro's biggest competition. This means that with 360-degree content, users will be able to browse a variety of angles in the footage, thus creating a virtual reality experience if worn with the headset.

That said, Nikon's spring release for the KeyMission won't give it much of a lead. Based on labelling on its outer casing, the camera appears to be both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. The XQD slot isn't found in any other Nikon camera, making it an oddball.

The palm-sized device is the first miniature camera to shoot 360-degree video standalone.

The KeyMission 360 will be released around March to May this year. Exact pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Here's a teaser trailer to get you excited. It can capture exceptionally high-definition images, while effectively reducing noise even at high ISO settings. To put this in perspective, the native resolution of the Nikon D4s is "only" ISO 25,600, expandable to 409,600.

This camera comes with an autofocus system with 153 points and a 20-MP full-frame sensor, 4K Video recorder and touch screen. The problem here is that camera rigs have always been expensive since they are not aimed at the direct consumers instead they cater to the professionals and industries. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera.

Contributing to greater autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE) and auto white balance (AWB), is the incorporation of a new 180K-pixel RGB sensor for the Advanced Scene Recognition System.

The KeyMission 360 is also equipped with Nikon's own Vibration Reduction tech to prevent unwanted motion during your action packed adventures. Nikon says all their future cameras will come with SnapBridge.

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