Insta360, the manufacturers behind consumer & professional VR cameras, today opened reservations for the Titan, a professional-level 11K VR camera for 360 video and photos.
The Titan includes a number of shooting modes including 11K monoscopic at 30 fps, 10K stereoscopic at 30 fps, and 11K 360 photos in both stereoscopic and monoscopic modes. Additional shooting modes include 8K at 60 fps and 5.3K at 120 fps.
The Titan is priced at $15,000; the company says reservations for the Titan come with a fully refundable deposit.
Professional creators can reserve their Titan starting today on the company’s website. The first batch of cameras are expected to start shipping in April following a pilot program with select filmmaker partners.
The Titan uses an array of eight Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors, something the company bills as “the largest sensors available in any standalone VR camera.” The sensors are said to maximize image quality, dynamic range, low-light performance and color depth.
The Titan supports shooting in 10 bit color and high dynamic range to let creators capture natural lighting and low-light scenes for VR playback.
The professional-grade 360 rig also uses something Insta360 calls ‘FlowState Stabilization’, claiming “gimbal-like 9-axis stabilization with no accessories or added effort from the user.” Users can also view live previews by attaching a bespoke receiver to a phone or tablet.
Because decoding an 11K video file is such a tall order to fill, the company has also created a playback tech called ‘CrystalView’ which renders in real time “exactly the part of a video a viewer is watching – with no computing power wasted on displaying what’s behind their head — so that even mainstream smartphones can play back full-quality Titan content,” the company writes in a press statement.
While its 360 camera contemporaries Nokia OZO and Jaunt ONE have since fallen to the wayside, The Titan represents the company’s third professional 360 camera following the Insta360 Pro & Pro 2 which released in 2017 and 2018 respectively.