LucidCam, a 3D 180-degree photo/video camera with a sleek and pocketable design, has passed its IndieGogo funding goal of $100,000.
The Berkley, CA based team behind LucidCam have also revealed their first stretch goal, which at $150,000 will upgrade backers to a water-proof case.
Our very own Executive Editor Ben Lang went hands-on with LucidCam during the VR Launchpad event in October, calling the 3D 180 footage to come from the tiny stereoscopic camera “quite sharp compared to 360 degree devices.”
Lang also maintains that build quality on the prototype unit was up to snuff, saying that “the design is simple and the unit felt incredibly solid and well built. It fits nicely into a single hand and slides just as easily into a pocket…”
The FOV of LucidCam, which captures both video and still images, is 190° x 120° with a fixed F/2.2 aperture. Video is shot at 1080p and photos at 2K, for each eye. Video is currently only captured at 30 FPS, a far cry from 60 FPS—the widely considered minimum for a comfortable VR headset viewing experience.
LucidCam is still available for early bird pre-order for $349, an estimated 40% reduction in the actual consumer price. Delivery of LucidCam is slated for July 2016.