In early 2013 it was announced that JK Imaging would be releasing new products licensed under the Kodak name. Since then there have been a number of digital cameras, smart lenses, and action cams released – though the new PixPro SP360 might be the most intriguing. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, differentiating yourself from the GoPro juggernaut can be a difficult thing. That is, unless you can film with a 360º filed of view.
That’s precisely what the SP360 offers along with an ultra-wide 214º degree mode as well. The Kodak cube has some interesting features, but is it enough to make a splash in a pool of action proof cameras?
Thanks to the unique lens of the SP360, the 16mp MOS sensor provides a number of new image options. The camera can be set to record both a front and rear 180 degree view, as well as a 360 degree ring, 360 degree panorama, globe, or dome.
In video mode, those features make for some bizarre clips with the ability to see what’s behind you and what’s in front at the same time. Capable of recording up to 1080p at 30 fps (up to 120 fps at 480p), the camera uses Micro SD/SDHC cards up to 32gb to capture the action. The SP360 also includes wireless and NFC connectivity which allows you to control the camera with your Android or Apple smart phone through the free app.
The internal hardware will let you shoot in 10 FPS bursts, film time lapse videos, and even provides a motion detection mode which could be useful in a number of situations.
Water resistant with an IP5X rating , shock proof to 2 meters, dust proof, and freeze proof to -10 degrees C, the SP360 is pretty rugged on its own. However, the camera is sold through retailers like Newegg in the Aqua Pack or Explorer Pack with accessories tailored to those pursuits. The Aqua pack includes a full waterproof housing (no details on how deep it can go), while the Explorer pack includes a skeleton housing that isn’t waterproof but adds an extra layer of protection.
Shipped with a number of popular mounts, many of which use a ball and socket joint to allow for easy adjustment. Kodak SP360 Packs are currently selling for $349.