Canon Omnidirectional Camera Shoots Every Direction at Once

Canon is showing off all sorts of crazy hardware at Canon Expo 2010 over in NYC. One of them is an omnidirectional camera (shown above) that shoots a 360° photograph in a single exposure. It creates the seamless panoramas using a 50 megapixel CMOS sensor and an aspheric mirror.

Note that this is a 360 degree panorama on a single plane, as if you used a tripod and turned it in every direction. I wonder how long it will be until there’s a camera that can literally shoot in every direction (i.e. up and down) to create a spherical panorama with single exposures. Maybe we’ll have spherical sensors and cameras in the future that somehow levitate and beam photos wirelessly?

(via Gizmodo)

Image credit: Photograph by Gizmodo

  • Mikael Gramont

    How about just a ball you throw in the air, and that takes an omnidirectional picture when it reaches its apex? That’d be sweet. Then we need some kind of big sphere covered with pixels, that you could step in and see the pictures. Would be awesome for video games too.

  • Chung Dha Lam

    Filming 360 movies going to be crazy trying to make a film witout seeing a cameraman but able to see what happen all around.

  • Guest

    Maybe Canon will one day make a goddam 35mm prime lens that isn’t $1 500 or a piece of junk.

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  • Richard Horsfield

    360 viewable, zoomable video sample, click here:

    Play the video and click the mouse on the screen and drag it anywhere. Watch peoples reactions change once they think they arent being videod any more…
    …awesome technology.


    It seems like Canon’s copycat of Sony bloggie. :-D

  • john_neel

    This has been done before by VR Interactive Corp. and others about ten years ago.