Nikon KeyMission 360 £499, $499 www.nikon.com
To get noticed in the competitive action camera world, you need to do something special. Luckily, Nikon’s KeyMission 360 really does offer something different to GoPro. Featuring two 180-degree lenses, front and back, the KeyMission combines the video images from the two sensors in-body to produce a 4K UHD visual with a full 360-degree field of view. This footage can then be viewed back through the companion app, VR goggles, or uploaded to Nikon Image Space or YouTube.
Meeting the action camera requirements of being tough, the camera is waterproof down to 30m, shockproof to 2m and is designed to withstand harsh environments of -10ºC to 40ºC (14ºF to 104ºF). A large button on top starts and stops recording, and a smaller one on the side enables you to directly take a photo, making it exceptionally easy to use. Unlike the vast majority of action cameras, Nikon has designed its own mount with a ¼-in thread, meaning you can use Nikon’s own mount or adapt countless others.
The resulting 360-degree video is impressive, with footage vibrant and detailed. The front and rear footage stitch together well, too, and in most scenes you have to look carefully to see the join. Footage doesn’t suffer from the ‘black hole’ that’s often present at the bottom of such footage, where the camera tries to hide its mount. The KeyMission stretches surrounding pixels to cover up Nikon’s own mounts, although third-party mounts might just be visible.
The KeyMission 360 is one of the best compact 360 video cameras on the market, and the fact that it’s an action camera to boot makes it even better. It can capture spectacular footage and is great fun to use. In short, both the hardware and desktop utility work brilliantly – it’s only the app that prevents it from scoring five stars.