Ko­dak Pix­pro SP360 4K Dual Pro Pack

Tech Advisor - - Contents - Chris Martin

With sup­port on the likes of Face­book and YouTube, 360-de­gree pho­tos and videos are all the rage and Ko­dak’s ac­tion cam­era bun­dle has ev­ery­thing you need to cre­ate your own 360-de­gree con­tent.

De­sign

The na­ture of hav­ing two sep­a­rate cam­eras to cre­ate a 360-de­gree setup is fid­dly and cum­ber­some. The more user-friendly op­tions out there re­quire lit­tle more than switch­ing on and hit­ting the shut­ter but­ton. Sadly that couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth here. For starters, you’ll need to in­sert the bat­ter­ies and each cam­era re­quires a mem­ory card (not in­cluded). Plus, there’s just one bat­tery charger – another an­noy­ance as they will run out at the same time be­ing used as a pair.

You’ll also need to make sure you’ve fully charged the bat­tery and have enough space on the mem­ory card be­fore screw­ing the cam­eras onto the mount as there’s no ac­cess once they are in and it takes a while to dis­as­sem­ble the whole thing.

The SP360 4K is a well-made ac­tion cam­era and cer­tainly looks the busi­ness with that huge domed lens on the front. On the side are four but­tons, which con­trol set­tings such as res­o­lu­tion and sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Be warned that the SP360 4K cam­era is only splash- rather than wa­ter­proof, so don’t go dunk­ing it un­der­wa­ter. It doesn’t come with a case ei­ther.

Per­for­mance

Set­ting up and us­ing one of Ko­dak’s cam­eras on their own is easy, but op­er­at­ing the two to­gether is a very dif­fer­ent mat­ter – dur­ing test­ing, the dual-setup took us a long time to set up.

While it’s great that the cam­eras have features such as Wi-Fi and NFC for easy pair­ing, you can con­nect to just one de­vice at a time. We weren’t to know this as the in­struc­tion man­ual fails to men­tion this. In­stead, you need to con­nect each to the smart­watch-es­que re­mote con­trol.

That’s easy once you know how, but means you can’t make use of your smart­phone to get a live pre­view and ad­just set­tings. The re­mote only lets you switch be­tween photo and video and global or front dis­play modes, so you’ll have to tweak any­thing more ad­vanced on the cam­eras them­selves.

You can cap­ture con­tent with just one cam­era, but the idea is to unite the two for a full spher­i­cal re­sult. Un­for­tu­nately, com­bin­ing the files to­gether with the PC soft­ware isn’t easy.

Ver­dict

Al­though there are high qual­ity re­sults on of­fer here, the high price will put many peo­ple off. Plus, there’s how com­pli­cated this two-cam­era sys­tem is to op­er­ate, which will be too much for most con­sumers. We’re still try­ing to get our head round it, which says a lot.

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