Small compact camera know-how and tiny sensors have come a great distance in the previous few years. This is largely due to the development of smartphone cameras. However the advantages that these small sensors convey to the desk can be utilized to different cameras. Cameras like these which may document 3D video in a package deal that simply matches in your pocket. The Weeview SID 3D is one such camera, and I’ve had one for the previous few weeks.
Earlier than we get into it, I’m going to say this now. When you have been hoping that the Weeview SID 3D camera was going to make it easier to produce the subsequent Hollywood 3D masterpiece, then cease studying now. It gained’t. Such high-end 3D camera rigs nonetheless value a small fortune, and there’s little signal of them dropping in worth simply but. However if you would like to see a little of the present state of entry-level shopper 3D cameras, learn on.
So, what is it?
Nicely, as you may’ve found out from the identify and the truth that I’ve talked about them a number of occasions, the Weeview SID 3D camera is a 3D camera.
As such, it has two sensors with two lenses on the entrance of the unit to reproduce the parallax you’d see together with your left and proper eye when taking a look at a scene. Every of the 2 sensors captures the attitude of every eye place in 3D area.
These two views are then positioned collectively side-by-side within the ensuing footage or photographs, representing the 2 totally different left & proper eye views when performed again utilizing an applicable participant – a VR or Combined Actuality headset, your telephone in a appropriate headset case, or sitting crosseyed whereas watching your pc monitor.
As a result of the headset splits the view, your left and proper eyes see solely the view applicable for that eye. Then your mind fills within the gaps and provides you the impression that you simply’re taking a look at a 3D scene.
I ought to notice at this level that this is not a VR camera. You’ll be able to’t transfer your head to look across the scene as you possibly can with a 360° or stereo 180° camera. The viewpoints are fastened to regardless of the camera was pointing at, like a common camera.
With the cameras being a fastened subject of view, this will trigger some viewers to really feel a little queezy at first when watching again handheld video footage, however you do get used to it.
As I stated, this is the buyer finish of 3D cameras, and this is a primary entry-level mannequin, as indicated by the worth ($269), though it nonetheless presents pretty respectable specs.
- Video decision: 3K (2880×1440 – 1440×1440 per eye)
- Stills decision: 8K (8064×4032 – 4032×4032 per eye)
- Video framerate: 30fps
- Area of view: 160°
- Lens aperture: f/2.Four
- Connectivity: 802.11n WiFi / micro USB 2.zero
- Storage: microSD up to 128GB
- Battery: 1300mAh
- Dimensions: 80x40x19.5mm
- Weight: 60g
Once I opened the field and pulled the camera out of the bag, I used to be simply blown away by how tiny it was. To offer you an concept of simply how small, right here it is laying on prime of my ASUS ZenFone 5.
Aspect notice: Once I first heard concerning the risk of telephone producers placing twin cameras of their telephones, 3D photographs & movies was kinda what I hoped for. The small stature of the Weeview SID definitely exhibits that it’s attainable!
The Weeview SID 3D is obtainable by itself for $269 or as a Cinematic Package which incorporates a handheld Three-axis motorised gimbal and a neoprene storage bag for $399. The gimbal is your pretty normal however primary handheld gimbal for motion cameras. This one options a threaded socket on the aspect to insert a provided telephone holder.
On the underside is one other 1/Four-20″ threaded socket for mounting it on a tripod. I typically use the Manfrotto Pixi with light-weight gimbals like these. It’s nice for giving your deal with a little extra size, in addition to the power to shortly set it down everytime you need.
Each the camera and the gimbal cost up over micro USB, and one micro USB cable was included. As I had fairly a few micro USB cables already, although, I put each models on to cost in a single day.
Gadget format & first use
The button format on the Weeview SID is fairly easy. There’s a huge energy button on the entrance which additionally permits you to change the camera between stills and video mode as soon as it’s turned on.
On the highest, there are two extra buttons. A raised button to take a photograph or begin and cease recording video, and a concave button for turning WiFi on or off, so you possibly can join it to your telephone and see what the camera sees when you’re recording.
In between the 2 buttons on prime are a number of LED indicators to present you whether or not you’re capturing stills or video and when you’re “live”, and beneath there is a 1/Four-20″ socket to screw it onto a tripod. The gimbal, as talked about, is your pretty commonplace motion camera fashion gimbal. It has the standard three comply with, pan comply with and locked modes, and mounting the camera is simple. The telephone bracket attaches simply to the aspect with a easy screw becoming, and it’ll rotate to the angle you want. So, if you need to flip the whole gimbal round to change from filming what’s in entrance of you to filming your self, then you may as well flip your telephone over.
Aspect word: You’ll be able to truly put the telephone with the app inside a VR headset when you’re filming if you want, simply to see the 3D impact you’re getting, because it exhibits the cut up display view whereas recording. I in all probability wouldn’t do that whereas capturing shifting video, although, as it may be a little disorienting, however it might be fairly useful for stills or a locked off camera to extra simply line up and see your shot with out distraction.
The primary operation of the camera is additionally fairly simple. Maintain down the facility button for a couple of seconds, maintain down the WiFi button for a couple of seconds, activate the Gimbal, mount my telephone to the gimbal, join it to the camera, hit report, and begin strolling. Once I’m completed, faucet the on-screen button to cease recording.
However first a little on reminiscence playing cards. Particularly, the velocity of the reminiscence playing cards.
I initially tried the Weeview SID 3D with Integral and Lexar 64GB Class 10 microSD playing cards. With each playing cards, after a few seconds, the recording simply ended. No errors, it simply stopped. Though there was no indication of this till I put the reminiscence card in my pc. The cellular app thought that the camera was nonetheless recording. This sort of behaviour is pretty typical, although, when the cardboard isn’t quick sufficient. I’ve skilled it earlier than with each motion cameras and 360° cameras, though they did inform me that the recording had failed and ended.
I attempted once more utilizing each 128GB SanDisk Excessive A2 and 64GB ProGrade Digital UHS-II V60 microSD playing cards. With these, it carried out flawlessly, recording sequences of over 20 minutes with out hesitating.
With a quick sufficient card now contained in the camera, I set out for a stroll with it via the woods. I’ve deliberately gone to an space void of another WiFi alerts with as little potential interference as attainable so as to maximise the velocity of the sign going between the camera and my telephone. For probably the most half, the view between the 2 performs fairly easily as I wander across the woods, though stay preview does sometimes stutter whereas recording. The footage itself, although, has no points in any way, assuming you’re utilizing a quick sufficient card.
The high quality of the stream to the telephone’s show isn’t that nice, however it’s about what we’d anticipate and really usable. Nearly each camera on the market that streams to your telephone reduces the decision and high quality to minimise the bandwidth used and supply a smoother streaming expertise. As I discussed above, the view on my telephone’s display did stutter sometimes whereas recording, and it did lag a little bit behind the camera’s precise actions, however not sufficient that it was actually an problem.
Right here is some of the pattern footage from that stroll with the camera mounted to the gimbal included with the Cinematic Package. This was shot on a pretty overcast day because it’s winter right here in Scotland in the intervening time. The sky, the place it’s seen, ought to be a combine of vibrant blue with white clouds (that’s what my eyes noticed), though the bottom is principally in shade. So it’s actually pushing the dynamic vary of the camera.
Reviewing the footage
Okay, let’s get the audio out of the best way first. This is not the camera you need to use if inner sound is necessary to you. The microphones aren’t nice, and the audio sounds fairly closely processed on playback. There’s no exterior microphone enter, both, so that you’re both going to have to report audio individually and sync in publish otherwise you’ll need to ignore the audio utterly and simply play video to music as I’ve accomplished above.
From wanting on the footage samples although, you possibly can see that it’s pretty comparable in high quality to an motion camera across the Hero Three or Four type of era or a present mannequin primary entry-level smartphone. Positive, it’s not fairly as detailed because the 4K footage we see at this time from the likes of the Hero 7 Black and the newest flagship smartphones, nor does it have their dynamic vary. Nevertheless it additionally doesn’t include their price ticket.
2880×1440 might sound fairly a low decision once we take a look at the 4K cameras we stock round with us on a day by day foundation and the obvious 8K cameras which are on the best way. However you will have to contemplate how most individuals will view the footage. That’s sometimes both going to be on a telephone display or maybe a shopper degree VR or Combined Actuality headset. So far as telephones, my ASUS ZenFone 5 display has a decision of 2246×1080 pixels. Even Apple’s newest flagship, the iPhone XS solely provides a 2436×1125 display. Each nicely under the decision of this camera.
Digital and Combined Actuality headsets from ASUS, HP, Dell, Lenovo and different manufacturers usually supply 1440×1440 decision per eye, for 2880×1440 complete, which is the identical as this camera. If this have been a 3D 180 camera, then I’d anticipate extra, however because it’s flat footage, a greater decision camera solely actual presents a couple of advantages. The first, which is pretty minor, actually, is that you would scale down the footage in submit to attempt to pull again a bit extra element.
The second, although, is fairly a bit extra vital. When you needed to create a single camera view from this footage and crop it the usual 16:9, you’re principally solely getting 1440×810 decision. If the camera have been bumped barely from 2880×1440 to 3840×1920 decision, then you definitely’d have the ability to get sufficient decision from a single camera view to produce a 1080p video for many who need to watch however don’t have appropriate headsets for stereoscopic 3D.
However it’s not, it’s 2880×1440, which is simply nice for its meant use and market. Once more, this is a primary shopper camera. It’s an entry into the world of 3D video. So it’s actually not horrible for what it prices and its audience.
30fps Video body price
One factor I did discover to be barely disorienting when enjoying again the footage was the shutter velocity and body price. The Weeview SID 3D shoots at a fastened 30 frames per second, and regardless of the f/2.Four lens aperture, the shutter velocity even in outside overcast circumstances was pretty lengthy.
This type of body price is positive whenever you’re watching common 2D footage on a TV display throughout the room and the world round you stays static. However if you’re watching the footage again on a headset in 3D, the movement blur could make you fairly dizzy and nauseous because the camera strikes across the surroundings – even when getting used with the gimbal. You do get considerably used to it, although.
So, for now, the 2 potential options are to solely shoot in very shiny circumstances to drive that shutter velocity to work extra shortly, or maintain the camera locked off in a static place for every shot – Or, in case you do have to transfer it, then put it on motorised camera slider shifting very very slowly.
About that gimbal…
The gimbal that comes with the Weeview CID 3D Cinematic Package is undoubtedly higher than simply going straight up handheld on the camera, though it’s not superb. As talked about, it has a 1/Four-20″ socket on the underside for a tripod (I just like the Manfrotto Pixi), and one other on the aspect for the telephone holder that comes provided with the package – each very helpful issues. However it doesn’t appear to fairly maintain as regular as different gimbals I’ve used prior to now. Half of that could be down to a mixture of method and the slight lag of the camera’s WiFi stream on the telephone display throwing me off, however I additionally assume it is perhaps to do with the way it’s arrange.
In contrast to gimbals from Zhiyun, Feiyu and different producers, there is no method to configure the speeds or sensitivity of the Weeview gimbal. A minimum of, not that I’ve been in a position to discover. As an instance of the sort of configuration I hoped for, this is the Zhiyun app permitting me to tweak the settings of the Crane 2 gimbal’s sensitivity and smoothness.
Okay, so the Crane 2 vs an motion camera gimbal in all probability isn’t a truthful battle, however such settings are additionally out there on their smaller gimbals for telephones and motion cameras, too. Different gimbal software program additionally consists of options like movement timelapse, which permits you to preset begin and cease endpoints for the gimbal to transfer over a set interval of time, capturing video footage or stills at common intervals.
If this type of superior performance have been included within the Weeview app, to have the opportunity to fine-tune your gimbal, I feel it’d massively improve its usability and stability. Because it’s not included, it might be value getting the essential camera package and shopping for a separate gimbal. Do keep in mind, although, that Weeview might replace the app sooner or later to embrace such performance. In the event that they do, you gained’t get the identical interaction between the camera and gimbal with third celebration gimbals that you simply may with the official gimbal.
I haven’t shot that many stills with it but, however I’ve made a few. For normal pictures, the decision bumps up fairly considerably to 32-megapixels for an 8064×4032 picture (4032×4032 per eye). This is a lot larger than most techniques on which we’d view such an picture, so we will downsample it to match VR/MR headset or telephone resolutions. Which is useful, as a result of the picture is truly upsampled to 8K, and the artifacts are fairly apparent when seen at 100%. Cutting down for headset show helps to negate that.
One function the Weeview SID 3D doesn’t have, which was barely disappointing is the shortage of DNG RAW. The pictures are solely saved out in JPG format. However, once more, when you think about the market this camera is aimed toward, anticipating DNG RAW functionality may be a bit a lot to hope for. Most individuals utilizing this camera aren’t going to be bringing their pictures into Lightroom or Adobe Camera RAW to submit course of them.
That being stated, the JPG information that come out of the camera do endure from fairly a lot of oversharpening, compression and upsampling. Inside the cellular app, you’ll be able to change the publicity (up to +/- 1.Three stops) and the distinction (Min/Low/Center/Excessive/Max), however that’s about all of the management you recover from the picture being shot. For video, there’s additionally a flicker setting to select between 50Hz and 60Hz, though it doesn’t appear to keep in mind its setting. I’m within the UK, so it’s 50Hz for me. Each time I hearth up the app, although, it’s set to 60Hz so I’ve to change it.
If we might get some additional fine-tuning of the picture, a minimum of the power to management the extent of sharpening & compression used, by means of app and firmware updates, that may make this camera rather more versatile.
In case you’re solely ever going to be viewing them again on a Combined Actuality headset or your telephone’s display via a VR headset, you then possible gained’t discover the compression and sharpening ranges of the JPG information popping out of the camera. And the upsampling is negated by the downsampling to make it match in your telephone or VR/MR gadget’s display.
This is one thing I’m solely mentioning briefly, as I haven’t been in a position to play with this correctly but. The Weeview web site and guide does point out that the SID 3D has stay streaming. Nevertheless, it’s not the sort of native stay streaming we noticed with the YI 360 VR. The Weeview SID 3D works a little in another way. As an alternative of streaming instantly from the camera or your cellular app, you hook the camera up to your pc, which sees it as a common USB seize gadget, like a webcam.
This will then be introduced into purposes like OBS or X-Cut up and streamed within the ordinary method that you simply’d stream out of your desktop. This does restrict the streaming capabilities in that you could’t actually do it away out of your pc, nevertheless it does theoretically offer you a lot extra energy and management over your stay stream. Like, the power to add overlays or transitions and use an exterior shotgun microphone by way of a mixer that isn’t constructed into the camera to get good high quality sound.
It’s an uncommon approach to do it, not as a result of it’s a bit bizarre, however as a result of it’s one thing that many shoppers want their cameras might do, however they don’t. It’s a technique that I want extra cameras would help. Who hasn’t needed to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera for his or her Skype conferences with out spending $200+ on an HDMI seize system?
Stay streaming via OBS with the SID 3D is one thing I undoubtedly plan to attempt sooner or later sooner or later. So, as soon as I get it working and work out what I can do with it, I’ll submit an replace.
There are literally a number of cellular apps out there from Weeview for working with SID 3D photographs and video. There’s the SID Camera app itself, and also you’ve additionally obtained 3D Fun and 3D Clip. The SID Camera app we’ve already talked about above, so let’s take a fast take a look at the opposite two.
The 3D Fun app primarily permits you to create fast boomerang sort movies from a shot in your camera. It takes the left and proper views seen by the camera after which interpolates the info in between the 2 frames to create a brief 3D impact animation bouncing between the 2 you can then publish to Fb, Instagram or different social media. It is, because the identify suggests, simply a bit of fun.
The 3D Clip app enables you to trim, modify, collate and edit your clips. You may as well add music and export out to watch or share. It’s primarily a cellular modifying app in your SID 3D footage. It additionally allows you to add parts into the video comparable to 3D textual content, and you may modify the parallax of that textual content to transfer it ahead or backwards in your scene – one thing that Weeview claims is a world first for a cellular modifying app.
Name me quaint, however I nonetheless favor to edit my video on the desktop. At a push, although, I might fairly fortunately see myself utilizing this to edit a fast 3D video collectively whereas away from house with simply my telephone and the SID 3D.
- It’s pretty cheap for the essential mannequin camera
- It’s tiny, light-weight, and straightforward to take out with you wherever you go
- Operation is tremendous easy with solely three exterior buttons
- Distant monitoring and management apps can be found for each Android and iOS
- There’s an app for modifying your SID 3D footage proper in your telephone for each Android and iOS
- Respectable battery life, however it’s also possible to use it whereas charging
- Reside streaming by means of OBS as a common USB seize system (not examined, however the documentation says it may be carried out)
- 30fps and sluggish shutter speeds make shifting photographs fairly disorienting
- The audio is fairly horrible and there’s no exterior microphone enter
- JPG information are upsampled, oversharpened and extremely compressed
- Little or no in the best way of high quality settings for photographs or video within the cellular app
- There’s no apparent means to fantastic tune the gimbal’s settings or sensitivity
There is little question that the Weeview SID 3D Camera has its downfalls, nevertheless it is a whole lot of fun to use. And this is actually simply the beginning of this know-how within the shopper market. Motion cameras and 360° cameras weren’t superb for his or her first couple of generations, both. However as extra individuals begin to uncover and use them and the producers discover out what’s actually essential to customers, they enhance.
I’m very a lot wanting ahead to seeing the place Weeview and different corporations take will take 3D cameras sooner or later. Weeview already confirmed off the SID2 eventually yr’s CES (it’s nonetheless not out but, although), which brings 180° 3D VR. Lenovo and YI have additionally introduced 180° 3D cameras, though I’ve been informed by representatives of YI that their 180° 3D camera won’t ever truly be introduced to the general public market. However the Vuze XR and QooCam additionally each supply 180° 3D video.
So, would I like to recommend this camera? Sure, I might, however… There’s all the time a however. However, provided that you already know what you’re getting your self into. Regardless of the shortcomings talked about above, utilizing this camera has been a lot of fun. Having the ability to seize clips, and watch these reminiscences again on a VR headset with my telephone in 3D is unbelievable. And for $269 for simply the camera, I feel it’s value it so long as you perceive and settle for its limitations.
The Weeview SID 3D has acquired me very excited for the longer term of 3D content material creation. Not essentially as a result of of the place it’s at now, however as a result of of the potential it holds. With a bit larger decision, notably if it provides a 180° subject of view to go searching, larger decision sensors, and a extra developed app, I can see such cameras turning into far more widespread, particularly as VR headsets are beginning to turn out to be extra widespread.
Stepping up to the Cinematic Package for an additional $130… I’m not so satisfied on the worth there. The gimbal is very primary, and whereas it might completely be down to my gimbal method, I’m unsure it’s value the price distinction. Whereas the gimbal does undoubtedly enhance stability points vs handholding the SID 3D, it’s nonetheless not good.
And, to be trustworthy, for the worth distinction between the essential camera and the cinematic package, there are in all probability extra superior motion camera gimbals on the market for the much less cash now. With different gimbals, although, you might have to provide you with your personal answer for mounting your telephone to view the camera whereas recording. So, it might finally find yourself understanding about the identical value.
General, if you need a fun 3D camera that’s straightforward to carry, fast to use, and don’t want the very best picture high quality, then go for it. Viewing the pictures again on some sort of 3D viewing system is surprisingly forgiving. I’ll definitely be persevering with to use this camera often.
Should you demand a little extra high quality, you’ll need to contemplate both spending a bit extra money on a greater finish system, or wait till the know-how trickles down to this worth level. Or wait to see what the Weeview SID2 might have in retailer each time it formally launches.
You’ll find out extra concerning the Weeview SID 3D on the Weeview web site.
Notice: The Weeview SID 3D presently appears to be obtainable to buy by way of Amazon.com within the USA for $199 for the camera solely or $299 for the Cinematic Package.