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Competitor to the girocam?

by UK Pano » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:38 am

I've received an email from Andrew Baddeley (aka Badders) formely of 360 Tactical VR advising that he has closed down that business and is now an Account Manager for NCTech who have launched an equivalent/competitor to the girocam.

Link here to their new product: http://www.nctech.co.uk/index.php
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by mediavets » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:43 am

UK Pano wrote:I've received an email from Andrew Baddeley (aka Badders) formely of 360 Tactical VR advising that he has closed down that business and is now an Account Manager for NCTech who have launched an equivalent/competitor to the girocam.

Link here to their new product: http://www.nctech.co.uk/index.php

Any idea how much these cost? I couldn't find any clues on the web site.

Seems to be only a single example image on the site so far. If it's so quick and easy to get great pano images one wonders why there aren't more on the web site.
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by gkaefer » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:03 pm

looking at the demo pano online...
ptp standard menu, so internally the images get (automatically?) stiched as it looks like... did not read all text ;-)
but what I wonder:

why cubic form? why not a smaller base and longer in z axis to get an acceptable nadir area. This is again one more device with an such huge nadir...
... the device is around 10x10cm so my Merlin is bigger but the merlin does create a smaller nadir... so the 4 lenses have far less than 180° FOV covering the zenith but with the bigger (empty) nadir...

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PS: the datasheet tells about ;-) :

Full spherical 360° x 275° +/- 5° Image
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by HansKeesom » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:43 pm

The cubic form might be to protect the lenses.

Yes no nadir, would it work to use a ballhead, rotate 90 degrees sideways and pull tripod back a bit for a second "shot"?

It seems to take 10 seconds to do a pano, so absolutely not something for on top of a car. But well suited for quick and good panoramas.

Price will be important. If it is more expensive then the girocam it will only have quality speaking for itself, while girocam seems faster. If less then girocam it will blow the girocam out of the water.
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by babgon » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:34 pm

Ce n'est pas un concurrent, le iStar est vendu 6 295€ HT pour la version Fusion et 10 495€ HT pour la version Pulsar... La Girocam est à  1500€

This is not a competitor, the iStar is sold for € 6,295 for Fusion version and € 10 495 for version Pulsar ... The Girocam is € 1500
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by gkaefer » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:17 pm

People are very confident in their (marketing) skills.
Wrong data in the datasheet; a nadir you can name a black hole (but stating their fullspheres have 10000x5000pixels); announcing on the website to use the device on scrime scenes
... lollollol
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by gkaefer » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:29 pm

and I have to state a big WOW:

in following link they offer on QR code to an 3D model of the istar device,
well as alternative look at the (non working) link for users with no QR reader... the link domain is a TLD of Lybia.

http://www.nctech.co.uk/iSTAR_Explore.php

so - really - which company trying to sell expensive hightech hardware does have the "courage" to publish a link of an topleveldomain based in Lybia?


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by HansKeesom » Sat May 05, 2012 2:07 pm

When it is #### also, it is very much like the Girocam, so competitors in crappyness ;-)
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