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Sony shows off 360-degree 4K video shot on its Xperia Z5 Compact

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Sony shows off 360-degree 4K video shot on its Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony didn't announce any new smartphone at CES 2016, so it's still hard at work promoting the handsets released last year, including the Xperia Z5 family.

The very latest promo video that Sony is sharing with the world is showing 4K, 360-degree footage entirely shot on Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones. Since a single Z5 Compact can't shoot 360-dregree video (no smartphone can), Sony had to use no less than 12 devices, mounting them on a custom 3D printed ring. Each of the 12 handsets shot 4K video, so Sony says it's ended up having a 48K (12 x 4) video. In reality, though, the final video is still just a 4K, 360-degree one.

You can watch Sony's "48K" 360-degree video below, either on your smartphone, or on your PC. In case you're wondering, the video was shot during the Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France.

Like the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium, the Xperia Z5 Compact features a 23 MP rear camera with a 1/2.3'' sensor, phase detection auto focus, and (of course) 4K video recording. You can find out more about the smartphone by reading our Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review.




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posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:53

1. JohnK (Posts: 117; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


They should advertise (spam) this way on TV and boards if they want to gain more market shares and fame. It's the only way today to sell against Apple instead of waiting for people to come and check specs on the internet.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 20:09

10. cheetah2k (Posts: 1499; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Yeah, nah. I'll stick to my Ricoh Theta S thanks!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 00:05 1

15. joeboxer (Posts: 42; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Lol, won't all the snow melt from 12 snapdragon 810s? XD

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 15:58

2. sgodsell (Posts: 3077; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


What I don't understand is why they didn't use 8 phones instead of 12. By using 12 that means each phones camera takes in a 30 degree view. Where as using 8 phones would mean a 45 degree view. Considering each camera has at least a minimum of 120 degree view.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 16:33

3. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1030; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Well, they are in portrait orientation.
Also for perfect alignment if the sides

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 17:18 4

4. ibend (Posts: 3205; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


if they use 3d printed ring, how can they shoot ground below and sky above it since it have no camera pointed that way? via BS? o.O

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 20:25

11. kent-gaga (Posts: 481; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


yes I notice the same thing

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 21:52

13. ToastedBacon21 (Posts: 36; Member since: 18 Oct 2015)


360° doesnt cover above and below duh!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 01:31

16. kent-gaga (Posts: 481; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


but you can see what's above and below the cameras in the video...

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 17:57 3

5. buccob (Posts: 2495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


That's the only place where the sd810 can use 4K without overheating. Hehe

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 18:27

8. ibend (Posts: 3205; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


I guess next one will be 360 degree underwater videoshot

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 18:25

6. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


And on that day, the Alps have melted. (Jk, the Z5 compact can record 4k for like 30 minutes in normal room temperature.)

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 18:26

7. rick_mobile (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 Dec 2010)


A Sony experia will most likely be my next phone, I can't wait to try a 4K display with VR.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 20:25

12. kent-gaga (Posts: 481; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i dont think the Z5 Premium can be used in 4K mode with VR headset yet

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 22:51 1

14. hansip87 (Posts: 19; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


While it still render VR at 1080, but the screen door effect caused by physical pixel size is almost gone. So yeah it still brings the improvement.

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 05:05

17. ibend (Posts: 3205; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


and I doubt SD810 have enough power to render VR in 4k (without overheating)

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 19:38

9. oister85 (Posts: 471; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Guess they never coming to sprint

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