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

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.

source: Sony

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Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)



1. JohnK

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

15. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

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

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

11. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yes I notice the same thing

13. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

360° doesnt cover above and below duh!!!

16. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

5. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I guess next one will be 360 degree underwater videoshot

6. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

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

7. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

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

12. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

14. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

9. oister85 unregistered

Guess they never coming to sprint

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