What VR180 Camera is perfect for YOU? Watch THIS (in VR) to find out!

What VR180 Camera is perfect for YOU? Watch THIS (in VR) to find out!

Hello EVERYBODY! I hope you are watching me in VR right now. If not, pause this video, pick up your Oculus
Go – and come join me in Virtual Reality Today, by popular request from my viewers,
I am going to compare TOP 5 most popular consumer and professional VR180 cameras in 2019. These cameras are Insta360 EVO, Vuze XR, Kandao
Qoocam, Lenovo Mirage, Z Cam K1 Pro – which is a professional VR180 camera. And the Insta360 Pro 2 – which can also do
VR180 with a different way to shoot 3D 180. We will take a look at some of the image quality
factors of all these cameras, including Sharpness, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Color Accuracy,
Noise, Tonal Response, Texture Response, Dynamic Range, Contract Resolution, and Flare – which
we all know it is a big issue for fisheye lens camera. With the professional VR180 camera as the
benchmark – hopefully, by the end of this series of videos, you can make a logical decision
on which camera to bring on your next Virtual Reality adventure. Let’s dive right in. Hey, what’s up, everybody. It’s your Boi Hugh here from CreatorUp. Filming me right now is the Z Cam K1 Pro. This is the best VR180 camera out in the market
in term of image quality and stereoscopic quality. It is a professional level camera and just
the camera body will cause around $3000 US Dollars – if B&H is not in back order. This is the same camera shot the Joey Graceffa
Escape the Night VR trailer and the Elton John concert on YouTube VR. You can check out my detailed review and comparison
here. The link is down below. Next, we have the Insta360 EVO – which is
the camera everybody talking about. It is 5.7K VR180. Here is the spec on screen for this camera. Before we talk about the image quality and
stereo quality, let me explain our testing environment and where you should look in a
VR headset. Disclaimer, this is not a professional testing
studio with a scientific testing procedure. This is just a busy VR filmmaker’s way to
figure out which camera to use. Here is the testing environment. We have all 5 cameras filming at the same
time, on top of each other in the same distance toward me. We have a Kino Flo professional studio light
as a light source with exact Daylight in 5500 Kelvin. All cameras are calibrated in 5500 daylight
in white balance. We have the camera calibration chart right
here, 3 feet away from all the cameras – which is the standard VR180 sweet spot. I am standing exactly 4 feet away from the
cameras In the chart, we have
11-step Grayscale bars will help you to see the bit-depth of the VR camera. It also lets you see the dynamic range of
the camera – from white to black. The color bar on the sides will help you to
look at the camera color reproduction. The Siemens-stars in each corner is for image
resolution. We also place objects at different distances
to test out the convergence, and depth handling of each camera, aka stereoscopic quality. The second chart is 2 feet away for the camera. The mini focus calibration chart is exactly
1 foot away from the camera. Nothing should go closer than 1 foot to avoid
cross eye for your viewers Lastly, we will overlay a degree chart at
the bottom so you can see the actual field of view of each camera. So now you watched the K1Pro and EVO in the
VR headset, I hope you have a clear idea of the look and feel differences between a small
size sensor VR180 cameras like EVO and the K1Pro. If you can’t tell from the YouTube compression
– I will highly recommend you to download the original video and sideload it on to your
VR headset and check. I provided 5.7K of this video free to download. Link it is in the description. Please do drop a like if you find the test
footage helpful. Now you are looking at outdoor, real-world
footage of the EVO shot at WonderCon 2019, which is held at Anaheim Conversation Center,
next to Disneyland, California. So the immediate impression is, all of them,
including the Z Cam K1 Pro, has issues with compression due to block sizes. If you look back to the K1Pro introduction
portion with my overlay GH5 2D footage, you can clearly see the difference. That is why if you don’t need VR180, and 3D
is not gonna help your narrative, don’t shoot VR180. 2D is still a lot better and a lot cheaper. For smaller sensor cameras like EVO, Qoocam,
Vuze XR and Mirage, they all have issues with detail because of aggressive compression. Look at the Siemens-stars or any fine details,
you can immediately see the problem. Basically, just like we compare a GoPro footage
to a Mirco 4/3 DSLR. You pay what you get. It is actually easy to see the difference
when you see it one after the other. Let me challenge you a little bit. Comment below and tell me what you think after
seeing VR180 footage from a micro 4/3 sensor camera compare to a 1/2.3 inches sensor cameras. Bigger is better is not always the case tho. If you pay attention to the edges of the lens,
you will see more chromatic aberration from the K1 Pro. Also, if you look down at the measuring tape. Here is the K1 Pro, as you see the number
4, 5 and 6 are pretty blurry. The new iZugar Lenes on the K1Pro will hopefully
fix these issues – but since I don’t have the new model – so I don’t know. Hopefully, Kinson from Z Cam will send me
a new unit so I can do an update for you guys. The Z Cam also has some minor flicker in VR
headset – like the whole frame snapping every one second. It seems like the default GOP (group of pictures)
compression is 1 second. Again, this is just my guess by looking at
many K1 Pro footage in a VR headset. The EVO looks smoother in that sense. Considering the price point, the EVO image
quality is very impressive with decent dynamic range and pretty even edge to edge lenses
sharpness. Besides image quality, one thing I need to
point out is stereoscopic quality. All the EVO footage you saw, is fixed in Mistika
VR on the ZERO sphere – which I detailed in this tutorial. Insta360 will release an official firmware
update that fixes the stereo issue. So no need to worry. Basically, this issue makes close up objects
hard to see in VR headset by pushing them even closer, as you see in the mini focus
chart right here. I will highly recommend putting your subject
matter at least 2 Ft or 1.5 meters away from the camera to avoid making your viewers uncomfortable,
or worse, crossing their eyes. This suggestion applied to ALL VR180 cameras,
not just EVO. Okay, let’s take a look at a different camera
here. Now we have the Vuze XR in the exact same
take. Here is the basic spec on screen for the Vuze
XR. XR, in the current firmware, actually does
not provide any manual setting. You can not set your ISO, shutter speed, or
even white balance. So it is really easy to lose detail in highlight
as you see from the windows here on my left. This is my biggest complaint about this camera. Vuze XR software does provide ProRes output
– which removes 1 level of compression during stitching. So the end video looks slightly clearer than
EVO. Especially if you pay attention to the white
wall behind me. All other cameras have 3 levels of H.264 compression
– from capture to software stitch to final render. Still, the quality difference is really minimal
and most of the time you can’t really tell. So don’t get hung up on that. I also like the color representation of the
XR. Look at the skin ton color blocks on the chart
– I think Vuze did a pretty good job on matching the skin tone. In term of Dynamic Range, EVO seems to be
a bit better b/c of the ability to manually control everything. But some YouTubers suggest HDR of EVO will
make it even better, which I think they are wrong. I detailed what is HDR in this video. Basically, without 10-bit sensor, you can
not do HDR. Take a look at this EVO footage in regular
mode. Yes, the outside windows are blown out. But the base of the airplane is black and
the text is white. Take a look at the HDR version. The black base and white text are all shifted
to magenta. In a sense, the black is not black and the
white is not white, it is actually losing dynamic range. It also generates lots of noise in the shadow
area around movement as you see from the moving plane. So, I will suggest don’t use the HDR mode. Use the manual mode for precise control of
your exposure. Now let’s quickly jump to Kandao Qoocam. I put the spec on screen. Qoocam remains one of my favor VR180 cameras
for travel and when I don’t want to bring a charger with me. The camera feels like last forever compare
to others – and it is very reliable no matter how cold and how hot is the weather. It is also my backup camera if my 2 GH5 with
Entaniya HAL 200 fail on set. One noticeable feature to make this camera
a must have is the ability to do super slow motion in 4K VR180, which is detailed in this
video. Unfortunately, as you see here, 4K is a disadvantage
compared to EVO and Vuze XR. If you look at the charts in front of me,
you can tell the aggressive compression artifacts due to low resolution. Also, Qoocam is not a full 180 degree. I overlay the degree chart so you can see
it yourself. Lately, we have Lenovo Mirage. I am actually the first person did a complete
detailed VR180 review of the Mirage when it came out. You can check it out right here on CreatorUp. But I have to say, don’t get it. It has that stereo disparity issue, actually
worse than Insta360 EVO. And lower 4K resolution just like the Qoocam. The lenes have chromatic aberration if you
turn and look at the windows and same focusing issue around the edge like the Z Cam K1 Pro. It does have the advantage in price point. It only cost $256 US dollar. Thank you for watching this very in-depth
VR180 comparison of the top 5 VR180 cameras. I hope this can serve as your No.1 initial
buying guide. As they all have their strong points and weaknesses. Knowing what is the best camera for the job
is crucial instead of blindly following marketing hypes and biased reviews. I hope this series of VR180 videos could help
you make the right choice. As you see in the background, the next episode
we will focus on the low light performance of all TOP 5 camera. The result is actually very surprising and
you need to watch this if you are considering low light filming or even indoor VR180. The third episode, we will compare Insta360
Pro 2 VR180 with all of these VR180 cameras. So if you own Insta360 Pro 2 and considering
VR180 production, you have to watch episode 3. And don’t forget to hit that subscribe button
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me what you think is the best VR180 cameras and why, after watching this video with VR
headsets. Your comments will also help others to decide
what they should buy. And sharing is loving. Just know your action and your opinion are
helping the whole industry to grow. So I hope to hear from you soon, smash that
like button, and I will see you in my next low light comparison video.

22 thoughts on “What VR180 Camera is perfect for YOU? Watch THIS (in VR) to find out!

  1. Youtube doesn't support 180 VR on PC anymore. What kind of PC do you have to render these HUGE video files?

  2. Hey another great video with a cliffhanger for the pro2 😉 i‘m curious!

    But so far another evo issue..
    When I export 180* pictures stitched by the Insta studio to the oculus Go .. the oculus doesn’t recognize them as 3-D! I have to manually assign the VR type. Which is obviously annoying if you have lots of pits. Does anyone have that issue as well?

  3. For a few seconds in your lowlight teaser, there was a scene marked as YI Horizon. Are there any news? I am waiting for this camera for so long and got now the EVO because it was very quite for over a year at the Horizon.

  4. Why is the iZugar Z2XL180 always so neglected?
    Isn’t it any good?
    Rumor says that it was actually used to film Elton John and not the zCam (there is a blog that shows stills and you clearly see the two metal plates typical to their design)

  5. Great video again, thanks Hugh! You suggested 2 feet as a minimum shooting distance and said it is 1.5meters. 2 feet is 61cm so I guess 61cm is correct distance? I plan to shoot something inside a car, evo would be placed at the back seat so 1.5m seems impossible. Thanks!

  6. I'm sorry, and I realize the extreme effort you put into making this video, but this is an unorganized mess. Do you even realize the audio/video are not synced after 6:00? With all the skipping around in narration and gratuitous videos from Wondercon, I have no idea what camera is better for what purposes. At the very least you should label every shot with the camera you are using for the entire length of the shot. And spend more time letting us look at the reference charts and showing, in 2D stills, each camera's reference card so we can actually see any differences. And as far as I can tell you only used one camera at Wondercon???

  7. Where did you find HDR on EVO?

    1. We have a lot of wobbling and waving of building in our footage. Same was on your K1 PRO on buildings. What has happened?
    2. Compression on EVO is awful! Fusion is much better. We have shot several scenes with Fusion. Bought Insta, Sold Fusion and now we shoot almost same scenes, but the grass is ruined by EVO. WHY????

  8. @hugh you mentioned EVO's HDR but I don't think you mentioned its ability to shoot in log? I don't know if their HDR is something like HLG, but you are right… with only 8 bits you have to lose your darks to get the brights, and HDR is all about the brights, really. I think log is a better choice, because you have more latitude to expose for the brights without loosing too much from the darks.

    It might be worth doing a tutorial on a log workflow with the EVO, especially referencing your new noise reduction video.

  9. Great video! My findings have been similar – prefer VUZE XR when there's plenty of light and prefer EVO in dark settings – never use HDR mode because of noise.

    The big question is: when can we expect the YI Horizon that you teased at the end?! 😉

  10. Hi Hugh, firstly, thanks for the amazing content on your channel! I’ve downloaded and watched this comparison, it’s much better quality through an Oculus Go; I’m trying to decide between the Vuse XR and the Evo- everyone says the Evo is better and the exterior Evo footage looks good on your video but indoors the Evo looks a little noisy, the Vuse is cleaner to me. Most reviews say the Vuse is not as good because it has no manual controls but am I correct in thinking that with latest firmware it now has these manual settings?- and with the Evo’s disparity issues, is the Vuse actually a better camera if you don’t have Mistika?, what do you think Hugh?

  11. Hi ! Do you know if it's possible to shoot underwater with Lenovo Mirage ? Perhaps using some waterproof case or recipient ?

  12. Another great video. You really do a great job of explaining everything. I really like the Vuze XR form factor and ease of use. But I really would like to watch recorded 3D content on my 3D capable home theater projector (Sony VPL-HW45). What would be the best camera for this? I would like it to be in 16:9 format as well when watching. Thanks.

  13. This could have been a good learning tool but the Youtube vid quality is absolute crap, meaning there is no way to tell the difference between the cameras. The link to download is completely non functional. I tried the link in three different browsers and it never downloads. There seems to be no way to download the high quality video. Would like to see this vid if you get a working high quality link posted.

  14. Thanks for the video Hugh. I'm new to the channel and have found much of your work extremely useful. Thanks. Episodes 2 and 3 are they still in the works or are they available? If so i'm struggling to find them. Apologies as I know it must take you a lot of time to produce the content.

  15. Please tell us how you can download your files from the link: http://bit.ly/2HewraL …

    I just can't make it possible. I registered on all sites that are only there, but still BLOCK: (((

    I just wanted to see the original quality of the cameras on my VR glasses

  16. You should do a video on Insta360 Evo’s new parallax & dynamic stitching update review. They said it fixed the stitching problems but I’m still curious on if it’s 100% fixed. If it is, then it’s probably better the one x. Thanks for all your videos. Very educative and helpful.

  17. This is the best Vuze xr comparison I've seen out there. I just ordered one of my own. Question: What software do you use to edit in VR? I like the pop-ups in video and would love to know how you do that?

  18. I have a Vuze XR and I've been looking for a free way to create VR180 videos from combined clips for months. I've been using DaVinci Resolve to edit, but I wanted to confirm what was the resolution I was supposed to be using (it's 4K left/right layout). When I try to use VR creator to inject metadata I get the error "Video dimensions must be set for v1 metadata injection" and I don't know how to fix that. With the spatial-media script I get a 360 video instead which is shifted by 90 degrees so it defaults to the edge of the two 180 images right in the center. Any help?

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