From the photokina Floor: A Brief Encounter with the Elmo QBic MS-1


Remember Elmo? No, we’re not talking about the cute fuzzy character, but the venerable motion picture projector manufacturing company, based in Nagoya, Japan. Well, the company has come up with a unique idea at photokina—fusing four QBiC MS-1 mini digital wide-angle cameras together at fixed angles with a holder so they can shoot in four directions at once. The resulting images can be stitched into stills or videos that you can move through much like a 360-degree panorama.

Each IPX4-rated camera component measures 2.1 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches, and its fixed focus f/2.0 lens covers a diagonal angle of 185 degrees. Its focusing range, from 2 cm to infinity, provides considerable scope for creative expression. Also, the QBiC MS-1 can shoot 5MP stills and Full HD videos at 1080p and 60 fps. Other features: built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, interval recording, one-shot burst modes, and a lithium-polymer battery that recharges in about three hours.

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When can I see the results of the shoot?