Meta Three is a new 360-degree camera that produces remarkable video in 12.5K resolution using four vertically oriented 6K sensors.
The state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) camera also offers ultra-low parallax (stitching issues), ProRes and RAW, electronic focus and live streaming capability.
Not to be confused with Facebook’s parent company, Meta. The camera company is UK-based and offers the Meta Three for a whopping $42,000.
“The Meta Three not only has 12.5k resolution but it’s sharp, the detail in this camera is incredible. Plus it’s highly controllable – we can adjust focus and aperture digitally and at the stolen”, writes the company.
The company says it uses “high quality glass” for the pixel-rich 360 camera. The data generated can be saved by four CFast 2.0 cards or four SSDs connected via USB-C.
The company recommends a Varjo Virtual Reality Headsetan extremely high-end headset, to take full advantage of what the Meta Three can achieve.
Anyone who’s used a 360 degree camera knows they’re prone to stitching issues. This is when the various lenses that combine to create a 360 degree image meet and leave a telltale line on the video or image.
The Meta Three uses four lenses, but the company says “we got them so close in fact that they sew beautifully.”
“Plus, because these lenses are so sharp across the board, they look fantastic wherever you choose to put them together on the overlap,” adds Meta.
Before the Meta Three, there was the Meta One and Two. All three cameras can record footage in ProRes 422 and offer the ability to shoot a high bitrate of h265.
“It’s important not only for pixel quality, but also for color detail. You can get that cinematic quality from the Note,” the company explains.
The Meta Three can stream live in 8k through its Ethernet port or HDMI ports using third-party software.
The company also offers editing software, Meta Controller, for PC and Mac.
“The controller gives you granular control over the camera, choosing variable frame rate settings, picture profiles, encoding options, focus, full shutter, WB controls and ISO as well as a host of other settings and features,” writes Meta.
“We show you battery voltage, camera temperature, and quick shortcuts to key features you want to adjust quickly.”
YouTuber Hugues Hou got their hands on one of only two Meta Threes that currently exist right now where it showed off its incredibly high dynamic range and razor sharp image.