The idea of snap-on accessories that transform your phone only gets interesting when the accessories are interesting. That’s been the challenge of Moto Mods, Motorola’s initiative to create magnetic accessories for the Z series of modular phones: a few have been bold; others have been.
The Moto 360 camera, arriving in the US August 10 along with the latest Moto Z phone, the, is a clever idea: make a 360-degree camera an easy-to-attach accessory.
Too bad that the still-unreleasedhad the same idea in an even smaller accessory for its modular platform, but we still haven’t tested out either. And Motorola’s could still be the better option… but at $300, it’s far from an impulse purchase. (UK and Australian pricing and availability were not announced.)
That’s the problem here: Does a 360-degree camera that costs as much as a budget phone make sense? Depends on how good it is.
Motorola promises the camera will shoot in 4K, with an ability to also shoot 150-degree “ultrawide-angle” photos. Photos will both upload to Google Photos and work with on-phone editing tools.
Along with Lenovo’s pocket Insta-Share projector and the Hasselblad zoom camera mod, it’s Motorola’s third wild idea for the Z series of phones. Stay tuned for hands-on impressions.
- Weight: 85 grams
- FOV: 360 degree spherical
- 2×13-megapixel render resolution
- Video: 360-degree 4K, 24fps
- 2x 1/2.8-inch sensors
- Aperture: f/2.0
- File format: JPEG, MPEG4
- Live video-stream capable
- Storage: on-phone, via SD card, or in cloud
- 3D four-channel sound