Nikon Keymission 360 Review
While there is no doubt about Nikon’s credibility in the field of DSLRs and compact cameras, the action camera market all for grabs. GoPro has certainly set the bar high and it is interesting to see Nikon make an effort to compete as well. At the Photokina this year, the company showed off its KeyMission range of action cameras comprising of KeyMission 80, KeyMission 170 and the VR video making KeyMission 360. Nikon has certainly done a good job with the KeyMission 360 and has actually put things together rather well. The KeyMission 360 is presently the first 360×360 all-in-one camera that comes with 4K video recording capability. It is also waterproof up to 30m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof as well.
Design and handling
The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a pretty compact camera and has a tripod socket underneath. With the shooter, you get an adapter, a mount system, and two sticky pads, one being curved and the other being flat. The standard lens protection offers up to 20m.
The camera has two large faces that have ultra-wide angle lenses. Behind these, one can find two 20MP, 1/2.3 inch sensors that capture 4K videos. On the top lies the record button and also has a battery indicator for low battery life. While one side of the shooter has a button for setting modes, the other side has space for battery (can be swapped) and the memory card.
Besides this, one also gets a standard lens protector, silicone jacket, two lens protectors for underwater use, an USB cable, two base mounts and the battery and adapter.
The KeyMission 360 offers several shooting modes that include 4K Ultra-HD, Loop recording, Slow motion, and Time-lapse.
The KeyMission 360 does well when it comes to performance. It can record Ultra-HD 4K videos easily and offers clear and sharp footage. Many setting are offered for movie quality and one can choose as per their requirements. At NTSC, one can shoot 4K at 24fps to SD quality at 240fps. At PAL, the quality ranges from 3840×2160 at 24p to 240×320 at 200p.
Slow-motion shooting is a great feature to have and so is the Loop feature that allows you to set a loop time interval for video capture. Time-lapse can be used to create short videos of your adventures that pack most of shots taken. Still shots taken with the KeyMission 360 also come out well at 7744×3872 pixels, offering bright images that show good contrast.
The Optical Vibration Reduction offers great results in the form of smooth and steady video. However, this doesn’t work for Ultra-HD video but does well for 1080p.
The KeyMission 360 offers several connectivity options. Also, this is largely important as the device does not possess any display. WiFi and Bluetooth are good and the more obvious options for connectivity. However, one can also make use of the SnapBridge app to control the camera, review, edit and upload photos as well. The photos do possess time and date and GPS data too.
The Nikon KeyMission 360 is the perfect action camera for an enthusiast that combines the best video taking abilities with the ruggedness. All that, and it offers a great battery life too. Come to our camera shop in Singapore to test out this new action camera.
Nikon Keymission 360 Review by DG Electronics