Acer is branching into practically uncharted territory for the brand with the announcement that they will be releasing not one but two 360 cameras in the coming months.
Acer is known for making computer hardware, like their Nitro 5 Spin Notebook gaming laptop, and they’ve been doing it for over 40 years now. They aren’t known for making cameras, but Acer’s got enough resources at hand to have a chance to really hit the ground running in the camera market.
But to do that, they need good products to sell, and they hope that their two 360 cameras will suffice.
The first 360 camera is the Acer Holo360. The Holo360 is a LTE-connected 360 camera that’s said to be smartphone-sized with a 3-inch display and to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Acer says the the Holo360 is capable of capturing 4K 360-degree videos. It is also supposed to run on Android 7.1, which Acer says will make it easier to share the videos you capture on social media.
Now, the next 360 camera that Acer will be releasing is a little bit different than the Holo360 — it's built for your car. The Vision360 is a dash cam that is suppose to be able to film every angle of your car in 4K during a collision, then upload that footage to the cloud with your car's GPS coordinates and your speed. It is especially helpful if your car is hit when parked and you aren’t around to see the collision. It is suppose to record a clip and send a notification to your phone. Acer also says that you can use the Vision360 to help you find where you parked your car if you can’t find it in a parking lot with the ability to use both a remote viewing and location tracking features.
Acers says that the Holo360 will be released in November for the price of $429, while the Vision360 will be released later this year in Europe for $414.
It will definitely be interesting to see how these 360 cameras do when they come out. We'll see if Acer can expand on their camera production in the future.