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Pro Real-time in-camera stitching
The camera does not require use of an extra tool (such as a desktop app or a cloud service) to stitch the image together: this is done in-camera. The result can be viewed real-time on mobile devices via native iOS and Android apps by streaming it over WiFi.
Pro Can be controlled via a mobile device over WiFi
Bublcam has companion apps for Android and iOS. They allow the camera to be controlled within a 10-20 meter range over WiFi. The app can display a live stitched preview of the footage.
Pro Comes with several useful items
Bublcam comes with a protective bag for carrying it, as well as a mini tripod, a lens pen, a USB charger and cable, and a 16 GB micro SD card with an SD card adapter.
Pro Good stitching quality
Bublcam uses its own software to stitch images together to form a 360 view. The software used is reasonably successful at stitching. While artifacts and splicing issues may occur, they are usually not noticeable during a casual viewing and only properly reveal themselves upon closer inspection.
Pro Good quality image capture
Bublcam uses four 190-degree 1.6 MP lenses to capture completely spherical 14 MP photos.
Pro Good video quality for a first generation device at a reasonable price range
Bublcam uses four 190-degree 1.6 MP lenses to capture completely spherical 2688p x 1344p @ 15fps; 1984p x 992p @ 30fps videos after stitching.
Pro Includes time-lapse support
The user can set intervals between images, as well as a time-lapse duration of up to a maximum of 60 minutes.
Pro Can take HDR images
The user can increase the exposure range of Bublcam from 0.5 to 3 stops when shooting in HDR mode.
Pro Flexible mounting
Bublcam uses a standard mount, which allows for a wide variety of mounting options.
Pro Includes lens pen for cleaning lenses
If the user happens to touch the lenses, Bublcam comes with a lens pen for cleaning off fingerprints or smudges.
Pro VR smartphone frame support
The smartphone app can create a splitscreen view of the image and use the phone's built in gyroscope to view around the image. This permits the user to apply a VR smartphone frame to look at images and videos.
Con Battery can only record for an hour's duration
The battery of Bublcam is used up quickly, and the file is in fact deleted when the camera runs out of juice.
Con The company has a questionable history
Multiple people are reporting their Bublcam's dying after a few weeks of use, while requests for replacements and returns are being ignored. There has been a long delay in customers (who purchased in late 2015) receiving the cam.
Con No desktop or web-based preview
Bublcam real-time preview only works through Android or iOS companion apps.
Con Internet streaming not possible
There is currently no way to broadcast stitched videos over the internet with Bublcam.
Con Limited uploading to the cloud
Photos can only be uploaded to the cloud one at a time, which is rather time consuming for users who have taken numerous photos.
Con Can't charge it while shooting
The company suggests not powering on the bublcam while charging. This can be quite problematic considering the battery will only last for one hour of recording.
Con Not waterproof, and no waterproof casing available
The bublcam cannot handle moisture. Waterproof housing was supposed to be available in late 2015, but is still not on the market. You can read more here.
Con Live preview is slightly laggy
When previewing videos via the smartphone app, there is an obvious stuttering that sometimes occurs.
Con Turning it on can take too much time
The boot-up process takes about 30 seconds. In that sense, it is unrealistic that the device can be used spontaneously, unless of course the user has kept it turned on all the time.