Following close collaboration with Google, the Insta360 Pro has been distinguished as part of the ‘Street View Ready’ program.
Devices recognised in the ‘Street View Ready’ program are perfectly suited for contributing 360-degree content to Google Street View, allowing users to put their own stamp on the global patchwork of immersive street-level views that are accessible via Google Maps, Google Earth and the Street View App.
Thanks to its onboard stabilisation and advanced optical flow stitching algorithm, the Insta360 Pro can capture high quality content while mounted on a moving vehicle.
“When Google Street View kicked off in 2007, high-quality 360 photography was only available to those with the resources and know-how to build their own cameras,” said Charles Armstrong, Google Street View Product Manager.
“Now, thanks to the advances of companies like Insta360, anyone can create immersive 360-degree experiences and contribute them to Street View’s extensive map of the world.”
Insta360 Pro users will be able to control the Pro with the Street View app, and upload their photos and videos directly to street view using the free Insta360 stitcher software. The Pro will also add a new 5FPS 8K shooting mode - optimised for efficient Street View content collection - and will support an optionally bundled USB accessory to automatically append GPS data to 360 content.
Google will also use 50 Insta360 Pros to extend the range of collection capabilities under its Street View camera loan program. This program provides cameras to photographers, travellers and a variety of organisations that want to make 360-degree content contributions to Street View from around the world.
Further details on the ‘Street View Ready’ program will be shared by Google in the coming weeks.