This $3500 Camera Can Help Your Car Shoot Google Street View Photos

This $3500 Camera Can Help Your Car Shoot Google Street View Photos

The Insta360 camera is able to capture 8K 360-degree still images at up to 5 frames per second and features real-time image stabilization.

The company that makes the camera will also be releasing a USB accessory to collect Global Positioning System data on the 360-degree photos the camera takes, and bundle the information automatically with each upload.

"Street View Ready" cameras have to meet Google's requirements for quality before being approved, and the Insta360 Pro doesn't lack in this area at all.

Google will make it possible to control the Insta360 Pro from directly within the Street View app, and will also be allowing device to capture photos and videos and upload them from the official Insta360 Stitcher software.

Further details on the "Street View Ready" program will be shared by Google in the coming weeks. The Insta360 Pro camera is rated for "auto ready", meaning that if you fix one of these cameras to the top of your vehicle, you can capture the ride and upload to Street View through both the Street View app and Insta360's Pro Sticker desktop app.

The Insta360 Pro is hardly a camera for the masses: It's selling for $3,499. So if you have a few thousand dollars to spare and extra time on your hands - you might be the ideal candidate to contribute to Google Street View.

Google's Street View program is unlike anything else in how it captures the roads of the world, but even Google doesn't have the resources to capture everything perfectly. The company stated that the Street View will always show the "best" imagery of any particular location. More certified cameras are on the way (about 20 in total) this year, but for the time being Street View mapping will likely be limited to organizations and individuals with extra cash to burn. In an effort to improve Street View coverage in hard-to-reach areas, Google is enlisting the aid of individuals and organizations alike via a new initiative.

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