Gallery: Up Close With Facebook’s New 360 Degree Camera A 41 megapixel virtual reality shooter By Dave Gershgorn April 13, 2016 Gadgets SHARE Facebook’s new 360-degree camera has 17 cameras and outputs up to 30 Gbps of data when recording. Facebook has no plans to sell the camera, but is publishing the designs so others can take bits and pieces of the design to fold into their own 360-degree cameras. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The VR rig’s 17 cameras shoot at a combined 41 megapixels. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science Two of the 17 cameras face downward, so Facebook’s software can automatically remove the supporting pole from the shot. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science Just one camera captures video of above the camera. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The camera’s design will be released open source this summer, meaning anybody can make it and even sell it. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The central cameras are arranged in a ring, and each have a 77-degree field of view. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science Wiring of this prototype is different than the product that Facebook announced today, but each camera will require its own USB cable to receive power and send data. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The cameras are held between two aluminum plates which are available to buy online. Facebook engineers stressed that this project isn’t only open source, but all the parts are widely available. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The hull of the rig has lots of tiny holes drilled through, to provide ventilation to the cameras. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science The entire build costs are $30,000 in parts. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science Earlier prototypes of the camera, like the one pictured, only have one camera facing downwards. The model announced today has two. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science cameras F8 facebook Gadgets open source MORE TO READ RELATED Poplar Science: Custom Proteins Drawn from Genetically Engineered Trees Expand Silicon Chips’ Memory Capacity In the future, we won’t need rare-earth elements to make powerful computers. We can use poplar trees. Engineers in Israel... READ NOW RELATED Roku’s Newest Streaming Box Remains Tiny, Gets New Processor And Interface The newest Roku addresses all of our issues... RELATED Article Test This is a test article.