“Virtual reality was once the dream of science fiction. But the internet was also once a dream, and so were computers and smartphones. The future is coming and we have a chance to build it together. “
– Mark Zuckerberg
Virtual Reality (VR) gadgets are exploding in popularity since Facebook bought Oculus Rift in 2014. VR technology extends far beyond Oculus Rift and their popular headsets. Stereoscopic 3D cameras are beginning to emerge and several brands will be hitting consumer markets this coming fall. Fortunately, most of these cameras are affordable to buy and easy to begin using. Here is KWIPPED’s short list of the top cameras being released this Fall.
Earlier this year Nokia announced plans for an industry-grade VR camera retailing in the mid-five figures. While the Ozo is one of the more expensive cameras on this list, it is an extremely powerful device containing 8 individual cameras and microphones and is compatible with almost all VR toolsets.
Full specifications and pricing are to be announced later this year, but according to Nokia’s press release earlier this year, the “OZO captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight integrated microphones. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D viewing with an innovative playback solution that removes the need to pre-assemble a panoramic image - a time-consuming process with solutions currently in the marketplace.”
The Sphericam V2 was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign a few months ago. This camera delivers top-notch specs including fantastic resolution – 4K to be specific. The camera is no larger than a tennis ball and includes 6 tiny cameras that capture stunning 360-degree footage guaranteed to knock your socks off. The structure is made of solid aluminum making it super light yet durable. It is GPS ready, live streaming ready, and has recording times up to 90 minutes. The camera will be available for purchase at the end of 2015. Stay tuned and check their website in the coming weeks for details.
Much like Sphericam V2, Panono was funded by an Indiegogo campaign, which closed in 2014. Known for its breathtaking panoramic photos, the device has a resolution of 108 megapixels. Its 36 fixed-focus cameras produce high quality photography that’s great for a wide range of applications. Release date is slotted for the end of September 2015.
“NEO” a 5th generation camera produced by the innovative VR company, Jaunt, is set to be released later this year. The camera is a professional-grade system catering primarily to the film and advertising industries. Specs include:
- High quality, high resolution, full 360 degree captures
- Large format sensors
- Custom optics
- High dynamic range imaging
- Post production workflow integration with the top VR content tools including Avid, Premiere, and Final Cut among others.
Jaunt was founded in 2015 and has been a leading software and hardware developer in the virtual reality community.
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