Meet Nokia Ozo: A New Futuristic Camera For Filming Virtual Reality

Nokia has announced the first virtual reality (VR) camera at an event for the entertainment industry in Los Angles, called Nokia Ozo. Camera for profissional content creators, Nokia has took a step forward in announcing Ozo VR camera for filming virtual reality. Details on what exactly Nokia Ozo VR brings with it can be checked right after this virtual jump.

The Nokia Ozo, is the next-generation camera for capturing audio and video in 360 degrees, but it’s still in pre-production phase. Nokia intends for the device is to become the default-mode of shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood, the media, and the advertising industry.

Specs-wise, the Nokia’s Ozo VR camera captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio via eight integrated microphones. Special software forthe device allow people to view 3D content in real time. Recorded content can then be published to VR hardware like commercially available handsets. In partnership with industry professionals prior to its commercial release, Nokia will conduct final testing and refinements to Ozo.

A formal launch, along with a final sale price, is planned for the fall. But Ozo is not a consumer camera — the device is expected to sell in the mid-five figures and has a number of selling points. For Hollywood types, Ozo camera lets them make VR in real time, tahnks to the pair of two key features. First is live monitoring: directors can view footage as it’s being shot on a headset. Second one is rapid playback. In the past VR footage needed to be digitally stitched together before it could be viewed, a process that could take hours. With Ozo, it will be not a big problem, while it can render lower-resolution video for playback in as little as a few minutes, Nokia says.

Once Ozo debuts, it will join a nascent but rapidly developing market for VR creative tools. While Google Cardboard VR is pretty much targeted at the full-featured ecosystem for VR filmmaking, and Samsung is also building its own camera rig as well. Nokia says Ozo is the most advanced VR filmmaking platform yet.

It should be, because it certainly looks amazing – a spherical rig the size of a larger cantaloupe, roughly 6 pounds, with eight optical image sensors spaced approximately an eye width apart. Audiao is captured in three dimensions by 8 microphones embedded in the camera, and the result is audio that helps to locate you in space. Ozo affixes to a standard tripod and outputs video in standard formats. You can watch Ozo video on the headset like Oculus’ or as a 3D video posted to a site like YouTube.

Certainly the market for high-priced professional VR rigs is smaller than the market than for the consumer phone business Nokia once dominated. With Ozo, Nokia could be in a good position to capitalize. Aimed at professional content creators and the first in a planned portfolio of digital media solutions from Nokia Technologies, the company’s advanced technology and licensing business.

Pricing with full specifications will be revealed very soon. Anticipated in Q4 of 2015, Ozo virtual reality camera will be manufactured in Finland and shipments will be made this fall. Nokia Technologies is also expected to create an Android phone, but later this year or next year after Microsoft’s acquisition completes.

Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies said,

We’re thrilled to introduce OZO to the content creation world, and to define a completely new category of virtual reality capture and playback solutions. OZO aims to advance the next wave of innovation in VR by putting powerful tools in the hands of professionals who will create amazing experiences for people around the world. We expect that virtual reality experiences will soon radically enhance the way people communicate and connect to stories, entertainment, world events and each other. With OZO, we plan to be at the heart of this new world.