Post-phones Nokia is looking to capture the next level of hardware that depends on virtual reality, and introduced Ozo VR camera to compete with the big giants already had their efforts in that technology, has announced its new hardware a few months ago in July 2015, and starting today at an event in Los Angles revealed its opening preorders for the Nokia Ozo virtual reality camera.
What is OZO VR Camera? This is Nokia’s upcoming virtual reality cam which captures 360-degree video and spacial audio, is specifically designed to make 3D films and games for VR headsets. It is expected to ship in early 2016 and not with an cheaper price-tag, but you have to pay almost $60k to buy it.
To buy Nokia OZO VR cam, you have to pay a $5,000 deposit to pre-order too. Even the docking station is a whopping $1,500. It’s although aimed at professionals and Nokia showed a demo of what the OZO can be used for. Livestreamed to attendees of the launch party, using a Samsung Gear VR and other handsets.
The Nokia OZO packs a total of eight lenses, each in front of 2k x 2K sensor. Those captures a 360×180-degree viewing angle and produce a 3D image at 30fps with a 10 stop dynamic range and base sensitivity of ISO 400. Gets eight mics to capture multi-directional sound too with 64dB S/N and 120dB max SPL.
The camera’s records 8 channels of raw video and audio to a 500GB solid state drive that can hold up to 45 minutes of footage. The final video can be composed at 8K x 4K resolution at 10-bit color depth. The Ozo VR camera has a built-in Wi-Fi for wireless control, though it works only with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The whole gadget weighs 4.2kg (9.3lbs) with battery attached.
“Audio 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. 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.
Ozo virtual reality camera will be manufactured in Finland and shipments will be made this fall. Pre-orderit on Nokia’s official OZO website, while you ponder what amazing life experiences justify that pricetag of $60,000…