Lenovo and Yi launch VR180 cameras using Google platform
Lenovo and Yi have both launched 180-degree VR cameras that capture 3D videos and photos in 4K for use on Google’s Daydream platform. Google said that it is also partnering with other manufacturers including LG and Panasonic to bring other 180-degree cameras to the market, with different models sporting different features.
Google and its partners are not the first companies to tout 180-degree VR video. Californian start-up LucidCam brought its VR180 camera to market in mid-2017.
The Lenovo Mirage Camera and YI Technology’s YI Horizon VR180 Camera will hit shelves in the second quarter, and a camera from LG will be coming later this year. For professional creators, the Z Cam K1 Pro recently launched, and Panasonic is building VR180 support for its just-announced GH5 cameras with a new add-on.
VR180 cameras are designed to allow users to capture special moments in crisp 3D VR, allowing people to capture their memories in stunning immersive detail. By capturing the action in 180- degrees as opposed to 360-degrees, these devices have the advantage of putting the shooter in control of what footage is captured, while also lightening the load by not recording unnecessary content.
Footage captured on VR180 cameras can be viewed and shared in either 2D or 3D. A VR headset, including even a Google Cardboard headset, is all that’s required to experience footage in VR.
Lenovo Mirage Camera is just over 4″ long and 2″ tall, and weighs less than 5 ounces. The device has dual 13MP cameras for 3D, or stereoscopic, recording. Lenovo launched the device at CES along with its new VR headset.
Yi Horizon uses an Ambarella H2V95 chipset supports 5.7K video and photo capture. With the accompanying YI 360 App, users can easily share their 3D VR video. The integrated 2.2” retina touchscreen supports a flip design.