On April 18, in Las Vegas will kick off NAB 2016, and at this event, GoPro will release its upcoming six-camera-packing Omni VR rig, which will take “high-resolution, stunning” 360-degree videos and without a doubt, it will be way more expensive than the Hero4 Black.
In May, last year, GoPo has announced that the company is working on a spherical camera for virtual reality and they dubbed it Omni. This revolutionary rig will contain six GoPro Hero4 Black cameras which will be synchronized and act as a whole, being able to capture 360 videos. GoPro has added that “Proprietary hardware at the center of Omni enables pixel-level synchronization between all six Hero4 Blacks” and that the camera will work with software from VR startup Kolor, the company that was purchased by GoPro in 2015. It is known that Kolor’s software combines more than two photos or videos in order to obtain spherical content. This acquisition was auspicious for GoPro and soon, we’ll see the fruits of its labor.
We don’t know how much it will cost, but, without a doubt, Omni will be more expensive than the $500 Hero4 Black and cheaper than the 16-camera Odyssey rig, which costs $15,000. The latter was unveiled in September 2015 and, besides the 16 Hero4 Black cameras, it includes panoramic capture rig, microSD cards, and array bacpacs.
GoPro hasn’t specified the specs of its Omni camera, specifying on its official website that the product is “in the works”. Another company that has recently unveiled an all-in-one 4K camera is VideoStitch, and the Orah 4i was “designed for high-quality live streaming to online video platforms and VR headsets”. This camera has a “special introductory price” of $1,795, but after April 30, its price will increase up to $3,595. With this camera, users will create their own 360-degree streaming video.
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