SAN FRANCISCO, May 17 — After being unveiled at the CES consumer technology show in Las Vegas, USA, back in January, the Vuze virtual reality camera is now up for preorder for just US$799 (RM3,212). The Vuze is the first consumer camera to feature video functions usually aimed at pro movie-makers in more costly models from GoPro, Facebook and Google.
Developed by Israeli tech firm, HumanEyes Technologies, this compact and lightweight device houses eight cameras, with two on each side. Each camera has a field of view covering 120 degrees horizontally and 180 degrees vertically, combining to capture high-quality 360-degree, 3D, 4K movies filmed at 30 frames per second. Videos are saved to a microSD memory card.
The full Vuze kit includes a tripod and a Homido virtual reality headset — compatible with all models of smartphone — as well as a mobile application to monitor and view back movies (Vuze App, available for Android and iOS) and a more sophisticated video editing program (Vuze Studio, for Windows and Mac OS). The bundle is available to pre-order priced just US$799, with shipping expected to start in October 2016.
While there are cheaper solutions out there for filming 360-degree movies, none of them film in 3D for a totally immersive experience. In fact, the Vuze camera comes billed as the first genuine virtual reality camera for the consumer market, putting 3D VR movies within everyone’s reach thanks to its relatively reasonable price tag.
This stands in contrast to the much more sophisticated, pro-oriented solution recently presented by GoPro. The Omni is made from six HERO4 Black cameras, and, like the Vuze, it films 360-degree, 3D, 4K video. However, this GoPro model sells for a whopping US$5,000. This type of multi-camera module also exists in even more spectacular configurations, like Facebook’s 16-camera Surround 360 and Google’s 17-camera Odyssey.
For more information about the Vuze VR camera, visit vuze.camera. — AFP-Relaxnews