Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Yi Halo is a professional 360 degree camera rig with 17 different 4K cams
Google in collaboration with Xiaomi backed Yi Technology has announced, Yi Halo, the next generation of Jump camera for virtual reality (VR). It is not for the regular consumers, but aimed at filmmakers and professionals.
For those unaware, Jump is Google platform for VR production, to create VR videos. Jump has teamed up with top camera makers around the world to create high-end VR cameras, which are designed to work with Jump Assembler, which uses computer vision algorithms to create seamless 3D-360 video.
Speaking of the new Yi Halo, it has 17 4K resolution camera units inside, which also includes a camera that is place up to capture "immersive scenes that transport viewers". It can capture 8K by 8K stereiscopic 360-degree VR footage at 30fps or 5.8K by 5.8K at 60fps. It also works with the Jump Assembler for processing the final footage to create 3D-360 video.
- Image sensor: 17 x SONY IMX377, 1/2.3", 12 megapixels CMOS image sensor with Exmor R ability
- Lens: F2.8 aperture / 155° wide-angle lens
Google says the Yi Halo is light and more flexible, and weighs less than 8 pounds (3.6kg). The battery inside promises 100 minutes of continuous shooting. It sports a built-in 2.2-inch (640x360 pixels) LCD touch screen control panel that shows the status of each camera, battery life and other stats. It also features a microSD card slot, to store the recorded 360-degree footage.
There's also an Android app, which can be used as a remote control to control Yi Halo. The app also gives a live preview of the footage while recording.
The Yi Halo is priced at $16,999 (Rs. 11 lakhs) and will be available to select creators in late Summer, 2017.
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