Google is making its presence felt in a big way at CES 2018 by introducing various new services and products. One of these is the new VR180 format which they say can take 3D images and videos in a high-resolution format immersive enough to be seen in VR.
After the format was introduced, Google partnered with manufacturers like Lenovo to develop its own hardware for shooting VR images. Google mentioned that most VR content is shot on 360-cameras, which normally don’t provide a more realistic experience when it comes to delivering a sense of depth. This is normally the main key in offering a better experience for VR.
This particular camera from Lenovo is named the Mirage Camera and features dual 13-megapixel fisheye lens that offers twice the resolution of a 360 camera. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 626 processor along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. It uses USB-C for charging and data transfers and offers a 2,200 mAh battery suited for two hours of usage.
Another camera, the YI Horizon, can capture 3D video at 5.7K resolution. What’s interesting is that this camera has 2.2-inch touchscreen that can rotate for taking framing shots. It can even livestream in high-res 3D.
Content from these VR180 cameras can of course be viewed though Google’s own Cardboard and Daydream View devices along with Lenovo’s own Mirage Solo headset.