Google Unveils its First Ever VR Cameras: Overview CES 2018

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Google’s VR180 Cameras at CES 2018 may have been the starry highlight of the evening. Just a year ago at the VidCon, YouTube CEO revealed VR180, an advanced video format that will not only show you videos at the clear front, but with an immersive view where you will feel like you’re actually in the video. Therefore, this year, Google collaborated with Lenovo and Yi Technology to introduce two new Cameras: Yi Horizon VR180 and the Lenovo Mirage Daydream.

Google’s VR180 Cameras Review

Google’s VR180 Cameras will be out this spring and expecting to make waves among the tech industry. They will have a 4K resolution in a front-facing half-sphere, making the clarity of the video much higher than a normal camera. It also has the ability to take stereoscopic video/images, which will make it a top-quality VR viewing experience.

On the other hand, Companies such as Panasonic and LG have also signed up for partnership with Google and soon a third camera will be released by the end of the year. Google is also set to be working with Panasonic to offer support with their GH5 Cameras.

Google’s VR180 Cameras Specs

Both Lenovo Mirage and Yi Horizon are point-and-shoot devices and from what we know so far, they look very much the same. They’re both slim, compact, having a dual 13 MP lens and 2.2-inch touch screen at the back. Each have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 Platform 1 processor with a 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM. They have a removable battery, which has a general usage for up to 2 hours. Besides, it has a 4K video quality with 1440P/1080P. You can also avail Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

One difference, is that the Mirage Camera comes in white meanwhile the other will be available in black. An interesting thing is that the Horizon has a flip around display so you can take a VR180 selfie.

Google’s VR180 Cameras Features

Both cameras have the ability to capture images, record videos of up to 5.7K resolution as well as livestream them directly to YouTube, with just one-button live video streaming. They work with Google’s VR180 companion app to upload and view content. And whatever videos you make, can be viewed with a VR headset.

The cameras have a 2.2-inch, 640-x 360-retina touch screen to make your camera usability more user friendly. Since the cameras have built-in Wi-Fi, you can easily transfer those media files and pictures to Google Photos or YouTube. There is a VR180 app on Google Store that lets you manage all these photos. Lastly, it is designed with a grade 4 microphone design that prevents any outdoor noise reduction.

Google’s VR180 Cameras Price

As far as the price is concerned, Google hasn’t given away any information yet. According to Lenovo, the cameras will be priced under $400 and be shipped earlier this year.

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