Google's new VR camera has 17 lenses and costs $18000

Yi Technology says the Halo is the only hardware using Google Jump to include an up-view camera unit. The product's hefty price tag may scare away some creators, but Google wants to get its latest toy in the hands of its creative community.

Priced at $18,000, the Yi Halo is relatively low-cost as far as professional cameras go, and Google says the camera is made to be a reliable workhorse for mid-level 360 productions; the companies are touting the Halo's operating specs: rated for continuous operation between 0° and 95°, along with a 100 minute shooting duration on the single internal battery (and there's also an optional AC input when direct power is an option). It's a monster camera rig content creators will flock instantly to.

The YI HALO features 17 camera units arranged in a way that guarantees 360-degree 8K x 8K video capture at 30 frames per second and can also produce 5.8K x 5.8K stereoscopic recordings at 60 frames per second, YI Technology said.

Google launched Jump in 2015 out of a desire to simplify VR video production and the team partners with camera manufacturers to build high-quality VR cameras.

Moving on to the Yi 360 VR, the consumer-centric camera, as the name suggests, it can record videos and pictures in 360-degrees.

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Finally, as mentioned above, users of the Yi Halo camera system will have access to Google's Jump Assembler, a cloud-based production tool that can take raw broadcast data and stitch it together into VR 360-degree video. The camera was developed by the Chinese company YI which collaborated with Google.

Companies like YI Technology can then license Jump to meet their hardware needs. But no - the Yi Halo just weighs 7.7 pounds. The action-cam maker in partnership with Google made the Odyssey, a 16-camera rig and the first Jump camera. The YI HALO VR Camera is the tech giant's newest camera rig that may help usher the mobile consumers into the age of VR.

There is a touch-screen control panel on the Yi Halo itself, but there's also an Android app. Filmmakers can apply for free cameras and use of the Jump software.

Yi is launching the Yi Halo now as part of a limited access program called Jump Start.

But while GoPro was thin on details for the Fusion, Yi showed up at NAB ready with specs for its announcement.

  • Desiree Holland