You may remember that Google/GoPro JumpVR virtual reality 360° camera rig that came out a few years ago. It looked super cool, but at a price of $15,000, it was priced pretty much out of the low budget VR filmmaker’s budget. Many other 360 cameras have come out since then, including GoPro’s solo OMNI camera, which lowered the price to a manageable figure. Apparently though, Yi Technology didn’t get the memo. They’ve come out with their own version of the JumpVR rig, called the Yi Halo. And it’s even more expensive than the original.
“DESIGNED FOR FULLY IMMERSIVE CREATIVITY: The YI HALO’s innovative geometry was designed with stitching in mind. As the newest Jump camera, it was built to work with Jump Assembler. Together they can produce high quality stitches and deliver high quality stereo VR content up to 8K x 8K. We worked from the ground up to meet the promise and challenge VR poses for creators to craft truly immersive experiences … allowing users to experience the scene in every direction without missing a thing.” – Yi Halo Website
Yi calls their new JumpVR system the Halo, and its ring like housing holds 16 spherically aligned 4K Yi action cameras, plus a central camera facing skyward to round out the sphere. The result is an 8K stereoscopic 360° image at 30 fps, or 6K image at 60fps.
“We worked from the ground up to meet the promise and challenge VR poses for creators to craft truly immersive experiences. It is the first Jump camera with an up camera (total of 17 unit cameras), allowing users to experience the scene in every direction without missing a thing.”
Other specs include:
- True Stereo 30 with 8K x 8K at 30 fps, or 6K x 6K at 60 fps
- Up view camera to round out the spherical edge (a first)
- JumpVR Cloud based assembly
- 100+ min of battery life
- Mobile app for remote trigger
- Touch control
- Modular for upgradability
- Totally portable at under 8 pounds
The Yi Halo comes in kit with an LCD touchscreen, two extra cameras, an SD card reader, batteries, and is housed in rugged, custom Pelican 1610 case. And while it does cost $17,000, it still uses Google’s cloud-based JumpVR rendering and stitching system that will take all the camera video feeds and stitch them together into a master stereoscopic 360° video, ready for editing and viewing. Look for it to come out this summer. For more information, visit Yi’s Halo website here.
I have to say, though it’s no cheaper than its predecessor, Yi has sought to augment that higher price with some cool additional features. I’m not saying that makes me want to buy it, but it should be a hit in the 360 rental market.