One area, which could see substantial growth over the next 12-18 months, but is often overlooked, is that of the 360-degree video capture market. While the focus right now is on virtual reality gaming, many within the industry feel as though VR experiences and video could wind up being the killer app within the space. While headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are hot sellers right now, by the holidays 360-degree video cameras may just be the must-have product.
Because of this, several companies are preparing to enter the space. In fact, just yesterday LG began pre-selling a smartphone / VR headset / 360-degree camera bundle on BH Photo Video. Well, today we got word of yet another pre-sale on BH, this time for a high-powered 4K, 360-degree video camera called the Orah 4i Live. This latest camera, released by VideoStitch, which is now available for preorder at a special 50%-off introductory price of $1,795, has the following specifications:
- Captures 4K Spherical Video
- Records 4-Channel Ambisonic Audio
- 4x Multi-Coated 8-Element Fisheye Lenses
- Stabilization and Horizon Correction
- Includes Real-Time Video Stitching Box
- Intel CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GPU
- Built-In VideoStitch VahanaVR Software
- Store Video for Later or Transmit Live
- Built-In 120GB M.2 SSD
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Ports and Connectors: 4 x USB 3.0 – 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x 3.5mm mic, 1 x Headset
The deal, which is only good at BH Photo Video for a few weeks (until April 30th), before the price moves back up to the $3600 range, seems like quite a bargain if you are looking for a quality 360-degree video camera that’s capable of recording content for virtual reality consumption.
“We want to make this for people who have a business case for setting up a livestream,” VideoStitch strategic partnerships vice president told Venturebeat.
The camera itself is compact and features four lenses. It can easily be placed on a tripod for steady filming, or placed onto a dolly or even a drone for action-packed video. While pre-orders are currently open for this device, the company has yet to announce its exact date of launch. While there are cheaper products on the market along with higher quality and more professional cameras, the Orah 4i seems like a solid buy for semi-serious VR content creators. Let us know your thoughts on this new device in the Orah 4i Camera forum on VRTalk.com.