Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera
Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera

Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera available for pre-order at $60K


Nokia this week announced its OZO virtual reality camera – high-end virtual reality camera, with features like real-time preview, wireless operation, and full 360 audio and video broadcasting. Nokia OZO virtual reality camera is available for pre-order. Nokia is asking an upfront deposit of $5,000 for the $60,000 camera array.

Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera
Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera

“We’re at the dawn of an exciting new medium that will transform the way people connect to stories, events, and the world around them,” Nokia President Ramzi Haidamus said in a statement.

The OZO virtual reality camera is designed for making 3D films and games that can be watched, explored and experienced through a virtual reality headset.

The OZO camera was first teased back in July, but now we’ve got all the specifications: Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera is basically a ball synchronized with eight 2K x 2K sensors capable of 30FPS (frames per second) spherical and stereoscopic video capture, each the same distance apart as the human eyeball, full-spherical 360 x 180 degree video coverage, 360 x 360 surround sound, 195-degree angle of view per lens, WiFI camera control and a rechargeable battery.

Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera
Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera

Because audio is ‘at least half’ of the virtual reality experience, there’s the same number of microphones. OZO virtual reality camera isn’t just capturing the images -The Ozo assembles the feeds from the cameras together in real time, allowing for virtual reality livestreams.

There is an onboard (removable) 500GB SSD (solid state drive) which can record for around 45 minutes continuously.

Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera isn’t the only such camera on the market. Companies like Lytro and Jaunt have already built 360-degree virtual reality array, but none of them can offer the instant VR experience. Google has partnered with GoPro to create the Odyssey, a rig that holds 16 of GoPro’s action cams.

Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera
Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera

“OZO is a powerful tool designed for the professional creators who will answer the most exciting and intriguing questions about the possibilities for virtual reality,” Haidamus said.

Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera is available for pre-order now, with delivery in early 2016.

Nokia’s OZO virtual reality camera Full Specifications

Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera
Nokia’s OZO Virtual Reality Camera

Sensors and Lens

Presence CaptureSpherical and Stereoscopic Video capture with Spatial Audio Array
Video Sensor TypeProgressive Scan with Global Shutter
Video Sensor ArrayEight, synchronized, 2K x 2K sensors
Video Area CoverageFull-spherical, 360 x 180 degrees
Min Imaging Distance0.5m / 20″ (spherical video coverage)
Stereoscopic CoverageCenterline +/- 130(h), +/- 65(v) degrees
Lens Interoptic DistanceEffective max. 86 mm / 3.4″
Lens Angle of View195 degrees per lens
Relative Aperturef/2.4

Video and Audio

Video Dynamic Range60 dB / 10 stops
Base Color Temperature5,000 degrees Kelvin
Base SensitivityISO 400
Audio Sensor TypeOmnidirectional, solid state
Audio Area CoverageFull-spherical, 360 x 360 degrees
Audio Dynamic Range64dB S/N, 120dB max SPL

Capture and Output

Master File FormatMOV wrapped OZO Virtual Reality with 8Ch raw Video and 8Ch PCM Audio
Video CompressionWavelet-based raw
Media Module500GB, Solid State Media
Record Duration45 min per Media Module
Program Output3G-SDI SMPTE 242M, DIN connector
Capture Frame Rate30.00 fps
Cooling SystemPassive (fanless) design
Battery PackRechargeable Lithium Ion
Power Consumption12V DC, approx 30W in record mode

Control and Monitoring

OZO Remote ApplicationAvailable for OSX® 10.10 Yosemite
Camera Controlvia 802.11 Wifi
Monitor OutputHDMI, Stereoscopic Virtual Reality render
OZO Creator ApplicationAvailable for OSX® 10.10 Yosemite
Audio Mix Preview OutputMOV, monoscopic stitched panorama
Video Composition OutputDPX, 8K x 4K, 10-bit, sRGB color space

Weight, Dimensions, and Operating Parameters

Weight4.2kg / 9.3lbs including Battery
ConstructionMilled Aluminium Alloy
ColorLava Grey
Dimensions – camera head only264 x 170 x 160mm / 10.4 x 6.7 x 6.3″
Dimensions – with camera mount264 x 170 x 238mm / 10.4 x 6.7 x 9.4″
Planned CertificationsCE, FCC Part 15 Class A
Operating Temperature0C to +25C (+32F to +77F)
Storage Temperature40C to +50C (-4F to +122F)

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