Few months ago Nokia announced its new hardware, OZO virtual reality camera. It signified one of Nokia’s new businesses after it and its Smartphone division parted ways in 2014. Yesterday, at an event in Los Angeles it announced that the device is available for preorder now. The oddly-shaped professional level device is capable of recording its surroundings in 360 degree spherical video. You need to pay a mere $60,000, with a $5k down payment up front, to secure one when it start shipments in the first quarter of 2016.
The full specs are also out now. There are total eight cameras studding the sphere, each recording at 2K X 2K resolution. The cameras are placed in a way that ensures full 360 X 180 degree recording, with a global shutter. In the meantime, there are eight microphones which record full spherical, 360 X 360 degree audio. That means you will hear not only what’s going on around the camera, but also the sound from different elevations below and above. Each lens comes with 195 degree angle of view and an f/2.4 aperture. Videos will be captured at 30 fps and will be stored on a 500GB “media module”. You can easily control it via an easy suit app available for OS X and Windows.
“We clearly see this as a new category and OZO is our first product,” said Paul Melin, vice president of digital media at Nokia. “We are entering a business and a category and not doing a one-off test product.”
Made of mild aluminum alloy, 9.3 pounds camera runs on lithium ion battery. It has no fans and consumes 30 watts of power when recording. The features of this camera ensure that even with the high price, it’s likely to have videographers drooling.