The New YI Halo VR Camera Introduced by Google

Google Yi Halo

They're also announcing the Jump Start program which is aiming to get VR cameras into the hands of 100 creators. And the company should be able to pull this off too, considering the camera will come in at a price of a whopping $17,000. Based on the Yi 4K Action Camera, and using the Sony IMX377 sensor, the Halo houses 17 individual cameras which the company says are clock-synchronized to "work as one". The Halo is created to be field-serviceable; the kit has two spare cameras which can easily be swapped into place so that a single camera failure wouldn't stop progress on a shoot-the kit even comes with the screwdrivers you'll need to make the swap. The next-generation rig is created to work natively with the Jump Assembler, the rig's software for stitching the cameras' footage into a single seamless 360-degree video.

See and experience YI's two new products, YI HALO and YI 360 VR, at NAB 2017 in the Virtual & Augmented Reality Pavilion, Booth N1121VR. The YI Halo, developed in partnership with Google, has 17 cameras mounted into the sleek and lightweight rig.

Banking on the expectation that crews will want to take the Yi Halo out into the world, the camera also comes with what the company calls a "rugged and custom Pelican 1610 case for handling the worst conditions", and is built with an optimized heat dissipation system allowing it to operate in warm environments up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit without overheating.

The YI HALO will be out in summer.

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This camera setup is capable of shooting 8K stereoscopic video at 30 frames per second (fps) or 5.8K at 60 frames per second. Now the company has announced a new Jump camera, dubbed the Yi Halo, as well as a Jump Start program that will offer free access to Jump hardware and software to select filmmakers.

With built-in 5GHz Wi-Fi and control via an Android app or a built-in LCD touch screen control panel, the YI HALO supports advanced image quality settings such as ISO, WB, and EV (8K x 30fps, 5K x 60fps). The camera weighs just around 170 grams and can be easily carried around by users.

The Google Jump rig was first introduced in early March, and it brought with it a circular array of 16 GoPro action cameras.

Applications for the Jump Start program are open today. They'll receive free access to a Jump camera and unlimited use of the Jump Assembler over the next year.

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