Late last year, Google first announced a new VR format called VR180, which showcases video that is happening in only the first 180 degrees of view, and not full 360 degrees. As a result, content is often more immersive than once before. When Google first announced the format, there were no hardware partners at the time. Now, Lenovo and Yi are at CES 2018 showcasing what these devices will look like: the Lenovo Mirage Daydream and the Yi Horizon VR180, respectively.
These devices are essentially point-and-shoot cameras that happen to record images and/or video in 180 degrees. Both models will include dual 13-megapixel fisheye lenses, with a 2.2-inch touchscreen on the back. Interestingly, the Yi Horizon has a display that pivots, making it easy to take VR180 selfies.
Both can capture images, record video and even live stream directly to YouTube Live. The content that is recorded can be showcased on a standard display, but it is meant to be viewed in VR via a capable headset. Uploading videos to YouTube or Google Photos are easy, thanks to included WiFi. Both also work with Google’s VR180 companion app.
Lenovo’s Mirage Daydream and Yi Horizon are the first consumer VR180 cameras on the market, with Panasonic and LG have singing on to release more soon. Panasonic is even looking at ways to include VR180 support to their GH5 camera via an add-on. That being said, Both cameras are expected to ship later this year with a price under $400.
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