Over the past one year, you must have realized big brands have been creating virtual reality headsets, 360-degree content or building a VR camera. Now, Samsung has finally released details on their new 360-degree virtual reality camera system called Project Beyond.
At last month’s PDN Photo Expo in New York City, none could notice Samsung’s Project Beyond as it sat quietly in one of the display booths and everyone got a distraction by ‘Back to the Future’ Delorean and virtual reality headset demos. However, if you are sneaky, you would definitely know a virtual reality camera when you see one.
Samsung has over the past year been taking a bigger jump into virtual reality with the launch of Samsung gear Virtual reality headset in a collaboration with Oculus, which is essentially a true high-end headset powered by Samsung’s Note 4, Note 5 and S6 mobile phones. It is only logical and realistic that Samsung would open up into developing their own virtual reality camera. Here are some of the reasons why the 360-degree camera system is exclusively cool:
- Shoots Stereoscopic 360-Degree Video – It has 16+1 cameras with advanced optics arranged in a unique interleaved pattern capture the world in true stereoscopic Omni-view 3-Dimentional. In combination with the top camera, Project Beyond lets you see another reality as if you were there physically.There is a pair of cameras on all the sides, meaning it doesn’t just shoot in 360-degrees, but it is a true 3-Dimentional stereoscopic. So when you wear a virtual reality headset to watch a video filmed by this camera, you’ll actually see some depth, like the high-end 3-Dimentional blockbuster movies, but you can look in every direction.
- Super Compact, Easy and Portable – It is a self-enclosed system. There is no need to set up a bunch of GoPros or different cameras then synchronize then together in a post. It will all be powered by a simple on-off and rec-stop controls making things incredibly easy and save time in the post-production.
- Streams live content – This camera system is definitely a big deal and an awesome turnkey structure that captures live events for brands and streams it directly to the web for everyone to enjoy. Current live stream virtual reality cameras are super clunky, difficult and low resolution. In future, it is more likely to have an easier to use live broadcasting 360-degrees cameras.When the system goes on sale or the official pricing has not been announced yet, but it is more likely to go live during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The pricing is likely to be comparable but not less than Google Jump camera that costs $15000.