This week at CES 2018, Lenovo welcomes another VR 180 camera to the market: the Mirage camera.
Lenovo’s Mirage camera can capture 180-degree stereoscopic video and is part of Google’s VR 180 initiative to make immersive media capture more compact, easy to use and similar to traditional video capture.
The Mirage features two super wide-angle lenses, each with a 13 MP sensor, and will be integrated with Google Photos and YouTube both for storage and sharing of photos and videos, both 3D in a headset and flat for desktop and magic window viewing. The camera will also have 16 GB of internal storage and a slot for a Micro SD card up 128 GB.
It will also be able to live stream directly to YouTube over WiFi.
The Mirage itself has a power button, a shutter button and a function button to switch between photo, video and live streaming, and a 1/4-inch camera screw for tripods. It can be controlled via a paired smartphone or manually on the camera.
The 5-ounce (139-gram) camera is powered by a removable battery and can be recharged via USB Type-C.
Lenovo announced the Mirage camera alongside Lenovo’s Mirage Solo with Daydream. The Mirage Solo is the first standalone Daydream headset and requires no smartphone or computer to operate. The headset utilizes Google’s motion-tracking techonology, WorldSense, to allow users to move around virtual worlds, untethered.
It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4 GB of RAM to support any Daydream VR experience. The Mirage Solo also boasts a 110-degree field of view, compared to most headsets’ 90-degree FOV.
Lenovo plans to begin selling the Mirage camera in Q2 of this year at less than $300 for the WiFi-only version. Lenovo also plans to release a cellular version, but most likely won’t release that version in the U.S.