VR & 360 Degree

Object of Desire: Yi Horizon VR180 Camera

April 26, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

While it’s been well over a year since Google threw the weight of YouTube and Google Photos behind the VR180 format, it fell to CES 2018 to serve as something of a coming out party for VR180 cameras. This not-quite-VR specification supports stereoscopic 3D video and still capture at 180 x 180 degrees. It’s a bit more manageable and user-friendly than recording a fully spherical image but with the greater realism afforded by 3D. For one thing, the format is adaptive to the viewing environment—when viewed on a flat display, you’ll see a high-quality 2D image in 4K and when viewed in a headset, you’ll enjoy a 3D experience.

Yi’s Horizon records 5.7K resolution video at 30fps in either 3D or 2D. It supports live-streaming over Wi-Fi using the Yi 360 app. There’s a 2.2-inch, 640 x 360 touchscreen display that flips up for selfies, because the only thing better than a selfie is a 3D selfie. The Horizon records audio through four on-board microphones with wind reduction features and uses a USB-C port for data transfers.

INFO: www.yitechnology.com

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