Nokia’s next product is a….camera?
Nokia isn’t a company that you’d associate with making high-end cameras for professionals, but that didn’t stop them from unveiling the OZO, a VR camera for professional filmmakers looking to create videos for gadgets like the Oculus Rift and Google cardboard.
Essentially, the OZO is a spherical device with 8 synchronized global shutter sensors and allows recording of spatial audio through 8 microphones scattered throughout its frame. The OZO’s draw comes from both hardware and software – Nokia is promising that filmakers will be able to see video in real-time, and will be able to render low-resolution video captured from the OZO for testing. The OZO doesn’t require specialized software to get its footage, as Nokia says that it integrates into existing professional workflows and works with third-party tools, dramatically simplifying content production at all stages.
No price has been set by Nokia but since this particular product is being marketed to professional filmmakers, you can pretty much cross it out of your gadget shopping list when it comes out in Q4 of 2015.