The Chinese company Xiaomi-backed Yi Technology has earlier launched Yi 4K+ action camera, and it was the company’s first camera to record 4K videos at 60 fps. Now the company has announced the launch of its two new cameras at NAB conference in Las Vegas called Yi Halo and Yi 360 VR. The Yi Halo has made in partnership with Google.
Talking first about the Yi Halo, which has developed mainly for the professional users. It comes with 17 camera units arranged in a circular manner and allows the users to manage all the VR content via Android companion app. The camera also features a 2.2-inch LCD touch display that offers the states like SD Card storage capacity and battery indicator. It was developed to work with Google’s Jump high-end virtual reality platform which has launched in 2015.
“We designed the Yi Halo to be modular and upgradeable. When new firmware is released, you can upgrade all cameras at once with just a few clicks on the control panel. In the unlikely event a Yi Halo unit camera is damaged in the field, simply replace it with one of the two included spare cameras. When new Yi Halo unit camera hardware is released, simply replace the existing unit camera to upgrade the Yi Halo,” the company says on its website.
The Jump aims to encourage VR filmmaking by removing some of the biggest banners. The Yi Halo comes powered by 18 Ambarella A9SE75 chipset. It supports various image quality settings like ISO, EV, WB, Shutter, and flat color. The camera can able to record stereoscopic video in 8K resolution at 30 fps, and 5.8K at 60 fps. It packs with a battery which offers a life of 100 minutes in recording video.
The Yi 360 VR is a consumer spherical camera, which can capture images and videos in 360-degree. It can record a 360-degree video in 5.7K resolution at 30 frames per second. The camera comes with 12-megapixel Sony CMOS IMX377 sensor. On board, it comes powered by Ambarella H2V95 chipset and has micro SD card expansion slot. The user can easily carry the camera anywhere as it weighs around 170 grams only. The connectivity option includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, HDMI port and USB Type-C port. Unlike Yi Halo, the Yi 360 VR can also manage using a smartphone app.
Price and availability of Yi Halo and Yi 360 VR camera:
The Yi Halo will be available this summer, and Yi 360 VR in the month of June this year. Company has priced this cameras at $16,999 (approx. Rs. 10, 93,000) and $399 (approx. Rs.25, 600) respectively.