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Nokia’s VR camera priced at $60,000


Janko Roettgers, Variety.com

, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Nokia has started to accept pre-orders for Ozo, the virtual reality camera the company announced earlier this year. However, Ozo doesn’t come cheap: The camera will sell for a whopping $ 60,000 when it is being shipped in the first quarter of 2016.

For that price tag, buyers are going to get a camera with eight spherically placed lenses, each capable of recording video with a 2K by 2K resolution in a synchronized fashion. The camera also comes with eight integrated microphones to record spherical audio, and integrated Wifi connectivity makes it possible to remotely control the Ozo from an OS X app.

The Ozo’s 500 GB media storage modules can capture up to 45 minutes of video; additional modules cost $ 2,500 each. A digital cartridge that holds both 500 GB of storage and an extra battery costs a whopping $ 5,000.

Nokia announced the Ozo’s pre-order phase, as well as the camera’s specs, during a media event in Los Angeles Monday. The company also showed off the research and development work that went into building the Ozo in the following video:

Nokia isn’t the only company looking to sell a virtual reality camera. Jaunt introduced its own camera earlier this year, and Lytro recently unveiled an ambitious light field camera for 3-D virtual reality capture.

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