The GoPro Omni Camera is a cubical VR-ready rig that boasts half a dozen Hero4 Black cameras—which go for about $500 each (a cost of $3,000 if bought separately). Prices haven’t been released yet but it has been confirmed that you’ll be able to buy an all-in-one bundle with cables and cameras, or just buy the rig and use your existing GoPros. You might recall, however, that this isn’t GoPro’s first VR camera tool. A day after news broke about Omni, GoPro unveiled the 16-camera Odyssey rig, designed in partnership with Google’s Jump VR platform, with a price tag of $15,000. Omni, unlike Odyssey, won’t record in 3D (see amazing video below), but it uses proprietary hardware to ensure pixel-level synchronization of all signals into one. The VR startup Kolor software, which GoPro acquired last April, also allows users to combine multiple photos or videos to produce panoramic or spherical content, and optimizes color.
The company is set to show off the Omni later this month at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. We just wish we already had one of these for so many recent adventures, like snowboarding in Japan.