The Yi Halo Camera – 8K 360° Stereoscopic VR Camera with Google Jump Stitching
The Yi Halo is a Stereoscopic VR Camera being produced by Yi Technology from (I believe) China. Yi’s other cameras are distributed by Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, so I assume that is the country of origin for this unit.
The Halo is an array of 16 4K go pro style action cameras +1 Up Facing Camera which works in conjunction with Google’s Jump Assembler technology to provide automated image stitching to remove one potential source of workflow headache. It tips the scale at only 7.7 lbs and comes packaged in a Pelican 1610 case.
With 17 cameras that is a lot of failure points, and knowing this Yi ships the unit with two additional cameras to swap in the field. This also factors into their modular design which Yi claims will allow entire array upgrades when a newer higher spec Yi camera is released. The currently shipping cameras use a Sony IMX377 12 megapixel CMOS sensor with a 155 degree lens that has a maximum aperture of F2.8.
The cameras can record at resolution up to 8192×8192 at 30fps & 5760×5760 at 60fps to supported Micro SD cards and the unit is powered by a rechargeable battery that will give the operator over an hour and a half of runtime. Additional power can be supplied through V-mount batteries.
As is pretty commonplace these days, the camera can be controlled and monitored via a smartphone app for Android with a 5GHz WiFi signal from the camera.
The Yi Halo is estimated to be available late summer 2017 at a price point of around $17,000.