CES 2018 opens its doors tomorrow, allowing consumers, journalists and industry professionals to see the very latest technology from around the world. Today has already proved fruitful thanks to companies like HTC Vive and Qualcomm. The last press-conference to take place today is Sony’s. The company deals with many industries, one of which is cameras, with the press event showcasing the RX0, a device that can be connected with more of the same to create virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree imagery.
Sony had several variations on display today, from a single solitary camera, to a grouping of six and then 22. Using the same 1-inch sensor used in Sony’s RX 100 cameras, the RX0 has been designed with a waterproof, rugged housing so that users can take imagery in any condition.
Sony used the event to announce the Accessory Camera Control Box which unlocks further capabilities for the RX0. “You can connect up to 100 RX0 units together, and taking advantage of its compact and lightweight form, and completely symetrical lens positioning multiple cameras can be configured together without the hassle of syncronisation, and connected with or without wires,” said Kazuo Hirai – President and Global CEO, Sony Corporation at the event.
The Camera Control Box (model CCB-WD1) enables PC control with web browser via wired IP (internet protocol) connection. When using multiple pairs of RX0 cameras and camera control boxes, settings of all connected cameras can be changed simultaneously, and can be triggered to all start/stop recording at the same time.
Additionally, Sony has announced the latest version 6.2 of its PlayMemories Mobile application, expanding the multi-camera control capabilities when paired with the RX04. With the new version of the mobile application, users will be able to link their smartphone or tablet to up to 50 RX0 cameras via an access point to control them simultaneously.
The new CCB-WD1 Camera Control Box is expected to ship next month for about $700 USD. For the last cameras technology that can shoot immersive imagery, keep reading VRFocus.