May 2018 is going to be a big month for Lenovo when it comes to virtual reality (VR), with its standalone headset the Mirage Solo due to arrive and now its smaller sibling, the Mirage Camera with Daydream has received a release date.
Spotted by online inventory tracking app The Tracker, the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream is available to pre-order on Amazon’s US store for $299.99 USD. Part of the VR180 line of cameras developed in collaboration with Google, the camera doesn’t offer 360-degree imagery like the Samsung Gear 360. Instead the two front facing, 180-degree lenses capture stereoscopic pictures and videos that give a much greater sense of depth, all in 4K.
Features include quick point and shoot usability so you don’t miss those important moments; 13-megapixel fisheye lenses; integration with Google Photos and YouTube for easy uploading and livestreaming in VR; internal 16 GB eMMC storage; auto-image stabilization and the VR180 app turning your smartphone into a viewing screen.
The Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream is due to launch on 4th May 2018, the Amazon site does note that the camera can be shipped to UK consumers if you can’t wait for it to become available locally.
Obviously you might want to partner the VR180 camera with a headset, one that offers the YouTube app like Google Cardboard or Google Daydream. Or if you want the latest tech then its has to be the Lenovo Mirage Solo, the company’s other Daydream collaboration with Google.
This will be the first headset for western consumers to offer inside-out tracking on a standalone device. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the headset has a 110 degree field-of-view (FoV), a 5.5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye and a reported seven hours of battery life. And it’s not that much more than the camera, retailing for $399.99 USD and available on 11th May.
Also happening in May is the Google I/O event, which will likely feature further VR updates. To keep up to date on the latest VR news, keep reading VRFocus.