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Nokia Ozo pro VR camera priced at $60,000

Nokia has revealed pricing information for its ambitious pro VR camera, the Nokia Ozo. Suffice to say, it won’t come cheap.

Back in July, Nokia announced its first new hardware since it sold its smartphone arm to Microsoft in April of last year. It wasn’t what anyone expected.

The Nokia Ozo is a curious-looking spherical camera that can be attached to a standard tripod. Its eight evenly spaced lenses and microphones can record everything around it in full 360 degrees.

It’s designed to fit into existing virtual reality production set-ups, and it grants the added benefit of being able to monitor VR footage live, as it’s captured.

Nokia warned at the time of its unveiling that the Ozo would be targeted at “professional content creators,” so we weren’t expecting it to be cheap. So it has proved, with Nokia confirming at a recent LA event that the Ozo is available for pre-order at a price of $60,000 (around £40,000).

If you want one of these intriguing new VR cameras when they start shipping in the first quarter of 2016, you’ll need to come up with $5,000 up front.

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Besides pricing, Nokia has revealed more of the Ozo’s specs. Its camera array utilises eight synchronised 2K x 2K sensors capturing footage at 30fps, and with a relative aperture of f/2.4.

This video content is captured to a 500GB solid state drive, which will hold up to 45 minutes of the 360-degree footage.

Nokia also confirmed that the Ozo’s software, which includes the Ozo Remote Application and Ozo Creator Application, will be available for OSX 10.10 Yosemite – another sign that the camera is designed for professional video producers.

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