Remember GoPro’s 16-unit VR camera? It’s awesome. Problem is, it’s also priced for professional filmmakers with large budgets and, the last time you checked, that wasn’t you. And while the new GoPro Omni isn’t exactly cheap, it should be a whole lot more accessible to everyone who wants to capture their everyday adventures in a 360-degree VR format.
Instead of 16 cameras, the consumer-oriented VR shooter comes with six GoPro Hero4 Blacks arranged in a cube shape. That means, all four sides, along with the top and bottom, are all sporting individual shooters, so you can capture the footage from every possible angle.
The GoPro Omni uses a rigid and lightweight aluminum frame to hold all six cameras in their designated positions, making the whole thing easy to mount onto helmets, handlebars, and any other equipment. All six cameras are designed to function as one, so you only need to interact with the primary camera in the ensemble to have any actions, settings, or adjustments automatically propagated across the array. Everything captured on all six cameras are precisely synchronized at the pixel level, ensuring you won’t have a hard time stitching the individual feeds together during post-production.
Features include the ability to shoot in 8K, a streamlined and Omni-optimized workflow using the GoPro Kolor software, and support for an external power supply, so you can hook the whole thing up to a large battery while filming.
Now available for preorder, the GoPro Omni is priced at $4,999.99.