GoPro New VR Cam and Sharing Platform Set to Charm

April 23, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

VR creators these days are never content with a single hardware offering. Take the case of Facebook; following the launch of Oculus in markets, they have now revealed that they are behind a VR cam prototype.

The latest one to join this expansion list is GoPro, which itself is primarily a camera manufacturer.

The company is now bringing out a new VR cam called the Omni as it now focuses on bolstering its hold in the VR industry. For the same, GoPro is also launching a VR sharing platform alongside to be the dedicated space for Omni-created VR videos.


Technically, the GoPro Omni will feature six HERO4 Black cameras spherically arrayed to resemble a rounded cube. The unique design of this aluminum cube is what makes it an essential action cam from the VR segment.

Each of the HERO4 Black cameras is paired with the other by means of pixel-level synchronization. A standard 4K capture is what GoPro offers with its new device. However, for those who want more, it also includes an over capture feature that can double up the videos to produce 8K shots.

GoPro Omni will be making debut this week at the National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas, and is believed to arrive for a price of $4,999. Along with this, a new VR video hosting platform will also go live called the GoPro VR, where users can upload access VR contents free of cost. The service will be web-based, and will also present free Android and iOS versions.

GoPro is also having GoPro Odyssey readied for a launch this November. The 16-camera device was announced last year for $15,000 and is also their highest-end VR capturing device.

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