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Google's point-and-shoot VR180 cameras from Lenovo, YI announced at CES

10 January 2018

Google has announced a few new products made by its partners and one of them is the Lenovo Mirage Solo. This is a stereoscopic camera that can capture 13 MP photos and videos in a wide, 180 degree field of view.

And then there's the Mirage Camera.

If you're looking to buy the headset itself, the best bet is to go for one of the various bundles, which tend to include the headset, the PlayStation Camera (which you need to run the headset), and a game or two.

Google also announced two VR180 cameras made by Lenovo and Yi Technologies which shoot 4K 180-degree video.

The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset was previously leaked, when it appeared in an FCC filing over Christmas past year, but now we know much more about it. These also sport f/2.1 apertures, so they aren't going to give you insane depth of field like some of the other smartphones on the market right now, but you will get some crisp images.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, has 4GB of RAM built-in and 64GB of storage.

A Wi-Fi version of the camera will be on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while a model with LTE for uploading video on the go will be available at a later date - and no doubt for a higher, but for now undisclosed, price.

Lenovo Mirage Solo is the first standalone Daydream VR headset
Google's point-and-shoot VR180 cameras from Lenovo, YI announced at CES

During our limited demo, we tried the new Blade Runner: Revelations, an upcoming game that takes full advantage of WorldSense to let you investigate clues and interact with in-world elements by turning your head and walking around.

Taking pictures with the Mirage Camera is actually pretty simple. You can also use the device to run a livestream with just a tap of a button.

Because video is stitched in real time it's ready to edit right off the memory card, and it's also possible to stream directly to YouTube VR180.

There's a USB-C port for data transfer and charging, as well as an HDMI output, both under a door on the side. The idea here is to be able to provide immersive VR content to anyone the way we see traditional cameras being used. There will also be a cellular-connected variant of the Camera, but pricing was not provided. What that means is that the headset uses its own cameras and sensors, rather than ones mounted on the wall, to track your every movement in every direction. Speaking of launch, it's slated for Q2 2018, and it is going to be available in the same Moonlight White color.

The Mirage Solo will enter an increasingly crowded field of tech companies seeking to enhance the VR experience and bring it to the enterprise this year.

"Since most headsets bear an excess of weight towards the front, we engineered the headset for a more even load distribution and balance to reduce strain on the wearer", Lenovo said.

Google's point-and-shoot VR180 cameras from Lenovo, YI announced at CES