Virtual Reality Might Save The Point-And-Shoot Camera

The future of point and shoot cameras? This week at Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Google’s partners announced two new cameras that support the VR180 standard. That refers to a new way of capturing 180-degree panoramic images… in what’s known as virtual reality.

The Mirage Camera is from Lenovo. It comes with a wireless headset. Yi, is another Chinese manufacturer, making a similar camera called the Horizon. Both are basically just point-and-shoots with two lenses on the front instead of one. They capture 4K, three-dimensional video that you can watch on YouTube, or in any Virtual reality headset. They’re not the highest-tech devices things you’ve ever seen, but they might be the easiest to understand, which is kind of the point to attract a lot of users.

When you take photos, the camera sees roughly as you do—the cameras’ lenses are the exact distance apart of the average person’s eyes and can faithfully display the scene in three dimensions. You can’t move around in it yet, but you can see it as it was. Think about how powerful an immersive and detailed image like that that might be years from now, looking back on a memorable vacation or an important event life event like a wedding or a graduation ceremony.

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