Nokia Ozo now available for pre-order, but only if you’re loaded

Remember Ozo, the orb-like camera that lets directors see what they’re shooting in real-time? Well, the good news is the camera is now available to pre-order through Nokia with a $5,000 deposit. The bad news is that you’ll then need to put down a further $55,000 to actually own the thing.

Yes, the camera will set you back a whopping $60,000 – or around £40,000. Of course, it’s not intended for you or I, but for professional filmmakers. It’s a serious bit of hardware, hence the serious price: the Ozo can shoot footage in 360 degrees through its eight cameras, with a resolution of 2,000 x 2,000 in each.

Film is recorded to the included 500GB solid-state drive, although that’ll hold just 45 minutes of video – so if you’re wanting to record a football match using Ozo, you’ll have to quickly wipe the drive at the interval, and hope there isn’t much injury time.

Alternatively, if that sounds like too much hard work, you could buy an accessory pack that contains an additional 500GB drive and battery pack, but that’ll set you back another $5,000. It’s expensive, this virtual reality filming lark.

If you like the idea of virtual reality filming, but are $45,000 short of the Ozo asking price, then GoPro would probably be interested in hearing from you. Their Odyssey rig holds 16 action cameras, and is a comparative steal at $15,000.

All a bit expensive really, isn’t it? Cutting edge technology always is – expect the prices of these things to tumble over time, but if you want to be at the forefront of virtual reality filming, then you’d best get saving.

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