Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lower cost and cinema versions of Google Jump coming this year

The Google Jump is a 3D, 360-degree camera rig design that's been used by companies such as GoPro in the Odyssey camera.  It has amazing image quality but costs about $15,000.


At the 2016 Google I/O developers' conference, Google announced that Yi, makers of the famous XiaoMi Yi GoPro clone, will make a Google Jump rig available later this year, based on "their 4k camera."  By that I think they mean the recently released Xiaomi Yi II,  with a Sony IMX377 12mp 1/2.3-inch sensor.



It would very likely be a lower-cost version of the Google Jump, although there was no word on the price of the rig.   The current price of the Xiaomi Yi II is about $250, which at about half the cost of the Hero4 Black, may mean a rig that is about half the price of the GoPro Odyssey.


Google also announced that they will be working with IMAX on a cinema-grade Google Jump camera.  I speculate that this also implies that IMAX will also be working on an almost fully spherical movie theater (by comparison, the IMAX Dome / Omnimax is 180 degrees).


Thanks to @MikeCane (Atomic Supermen blog) for bringing this to my attention!