Orah 4i VR Camera: Plug and Play with Virtual Reality

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The Orah 4i is a 360 degree video camera that was developed by VideoStitch corporation as an all-in-one solution for livestreaming professional quality videos. In other words, it is a 4k Virtual Reality Camera. Headquartered in Paris, France, VideoStitch was started by Nicolas Burtey as a software company in 2010 because at the time, there was no dedicated software on the market to stitch videos.

Later, having perfected the software, the company built cameras specifically designed to take advantage of it. What makes the Orah 4i different from other 360 degree video cameras is its very high frame rate and ultra-high resolution images. Also, the camera is embedded with four microphones that use ambisonics to produce recordings that are head and shoulders above stereo sound.

Features And Specifications of Orah 4i

Camera

  • Lens: 4 8-element multicoated fisheye
  • Aperture: f/2.0
  • Image sensors: 4 Sony EXMOR
  • Resolution: 2048 X 1536 per sensor
  • Maximum Live Video Resolution: 4K (4096P X 2048P) at 30fps
  • Post Production Output: 4800P X 2400P
  • Video processor: 2 Ambarella image processors
  • 4 channel ambisonic 3-D audio input
  • 4 high-dynamic range microphones
  • Weight of camera: 16.9 oz (480 g)
  • Camera Size: 3.1” X 2.8” X 2.6” (8.0 X 7.0 X 6.5 cm)
  • Automatic synchronization hardware
  • Automatic exposure and white balance
  • Camera Power: 48V over PoE
  • Field of View: full spherical 360 degree
  • Thermal pad for heat dissipation
  • Precipitation-hardened aluminum casing
  • Direct power from stitching box

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Stitching Box (Base Unit)

  • CPU: Intel
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n/ac with external antenna
  • Storage: 120GB M.2 SSD
  • Linux based computer
  • Built in Vahana VR Software
  • Power: 110/220V connected to power outlet
  • Weight: 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
  • Stitching Box Dimensions: 10.8” X 5.1” X 10.4” (27.4 X 13.0 X 26.4 cm)
  • Ports: 4 x USB 3.0; 4 x USB 2.0; dual Gigabite LAN Ethernet
  • Connectors: 1 headset; 1 3.5mm mic

The magic of this camera is the ability to auto-stitch virtual reality content in real time. Added to that, the ambisonic 3-D microphones create an audio field that works like natural hearing in giving a perception of direction and space.

Pros

  • Four Lenses
  • Four Image Sensors
  • Four high-frequency range microphones
  • Livestream 360 degree 4K Video
  • Record 4-channel ambisonic 3-D audio
  • Real-time video stitching
  • Separate Video Stitching Box
  • Plug and play ease of use
  • Much better sound than stereo microphones
  • Can focus from two feet to infinity with the fisheye lenses
  • Camera is threaded for a standard tripod mount
  • Store video for later or transmit live
  • Stabilization and horizon correction built into software
  • Works with 19.5V battery pack
  • Use with Virtual Reality headset
  • Video stream format accepted by Facebook and YouTube
  • Video box small enough to hide under tripod or near power source
  • VR stream controlled by smart phone app

Cons

  • the camera reach is limited by the length of your ethernet cord
  • the videostitch box is too heavy to use with most drones
  • be careful in using it outdoors; needs to be shielded from dust and water
  • Battery pack sold separately
  • The camera consists of two units

This camera is made to capture and share interactive multimedia. The Orah 4i is a solid tool for those who want to stream VR, but don’t want to pay for a VR production company. It will work best for individuals and small businesses that want to live stream their work or life. The camera is very adaptable and can be used for everything from weddings to local news events. It can also transmit live footage from meetings, classrooms and seminars to remote participants.

With all this flexibility and all these features, you would expect to pay a lot for this camera. This is professional’s rig so you will pay more for the system. However, the tiny three inch square camera packs a lot of punch. You will get what you pay for. Right now the Orah 4i is rolling out at half price: $1795. It will begin shipping in July. Once it gets rolling the the price will go up to $3595 (more info).

You can be sure that the expertise that the company used in developing its top of the line stitching software will ensure that it created top notch hardware. All in all, this camera offers the one of the best price-to-performance ratios on the market.

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