01-09-2018 10:51 PM - edited 01-09-2018 10:52 PM
From our official CES website:
Today, Lenovo™ announced, in partnership with Google®, the Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream, a powerful new tool that lets you capture and relive memories like you’re really in the moment. The Lenovo Mirage Camera is a VR camera that simplifies creating virtual reality content with easy video or image capture and wireless upload to your personal Google Photos™ and YouTube™ account. VR180 eliminates the need for specialized virtual reality videography skills and professional camera gear to shoot immersive 3D VR videos and photos. Everyday users and digital storytellers can now create, produce and share immersive content without expending extra effort or equipment—just point, shoot, relive and share.
Launching the Lenovo Mirage Solo and Lenovo Mirage Camera with Daydream together reaffirms our commitment to designing products that are different for the sake of being better. Together, the Lenovo Mirage Camera and Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream complement each other for users interested in immersive VR but who want affordable prices, high-quality content and simple set-up.
A compact point-and-shoot camera, the Lenovo Mirage Camera, slips right into your pocket and supports YouTube’s new VR180 video format. Its dual 13MP fisheye cameras achieve depth in image and video by capturing the same images at slightly different angles to form a 3D effect, in which near objects look near, while far objects appear far. The two lenses also offer a 180 x 180-degree field of view to let you see more.
Finally, we built the Lenovo Mirage Camera at a price for mainstream consumers; democratizing VR by proving you don’t need expensive equipment or computers to make VR.
Experience Once-in-a-Lifetime—on Demand
“You had to be there.”
Until now, reliving experiences through 2D videos and photos just isn’t the same as the real thing. But what if you could perfectly capture the feeling of “being there”? The Lenovo Mirage Camera lets you share your once-in-a-lifetime moments with friends, so they can see what you saw in exactly the same lifelike clarity and feel what you experienced first-hand.
Relive those precious moments with family as if you were there again, replaying your daughter’s game-winning goal or recapturing that feeling when your dad unwrapped the perfect birthday gift. The excitement of a live concert or game, the majesty of the Rocky Mountains or the razzle-dazzle of a street performance—all can be captured, relived and shared.
Just Point and Shoot
Just point and shoot. We designed the Lenovo Mirage Camera for simplicity with just three buttons—power, shutter and function. Toggle between three modes: photo, video and live broadcasting.
You can even pair with your smartphone via Wi-Fi Direct. Download the VR180 app by Google to make your phone’s screen act as a viewfinder, letting you preview all your photos and videos. About the size of a smartphone and weighing just 139 grams, the Lenovo Mirage Camera fits into small pockets so it travels where you do.
VR180 Made Simple
VR180 videos act exactly like standard 2D videos in YouTube, Google Photos and companion apps—meaning you can watch the same ultra-high-resolution 4K video on your phone, tablet or PC—all without needing a headset. But owning a VR headset such as a Google Cardboard™ or the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream adds the immersion element to your viewing experience and encourages you to watch again and again.
And like 2D videos, VR180 videos can also be edited with familiar and popular video editing software. You can work with Adobe® Premiere® Pro to edit VR180 videos in post-production without having to learn and adopt different formats or using specialized hardware to stitch footage.
You can share instantly. We integrated the Lenovo Mirage Camera tightly with Google Photos and YouTube. While you can store your content on the camera’s 16GB1 on-board eMMC (or use an optional microSD card for up to 128GB of additional storage), all content can also be uploaded to Google Photos. You can also upload live broadcasts and videos to your YouTube VR account, thanks to the camera’s Wi-Fi - no smartphone required.
The device houses the Qualcomm® Connected Camera Platform with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 626 SoC which features integrated high-quality dual cameras and powerful processing with built-in Wi-Fi and even an integrated X9 LTE cellular modem in the LTE version, 2GB of RAM, USB Type-C charging and a slot for a removable battery. The camera offers up to two hours of continuous usage for high-resolution video recording.2
And in addition to the Lenovo Mirage Camera, we’re also launching two more devices today in collaboration with Google and Qualcomm to bring immersive, life-like experiences to our customers:
The Mirage Camera is expected to be available beginning in the second quarter this year.4
All products are available on www.lenovo.com.4
LENOVO and LENOVO MIRAGE are trademarks of Lenovo. CES is a trademark of the Consumer Technology Association. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon and Qualcomm Connected Camera Platform are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or is subsidiaries. GOOGLE, DAYDREAM, GOOGLE CARDBOARD, GOOGLE ASSISTANT, GOOGLE PHOTOS and YOUTUBE are trademarks of Google, Inc. ADOBE and ADOBE PREMIERE are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2018, Lenovo Group Limited.
05-08-2018 05:10 AM
Got mine last night. A few questions:
1) will the camera (on wifi) load photos/videos directly to google photo? I could only get them to google via downloading to phone first
2) videos didn't show up on google photo - how to get to mirage solo?
3) any vr editing tool tips?
05-08-2018 08:06 AM
The VR180 app doesn't currently have any settings to auto-sync pictures or videos to Google Photos. The VR180 app is maintained by Google, so I would presume this is a feature that will be coming eventually.
Videos should show up on Google Photos, however, your sync settings may be set to not sync the Videos directory of your phone. In Google Photos, click the triple line, then select Device Folders. You'll see all the folders on your device that contains "media". If you see a little cloud icon with a slash through it, it's set to not upload that folder to the cloud. Click on the folder if it isn't syncing, and enable "Back up & sync".
As for editing VR, it's surprisingly not any harder than editing regular video, unless your intention is to stabilize. The video is stored as a side-by-side (SBS) spherical video, which is mapped out for VR during playback rather than recording. If you want to edit with a traditional video editor, your video will look like this in editing:
Hope this helps!
05-18-2018 03:07 PM
Hi, I am not sure if I understood the answers you provided. I have the same issues the other person mentioned. I cannot figure out how to get the images off of the camera. It appears that the only option is to download them to my phone. This is a problem because,
1) this camera is supposed to operate without a phone as well, this was the appeal to me.
2) I don't have enough space on my phone for some of the large VR projects I'm working on -- this is greatly going to hinder my production capability.
3) the product page notes that the camera can "Upload wirelessly to your personal Google Photos and YouTube accounts, or save to your camera’s on-board 16 GB eMMC storage."
Is there a user guide that can outline the multiple ways to send footage from the camera to the cloud or a Mirage headset?
So far I can't transfer via USB cable, or "wirelessly send to photos". It appears I can only download to my phone.
05-18-2018 05:32 PM
Thank you! That's what I was just telling a friend might be the best way. If you do end up editing in something like Premiere, I used a add on called Mettle. I haven't had a chance to try editing 180 versus 360, but thought I would mention it from your other question above thanks for the advice. Buying a card this weekend.
05-29-2018 11:12 PM
PS - I could not download photos from the camera to the computer because I was using a USB 3.0 port. Plug it in to a USB 2.0 port and the camera is recognized as mass storage right away by the computer...