Like, tens of thousands of dollars pricey.
For budding VR cinematographers looking for a budget-conscious alternative, the Vuze camera is now available to preorder, offering 360-degree and 3D-compatible video recording for less than the price of a standard DSLR camera.
Starting at $799, the Vuze can crank out 4K resolution 3D VR video by just pointing and shooting at your subject matter - subverting the need for heavy post-production or complex rigs.
The Vuze sports eight HD cameras, tripod support, dedicated controls from an iOS/Android app, and can compress raw footage to H.264 on the fly - creating easy-to-edit files perfect for posting your virtual reality exploits straight to YouTube.
While cameras like the Samsung Gear 360 or the Ricoh Theta S offer 360-degree video for a lower price, the Vuze appears to be taking on professional VR setups like the $5,000 GoPro Omni, $30,000 Facebook Surround 360, or the $60,000 Nokia OZO - in which case, it beats those prices by a considerable margin.
"Current VR cameras either require advanced editing skills or in the case of other 3D solutions, demand Hollywood type budgets," said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO of HumanEyes, the company behind Vuze. "With Vuze, we are democratizing VR content creation and putting it in reach of everyday consumers."