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GoPro Omni Pre-Order Begins

GoPro fans and VR enthusiasts alike can now place their pre-orders for the new Omni, a synchronized six-camera rig. In addition, the company also launched a new app and a dedicated platform to go along with its new GoPro Omni.

Omni can be bought on its own for $1,499.99. However, for those with $4,999.99 to spare, the all-inclusive Omni package will provide them with the rig and six Hero4 Black cameras with batteries, battery charger, GoPro Kolor software license, six Mini USB cables, seven-port USB hub, six 32 GB microSD cards and card readers, a smart remote, and rugged waterproof carry case.

Although the price is still significant, it is much lower than that of the Odyssey rig which costs $15,000. The GoPro Odyssey was created in partnership with Google's Jump platform. It targeted a more professional market whereas the Omni aims at a wider audience.

The consumer focus is evident in what the Omni was designed for. According to GoPro, the rig can be used to capture real estate tours, educational tutorials, museum and tourism installations, and sporting events. Another possible use could be with a drone, specifically GoPro's own called Karma.

The GoPro Omni features pixel-level synchronization between all six cameras. It works with Kolor, a color-stitching software that the company acquired about a year ago. The software automatically combines video from multiple cameras together. There's no mention about sound quality though, which might be a concern for some. There's also no word on YouTube or Facebook support.

In addition to opening pre-orders, the company also launched GoPro VR. It's similar to the GoPro Channel where users share non-panoramic videos, only they can share and view 360-degree content in GoPro VR. The platform can be accessed through the web or through recently released iOS and Android apps.

There was no mention of release date, but Digital Trends reports the GoPro Omni will be available on Aug. 17.

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