Exclusive: Nokia’s $60,000 VR Camera Goes on a Drone Test Flight


At 9.3 pounds, Nokia’s Ozo VR camera is impressively compact. Not only can the device be handheld if need be, but it can also take to the skies as a drone payload. We’ve got the first look at Ozo’s take-off.

Given that Nokia is soon to offer a camera handle for Ozo, it’s clear that weight and size was an important design consideration from the start, but handheld functionality can only get you so far. When you need to cover ground—or sky, as it were—Nokia says that Ozo is ideal for professional drone photography.

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During a closed test flight just a few days ago, Nokia and Intuitive Aerial hooked the $60,000 VR camera to the professional ‘Aerigon‘ cinema drone, which easily hoisted the camera thanks to its 19 pound payload capacity.

aerigon iag 3 gimbalDrone-capability is definitely a plus for Ozo as it means more production flexibility. Drone photography has become increasingly pervasive in the last few years, allowing filmmakers stable, inexpensive platforms for capturing aerial views which would have previously required expensive crane rigs or even a helicopter and crew.

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Stability is especially important for VR filmmaking as any tilting of the camera’s horizon can cause discomfort for the viewer. In this case, the Aerigon drone is equipped with the company’s IAG 3 gimbal which automatically stabilizes the camera payload with four brushless motors.

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Ben is the world's most senior professional analyst solely dedicated to the XR industry, having founded Road to VR in 2011—a year before the Oculus Kickstarter sparked a resurgence that led to the modern XR landscape. He has authored more than 3,000 articles chronicling the evolution of the XR industry over more than a decade. With that unique perspective, Ben has been consistently recognized as one of the most influential voices in XR, giving keynotes and joining panel and podcast discussions at key industry events. He is a self-described "journalist and analyst, not evangelist."
  • Mr. Wong


  • dsfsfddsfdfs

    stunning footage…of a drone taking off…big deal

  • bastienfrancois

    360 vr video where 75% of the field of view is the quad or the gimbal, this is why they don’t show the results it most certainly is very disappointing. Plus at 60 grant a pop, I don’t think many production company or rentals will be ready to hook that up to a drone, it will cost a fortune in insurance alone.