Samsung, apart from unveiling its new premium Galaxy smartphone at this year’s MWC event in Barcelona, had also announced a new Gear 360 spherical camera.
The South Korean company had at MWC revealed that it will make the Gear 360 available starting Q2 2016 in select countries without mentioning the price of the device. Now, a third-party online retailer has listed the Samsung Gear 360 at $349.99 (approximately Rs. 23,000) with a “coming soon” tag. Samsung has so far not revealed which are the countries that will be getting the new Samsung Gear 360 device.
It’s a 360-degree camera which can allow consumers to create, view, and share their videos and still image content. Samsung at MWC stressed that the Gear 360 was designed for travel, festive gatherings, and every activity in between.
The Samsung Gear 360 comes equipped with dual fisheye lenses, both featuring 15-megapixel image sensors. The sensors can capture high-resolution 360-degree videos (3840×1920 pixels) that also support 30 megapixel still images. The Gear 360 also allows consumers to shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images with only using one side of the camera lens. It packs Bright Lens F2.0, which Samsung claimed can create high resolution images in low-light conditions as well as allow users to create full panoramic videos.
The device sports a light and compact, spherical shaped design. The Gear 360 is said to be compatible with a wider selection of accessories and mounts currently available on the market.
The biggest highlight of the Gear 360 is that it can be synced with a Samsung smartphone to preview content being recorded or shot by the device in real time. The Gear 360 automatically shows filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly on social channels including Google Street View. The Gear 360 recorded videos are also compatible with Samsung’s Gear VR, offering users a full 360-degree virtual reality experience.
The Gear 360 requires a dedicated mobile app which can be downloaded from the Galaxy Apps store, and Google Play. According to Samsung, the Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphones including the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6.
The Gear 360 is IP53 certified, offering protection from dust and against water sprayed at any angle up to 60 degrees from the vertical.