Samsung's Gear 360, a camera for creating, viewing and sharing 360-degree videos and images, was announced at MWC this year, and it's now out in Australia. Designed to be used with the Gear VR and the Galaxy S7, Samsung says it wants to make virtual reality easy and accessible, and sees Gear 360 as a way to open up a new world for people seeking an immersive experience.
The Gear 360 features dual fisheye lenses, each with a 15-megapixel image sensor, and is capable of capturing high-resolution (3840x1920) 360-degree video and 30-megapixel stills. Gear 360 can also shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images by using only one of its two lenses and sensors. Its lenses have a f/2.0 maximum aperture, which helps it to capture images in low-light conditions. You'll be able to pick one up for $499, although we're still confirming exactly where apart from the company's Samsung Experience Store.
Gear 360 is designed to be compact, light and portable. It features an easy-to-use tripod and is also compatible with a wide selection of currently available accessories and mounts. When recording, Gear 360 enables content to be previewed in real time by syncing with a compatible Samsung smartphone. Also, content can be viewed and saved on smartphones or uploaded and shared directly to social channels and Google Street View.
And of course, you can watch the content you have created through Gear VR. All these features are available through a dedicated Gear 360 mobile application available for download from Galaxy Apps. Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphones including the newly released Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 — mainly because there's a bit of processing power needed to stitch together the 360-degree images and videos.
"Samsung Gear 360 will change the way Australians capture and share their experiences," said Prasad Gokhale, Samsung Electronics Australia's vice president of IT and mobile. "It extends the possibilities of immersive content to give people the power to film and edit their very own 360-degree videos and watch it with Gear VR."
Here are the full specs:
|Camera||Two CMOS 15-megapixel fisheye cameras|
|Video||MP4 (H.265) - Dual Lens: 3840x1920 (30fps)|
|Image||JPEG - Dual Lens: 30M (7776x3888)|
|Audio||Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG|
|Features||Display - 0.5” (72 x 32) PMOLED Shooting mode - Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video Camera mode - Dual/Single Lens mode Camera Setting - Sharpness, White Balance, HDR, EV, ISO limit, Wind cut IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant|
|Samsung Services||Samsung Gear 360 App, PC S/W (Gear 360 ActionDirector)|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz) WiFi Direct, BT v4.1 USB 2.0 NFC|
|Weight||153g (including battery)|