Samsung’s Gear 360 video camera leaked a few weeks ago, and today it’s official. Until now the idea of owning a camera that can capture video and images in a VR-compatible 360-degree format may have been a foreign concept to most, but Samsung is really taking a stab at bringing VR content to the mainstream with this offering….
The camera packs two F/2.0 aperture lenses, both of which capture 195-degree photos and videos. This means that, to get that full 360-degree image, those two feed are overlapped and stitched together. Photos come out at 30MP, and Samsung says that video quality is at a resoltuion almost 4K (3840 x 1920). The Gear 360 can take up to a 128GB microSD card, and has a 1,350 mAh rechargeable battery to keep video going for quite a while.
According to the Korean company, the Gear 360 supports 802.11 ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, has a Usb 2.0 port, and also supports NFC. As for the nitty gritty of its recording capabilities, the 360’s videos are coded in MP4 format, and audio can be formatted in OGG, AAC, M4A, and MP3. The camera also has an IP53 rating to keep it safe in moderate sprinkles of water (from rain, for example).
In the box you’ll find the ball-shaped camera itself, as well as a miniature tri-pod stand that definitely resembles Eve from Wall-E. You’ll need an app from the Play Store that lets you control the camera, make edits to the content that you capture (including adjustments for HDR, ISO, and other typical settings), and see a preview of exactly what the camera’s two lenses are looking at at any given moment.
The Gear 360 is set to go on sale in some markets in Q2 of this year.