Samsung announced the Gear 360 video camera all the way back in February of this year, and now — as announced today alongside the new Galaxy Note 7 — the device is finally about to hit US store shelves after a few months of availability in Korea. According to Samsung, you’ll be able to get the camera from a variety of reputable online retailers starting August 19th for $350…
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The camera packs two F/2.0 aperture lenses which, to get that full 360-degree image, are overlapped and stitched together. Both of these capture 195-degree photos and videos, photos come out at 30MP, and Samsung says that video quality is at a resolution of almost 4K (3840 x 1920).
The Gear 360 supports 802.11 ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, has a USB 2.0 port, and NFC, and can take up to a 128GB microSD card. It also has a 1,350 mAh rechargeable battery to keep video going for quite a while. 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 rain.
You’ll need to download an app from the Play Store to 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.