Going 360 degrees with Samsung – Gear 360 announced

completing the VR content circle

Full credit to Samsung for their vision that saw the world of Virtual Reality as a clear future path for their company way back when they first announced the Gear VR.  Now, at Mobile World Congress 2016, Samsung completes the content circle with a 360 degree camera.

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 6.49.03 PMComing in the second quarter of this year, the Gear 360 is a small sphere with two lenses which together create a full 360 degree video experience.

Viewed live on a Samsung Smartphone (and Gear VR if you choose), or recorded and uploaded online, 360 video is already taking off in a big way, without there being a huge amount of options for content creation.

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We’ve been super impressed with the 360fly, and while that simple little single lens camera is making waves, they’re going to now be competing for airtime with the big guys – LG’s 360 camera and now Samsung too.

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It makes complete sense for a Samsung user to be able to create, preview and view content made in 360 degree using Samsung product.  The Gear 360 captures high-resolution (3840×1920) 360-degree video that also supports 30 megapixel still images.

It looks nifty and should do quite well – we look forward to testing one out for you!

Samsung Gear 360 Specifications

Camera Two CMOS 15 megapixel fisheye cameras
Image Processor DRIMe5s
Video MP4 (H.265)

– Dual Lens: 3840×1920 (30fps)

Image JPEG

– Dual Lens: 30M (7776×3888)

Audio Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Memory microSD card (Up to 128GB)
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

Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Dimension 66.7×56.2×60 mm
Weight 153g (including battery)
Battery 1,350mAh Li-ion

Trevor Long travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei, details at the EFTM Disclosures & Commercial Interests page

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Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.

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