Samsung Gear 360 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Dual 15 megapixel sensors
  • Dual f/2.0 lenses
  • 4K video (3840x1920) at 30 fps with dual cam
  • 30 megapixel 360 still images
  • Modes: Video, still, time lapse, looping video
  • 1 GB memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Gyro and accelerometer
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Compatible PC software or with Samsung Galaxy (S6, S6 Edge, S6 edge+) or Samsung Note (5, S7 and S7 Edge)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Release Date: 2016-05-29
  • Final Grade: 92 4.6 Star Rating: Recommended


Samsung Gear 360 offers affordable consumer VR
360 consumer cameras are in their infancy, but the Samsung Gear 360 is a highly anticipated rig.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 10/1/2016

While 360 cameras are relatively new, at least from a consumer standpoint, the Samsung Gear 360 is a very highly anticipated VR camera. Unlike other options under $500, the Gear 360 uses a pair of lenses instead of a single lens for better quality in a wrap-around video. 

Using both sensors, the camera creates a 30 megapixel 360 still photo, or 4K (3840x1920) video that wraps around. The camera has the option to use just one of the lenses as well for a 15 megapixel photo or 2560x1440 video. Both lenses are also a bright f/2.0. Along with shooting video and stills, the camera also has a time-lapse mode.

All that is wrapped up into a small sphere-shaped camera that's easy to take pretty much anywhere. The body is also dust and splashproof without housing, but not submersible.

But perhaps the biggest reason the camera is highly anticipated is that it fits well with Samsung's current lineup. The camera is designed to be used with Samsung's phones or VR headsets, though there's also PC software. The camera can connect with it all through wi-fi and Bluetooth.

While the international version is available, there's no solid ship date for the U.S. Still, once the Samsung Gear 360 hits the market, it looks to be a pretty impressive option. 


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