Samsung is taking a 360-degree perspective on the world with its new Samsung Gear 360 camera unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.The Gear 360, shaped like a ball and weighing in at 153 g, is compatible with a range of Samsung smartphones, including the newly released Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6, and the Galaxy Note 5.
“The new camera leverages the best of the Samsung Galaxy experience so users can become the creator of their own virtual reality content to enjoy through Gear VR,” Samsung states of the Gear 360.
Sporting dual fisheye lenses, both with 15 MP image sensors, the Gear 360 allows users to capture high-resolution (3840 x 1920) 360-degree video, also supporting 30 MP still images.
Users can additionally shoot 180-degree wide-angle video and images, using only one side of the camera lens, while Samsung states its Bright Lens F2.0 “creates high-resolution images even in low-light conditions, where users can create full panoramic videos”.
The Gear 360 features a tripod, with Samsung stating that it is also compatible with a wider selection of accessories and mounts currently available on the market.
It comes with Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity, and microSD support of up to 128 GB.
“When Gear 360 is synced with a Samsung smartphone, users will be able to preview content in real-time when recording,” Samsung states.
“Also, Gear 360 will automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly on social channels, including Google Street View.
“For a real 360 viewing experience, users can simply watch self-created content through Gear VR. All these features will be available through a dedicated mobile application for download from Galaxy Apps, Google Play and PC software for more in-depth editing capabilities.”
Samsung has yet to reveal pricing for the device, stating that it will be available starting in the 2016 second quarter “in select countries”.