Adding to its Gear range of wearables, Samsung recently launched the Gear 360, a compact and user-friendly 360-degree camera. Touted as the one of the best consumer 360-degree cameras on the market right now, the Gear 360 seamlessly integrates with other Samsung wearables like the Gear VR headset.
The Gear 360 allows users to record high-quality 4K video (or 2160s – the “s” is short for spherical) on the go. As virtual reality headsets gain more ground, so will the popularity of content made specifically for these technologies.
The Gear 360 records to microSD memory cards, making it easy to move content to your PC for editing with the Gear 360 Action Director software, which is included with your purchase.
The Gear 360 is compatible with the Galaxy S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A5/A7 (running Android 5.0 or later), as well as with certain models of iPhone (the 7, 7+, 6S, 6S+ or SE, running iOS 10 or later) although certain functionalities are limited with iOS devices. After pairing the Gear 360 with your Samsung smartphone, you are also able to record videos while viewing them, or even livestream events as they happen.
The Gear 360 boasts a battery-life of up to 130 minutes when recording 2560×1280 at 30 frames per second.
Five different viewing modes (360 view, stretched view, round view, dual view and panoramic view) make for a variety of recording options.
The camera is paired with the Gear 360 app on your Samsung smartphone easily, and videos can easily be shared on Facebook or Instagram. It has a dust and water-resistant body, so it can be used in the great outdoors without fear of damage. The Gear 360 comes with a handgrip and a tripod. After shooting videos, they can also be viewed with the Samsung Gear VR headset.