The original Gear 360, a billiard ball on a squat tripod legs, helped create the category for ease of use, small form factor, 360° photography. The new model shares the billiard ball design but it is smaller all around and the tripod has been replaced with a handle that also includes a standard tripod screw mount, electronics and a much-needed larger battery.
It has evolved to record in 4K or broadcast live or directly upload to platforms such as Facebook, YouTube or Samsung VR. Later, content can be converted to 360° or VR with the Samsung Gear 360 app that now runs on Android, iOS, Windows 10 and MacOS.
Younghee Lee, executive vice-president of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications, said, “As consumers turn more to video to share their experiences, we want to deliver accessible and innovative products to make digital content easier to create, share and stream. The updated Gear 360 will continue to expand the horizons of what consumers can experience and share.”
Battery life has been extended to more than two hours at 2560x1280 @30fps and the unit now takes microSD cards up to 256GB. It will also record 4096x2048 @20fps using MP4(H.265 compression).
|Gear 360 (2017)|
Two CMOS 8.4-megapixel fish-eye cameras
2 x f/2.2 lens
- Single Lens: 1920 x 1080 (60fps)
- Single Lens: 3MP 2304 x 1296
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
|Memory||microSD card (Up to 256GB)|
Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video, Landscape HDR
IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Dual/Single Lens mode
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
USB 2.0 (Type-C)
|Battery||1,160mAh Li-ion USB-C charge|
|Compatibility||Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A5 (2017), A7 (2017) *Android 5.0 or later, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, *iOS 10.0 or later, Windows 10, macOS (some limitations)|