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Object of Desire: Samsung Gear 360

June 2, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

While the fate of Samsung’s professional camera lineup is seriously in doubt, the company is looking to capitalize on the newest growth market: 360-degree imaging and virtual reality. Samsung already makes a VR headset and with the Gear 360, they now have their own 360-degree camera. The eyeball-shaped Gear 360 captures 3840 x 1920 video or 7776 x 3888 stills that are viewable in 2D via a mobile app or in 3D when using the company’s Gear VR headset. It uses a pair of f/2 fish-eye lenses and two 15-megapixel image sensors to capture its video or 30-megapixel still images. If you don’t want the full 360-degree experience, you can opt to shoot at 180-degrees leveraging just one sensor and lens. The stitching isn’t handled in-camera. Instead, you’ll have to sync the Gear 360 with certain models of Samsung smartphones (Galaxy S7, S7 edge, etc.)  via Wi-Fi to get a real-time preview of your footage as well as the ability to stitch, download and share immersive clips. PC software will also be available for stitching if you don’t own a Samsung phone. Unstitched footage is also saved to microSD cards in the H.265 codec. The Gear 360 offers a time-lapse mode plus a looping video mode. It’s dust and splash proof and has a removable battery. It will ship with its own tripod and has a tripod thread on the bottom if you want to bring your own.

PRICE: $350


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