Looking to make some immersive 360-degree content? Well, Samsung’s first camera aimed at creating 360-degree video is finally available for purchase, alongside the new Gear VR and the Galaxy Note 7. Here’s everything you need to know about the cute camera, and you can also read our full review here.
Make your own VR videos
While $350 may seem like a high price, there’s considerable value in the Gear 360 considering the fact that it offers 4K recording and works with Samsung smartphones and the Gear VR. Thanks to that backwards compatibility, the Gear 360 could be just what content creators need to start making quality 360-degree video.
Apart from being able to record in 4K, the round ball of a camera offers two f/2.0 fish-eye lenses, each packing a 15-megapixel sensor. It doesn’t have any storage of its own, but it does offer a MicroSD card slot capable of handling up to 128GB of storage.
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Samsung has been dominating the market when it comes to consumer mobile VR. The company launched the Gear VR headset last year, which has become extremely popular. A decent VR camera was really the only big ingredient missing from Samsung’s VR ecosystem.
There are a slew of 360-degree cameras on the way — most of them are fairly pricey and targeted at professional content creators, but some are more consumer-friendly, such as the one from Samsung. LG also has its own 360-degree camera, which has a lower price tag of $200, but Samsung’s device beats LG’s when it comes to specs.
This article was originally published in February. Christian de Looper, Julian Chokkattu, and Andy Boxall have contributed to this post. Updated on 08-19-2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added news that the Gear 360 is now available for purchase.
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