Samsung has had no problem matching its competitors, especially when it comes to virtual reality (VR) development, and today is Samsung’s day to shine with new announcements during its Samsung Unpacked 2016 event today. The tech entertainment company have revealed its newest immersive technology, the Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree photo and video camera device.
The spherical full range camera, compatible to use with the Gear VR and the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphone, is roughly just smaller than a baseball -although not necessarily advised to be thrown like one – weighing just 153 grams (5.39 ounces). The camera has two F/2.0 fish-eye lenses that take 195-degree content, recorded in high resolution (3840×1920) in MP4 format. In terms of storage, the device can shoot up to seven hours of content with its 128GB microSD card.
The camera has four modes, including still images, time-lapse images, video, and loop. Usage of the camera isn’t too limited as it is splash resistant, meaning you can take it out in the rain and not worry about it. It is also pretty versatile in how it can be mounted on any tripod, or even a drone.
Using the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the user can remotely control the camera from their phone, and is user friendly in how the content can be transmitted via Wi-Fi for edits, and can be viewed on the Gear VR headset or shared on social media.
During the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event the Gear 360 was showcased with a Samsung representative describing it as “a small sphere packed with the best of our technologies”. He went on to say “now you can create 360 VR experiences on your own, and your S7 in your pocket will do all the magic”.
The device is said to be available in the second quarter of 2016, however the price hasn’t been released yet.
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