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Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition) Real 360° 4K VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
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- Tell the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K brilliance and share instantly
- Capture life as it happens in stunning 4K video and 15MP photos thanks to dual 180° lenses
- Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant rating*
- Preview and edit your videos with an easy-to-use app, or share them straight to social** or Samsung VR with your Galaxy S8 or S8+ ***
- Upload your photos or videos to Samsung VR to experience your moments in virtual reality
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From the manufacturer
Gear 360 Technical Specifications:
- Camera: Dual CMOS 8.4MP, Dual F2.2 Fisheye Lens.
- Resolution: Up to 4096x2048 @ 24fps 360° Video/15MP 360° Still Image.
- Battery Capacity: 1,160mAh.
- Dimensions: 3.96" x 1.82" x 1.78".
- Weight: .29 lbs.
Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera
Put the world in your palm.
Get the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K brilliance. With four times the resolution of regular HD and a design that fits in your pocket, you can take in the whole scene in a single take. Capture everything on a road trip, in a festival crowd, or at a family reunion, then edit and share in an instant.
In the Box:
- Gear 360.
- USB Cable (Type-C).
Take it anywhere.
Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant rating. *
Tell the whole story.
Capture life as it happens in the stunning clarity of 4K video and 15MP photos. Dual 180° lenses work in tandem to provide a seamless 360° picture, so you get every perspective in one take.
Go back to the moment with VR
The Samsung Gear VR immerses you in the moments you capture with Gear 360. Upload your photos or videos to Samsung VR to experience them in virtual reality. Then share them with far-flung friends and family.
*Certified IP53 for protection against harmful deposits of dust and against water sprayed at any angle up to 60º from the vertical.
**Live broadcast supports up to 2K resolution video. Compatible with Galaxy smartphones only.
***Compatible with the following Samsung Galaxy smartphones: USB Type-C: Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+; microUSB: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and Galaxy S6 edge+. Compatible with Windows and Mac computers.
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I'll say this, if you don't have a newer Samsung phone, don't buy this camera. Yes it can still be used with PC software, but the experience is terrible and clunky. Samsung makes the software very difficult to find, and the quality is pretty poor. If I stitch my footage using the PC software, it takes about twice as long as on my phone, despite having a very beefy gaming rig. And the final product is always lower quality, and occasionally will have a small black hole in the middle. For this I'm docking 1 star.
If I use my S8 for everything though, the experience is great. The app is very stable and intuitive to use. Transferring and stitching content is fast and easy, and it's always fun to show it off to people.
For the other half of people who don't seem to understand how 360 cameras work, don't read that this is a 4k camera and expect to use this as a gopro substitute. That 4k resolution is stretched all the way around 360 degrees of view, and obviously isn't going to look as crisp as a camera shooting 4k in a small field of view directly in front of it.
Also people complain about overheating when filming 30+ minute video clips: duh? Again, not the point of this camera. It's not an action cam, or a dash cam. And super long 360 videos are not fun to deal with, and especially not fun to watch. Try uploading a 30 minute 360 video to Facebook or YouTube... it will not work.
Out of the Box: Getting started with the Gear 360 2017 was very simple. I un-boxed and charged it, read the quick start guide, downloaded the Samsung Gear 360 app from PlayStore and I was taking photos and shooting video right away. I literally posted my first 360-degree video to Facebook within 10-minutes of connecting the camera to my Android. It is very simple and worked flawlessly. To get a little farther, I watched a couple of quick YouTube videos to learn more about the live streaming functionality, which I may never use, but is still cool if you have internet excellent bandwidth.
Pros: Again, simplicity. With my Samsung S7 Edge Android phone, I was able to snap fun photos and video and post to Facebook with little effort. The photo/video is converted from the dual-fish-eye view to the 360-degree format automatically, so it is literally as simple as uploading. The battery life is very good (held a charge for the entire week with intermittent use), and the Bluetooth connection to the phone worked flawlessly every time. As a 360-degree camera, this is really easy to use. It now works with Android and IOS (newer versions), although the Live Streaming doesn't currently work with IOS, and there may still be a lower resolution in IOS at this time.
Cons: I really didn't have a negative experience with the Gear 360 yet. Your IOS and Android phone just need to be on a compatible OS. The one main flaw was this:
- The Gear 360 is top heavy. It simply falls over if there is the least amount of instability under the base, and the rubber "stabilizer" ring supplied with it is useless (if not detrimental in giving a false sense of security). I literally have placed the camera on a slightly-less-than-horizontal surface, and it is perfectly fine for 30-seconds, then it suddenly falls over like a drunk sailor for no apparent reason. I've scratched both lenses, and here's the next big negative, there's no lens replacement kit for this camera (yet, maybe?). To repair the lens, you must currently ship it back to Korea.
Advice? If you buy this camera, buy a decent little tripod for it and take the tripod with you wherever you go. Throw the "stabilizer ring" in the recycle bin and just use the tripod.