Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
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- A lightweight, Compact 360-degree Camera
- Take full 360-degree videos, or use the wide-angle lens for a 180-Degree shot
- Dust and water-resistant
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At a Glance:
- Capture all around you with Gear 360. Every angle, all at once, every time.
- Capture clear, vivid content all day, even in low light.
- Resists occasional splash †, †† tempered glass prevents lens scratches
- Play back, trim and share videos right on your compatible Galaxy device or PC.
- MicroSD card (sold separately) required to operate.**
Gear 360 VR Camera
Take in the whole story
From the band, the surrounding stadium and the crowd pulsating with electricity at a concert to your kids on the swings, flying kites and blowing monster bubbles at the park—with the Samsung Gear 360, you capture every angle all at once. The Gear 360 is a 360-degree camera that lets consumers easily create, view and share their favorite experiences instantly via social applications like Facebook, YouTube and Samsung VR. With just one tap, the Gear 360 starts recording everything above, below and all around the camera at once. Then snap the phone into the Gear VR and immerse yourself in the memories you’ve created.
What reality looks like
With the Gear 360, you’ll catch life’s every detail—whether you’re shooting near 4K resolution1 videos or a 30 MP photo *, **.
The bright F2.0 lenses capture clear, vivid content all day, even in low light, from your morning hike to your night on the town.
Grab. Go. Create.
The Gear 360 is smaller than a baseball, so you can just hold it and shoot. Or set it down on the included tripod and live in the moment. The Gear 360 is splash and dust resistant †, ††. Protecting it from the occasional sprinkle or splash, and the tempered glass lenses prevent scratches while shooting on the go.
Because water happens
At the pool, at the bar or even when it starts drizzling, you can keep shooting with the Gear 360. The protective housing guards Gear 360 from the occasional sprinkle or splash and tempered glass lenses prevent scratches while shooting on the go †, ††.
Share your story instantly
Go from shooting to sharing in virtually no time. Play videos back, trim and instantly share your creation on YouTube, Facebook or Samsung VR—right on your Galaxy smartphone ††† or PC.
It just got real
You’ve taken a 360 video, but the fun really starts when you can watch it in fully immersive virtual reality. Just snap your Galaxy S7 into a Gear VR headset and hold on—you’re about to dive right back into the excitement.
* Camera shoots 3840x1920 high-resolution videos.
** MicroSD card (sold separately) required to operate. Supports up to 256GB. Class 10 recommended.
† Dry after wet.
†† IP53 splash and dust resistance.
††† Gear 360 Manager app compatible with Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and future Galaxy devices. Check manufacturer website for compatibility.
From the little moments in your day to the horizons you pursue, capture life as it happens with Gear 360. The front and rear lenses each capture 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, creating a seamless and complete 360-degree field of view.
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Prior to this camera, I was taking 360 panoramic photos of the outdoors and real estate with a DSLR (canon 6D + rokinon 14mm) and a rotator stage (nodal ninja) then stiching them together in software (PTGUI). Amazing results BUT very expensive, time consuming, and massive learning with tutorials and trial and error. I watched "360" cameras hit the market, but saw that the quality was very poor and limited to short video clips. That is, until the SG360 hit the street. This thing is so EASY and FAST that I can take amazing quality 360 photos and video just like shooting from a point-and-shoot camera. The photos stitch in a matter of seconds while the videos take longer, but process in the background of my computer work. I know take MANY more 360 photos of everything including PEOPLE!
Installing the Cyberlink ActionDirector PC software was a super easy download and install. Drop the photos and video into ActionDirector from the micro sd card, and the software processes them automatically in the background and saves the results in a folder. You can edit the photos and videos in your favorite software; you are not locked into ActionDirector.
Virtual reality? Yes. I was able to view photos and video with the Gear VR after some work (install VR apps, load photos and video to special folders on your phone). It is truly amazing, but also very disorienting. I have perfect vision and never get motion sickness, but cannot stand to be in VR very long. YouTube supports the 360 content. Not many other sites currently do, but hopefully soon. It is so cool to look around somewhere.
Aerial? Yes. I mounted this to my DJI Phantom 3 and have flown successfully ~5 times. Fly at your own risk and keep it safe.
Samsung Gear 360 vs. DSLR + lens + tripod + rotator + software
- Cost: SG360 immensely cheaper by a few thousand dollars!
- Quality: DSLR wins
- Weight: SG360 is only a few hundred grams, perfect for travel. DSLR rig will be ~20 lbs, not good for hiking it around town or outdoors.
- Size: SG360 can fit in any backpack or bag. DSLR requires special packs to lug it around.
- Ease: SG360 takes entire 360 in one photo and processing it couldn't be easier with the free software. DSLR requires many photos, extra software work, so much more time and work.
Samsung Gear 360 vs. VCN V.360 / Kodak Pixpro 360 / 360fly / Ricoh Theta M15 360
- Cost: SG360 is the second most affordable next to the Ricoh Theta M15
- Quality: SG360 dominates the competitors in both photo and video. SG360 and M15 are the only TRUE 360 cameras, but only the SG360 can record longer movies and has much better image quality.
- Weight: SG360 is second to the M15
- Size: SG360 is the second most portable camera next to the M15.
- Ease: SG360 connects flawlessly and quickly to my Galaxy S7. Transferring and stitching the photos on the S7 or my PC is fast and easy. I don't know how it is for the others.
My wishlist: timelapse should output photos not only video, output option for RAW files for improved editing.
Note: This is my honest opinion after using the camera for a few months. I received the Samsung Gear 360 at a discount price from Samsung BUT was fully planning to purchase regardless.
Me? I'm a research engineer with degrees in physics and math. Also a professional photographer in portraits and real estate.
However, for iPhone users, just install the Google Street View app for iOS. The Samsung camera is then set from the camera menu to use Google Street View, which starts the wifi and waits for a connection to the phone. Go to the wifi settings on your iPhone and connect to the Gear 360. Start the Google app and it will start communication to the camera, allowing photos to be acquired. After a photo is acquired, the app will download the stitched image from the camera, add GPS coordinates and save it to your photo album. It will also display it in the Google app for review; note that there is no requirement to upload any image to Google, and images can be deleted from the app, but leave them in your photo album.
If there is no interest in using the Google app, photos and videos can still be acquired directly with the camera, and the image files will be saved to the microSD card. The Gear 360 will be recognized as an external drive when connected to your Mac or Windows, allowing access to the "raw" image files. The images will then need to be downloaded and stitched using the Samsung app (free), or something like PTgui.
[Added 25-September-2017] I purchased the Samsung Bluetooth (BT) Remote package for this camera (includes tripod and snap mounts) after a few weeks. It appears that the BT remote and the iOS Google Street View app (via wifi direct connect) can be connected to the Gear 360 at the same time. While a photo can be acquired in the Street View app by pressing an on-screen button, it is so much more convenient to simply press the button on the BT remote to acquire the image, after which the image will be transferred automatically to the iPhone, stored in the photos folder and displayed in the Private tab of the Street View app. The advantage of this approach is that the iPhone can be kept in a pocket and photos can be acquired at will (and geotagged with the GPS location) without having to juggle the iPhone with one hand and the camera with the other. And you can still use the iPhone camera as well.
[Added 13-October-2017] For those buyers that want to use this camera for taking photos from a hike or a city tour where quite a number of images may be captured, and when the camera is connected to a phone for image geotagging purposes (eg. Google Street View app), only about 60 images will be captured before the camera battery runs down and needs recharging (very likely the power demands of the wifi connection to the phone and the in-camera stitching of the images). One solution is to buy additional batteries for the camera and swap as needed; Amazon sells both the original Samsung battery as well as replacements that have a good rating and may come with a charger. The other approach is to use an external battery pack (same used to provide a boost charge for a phone) and connect it to the camera USB port with a LEFT-angle micro USB cable (note that the left-angle will keep the cable running downward from the camera). Amazon has CableCreation braided-cover cables in 0.5 ft and 3.2 ft lengths which will work for this purpose. The camera battery can then be charged as needed from the power pack, or for "continuous charging", connect the camera to the power pack, turn it on and connect to the phone.