Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
|Model Name||Gear 360|
|Item Weight||0.55 Pounds|
About this item
- 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.
Look all around you. That’s what you capture with the Gear 360. Every angle, all at once, every time. Two 180° wide-angle lenses take a shot simultaneously—and with just one click, you can merge them to produce a seamless 360° image.
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.
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|Item Dimensions||3.80 x 6.20 x 3.80 inches||2.16 x 2.63 x 2.16 inches||1.78 x 0.90 x 5.14 inches||7.48 x 4.02 x 4.02 inches|
|Item Weight||0.55 lbs||4.64 ounces||4.32 ounces||1.20 lbs|
Introducing the Gear 360 camera. A lightweight, Compact 360-degree camera. Gear 360 is the First affordable, high-resolution, consumer 360-degree camera-and the next step in vr’s evolution to the mainstream. It’s small enough for you to take anywhere-and because it’s dust and water-resistant, it can go anywhere, too. Take full 360-degree videos, or use the wide-angle Lens for a 180-degree shot. Take 4K video and 30 MP stills with a super bright Lens. And this is the classic phone-plus experience. When you add the 360 camera to your S7, you can easily shoot content save it and then view or share it. With services like Facebook 360 and YouTube 360, you can easily share with friends’ networks across town or all around the world. Or, Watch directly with your Samsung Gear VR. In all of these ways and more, Samsung doesn't just design mobile devices; we deliver mobile experiences.
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After using it for a few months, here is what I have come to love and hate:
-lots of features!
-decent picture/video quality (shoots in 4k!)
-It comes with stitching software (which, although slow, actually works pretty good)
-It comes with a fantastic carrying bag that can be used without detaching your monopod/etc.
-you don't NEED a Samsung phone, or any phone for that matter. It can be used by itself (although there is no preview screen)
Some positive thoughts:
This camera is very iconic and gets lots of positive comments. It not looking like a typical camera helps people to be less camera shy, and act more natural. The camera's size, shape, and fast controls make it easy to just throw into a bag, usually with a monopod or selfie stick attached. It's very easy to use without a phone, although you will need a decent computer to process your videos.
Now some CONS and negative thoughts:
-This camera NEEDS a u3 high speed card.
If you go with anything slower, the camera will bottleneck with video data and shut down after about 1 minute (and give you a nice, corrupted video) It would have been nice of Samsung to boldly state this fact somewhere on the box. It was a huge waste of time filming with this camera only to find over half of the videos were corrupted (this is with a u1 high speed card)
-This camera overheats!
After going through a single battery, the internal battery compartment (and the battery itself) becomes almost too hot to touch. I have seen it turn off with the overheated message multiple times (while filming at night, in the winter). This makes me nervous, with all the battery exploding problems that seem to be popping up with companies like..... Samsung.
-Extra batteries from Samsung are expensive!
I am hesitant to put an aftermarket battery though the extreme heat this camera produces. Since the battery lasts only a few hours, my options are limited! Pay $50 for two Samsung batteries, or save $30 and risk the device... Tough choice for someone who doesn't have $50 to spend on batteries...
-The stitching software takes about ten minutes to stitch just one minute of footage.
Imagine trying to work with a half an hour of footage! This can easily add up to a whole day of just stitching. It takes a huge amount of your computer's memory and space, by the way. So prepare yourself and your computer. Pro tip: start stitching before you go to bed.
-The videos take huge amounts of space!
This isn't necessarily a con, but it ends up costing you more money! You should consider buying a 1TB or larger hard drive to store your videos on. I ended up purchasing a 3TB internal Barracuda drive (less than $100)
-The included "accessory" is already in the trash.
The tripod that the camera comes with is great if your going for the whole ant's view thing. But for anything else, its completely useless.
The bottom line:
This camera is fantastic! Just remember, this technology is very new! As with any new technology, there will be little things here and there that need improvement. That being said, the problems with this device are easily outweighed by its superior performance and portability.
Photos - As someone who used to do the manual way of taking 20 shots with my phone to make a photosphere, this instant way of taking a 360 photo was perfect. No weird 'half human' stitches from people walking between shots. The photos are stitched well as long as the nearest subject is at least about a foot away from either lens. Putting the brightest light source (like the sun) pointing at the area between the lenses helps to give really nice consistent stitching. The quality, however, is not as high res as you might imagine. While it's better quality than any of the other 360 cameras out there, it looks like a 'medium' res camera took the photo. If you bump up the ISO limit to anything above ISO 800, the image becomes soft, noisy, and looks terrible in the Samsung VR system. Keeping the ISO at 400 makes for sharper and clearer photos, but still not like what the newer smart phones can get quality wise. I was surprised at how non detailed some of the photos could be, especially at night. They are acceptable for viewing in VR, providing you keep the ISO limit low and don't move the camera. But don't expect the quality to be better than a photosphere.
Video - Video is said to be 4k, but keep in mind that's 4k when stitched together, NOT per lens. The quality is again decent, but if something is moving fast (a USAF Thunderbird fighter jet flying past at near Mach speeds) you won't see smooth high res motion, but a little more jumpy motion. Night video isn't that great, so you have to bump the ISO limit up for there to be enough light (like at Disneyland at night), and that will introduce noise into the video. At the highest ISO, it can look like the dark sky has the old fashioned TV noise when you flip to a channel that isn't broadcasting. Also, the videos are split into multiple smaller files and can take a really long time to transfer to the phone. However previewing the videos on the phone (without downloading them) is really fast.
Phone App - The phone app is pretty simple, and can be slow to respond when trying to connect to the 360. Keep in mind that the 360 DOES NOT stitch the images/videos in camera, your PHONE does all that. I believe only Samsung S6, S7, and S7 Edge phones are compatable (could be more Samsung phones) but there are ways to sideload the app on other phones and get it mostly working. The App is slow to download the images and videos because it has to download them then stitch them. If you have 50 images you want to stitch and a few videos, it could take a few hours to all get done. The app could really use some improvement. That being said, I find it easier to change the limited camera settings (ISO, exposure value, quality/size, white balance, etc) with the app, but it's not something you can do super quickly. I will say that the HDR setting doesn't seem to do anything noticeable for the photos.
Build Quality - The camera seems pretty fragile overall, you will NOT want to drop it. Water, dust, dirt, etc are no issue... but the glass bubble lenses are super easy to scratch/chip with even the slightest fall I've been reading... and it's expensive to replace them (if Samsung even will at all!) I wish there was some sort of screen protector I could put on the lenses to protect them. Make sure you keep a cleaning cloth with the 360 as you will want to make sure the lenses are always clean as that can produce weird lens flares.
Battery - The battery is small, so if you're using it heavily you will run out of battery within a few hours. BUT, there's an issue with the 360 overheating before you even would reach the end of the battery's life. If it's hot out the camera can easily overheat and it will flash a warning and stop any video recording/photo taking and will force you to wait till the battery cools down. You can pop out the battery and fan/blow on it to cool it down, but this is a major issue. The bad/good news is that all the other 360 cameras out there do this too, so it's something you'll have to live with. I find that if you just turn off the camera in between shots, that helps a lot. BUT, if it does start to over heat, you'll run into another problem that only seems to happen to this camera:
'Blurgate' - As reported on a 360 forum (and as I've seen myself), as the camera begins to overheat, the battery slightly bulges in size. This causes what seems like a very slight movement of the lenses making the camera go slightly out of focus. I've seen this happen myself. It's not blurry to the point you can't use it, but you will notice a suddenly lack of sharpness and detail. Once the camera cools down again, all is back to normal. This seems to be because of the fixed focus on the lenses being a bit too precise. This hasn't been addressed by samsung at the time I'm writing this review (12/2/16), so hopefully either there's an update to help this or the next release fixes this major issue. Again, making sure to turn off the camera in between shots/videos helps keep the camera cool, and in turn keeps the blurgate under control.
Accessories - The 360 comes with the battery, a USB cable, a mini tripod (you'll want to invest in a monopod/selfie stick to avoid the 'fat fingers' from holding the tiny tripod), and a nice draw-string carrying pouch. There is an optional accessories pack that includes a remote control, various types of mounts for the 360, and a longer tripod.
Overall - It's a great start to what will hopefully only get better. As the whole VR fad continues to get more and more popular, I think 360 cameras will be seen more and more. Right now, everyone stares at my 360 like it's some alien device and are very interested in what it is... but I think we'll see more people with them in the future. If you want to jump on the start of 360 photos and videos, this is a great one to start with having the best quality and stitching time... just make sure you have a Samsung phone. If you're looking to record a concert, show, etc. you might want to wait a year or so as it's not quite there yet. For the casual person who wants 360 mementos from vacations, trips, etc this is the perfect gadget for that.
Top reviews from other countries
MUST be Galaxy S6/7/8.
No Apple Mac support AT ALL for the stitching.
MUST HAVE WINDOWS 7+ WITH PROCESSING POWER AND GRAPHICS.
Upgraded from an old Ricoh Theta.
Especially like live preview in the App.
Comes with mini tripod and carry pouch.
cons- you need a Samsung phone- but I already have one- so that works out for me. Also it takes a lot of CPU power to process these 360 videos. so unless you have a somewhat decent PC, you may want to stay away from it. Picture quality is good for the price point. Keep in mind that it's low light ability is not that great- just like most cameras on mobile devices. That's true for Go Pros as well. But a Go Pro will give you 2 times better low light clips.
overall, I am really happy with the purchase so far. Not sure how it will go for Dash cam wise. we will find out.
This is my 3rd 360 degree camera.
Yes,This is first version of Samsung gear 360 degree camera(2016 Edition).
New version is Samsung gear 360 degree(2017 Edition).
But,still I decided to purchase this samsung gear 360(2016 Edition)
1)Price dropped.(main reason to purchase it. :D )
2)lots of features!
3)decent picture | video quality.
4)Still image resolution 30MP (2x 15MP sensors),In 2017 model,15MP (2x 8.4MP sensors)
6)The original Gear 360 (2016 Edition) was designed only for high-end Samsung phones (Samsung S6 and above)Nowadays,you can easily connect this camera to your "new Samsung A7 2018 mobile"(Already tested on my "new Samsung A7 2018(triple camera model)" mobile and working perfectly.Now,No need of high-end Samsung phones.)
7)You can easily connect this camera to other android mobiles,using 3rd party modified version of Samsung 360 degree camera app(Already tested on my Mi A2 mobile and working perfectly(use google for more info.)
8)If you need Live Stream Capability and Stabilization,please purchase Samsung gear 360 degree(2017 Edition)
9)If you want better 360 degree camera,please purchase Xiaomi Mijia 360 or GoPro Fusion 360 Degree Action Camera (But,both are expensive!)
Imp. Note:For better picture and video quality always use CLASS 10 memory card)
La cámara obligatoriamente necesita una tarjeta Micro SD para funcionar por lo que hay que tomarlo en cuenta, viene con una bolsa para llevar la cámara, también una correa que se pone en el tripie, así como un trapo para su limpieza tanto lentes como la cubierta y el cable de carga (1m aprox), incluye ademas un serial o licencia para el SW o programa de edición de Samsung, lo que si es que no trae cargador. Se completa el ciclo de carga en 2 horas aproximadamente, que es el mismo tiempo que dura en uso
Lo que no me gusto es que aun siendo que la cámara es 360 se nota el cambio de color en la luminosidad, no se puede enfocar como tal un objeto pero no afecta la toma completa (Esto es en mi caso), el indicador LED de batería solo tiene 2 colores, verde y rojo, por lo que no se tiene un intermedio, solo se sabe si tiene carga o esta baja la batería
Recomendaría la cámara por su precio ya que existen otras opciones pero esta es perfecta en relación calidad / precio, también vino empacada perfectamente y el envió fue rápido a pesar de venir de EU, antes de lo previsto por Amazon, 3 días a partir de su compra