Samsung Gear 360 is now available, costs A$499 RRP

Creating 360 just became a whole lot easier.
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Samsung’s crazy eyeball-like 360 camera, is now available in Australia. The Samsung Gear 360 is a camera that can be used to create, view and share experiences through 360-degree images and videos. If you’ve been envious of those friends sharing 360 degree images on Facebook, you can now create and share your own. Get ready for plenty more Australian-based virtual reality content as Samsung now offers an end-to-end solution for capturing and consuming VR with content captured with the Gear 360, on your Samsung phone, now easily consumable in the Gear VR.

Vice President – IT & Mobile – Samsung Electronics Australia, Prasad Gokhale said,

“Samsung Gear 360 will change the way Australians capture and share their experiences. It extends the possibilities of immersive content to give people the power to film and edit their very own 360-degree videos and watch it with Gear VR,”

“We want to make virtual reality easy and accessible for Australians and see Gear 360 as a way to open up a new world for people seeking an incredibly immersive experience with beautifully well-crafted hardware and software,” he added.
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Compact Design

We’ve seen plenty of companies get creative with the way they construct their camera hardware and software solution to 360 and the Samsung Gear 360 is no different. It features dual fisheye lenses, each with a 15-megapixel image sensor, and is capable of capturing high-resolution (3840×1920) 360-degree video and 30-megapixel stills. The Gear 360 can also shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images by using a single camera lens, great for those skateboarding videos. Samsung assume you’ll want to capture 360 content any time of day so they included Bright Lens F2.0, which helps it to capture images in low-light conditions, a key differentiator to competitors.

Being small and light, the Gear 360 is really portable, making it easy enough to take with you on day trips, holidays or really anywhere you think you’ll want to capture the whole experience, rather than just the view from a traditional camera lens. When shooting longer form content, you’ll want to use the included mini tripod, or any of a wide selection of accessories and mounts. Think of all the use cases people have come up with for a GoPro camera and then imagine that in 360 degrees. Just remember, this little guy isn’t water-proof.

To use the Gear 360, you’ll pair it with one of the compatible list of Samsung smartphones. The app allows for wireless, real-time viewing of the content coming from the camera, which enables you to make sure you’re always capturing what you intend to. The content you capture can be reviewed and saved on your phone, or uploaded and shared directly to social channels and Google Street View.

All these features are available through a dedicated Gear 360 mobile application available for download from Galaxy Apps.
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Pricing and Availability

Now lets get to the business end, the price. Samsung’s Gear 360 is available now, with an Australian price tag of $499 RRP. The Gear 360 is compatible with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6.

 

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Samsung Gear 360 Product Specifications

If you’re someone who loves the detail, the full product specs are included below.

Camera Two CMOS 15-megapixel fisheye cameras
Image Processor DRIMe5s
Video MP4 (H.265)

– Dual Lens: 3840×1920 (30fps)

Image JPEG

– Dual Lens: 30M (7776×3888)

Audio Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Memory microSD card (Up to 128GB) (sold separately)
Features Display

–  0.5” (72 x 32) PMOLED

Shooting mode

–   Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video,  Looping Video

Camera mode

– Dual/Single Lens mode

Camera Setting

– Sharpness, White Balance, HDR, EV, ISO limit, Wind cut

IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Samsung Services Samsung Gear 360 App, PC S/W (Gear 360 ActionDirector)
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)

WiFi Direct,

BT v4.1

USB 2.0

NFC

Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Dimension 66.7×56.2×60 mm
Weight 153g (including battery)
Battery 1,350mAh Li-ion
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