Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) has unveiled its first 360-degree VR-ready camera setup, called Gear 360, at the Mobile World Congress. The video camera sports two lenses of F/2.0 aperture, and can capture photos at a whopping 30MP.
Rumors had suggested a few weeks ago that Samsung’s lineup at the Mobile World Congress would include a consumer 360-degree video camera, with a whole host of tipped specs like the device’s own storage, battery pack, and connectivity with other devices via Bluetooth. Now, the 360-degree camera setup from Samsung is officially announced, but 360-degree photo and video capture is not a part of mainstream culture yet. However, Samsung hopes to be the first consumer electronics company to make it available far and wide, with an unparalleled ease-of-use and swift connectivity.
The Gear 360 setup includes a more-than-capable 1,350 mAh battery which should keep the video capture going for a good time, a microSD slot which supports up to 128GB in external storage, and IP53 water-resistive certified technology which should keep you covered in the face of light showers. It provides a 195-degree view in its spherical design, which brings the 360-degree video to the general masses for the first time.
The resolution on the Gear 360 is not quite 4K but close enough with 3840x1920p. There’s also support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, for easy sharing between multiple devices. Videos on the Gear 360 will be using default mobile video MP4 format, and a USB 2.0 port which should be sufficient for users to be able to set it up for upload and edit on a mobile or desktop computer system.
The Gear 360 package includes the spherical camera, which weighs just over 150g, and a tripod stand. With the Gear 360, HD photos and 360-degree video capture is just around the corner, as soon as Samsung decides to reveal a release date.
For a first 360-degree video capture device, Gear 360 looks like a more-than-decent camera system, which will be easy to get used to, and shoot VR-ready videos without any complications or having to wrestle with complex settings. The design is portable, and should withstand the ordinary wear-and-tear of the outdoors without too much hassle. All in all, it is a really good beginning for Samsung in the mainstream virtual reality industry.