Full credit to Samsung for their vision that saw the world of Virtual Reality as a clear future path for their company way back when they first announced the Gear VR.  Now, at Mobile World Congress 2016, Samsung completes the content circle with a 360 degree camera.

Screen Shot 2016-02-21 at 6.49.03 PMComing in the second quarter of this year, the Gear 360 is a small sphere with two lenses which together create a full 360 degree video experience.

Viewed live on a Samsung Smartphone (and Gear VR if you choose), or recorded and uploaded online, 360 video is already taking off in a big way, without there being a huge amount of options for content creation.

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We’ve been super impressed with the 360fly, and while that simple little single lens camera is making waves, they’re going to now be competing for airtime with the big guys – LG’s 360 camera and now Samsung too.

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It makes complete sense for a Samsung user to be able to create, preview and view content made in 360 degree using Samsung product.  The Gear 360 captures high-resolution (3840×1920) 360-degree video that also supports 30 megapixel still images.

It looks nifty and should do quite well – we look forward to testing one out for you!

Samsung Gear 360 Specifications

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)
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


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

Trevor Long travelled to Barcelona as a guest of Huawei, details at the EFTM Disclosures & Commercial Interests page