Along with unveiling the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at the Galaxy Unpacked event in Barcelona, Samsung also took wraps off the Gear 360 video camera. It is a consumer level camera built in partnership with Facebook, allows for recording 360-degree videos. With this camera, Samsung also aims to redefine the way we record videos and share on social media. Also Read - Samsung unveils an “human-eye-like” ISOCELL GWB image sensor in partnership with China’s Tecno
At the launch event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly talked about the partnership and how it will help in optimizing the way VR videos are shared. In terms of design, the camera resembles an eyeball. It is portable and almost the size of a baseball. At the bottom of the Gear 360, there’s also a tripod mount. Also Read - Samsung announces merger of mobile and consumer electronics business: Here's what changes
Samsung Gear 360 specifications and features: It features two 15-megapixel cameras of aperture f/2.0 fisheye lens with super-wide angle lenses on opposite sides. There is also a single lens mode for those who want to capture videos in 180-degress format. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 series India variants might be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC
The dual cameras can record 4K videos of 3840×1920 pixel resolution at 30fps and single camera can record 2K videos in 2560×1440 pixel resolution at 30fps. While the single camera can capture photos in 5-megapixel, the dual cameras can capture photos of 30-megapixel resolution.
It also features 1GB of RAM and microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB. On the connectivity front, it features Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi Direct, making it easier to transfer videos and photos to your Galaxy smartphones and sharing on social media. It also comes with a removable 1,350mAh battery. That’s not all; it is also has IP53 certification for water and dust resistance, allowing you to take it on an adventure.
There is no word on the pricing yet, but it will be available starting second quarter of this year. To get a gist of the capabilities of Gear 360, watch the promotional videos embedded below.