Tuesday 25 October 2016

Cute Samsung Gear 360 camera price confirmed - it's not cheap

Daniel Anderson

Published 07/04/2016 | 16:49

Samsung Gear 360
Samsung Gear 360

Samsung showed off a range of new products at Mobile World Congress and the Gear 360 was one of the most popular

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The Samsung Gear 360 fairly stole the show at Mobile World Congress 2016. That's not just because it seems like a very capable 360 degree camera which is perfect for creating virtual reality content but also because it's really rather cute.

More than a month on and there still hasn't been any update on when we're going to get our hands on this teeny little camera. Samsung previously said it was aiming for summer time 2016 and that's rapidly approaching. Now we've finally got a little more information, including a price.

The photo-friendly folks over at B&H have the camera listed on their site, and briefly also included a price before it was taken down. That list cost was said to be $349.99.

Given the presence of two ultra wide angle lenses, 30 megapixel still images, f2.0 aperture and dinky little screen and buttons for fingers-on control, the high cost isn't particularly surprising. This little device, together with a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, is also capable of stitching together 360 degree video on the fly, which is pretty impressive. Still it's a lot to lay out for a new camera, almost as much as the highest end GoPros around, and considerably less sturdy.

There's still no release date for the Gear 360 but with more information starting to leak out we expect to have news soon.

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