Wednesday 26 October 2016

MWC 2016 - Samsung Gear 360 is a cute VR cam

Paul Mallon

Published 22/02/2016 | 11:42

Samsung Gear 360
Samsung Gear 360

Samsung has launched a new peripheral at Mobile World Congress 2016 which is capable of capturing 360 degree footage easily

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360 degree video is on the rise, and that's because its set to be a vital part of how we create virtual reality ready content in the future. And Samsung is getting in on that action in a way that's both big and cute.

The Samsung Gear 360 is a pocket sized camera which features two high resolution sensors behind wide angle lenses. The two are mounted back to back and their coverage manages to capture video from all around at once. This means that if you create a movie with this tiny camera, you'll be able to move around it and look in any direction you want on the fly - which is technology that we still find pretty amazing.

It's all the more incredible when you consider that this high quality footage comes from camera measuring just 67mm at its widest point. Still it crams in two 15 MP sensors which are capable of capturing video at 3840x1920 at 30 frames per second. They even take stills at a massive 30MP! The unit has a tiny screen on the top so you can keep an eye on battery life and the number of shots left and enough buttons to easily set it up and get shooting in seconds. For extra cuteness, it comes with a tiny little tripod that looks like something out of Portal.

The best use of the Gear 360 is when its paired with a Samsung smartphone. You'll not only be able to control all elements of the camera but also preview the content in real time while recording. Users can even download the videos and automatically stitch them together using the software on the phone, so you'll have a VR-ready video in no time at all.

The Gear 360 wants to make 360 degree video accessible to all, bringing more content to VR and also services like YouTube that support the format. It's set to launch before summer 2016, with pricing tbc.

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