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Gear 360 (2017) now captures in 4K

Samsung has announced its Gear 360 (2017), a 4K resolution-capable 360-degree camera with a refined design, and enhanced features for high-quality content. It offers an expanded Samsung VR ecosystem.

The original Gear 360, a billiard ball on a squat tripod legs, helped create the category for ease of use, small form factor, 360° photography. The new model shares the billiard ball design but it is smaller all around and the tripod has been replaced with a handle that also includes a standard tripod screw mount, electronics and a much-needed larger battery.

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It has evolved to record in 4K or broadcast live or directly upload to platforms such as Facebook, YouTube or Samsung VR. Later, content can be converted to 360° or VR with the Samsung Gear 360 app that now runs on Android, iOS, Windows 10 and MacOS.

Younghee Lee, executive vice-president of Global Marketing and Wearable Business, Mobile Communications, said, “As consumers turn more to video to share their experiences, we want to deliver accessible and innovative products to make digital content easier to create, share and stream. The updated Gear 360 will continue to expand the horizons of what consumers can experience and share.”

The app now includes more 360° views – panoramic, dual lens view, round view, stretched (almost normal), and a fisheye 360° view. It will also now run on many Android and iOS devices and Windows 10 and Mac devices.

Battery life has been extended to more than two hours at 2560x1280 @30fps and the unit now takes microSD cards up to 256GB. It will also record 4096x2048 @20fps using MP4(H.265 compression).

Samsung Gear 360 (2017) product specifications:  

Gear 360 (2017)

Two CMOS 8.4-megapixel fish-eye cameras

2 x f/2.2 lens

Image Processor DRIMe5s

MP4 (H.265)
– 360° Dual Lens: 4096×2048 (24fps)

- Single Lens: 1920 x 1080 (60fps)

Still image

– 360° Dual Lens: 15MP
5472 x 2736

- Single Lens: 3MP 2304 x 1296

Audio Codec: ACC
Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG
Memory microSD card (Up to 256GB)
Features Shooting mode
Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video, Landscape HDR
IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
Camera mode
Dual/Single Lens mode
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth® 4.1
USB 2.0 (Type-C)
Dimension 100.6×46.3×45.1 mm
Weight 130g
Battery 1,160mAh Li-ion USB-C charge
Compatibility Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A5 (2017), A7 (2017) *Android 5.0 or later, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6s Plus, SE, *iOS 10.0 or later, Windows 10, macOS (some limitations)


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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!