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The Samsung Gear 360 Spherical Camera: The Ultimate 360-degree Camera

Samsung did not stop only at the release of the new Gear VR headset. This was followed by the Samsung Gear 360, a perfect camera to take shots of your own 360-degree videos and images. Using the new Samsung Gear 360 Spherical VR Camera, recording and capturing 360-degree images and videos just got easier. This new travel-friendly device has been equipped with dual 15MP fisheye camera lenses which enable users to capture high resolution (3840 x 1920) 360-degree videos and 30MP photo.

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Every one of the Gear’s lenses can capture both vertically and horizontally at 180-degrees. This allows you to stitch together a unified 360-degree view of the world around you. One of the Gear 360 Camera’s lenses can as well be used for capturing a 5MP image or a wide-angle video at 2560 x 1440 resolution. In addition to capturing bright day images, the Gear 360’s bright, f/2.0 lenses makes it possible for the camera to easily work in low-light environments.

The capture quality of the Samsung Gear 360 Camera is impressively crisp and detailed, all thanks to the twin 15-megapixel sensors. Even though the image quality may not blow away that of a DSLR or decent compact camera, it is probably still the best you can get from a 360-degree camera.

Recordings using a single sensor will be done at a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, but combining both sensors for 360-degree recording makes it rise to a maximum resolution of 3,840 x 1,920. Regardless of the type of the video, you are recording, whether it is 180- or 360-degree footage, the video quality will still be top notch.

Use the 360 with either your PC or smartphone to shoot, edit, stitch, and view both your images and videos before easily sharing them online. The timer settings can be adjusted off through 2, 5 or even 10 seconds. This is one of the important features of the Samsung Gear 360 camera. It gives you the opportunity to hit the capture button and still scamper out of the frame. This gives you enough time before images are captured or recording is started.

Samsung gave plenty of room for ports and controls. Menu and power buttons are stationed on the side, while there is a shutter button is on top. A tiny monochrome OLED screen shows the battery status, remaining time/photos, shooting mode, and other basic settings. The removable 1,350 mAh battery, a microSD slot, as well as a microUSB port for charging, can be found on the side.

The Samsung Gear 360 Camera can be paired up with your Galaxy smartphone through Bluetooth. You can as well transform your the screen of your phone into a handy remote viewfinder by making use of Wi-Fi Direct. Files can also be transferred easily through this method. The only downside, for now, is that Samsung has only made the Gear 360 camera compatible with only their Galaxy smartphones.

All thanks to Samsung for the portable design of the Gear 360 camera. You can easily take it along with you, no matter where you are going. The Samsung Gear 360 Camera also comes with its own built-in tripod, to help with staging. It can as well screw into a standard-size tripod mount. The Gear 360 can be used with any regular tripod or, even with a suction mount for your car windshield or something similar. There is also a small piece of cloth for cleaning the two bulging lenses and a carry pouch.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera is compatible with Google Street View app. This means your photosphere can instantly be published to your Street View.

The Samsung Gear 360 Camera is IP53 certified for protection against water and dust sprayed at any angle of up to about 60 degrees from the vertical.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera is not cheap. It goes for about £350.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera is an extraordinary little gadget. All thanks to its solid build quality, the great quality of the dual cameras, as well as its overall design. There is no doubt, this device must surely be a gadget lover’s dream. It is really perfect to quickly capture images and videos.