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Samsung unveils Gear 360 at MWC

Samsung unveils Gear 360 at MWC

Samsung Electronics plans to launch a 360 degree camera aimed at consumers in the second quarter of the year, the company announced at Mobile World Congress.

Called Samsung Gear 360, the camera is designed to allow user to “easily create, view and share their favorite experiences” through video and still image content. Users can then view the content they create through their Gear VR headset.

“Samsung continues to push the boundaries of the mobile experience to extend beyond the smartphone,” said DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics. “On the heels of last year’s Gear VR release, Gear 360 continues to push the limits on immersive content – providing a visual experience that makes capturing and sharing life’s moments even easier.

The camera can be used to make videos or still images and is designed primarily for consumers.

The camera can be used to make videos or still images and is designed primarily for consumers.

Samsung Gear 360 is equipped with dual fisheye lenses, which both have 15 megapixel image sensors, giving users the ability to capture high-resolution (3840×1920) 360-degree video that also supports 30 megapixel still images. Users are also able to shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images with only using one side of the camera lens. Built for any time of day, Gear 360 offers Bright Lens F2.0, which creates high resolution images even in low-light conditions, where users can create full panoramic videos.

With a light and compact, spherical shaped design, Gear 360 maximizes portability to film on the go or for indoor activities. Gear 360 features a user-friendly tripod and is also compatible with a wider selection of accessories and mounts currently available on the market.
When Gear 360 is synced with a Samsung smartphone, users will be able to preview content in real time when recording.

Gear 360 will automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly on social channels including Google Street View. For a real 360 viewing experience, users can simply watch self-created content through Gear VR. All these features will be available through a dedicated mobile application for download from Galaxy Apps, Google Play and PC software for more in-depth editing capabilities.

Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphones including the newly released Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6.
Samsung Gear 360 Specifications

Camera
Two CMOS 15 megapixel fisheye cameras

Image Processor
DRIMe5s

Video
MP4 (H.265)
– Dual Lens: 3840×1920 (30fps)

Image
JPEG
– Dual Lens: 30M (7776×3888)

Audio
Codec: MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Format: MP3, M4A, AAC, OGG

Memory
microSD card (Up to 128GB)

Features
Display
– 0.5” (72 x 32) PMOLE

Shooting mode
– Video, Photo, Time Lapse Video, Looping Video

Camera mode
– Dual/Single Lens mode

Camera Setting
– Sharpness, White Balance, HDR, EV, ISO limit, Wind cut
IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant

Samsung Services
Samsung Gear 360 App, PC S/W (Gear 360 ActionDirector)

Connectivity
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
WiFi Direct,
BT v4.1
USB 2.0
NFC

Sensor
Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Dimension
66.7×56.2×60 mm

Weight
153g (including battery)

Battery
1,350mAh Li-ion

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