Yesterday, during the official Galaxy S8 launch event, Samsung didn’t introduce just smartphones, but also the new Gear 360 camera, now able to shoot 4K videos. The handheld camera has a completely new design, being lightweight and more compact, not to mention that sharing footage taken with it is easier than ever. Also, according to the manufacturer, it’s the first time when it comes with 4K support.
At a first look, we can observe an eye-ball shaped body, weighing just 130 grams and being compact enough to be carried in a pocket. Also, on the handle, the Gear 360 (2017) has the battery, as well as a small screen, where essential information is displayed.
The camera can stand on its own, but you can also use the tripod mount, located at the base. Finally, let’s not forget about the three physical buttons, which are used for controlling the camera. And once it’s paired with your smartphone, you can follow the recording, as well as transfer, edit and share the content.
Moving on to the specs, the new Gear 360 features two CMOS fish-eye cameras, with 8.4MP resolutions, as well as Bright Lens, with f/2.2 aperture, able to take high-res images. As for the videos, it shoots 4096 x 2048 clips, at 24fps. As a side note, you can shoot videos in various modes, like time lapse, landscape HDR or more!
The camera comes with an IP53 certification, allowing you to shoot 360 videos underwater, and a 1,160mAh battery, able to deliver up to 130 minutes of continuous recording, at a resolution of 2560 x 1280 pixels, at 30fps.
The spec sheet of the Samsung Gear 360 (2017) is completed by microSD card support (up to 256GB), wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1 and a USB Type-C port. It’s compatible with a wide variety of Samsung smartphones, running Android 5.0 Lollipo or above, as well as iPhone, running iOS 10.0 or later.