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The Samsung Gear 360 Is a Consumer-Friendly 360-Degree Camera

The ability to capture immersive content for the masses
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Image via: Samsung

Image via: Samsung

With its new Gear 360, revealed at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung officially enters the emerging 360-degree imaging market. The spherical device resembles an eyeball and features 5-megapixel front and rear cameras, capturing 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, resulting in 360-degree videos in 3,840-by-1,920 resolution and still shots come in 30 megapixels. You can use a tripod mount, but the bottom of the camera is flat so you can rest it on most surfaces. The exterior of the sphere has a menu, record, and power buttons, as well as small monochrome PMOLED screen and a panel that reveals a microSD card slot and removable battery. Dust- and water-resistant, the Gear 360 is compatible with Samsung's newly-announced Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, along with the brand's latest generation of smartphones and its Gear VR virtual reality headset. Check out the videos below, shot by the Gear 360, and stay tuned for pricing and release details.