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Samsung Gear 360 Camera: Release Date, Price and Specs

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This capable little camera plays nicely with your Galaxy and Gear VR.

We’ve been pretty excited to learn more details about Samsung Gear 360 camera ever since they revealed the dual-lens camera at Mobile World Congress last month. Now we finally have details around the price that was shared on a B&H product listing, not officially by Samsung.

The Samsung Gear 360 camera retails for $399.99 – $499.99 and will allow you to capture 360-degree video, paired with any current Samsung Galaxy phone or Note 5.

The release date still stands at sometime in Q2 2016, but we are hoping they will provide additional detail around a pre-order date soon.

Shooting 3840×1920 @ 30fps with stereo sound and capturing information on a 128GB removable microSD card make this a strong competitor to other consumer model 360° cameras, especially at a price of $400.

What makes the Gear 360 camera stand out from the rest though is its compatibility with the Samsung VR eco-system. Yes, Gear 360 can sync with your PC for stitching and editing. But because of the new Galaxy S7’s powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, the phone can actually do all the video stitching and editing when paired together via Bluetooth. Also, snapping your Galaxy S7 into your Samsung Gear VR headset will make previewing 360° footage that much easier. Since we already have a ton of Galaxy phones and Gear VR headsets at VRScout, this would make life that much easier.

So how does the Gear 360 camera compare to other consumer 360° cameras, check out the table below. This does not include multiple GoPro camera rigs which can easily cost thousands of dollars.  Considering GoPro is expected to release a consumer friendly 360° action camera of its own this year, we will be sure to add that as soon as we get official information on a release date, price, and specs.

UPDATE: Samsung’s Gear 360 camera goes on sale April 29 in Korea and Singapore, with a global rollout to follow sometime thereafter.

360° Camera Comparison – Price, Release Date, and Specs

 Samsung Gear 360Nikon KeyMission 360Ricoh Theta SBublcamLG 360 CamGiroptic 360cam
Price$350 - $399Unknown$349$799$200$499
Release DateQ2 2016October 2016AvailableJune 2016April 2016Unknown
Lens Count22423
Lens Specsf2.0 Fisheyef2.0 Fisheyef2.0f2.8
SensorCMOS 15MP12MP5MP13MP
Video FormatH.265 MP4h.264 MP4h.264 MP4h.264 MP4
Video Resolution / Framerate360° - 3840x1920 @30fps
180° - 2560x1440 @30fps
3840x21601080p @30fps
Max 25 mins per video
Multiplex -
1440x1440@30fps
1920x1920@15fps
Equirectangular -
1984x992@30fps
2688x1344@15fps
2K2k (1024p) @ 30FPS
Still Photo Format.jpg.jpg.jpg.jpg
Still Photo Resolution360° - 7776x3888 (30MP)
180° - 3072x1728 (5MP)
5376x2688
(14.5MP)
Multiplex -
3840x3840
Equirectangular -
5376x2688
2048p
ModesVideo, Photo, Timelapse Video & Looping VideoVideo & PhotoVideo, PhotoVideo, PhotoVideo, Timelapse, Photo, Photo Burst, Live Stream
StorageMicroSD - Max 128GB8GB InternalMicroSD Max 32GBMicroSD + 4GB InternalMicroSD Max 128GB
Battery1350mAhUnknown - 250 photos per charge1560 mAh1200 mAh
Microphones22133
Compatibility2015/2016 Galaxy, Note 5, & PCAndroid, iOS & Windows PCAndroid, iOS, Windows PC, & MacLG G5, AndroidAndroid, iOS & Windows Phone
DurabilityDust and SplashWaterproof 100ft, Shock and Dust ResistantOption Waterproof 12ft CaseWaterproof IPX 8 Submersible
ConnectivityWiFi, BT, NFCWifi, BT, NFCWifiWifiWifi & BTWifi & Eternet
Dimensions6.7cm Sphere44x130x23mm8cm Sphere98.5x43.4x29.8mm69x69mm
Weight w/ Battery153g125g280g97g180g

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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