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 360||Nikon KeyMission 360||Ricoh Theta S||Bublcam||LG 360 Cam||Giroptic 360cam|
|Price||$350 - $399||Unknown||$349||$799||$200||$499|
|Release Date||Q2 2016||October 2016||Available||June 2016||April 2016||Unknown|
|Lens Specs||f2.0 Fisheye||f2.0 Fisheye||f2.0||f2.8|
|Video Format||H.265 MP4||h.264 MP4||h.264 MP4||h.264 MP4|
|Video Resolution / Framerate||360° - 3840x1920 @30fps|
180° - 2560x1440 @30fps
Max 25 mins per video
|Multiplex - |
|2K||2k (1024p) @ 30FPS|
|Still Photo Format||.jpg||.jpg||.jpg||.jpg|
|Still Photo Resolution||360° - 7776x3888 (30MP)|
180° - 3072x1728 (5MP)
|Multiplex - |
|Modes||Video, Photo, Timelapse Video & Looping Video||Video & Photo||Video, Photo||Video, Photo||Video, Timelapse, Photo, Photo Burst, Live Stream|
|Storage||MicroSD - Max 128GB||8GB Internal||MicroSD Max 32GB||MicroSD + 4GB Internal||MicroSD Max 128GB|
|Battery||1350mAh||Unknown - 250 photos per charge||1560 mAh||1200 mAh|
|Compatibility||2015/2016 Galaxy, Note 5, & PC||Android, iOS & Windows PC||Android, iOS, Windows PC, & Mac||LG G5, Android||Android, iOS & Windows Phone|
|Durability||Dust and Splash||Waterproof 100ft, Shock and Dust Resistant||Option Waterproof 12ft Case||Waterproof IPX 8 Submersible|
|Connectivity||WiFi, BT, NFC||Wifi, BT, NFC||Wifi||Wifi||Wifi & BT||Wifi & Eternet|
|Dimensions||6.7cm Sphere||44x130x23mm||8cm Sphere||98.5x43.4x29.8mm||69x69mm|
|Weight w/ Battery||153g||125g||280g||97g||180g|