Samsung just official revealed the Gear 360, a 360-degree camera that could be a game changer for Virtual Reality gadgets. Its existence was first announced on February 21st during the mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Earlier today the company announced its ship date and will be available for purchase on April 29th. The gadget has a 15 megapixel sensor that is inbuilt with both (two) F/2.0 Fish-eye lenses. Capturing video formats at 3,840 x 3,888 resolution at 30 frames per second and still images at a much better resolution of 7,776 x 3,888 at 30 megapixels.
The portable oval shaped camera doesn’t have an inbuilt memory. However, it can be considered as a pro due to its expandable memory in the microSD slot up to 128GB of storage. The product has already been tested by YouTubers like Casey Neistat who has also produced trending videos with the 360 degree footage. The portable gadget is known for its footage at the Oscar and was used several times again by the YouTuber.
Samsung’s effort in virtual reality can be witnessed in its innovation with the Gear 360. The developers also hinted the release of another VR which will be accessible without a phone. This perhaps could be a carefully strategized move by Samsung as we can already see the rising growth of VR porn that can currently be accessed on porn websites and other 360 degree videos on YouTube. Injong Rhee, Samsung’s executive VP for research and Development said the “VR is amazing, but the industry is still in infancy,” also insisting that the devices is for consumers as well as professionals to create content, “We’re enabling more people to create more VR content.”
Although we still do not have an official price confirmation for the product in US, recent updates have confirmed that the device will be available in South Korea for 399,000 won ($347 USD).