New Handheld Samsung Gear 360 Shoots in True 4K And Does Livestreaming

samsung gear 360

Besides the huge redesign of their flagship smartphone, Galaxy S8, Samsung tweaked the rest of their products, too. The new Gear 360 looks like the Yi 360 camera after losing some pounds and growing up. Software-wise, the manufacturer took care of video quality and connectivity, enabling Gear 360 to shoot true 4K and livestream #realitymagic


Gear 360 front

As you can see, the small tripod that was attached to last year’s big eyeball has been replaced with a sturdy extension that provides a better grip and encourages handheld 360-degree videos. In theory. We don’t know if the design is going to grant us true stability, but just to be on the safe side, Samsung threw in a tripod mount and a rubber ring. The ring helps with the slightly curved bottom of the camera that otherwise, wouldn’t remain steady on a flat surface. The idea is to wrap it around the bottom half while shooting from your desk.

Another change to this year’s model is the video recording capability. Gear 360 can now shoot true 4K, meaning it will record at 4096 x 2160 resolution. FIY, the 360-camera from Samsung is equipped with 8.4-megapixel image sensors and Bright Lens F2.2 on both fisheye lenses. There are multiple viewing options, filters and effects for the editing part.

This time around, you’ll be able to live broadcast the video in 2K. This process would still mean that you need a compatible smartphone or computer to sync it with, but at least it would happen instantly.


Gear 360 side


By the way, you’re not limited by brand this year. This camera model is compatible with Samsung smartphones, yes, but it can connect to other Android phones, iPhones too, starting with the SE up, and Windows or Mac computers.

How much will the whole thing cost? Surprisingly, less than last year’s cam which retailed for $349.

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