Samsung is to launch a 360-degree camera that lets consumers create, view and share their favorite experiences through video and still image content.
Samsung Gear 360 is equipped with dual fisheye lenses, both of which have 15 megapixel image sensors, giving users the ability to capture high-resolution (3840x1920) 360-degree video that also supports 30 megapixel still images.
Users can also shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images by using only one side of the camera lens.
Samsung Gear 360 features Bright Lens f/2.0 which helps create high resolution images even in low-light conditions.
“Samsung continues to push the boundaries of the mobile experience to extend beyond the smartphone,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “On the heels of last year’s Gear VR release, Gear 360 continues to push the limits on immersive content – providing a visual experience that makes capturing and sharing life’s moments even easier.”
When Gear 360 is synced with a Samsung smartphone, users will be able to preview content in real time when recording. Also, Gear 360 will automatically bring up filmed content for users to view and save on their smartphone or to upload and share directly on social channels including Google Street View.
For a real 360 viewing experience, users can simply watch self-created content through Gear VR. All these features will be available through a dedicated mobile application for download from Galaxy Apps, Google Play and PC software for more in-depth editing capabilities.
Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphones including the newly released Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6.
Samsung has not yet unveiled the price, nor the launch date of the Gear 360. It is expected to hit stores before June 2016.