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Samsung Gear 360: a ball for sharing life’s magic moments

SAMSUNG'S new Gear 360 looks something like a blast from the past- the webcam balls that used to sit on many desktops as we first started doing video chats.

But looks can be deceiving.

It looks like a webcam but the new Samsung Gear features two 180 degree cameras which can shoot images at up to 15 megapixel resolution. Its video capability is just shy of 4k quality.
It looks like a webcam but the new Samsung Gear features two 180 degree cameras which can shoot images at up to 15 megapixel resolution. Its video capability is just shy of 4k quality. Mark Furler
 

This little ball, coupled with one of the latest Samsung's devices, is one clever piece of technology.

Inside are two 180 degree cameras which can shoot images at up to 15 megapixel resolution.

Its video capability is just shy of 4k quality.

What makes the Gear 360 particularly clever is the way you can 'stitch' images and video from the two cameras together - all on your Samsung smartphone.

You can even share it straight to a Gear Virtual Reality headset - or to others via 360 capabilities in Facebook and Youtube.

 

The on-device interface for the Gear 360 is very similar to that of a GoPro.

There's a button for taking photos and one for changing the mode including different resolution settings and a timelapse option.

Samsung says the Gear 360 is part of its strategy to develop a 'Galaxy ecosystem' where devices are designed to work together seamlessly.

The Gear 360 will largely be controlled through its own app, similar to the way the Gear 2 watch is.

The app allows you to control the camera from the phone, changing the lens position and zooming in and out.

It comes with its own tripod, which also can be used as a handle to provide stability which shooting. Accessories are likely to include waterproof housing.

Samsung says the stitching process is super quick with a one minute video taking about 1.5 minutes to combine, even at the highest resolution.

The Gear 360 is powered by a 1350 mAh capacity battery which should last about two hours, depending on how you are using it.

There is a microSD slot which can store up to 128 gigabytes and a micro USB for charging and transferring files.

Disclosure: The writer travelled to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as a guest of Samsung.
 

Topics:  technology


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