Korean electronics maker Samsung surprises with the Gear 360 at the MWC 2016.
Samsung today unveiled the Samsung Gear 360 at the MWC 2016. The Samsung Gear 360 is a 360-degree camera that lets consumers easily create, view and share their favorite experiences through video and still image content.
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Gear 360 is designed for travel, festive gatherings and every activity in between to provide an all-encompassing visual experience. The new camera leverages the best of the Samsung Galaxy experience so users can become the creator of their own virtual reality content to enjoy through Gear VR.
“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.”
Samsung Gear 360 is equipped with dual fisheye lenses, which both 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 are also able to shoot 180-degree wide angle video and images with only using one side of the camera lens. Built for any time of day, Gear 360 offers Bright Lens F2.0, which creates high resolution images even in low-light conditions, where users can create full panoramic videos.
With a light and compact, spherical shaped design, Gear 360 maximizes portability to film on the go or for indoor activities. Gear 360 features a user-friendly tripod and is also compatible with a wider selection of accessories and mounts currently available on the market.
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.
Gear 360 will be available starting Q2 2016 in select countries. Samsung has not yet disclosed the Gear 360 price.
Samsung today also officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
The Mobile World Congress 2016 will kick off Feb. 22 in Barcelona. Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia and other are hosted MWC 2016 media events to reveal new devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Find out when the events take place in the MWC 2016 Media Event Schedule. Most events will be streamed live online. The Samsung Unpacked 2016 event will be streamed in 360 virtual reality video.
The GSMA organizes the MWC. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. In 2015, Mobile World Congress hosted more than 93,000 mobile professionals from 200 countries.
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