Monday, March 13, 2017

RUMOR: Is Samsung working on a drone with a built-in 360 camera?

I'm skeptical of this rumor but I'm passing it along anyway: an Instagram user posted purported photos of a drone labeled Samsung that appears to be equipped with a 360 camera.

The photos are by Instagram user @drone_holic.  The photos purport to show a drone with a built-in 360 camera.  Here are the photos:

If I had to guess, I would think it's not real.  I think it's fake because:
- If Samsung were to create a drone with a 360 camera, it seems to make sense to use the Gear 360 instead of multiple cameras / lenses.
- It doesn't make sense to have so many cameras and lenses when inexpensive one hemispherical lens can do the same job for much less.
- The camera mount is labeled "gimbal" even though there is no gimbal.

Anyway, if Samsung really did create a drone with a 360 camera, they would probably reveal it on March 29, when they announce the Samsung S8 and probably the Gear 360 Pro, the successor to the popular Samsung Gear 360.

Thank you to Karol Kowalski for bringing this to my attention!


  1. I would agree with you, Mic. However, for different reasons. The design of the device is problematic in that the way in which the camera is mounted will capture quite a lot of the drone, especially the legs and outlying structure. A very poor design. It would make much more sense to use a dual lens system and incorporate either a lower mount or retractable legs or a better overall structure.

    1. Upon additional examination of the drone structure, there appears to be entirely too much superstructure between the blades as well.

    2. That's my main complaint. It seems like there's way too much plastic between the blades, which would make the whole thing heavier with no benefit.

    3. Well, nice CG work though! :)

      Best regards,

  2. I'd agree with other comments.

    Camera is way to close to the airframe to be any use. Airframe pictures look like renders rather than photos. Airframe doesn't look very efficient either.

    If you are going to do this much better to have the camera on a long last that is horizontal at launch then lowers to vertical while airborne. I.e. opposite of landing gear retracts.


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