Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Samsung Unpacked 2017: new Gear 360 launched, features livestreaming as predicted

At Samsung Unpacked 2017, Samsung launched the Next Gear 360, the successor to the popular Samsung Gear 360.

Note: this is a developing story.  Please check back for updates.  More detailed info here, including differences from the current Gear 360.

The Next Gear 360 was leaked in an FCC registration statement found by Sammobile.  Based on the Next Gear 360's appearance, I predicted certain features, including live streaming.

At Samsung Unpacked 2017, launched the new Gear 360, which does look like the camera shown in the FCC registration.  Here are the key specifications of the new Gear 360:
- Sensors: two 8.4 megapixel sensors
- Photo resolution: 15mp
- Video resolution: 4k
- 360 live streaming --> as predicted.
- compatible with iOS and Android
More detailed info here, including differences from the current Gear 360.

The old Gear 360 had two 15mp sensors and had a photo resolution of up to 30mp.  The new Gear 360 trades the resolution for livestreaming and in-camera stitching capability.  The new Gear 360 now appears to be the highest resolution consumer 360 camera with 360 live streaming capability.

photo by Etienne Leroy
As for availability, the S8 and Gear VR will be available on April 21 but  Samsung has only said that the Gear 360 would be available this "Spring."

photo by Etienne Leroy
Special thanks also to Etienne Leroy of V360 for sharing photos and the video of the new Gear 360.  V360 is the first 360 video editing app for Android (and iOS in the future) and enables you to combine several 360 videos into a montage, with background music and other effects (see more info here).  V360 is free to download from the Google Play Store.



    Not overly impressed with the overall specs on the new version.

    1. Thank you very much Rich! This is very helpful! I'll share the info with credit to you!

      Best regards,

  2. Granted, the reduction in camera resolution for stills is unfortunate, but there's so much to like about this redesign - better ergonomics (by far), probably less overheating, cross-platform compatibility, video streaming, etc. I'm curious what it'll cost ($350?) but will likely be buying one.

  3. i'm very excited about the first video samples!

  4. "*Compatible devices include Galaxy S8, S8+ S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6, S6 edge, A5/A7(2017) running Android 5.0 or later, and iPhone 7, 7+, 6S, 6S+, SE running iOS 10.0 or later. (There are functional limitations when using with iOS devices.)"


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