Thursday, March 16, 2017

Here are 7 features to expect from the Next Gear 360 (aka Gear 360 Pro) based on its new design


Sammobile found the FCC registration information for the Next Gear 360 (aka Gear 360 Pro), giving us our first look.  Here are the features we can infer based on the new design.


Besides making the Gear 360 easier to hold, here's what we can expect from the Next Gear 360, based on its new design.

1.  Even better stitching
The current Samsung Gear 360 already has one of the best stitching (second only to the Theta) but the Next Gear 360 will improve that even further.
The current Samsung Gear 360 has a distance of a little less than 66.7 mm between its lenses.  The Next Gear 360 has a distance of a little less than 46 mm between its lenses.  With the smaller distance between the lenses, there is less parallax stitching error, which in turn means that stitches will look even better.

2.  Better resistance to overheating
The current Gear 360 can overheat after about 25 minutes of recording time.
The new design moves the processor, battery, and other components of the Gear 360 into the handle, and increases the overall surface area.  This means the sensor, processor and battery all have more surface area to radiate heat away, and therefore improve resistance to overheating

3.  Blurgate begone
One of the issues with the current Gear 360 is that the lenses lose focus when the Gear 360 heats up, an issue I've dubbed "blurgate."  It appears to be caused by thermal expansion, which pushes the lenses out of focus.
Because the Next Gear 360 moves the processor and battery away from the lens, they won't push against the lenses anymore, therefore there should be no blurgate effect.

4.  Longer battery life
The battery presumably was moved to the handle.  With more space available, it's likely that the Gear 360 can have a larger battery and thus a longer battery life.

5.  In-camera stitching?
This is starting to be more speculative now, but by moving the components into the handle, Samsung has more space to put a larger and more powerful processor into the camera, very likely powerful enough to perform in-camera stitching.  There might be two stitching modes: in-camera stitching, which would be simpler and template based, and optical flow stitching for smoother stitching, via desktop or the app.

6.  Live streaming?
If the Next Gear 360 has in-camera stitching, then it will be easy for them to add 360 live streaming, one of the main trends in 360 cameras in 2017.

7.  Shockproof?  Waterproof?
This is more wildly speculative, but the rounded edges of the Next Gear 360 could mean that it is designed to be shockproof and waterproof.  Those features would make sense because they are two advantages of its competitor, the Nikon Keymission 360.  If it's shockproof, I would also expect the outer lens element to be replaceable, like those of the Keymission 360 and the Kodak SP360 4k.

Thank you very much to tech blogger Mike Cane (Atomic Supermen blog) for bringing this to my attention!

10 comments:

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    1. Hi Pasztor! It does look like an interesting camera! Hopefully my predictions are correct!

      Best regards,
      Mic

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  2. Also, it looks like the shutter button is on the handle instead on the top of the camera. That is a *substantial* improvement for those of us who didn't want to constantly use a smartphone to take pics/video and/or buy and use the Bluetooth remote. The shutter button on the original just... it makes no sense.

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    1. Hi Joe. I agree the shutter button position on the old one was inconvenient. One workaround is I use is the self timer. But in any case, yes the shutter position on this one will work better.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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  3. I wonder what the resolution will be like...

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    1. Hi Steve. I think this camera is not a 'pro' camera and is just a replacement for the current Gear 360, therefore I expect the video resolution to be the same. The photo resolution could be a little higher, although probably within the same range is my *guess*.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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    2. Though we do know that a 'Gear 360 Pro' is coming, courtesy of that strange Samsung press release last month. So this is either a different camera entirely or they are going to try to pass it off as "Pro"

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    3. Hi briwil. That is a good question. I don't know for sure. It could be two different cameras, or maybe they changed the name. We'll find out in a couple of weeks!

      Best regards,
      Mic

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  4. I'm disappointed if this is true- in-camera stiching would be nice, but everything else just sounds like fixes to existing problems, more like a v2 rather than a "pro" moniker. With these specs, it better have the same price as the original

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    1. Hi briwil. Yes I believe that is the intent of the Gear 360. Not a "Pro" camera but a successor to the Gear 360, with the same target market.

      Best regards,
      Mic

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