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The sudden popularity of VR also paved way to various creation tools like 360 degree cameras. But in general these types of cameras usually are expensive and are usually reserved for high-end video creators.
That’s why the Gear 360 came in a right time where everyone is starting to enjoy 360 degree videos and view them on a VR headset. It’s priced just right and performs well despite limited compatibility with smartphones.
Coming in a small spherical design, the Gear 360 has two wide angle cameras on both sides that can capture a 195-degree wide-angle field-of-view just like the ones one the GoPro HERO5. Once both camera feeds are stitched, you are treated to a full 360 degree live feed.
There are buttons on the side of the Gear 360 that are mainly switches for the power and a pair button. On top is the main record button that will initiate recording and a small display below that will show the battery and other shooting modes. A small flap on the side reveals the microSD card slot, battery compartment and micro USB port used for charging. And yes, it’s water and dust resistant.
First off, you can only pair a specific line of Samsung smartphones to the Gear 360: Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 edge+, Note 5, S7 or S7 Edge. Not even other Android devices are supported and if you own an iPhone, then you’re out of luck.
You simply pair the device using Bluetooth which didn’t take long especially since you can also use NFC to quickly pair the device to your smartphone. Once connected you can then see a live feed from the camera where you can take images or video.
You can shoot videos of up to 4K quality, though I mostly stuck with the full HD option. Images and video are saved on the microSD card but you can easily transfer them on your Samsung device.
Overall quality is perfect, especially outdoor shots in broad daylight. It even works well in low light conditions thanks to the f/2.0 lenses. There are times when stitching is evident from the two feeds, but that’s only when you nitpick.
If you’re looking for a good 360 camera, the Samsung Gear 360 does the job well. It’s compact, easy to use and takes decent images and video – it should get our full recommendation if not for its limited compatibility to certain Samsung smartphones.