Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)

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  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)
  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)
  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)
  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)
  • Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)

Specs / Features


Tell the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K brilliance and share instantly | Capture life as it happens in stunning 4K video and 15MP photos thanks to dual 180° lenses | Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant rating* | Preview and edit your videos with an easy-to-use app, or share them straight to social** or Samsung VR with your Galaxy S8 or S8+ *** | Upload your photos or videos to Samsung VR to experience your moments in virtual reality

Tell the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K brilliance and share instantly | Capture life as it happens in stunning 4K video and 15MP photos thanks to dual 180° lenses | Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant rating* | Preview and edit your videos with an easy-to-use app, or share them straight to social** or Samsung VR with your Galaxy S8 or S8+ *** | Upload your photos or videos to Samsung VR to experience your moments in virtual reality

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Specification

Hardware
Sensor Gyro, Accelerometer
Video Features
4K Yes
Photo Features
Megapixels 15 MP
Usability Features
Storage Memory MicroSD card up to 256 GB
Ports USB-C
Brand Samsung
Model SM-R210NZWAXAR
Warranty 12 months
Size 1.8 x 1.77 x 3.96 cm (0.7 x 0.7 x 1.6 in)
Weight 131.5418 grams (4.64 ounces)

Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

Great value for Samsung phones

from The Wirecutter

It’s a great budget option for owners of recent Samsung phones, but it’s images and videos aren't quite as good as those produced by the Theta.

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It’s a great budget option for owners of recent Samsung phones, but it’s images and videos aren't quite as good as those produced by the Theta.

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The Irish Times

The improved 4K resolution and the adjustments to the stitching make the gear 360 a more useful device

from The Irish Times

Overall an easier to use version of Samsung’s camera – and one to seriously consider if you plan on dipping your toe into the world of 360 shooting.

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Overall an easier to use version of Samsung’s camera – and one to seriously consider if you plan on dipping your toe into the world of 360 shooting.

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PC Magazine

A solid, affordable piece of hardware

from PC Magazine

The Gear 360's video is the best we've seen from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera, and it comes in at less than half the cost of the Nikon KeyMission 360.

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The Gear 360's video is the best we've seen from a consumer-oriented 360-degree camera, and it comes in at less than half the cost of the Nikon KeyMission 360.

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Tom's Guide

The 360 camera for (most of) the masses

from Tom's Guide

Of all the "casual" 360-degree cameras I've tested (which at this point is almost all of them), the second-generation Samsung Gear 360 is one of my favorites, but that doesn't mean I don't have some concerns. For one, the fact that only those with Samsung smartphones can use all its features is a...More

Of all the "casual" 360-degree cameras I've tested (which at this point is almost all of them), the second-generation Samsung Gear 360 is one of my favorites, but that doesn't mean I don't have some concerns. For one, the fact that only those with Samsung smartphones can use all its features is a real limitation. So is the fact that if you have an Android phone that isn't made by Samsung, you can't use it with the camera at all.

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Talk Android

Easy to use and it met expectations as far as quality

from Talk Android

Do you need a 360-degree camera and would the Samsung Gear 360 fit the bill for you? My personal impression is that 360-degree content is still not something the masses are clamoring for and even though I now have a dedicated camera, I’m not real sure what I would use it for. That said, in...More

Do you need a 360-degree camera and would the Samsung Gear 360 fit the bill for you? My personal impression is that 360-degree content is still not something the masses are clamoring for and even though I now have a dedicated camera, I’m not real sure what I would use it for. That said, in the past I have done a few photosphere scenes and the Gear 360 is a huge improvement over trying to follow the prompts with a smartphone camera. Plus, a picture takes a mere couple seconds to capture.

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The Verge

It’s cheaper, faster, and easier

from The Verge

The new Gear 360 is a fun toy to play with, but it still faces the same two-headed problem that the old one did. It’s challenging to think up and shoot compelling 360-degree video, just as it’s a bit of a chore to watch them. It reminds me of the early days of GoPro: it’s clear...More

The new Gear 360 is a fun toy to play with, but it still faces the same two-headed problem that the old one did. It’s challenging to think up and shoot compelling 360-degree video, just as it’s a bit of a chore to watch them. It reminds me of the early days of GoPro: it’s clear that there’s something to this new form factor and technology, but unless you’re going skydiving or snowboarding, or going on a safari, it can feel intimidating to try to capture and share with a camera like this.

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TrustedReviews

Offers a far more refined experience than its predecessor

from TrustedReviews

If you happen to have a compatible phone, namely one of the Galaxy phone or an iPhone 6 onwards running iOS 10, it’s worth considering the updated Gear 360 if you want to dabble in 360-degree content. It makes recording videos and capturing images incredibly straightforward and approachable and...More

If you happen to have a compatible phone, namely one of the Galaxy phone or an iPhone 6 onwards running iOS 10, it’s worth considering the updated Gear 360 if you want to dabble in 360-degree content. It makes recording videos and capturing images incredibly straightforward and approachable and the results are respectable, if not amazing. There are some minor annoyances like the makeshift tripod when the old chunky tripod was good enough, and a battery that's smaller than its predecessor, but otherwise the charming new design feels great. The Gear 360’s enticing package is then all tied together by a much lower price.

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Expert Reviews

A must-have

from Expert Reviews

It’s far more portable, is compatible with more phones and it adds 360-degree live video for a little extra spice. I’m not a fan of the move to a non-removable battery but Samsung is going in the right direction with the Gear 360 and it rightly earns the title of best VR camera on the market.

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It’s far more portable, is compatible with more phones and it adds 360-degree live video for a little extra spice. I’m not a fan of the move to a non-removable battery but Samsung is going in the right direction with the Gear 360 and it rightly earns the title of best VR camera on the market.

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iMore

The best starter camera for VR photography

from iMore

Samsung's 360-degree camera is the best starter camera you could ask for right now, especially at the $250 asking price. It's an all-around quality experience that makes sharing quick memories to social networks fun but not quite capable enough to be something you use seriously when trying to rec...More

Samsung's 360-degree camera is the best starter camera you could ask for right now, especially at the $250 asking price. It's an all-around quality experience that makes sharing quick memories to social networks fun but not quite capable enough to be something you use seriously when trying to record a professional-looking photo or video for a high-end VR headset. It's the quality point-and-shoot option, not the professional rig with lots of options. And for a lot of people, that's more than enough.

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TechRadar

This second-gen 360-degree camera is a very small step forward

from TechRadar

The 2017 edition of Samsung’s Gear 360 is easy and fun to use, especially if you haven’t dipped into 360-degree video before. At $229, it’s definitely one of the best values on the market, too. But be warned, the video quality can be iffy, and opting for iOS compatibility over working with non-Samsung Android phones is a puzzling move.

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The 2017 edition of Samsung’s Gear 360 is easy and fun to use, especially if you haven’t dipped into 360-degree video before. At $229, it’s definitely one of the best values on the market, too. But be warned, the video quality can be iffy, and opting for iOS compatibility over working with non-Samsung Android phones is a puzzling move.

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