MWC 2016: Samsung’s Gear 360 camera is the next step in virtual reality

MWC 2016: Samsung's Gear 360 camera is the next step in virtual reality

Samsung has announced a new camera which will shoot in every direction – making it perfect for VR.

The Gear 360 contains two 15MP fisheye lenses, which can capture 3840×1920 360 degree videos or 30 megapixel (7776×3888) still images. If you don’t want the whole 360-degree images, you can use only one camera and capture 180 degrees instead. It can also shoot timelapse or looping video.

Gear 360

The image processor is DRIMe5s – and Samsung says the new device features Bright Lens F2.0 technology, which will enhance low-light images.

Taking on GoPro

Samsung is clearly gunning for GoPro – as the Gear 360 is IP53 certified, meaning it is water and dust resistant, and the company says that it is compatible with a number of common stands and mounts.

Images and videos are stored on MicroSD, and there’s Wi-Fi, bluetooth and NFC built in, which should make transferring shots easy. It will also support uploads to Google’s Street View platform.

The camera is a savvy move, as it helps build a product ecosystem which should ultimately mean that there is more to look at on a Gear VR headset.

The company has yet to name a price or official release date, but we can expect it to arrive in Q2 this year.

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