The 2017 version of the Samsung Gear 360 allows you to broadcast live to friends and family in addition to recording 4K resolution video. It has also been redesigned with an easy-to-grip body and more compact camera head form factor. The Gear 360 lets you easily capture 360° spherical VR videos and photos that you can afterwards view with optional VR goggles or on 360 platforms such as YouTube 360 for an immersive experience in high resolution.
The camera features dual lenses that shoot everything around you at the same time, and it automatically stitches the captured images to provide you with a single, complete spherical image. The image can then be further edited, if you'd like, in VR editing software where you can even add effects.
Live broadcasting works by pairing the Gear 360 with your Samsung Galaxy smartphone (pairing to the free Gear 360 app) or computer, and then streaming to the platform of your choice, allowing your audience to join your adventures in real-time and in 360. Live broadcasting streams images in 1920 x 960 HD resolution. In regards to mobile devices, live broadcasting is limited to Samsung Galaxy phones and requires Nougat OS (Android 7.0) to be used.
Another way to connect with your audience is to use the Gear 360 app to convert the 360 content into standard video or photo formats that can be uploaded to social media. The app also allows you to add your own personal touch to your content by adjusting the view and layout of the images. You can select between five views: the native 360° View, Stretched View, Round View, Dual View, and Panoramic View.
The internal battery allows you to record for up to 130 minutes on a single charge (in 2560 x 1280 at 30 fps HD resolution). Everything is stored to a microSD card (not included) up to 256GB. The Gear 360 is dust- and splash-proof to be more convenient to use in your activities.