Samsung on Wednesday announced that Samsung’s Gear 360 camera for creating virtual reality content will go on sale online on Friday. Company didn’t mention any official price, but online retailer Adorama is listing it for $399.99.
Company representative said, the Gear 360 will initially be available only in South Korea and Singapore. A U.S. shipping date still hasn’t been announced. In Korea, it will cost 399,000 won ($347 USD or ₹ 23,070 INR).
Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera is a bit larger than a golf ball. “We think 2016 is shaping up to be the year of VR,” said Andrew Dickerson, director of software engineering for Samsung VR, in a keynote presentation at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera have a two 180-degree fisheye lenses back to back and will stitch together the video from each for a 360-degree view. With a total of 30-megapixels of resolution, it also can record 4K video quality. A newly launched Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones will link directly to the Gear 360 to act as live viewfinders.
VR is a key part of Samsung’s combined hardware, software and services strategy. The Gear 360 will join the Gear VR viewer and the recently announced Milk VR service for authoring and sharing content as part of the company’s plan to expand in this area.
Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera is compatible with the Google Street View app. That means you can capture and instantly publish your photo spheres to Street View, and invite the world over to your street. Click to get the Google Street View app.
Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera is certified IP53 for protection against harmful deposits of dust and against water sprayed at any angle up to 60˚ from the vertical.
Users can pair up their Galaxy smartphone via Bluetooth, then use Wi-Fi Direct to transform its large screen into a very handy remote viewfinder and to transfer files in one simple move.