Going in to today’s Unpacked event, we had an inkling that we’d be seeing more than just new smartphones, and rumors mentioned the possibility of the company launching a new camera engineered to help users create their own 360-degree videos, ready to be enjoyed with VR hardware like Samsung’s own Gear VR. Sure enough, Samsung’s got just that to share with us today, announcing the Gear 360 camera.
Like the LG 360 CAM we just got to meet, Samsung’s Gear 360 pulls off its filming-all-around trick through the use of dual cameras – in this case, a pair of 15MP sensors with wide-angle fisheye lenses. You can use both at once to capture 30MP 360-degree shots, or just one for 180-degree 15MP content.
How do you capture and store that stuff? Well, the Gear 360 is powered by its own 1350mAh battery and records media on microSD. When connected to a compatible Galaxy phone (like today’s new models, as well as last year’s flagships), you’ll be able to wirelessly preview what you’re filming in real time.
Sales are set to begin sometime next quarter. As of now, there’s no word about pricing.