Samsung was facing some big expectations coming in to MWC 2016, and it arrived ready to deliver on those, not just in the form of launching the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but bringing us some pretty compelling-looking accessories. We’ve already showed some like those super-chunky telephoto and fisheye lenses (there’s no getting around needing a bit of bulk to take a really nice pic), but those weren’t the only imaging accessories that managed to catch our eye at Unpacked: Samsung also embraced the growing field of VR-ready content creation with the launch of its spherical Gear 360 camera. Half a world away from Barcelona, we had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Gear 360 at a Samsung press event in San Francisco.
The Gear 360 may look like something out of a Portal cosplayer’s prop bag, but this high-tech ball is no toy: the Gear 360 combines a pair of 15MP cameras to take all-the-way-around footage that’s just asking to be viewed with a headset like Samsung’s own Gear VR.
Grabbing video from two cameras at once takes a good amount of bandwidth, but with support for microSD cards up to 128GB, Samsung’s making sure Gear 360 users can access all the storage they’ll need – and with 360-degree video taking four to five megabytes a second, that space is going to start filling up fast.
We’ve only had a brief time to play with the Gear 360 so far (an oversight we intend to fix in the near future), but take a look for yourself at what we’ve been able to learn:
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