Samsung Gear 360 Review

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Samsung Gear 360 Introduction

So, I’ve just checked out the Samsung Gear 360 and prepared a review to give a brief summary of what’s good, what’s great, and what’s left to be desired. This is part of my best 360 cameras of 2017 list, so if you wanted to explore other options feel free to check it out.

Samsung Gear 360 Degree Cam Spherical Camera SM-C200 for Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, S7 Edge (International Version - No Warranty)
  • Capture high-resolution images (up to 30MP) and video in 360-degrees. You can record directly from the Gear 360 or remotely, using your Galaxy smartphone
  • Shoot in live view mode, stitch 360 video footage with ease and trim it to your liking. Easy integration with your Galaxy smartphone means you can go from recording to sharing in no time
  • Compatible Devices : Galaxy Note 5, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ with the Samsung Gear 360 Manager app
  • Included : 1x Gear 360, 1x Pouch, 1x Strap, 1x micro 5-pin cable, 1x Battery, 1x Tripod, 1x Microfiber cloth, 1x Simple User Manual (in Korean)
  • The microSD memory card is NOT included in the package. (microSD card is required for shooting.)

Samsung Gear 360’s Video Quality?


First of all, let me begin by saying that the build quality is exceptional. This is a totally sturdy device. In general, it is a much better video camera than it is for photos. For both photo and video, the 360 capability brought to the table by the two fisheye lenses leaves nothing to be desired, and makes seamless stitching incredibly easy.

The video quality comes in at a very hi-res 3840 x 1920) while the photos are an impressive 25.9 MP in resolution. The video can be uploaded directly to Facebook.  The user experience is awesome, with only a few minor complaints to be found with the device.

Cons of the Samsung Gear 360

There is no built in memory at all, so you’ll have to buy an SD card. Although features like this detract from value, there are some that add value. The device comes with a totally respectable tripod that is super effective. The bluetooth connection works fantastically. The stitching is done when exported to a phone or computer, and the software used to make it happen is better than many competitors.

As far as portability goes, this device could be better; it is not especially bulky, but the spherical shape makes it inconvenient and generally unable to fit into pockets. Still, it’s only 5.4 oz. and 2.6 x 2.2 x 2.4 inches in size, which is extremely compact.

On playback, the audio quality and sound is one part of the device leaves something to be desired, and at 1350 mAh capacity, the removable battery is only “average” as compared to many of its competitors. At the moment, there is no time lapse capability, but that is not exactly a deal breaker, in my opinion.

Should You Get The Samsung Gear 360?

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Obviously, this is a Samsung/Android specific device, and it is not compatible with Mac software, but it is easily compatible with specifically both Mobile and Desktop software. The device has different modes for basic capture and live capture.

At the end of the day, this is a good value, specifically if you use Samsung products with Android operating systems for the editing and publishing of your material. Samsung is a trusted brand for many disciplines of products and their foray into 360, virtual reality photography and video capture is nothing to brush off.

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