Samsung - Gear 360 Video Camera - white
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- Effective Pixels15 megapixels
- Image Sensor TypeOther
- Wi-Fi EnabledYes
- Video Resolution (Recording)3840 x 1920
- Product NameGear 360 Video Camera
- Model NumberSM-C200NZWAXAR
- Color CategoryWhite
- Product Width2.6 inches
- Product Height2.4 inches
- Product Depth2.2 inches
- Product Weight0.3 pounds
- Memory Card CompatibilitymicroSD, microSDHC
- Display TypeOther
- Screen Size0.5 inches
- Display Form FactorBuilt-in
- Number Of Memory Card Slots1
- Output(s)USB 2.0
- Number Of USB Port(s)1
- Tripod/Monopod MountableNo
- Batteries IncludedYes
- Water ResistantNo
- Rechargeable BatteryYes
- Battery SizeOther
- Manufacturer's Warranty - PartsNot available
- Manufacturer's Warranty - LaborNot available
- Digital ZoomNone
- Image File Format(s)JPEG
- Minimum Aperture2 f/
- 360 Degree CaptureYes
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 181 reviews(181 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great 360 Camera, quality needs work|Posted .
After doing research on all the 'lower cost' 360 cameras, I constant came to the conclusion that the Gear 360 is the best 360 camera on the market currently. It's a bit tough to find in stock and had a slight issue with the first one, but after getting it replaced the second one was great. I took it with me to Las Vegas, Nellis AFB Airshow, and Disneyland and put it through a through a few hundreds shots and a few videos. This allowed me to really get a feel for the various aspects of this first effort by Samsung. Photos - As someone who used to do the manual way of taking 20 shots with my phone to make a photosphere, this instant way of taking a 360 photo was perfect. No weird 'half human' stitches from people walking between shots. The photos are stitched well as long as the nearest subject is at least about a foot away from either lens. Putting the brightest light source (like the sun) pointing at the area between the lenses helps to give really nice consistent stitching. The quality, however, is not as high res as you might imagine. While it's better quality than any of the other 360 cameras out there, it looks like a 'medium' res camera took the photo. If you bump up the ISO limit to anything above ISO 800, the image becomes soft, noisy, and looks terrible in the Samsung VR system. Keeping the ISO at 400 makes for sharper and clearer photos, but still not like what the newer smart phones can get quality wise. I was surprised at how non detailed some of the photos could be, especially at night. They are acceptable for viewing in VR, providing you keep the ISO limit low and don't move the camera. But don't expect the quality to be better than a photosphere. Video - Video is said to be 4k, but keep in mind that's 4k when stitched together, NOT per lens. The quality is again decent, but if something is moving fast (a USAF Thunderbird fighter jet flying past at near Mach speeds) you won't see smooth high res motion, but a little more jumpy motion. Night video isn't that great, so you have to bump the ISO limit up for there to be enough light (like at Disneyland at night), and that will introduce noise into the video. At the highest ISO, it can look like the dark sky has the old fashioned TV noise when you flip to a channel that isn't broadcasting. Also, the videos are split into multiple smaller files and can take a really long time to transfer to the phone. However previewing the videos on the phone (without downloading them) is really fast. Phone App - The phone app is pretty simple, and can be slow to respond when trying to connect to the 360. Keep in mind that the 360 DOES NOT stitch the images/videos in camera, your PHONE does all that. I believe only Samsung S6, S7, and S7 Edge phones are compatable (could be more Samsung phones) but there are ways to sideload the app on other phones and get it mostly working. The App is slow to download the images and videos because it has to download them then stitch them. If you have 50 images you want to stitch and a few videos, it could take a few hours to all get done. The app could really use some improvement. That being said, I find it easier to change the limited camera settings (ISO, exposure value, quality/size, white balance, etc) with the app, but it's not something you can do super quickly. I will say that the HDR setting doesn't seem to do anything noticeable for the photos. Build Quality - The camera seems pretty fragile overall, you will NOT want to drop it. Water, dust, dirt, etc are no issue... but the glass bubble lenses are super easy to scratch/chip with even the slightest fall I've been reading... and it's expensive to replace them (if Samsung even will at all!) I wish there was some sort of screen protector I could put on the lenses to protect them. Make sure you keep a cleaning cloth with the 360 as you will want to make sure the lenses are always clean as that can produce weird lens flares. Battery - The battery is small, so if you're using it heavily you will run out of battery within a few hours. BUT, there's an issue with the 360 overheating before you even would reach the end of the battery's life. If it's hot out the camera can easily overheat and it will flash a warning and stop any video recording/photo taking and will force you to wait till the battery cools down. You can pop out the battery and fan/blow on it to cool it down, but this is a major issue. The bad/good news is that all the other 360 cameras out there do this too, so it's something you'll have to live with. I find that if you just turn off the camera in between shots, that helps a lot. BUT, if it does start to over heat, you'll run into another problem that only seems to happen to this camera: 'Blurgate' - As reported on a 360 forum (and as I've seen myself), as the camera begins to overheat, the battery slightly bulges in size. This causes what seems like a very slight movement of the lenses making the camera go slightly out of focus. I've seen this happen myself. It's not blurry to the point you can't use it, but you will notice a suddenly lack of sharpness and detail. Once the camera cools down again, all is back to normal. This seems to be because of the fixed focus on the lenses being a bit too precise. This hasn't been addressed by samsung at the time I'm writing this review (12/2/16), so hopefully either there's an update to help this or the next release fixes this major issue. Again, making sure to turn off the camera in between shots/videos helps keep the camera cool, and in turn keeps the blurgate under control. Accessories - The 360 comes with the battery, a USB cable, a mini tripod (you'll want to invest in a monopod/selfie stick to avoid the 'fat fingers' from holding the tiny tripod), and a nice draw-string carrying pouch. There is an optional accessories pack that includes a remote control, various types of mounts for the 360, and a longer tripod. Overall - It's a great start to what will hopefully only get better. As the whole VR fad continues to get more and more popular, I think 360 cameras will be seen more and more. Right now, everyone stares at my 360 like it's some alien device and are very interested in what it is... but I think we'll see more people with them in the future. If you want to jump on the start of 360 photos and videos, this is a great one to start with having the best quality and stitching time... just make sure you have a Samsung phone. If you're looking to record a concert, show, etc. you might want to wait a year or so as it's not quite there yet. For the casual person who wants 360 mementos from vacations, trips, etc this is the perfect gadget for that.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Comparing samsung gear 360 to 360 Fly video cameraPosted .
I have been using this camera for 3 weeks now, and it is just amazing. I have had a 360 Fly camera for about a year or more, and its nice , but has several shortcomings compared to the samsung 360. Ease of use and conncetability i think are so much easier with the samsung gear 360. It connects almost instantly with my galaxy note 5 and now samsung galaxy note 7. Uploading videos and photos to youtube and facebook is very easy and suprisingly fast from my phone. You can't take 360 photos with 360 Fly as far as I know, or screen shot them in the fly director program. I have used the direct assist program supplled by samsung and it is also easy but it does take a while to render videos. I like that it has a removable SD card that the fly does not, and that you can recharge it with usb cable, instead of magnetic charging base that the 360 fly uses. So far the lenses are very durable and no scratcheas yet, even after a few times of it being toppled over by my grandson. I hit my first 360 fly on something and the lens had deep scratches on it, that the company couldn't fix or send me a new lens so i had to buy another. This camera makes boring facebook photos amazing in 360 surround! I love this camera and take it everywhere i go.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great New Way to Record Video in the RoundPosted .
I had the opportunity to test out the Samsung Gear 360 camera before its release and have come away impressed by its function and cool factor. Weighing in at 7.3 ounces (with tripod attached), the Samsung Gear 360 packs a lot of function into a small space. There is a camera on the front and back. The top has a tiny led screen and record button. One side houses the rechargeable battery, usb port, and micro sd card. The other side contains the Menu and Back multifunction buttons. No space is wasted. Because of this however, it can make it difficult to handle the Gear 360 without either fingerprinting up the lenses or accidentally pushing a button. The Samsung Gear 360 looks kind of like an old-school webcam but with two camera lenses instead of one. It also looks kind of like an eyeball or half of BB-8. It comes with a small tripod that is just over two inches long. When closed, the tripod makes for a good handle to use for video recording. The tripod connects to the Gear 360 by a traditional screw-in format. This means that you can use the Gear 360 with lots of different camera mounts. Camera mounts can be an issue with this camera however. Most action cam mounts on the market today are chest mounts or mount to the bill of a baseball cap. With these kind of mounts, only the front camera will be useful on the Gear 360 because the rear camera will be pointed towards the chest or hat. Helmet mounts are the best option for this camera but unless you are doing something that requires a helmet, who wants to go around wearing one? Selfie sticks are the next best mount for this camera, but sometimes they are not permitted (like in some theme parks). The Samsung Gear 360 features two F2.0 lenses that each shoot 180 degrees. The Gear 360 shoots 3840x1920 high resolution videos and 30 MP photos. Perhaps because of the fisheye lenses or maybe the stitching involved, I find that video shot on the Galaxy Note 7 looks sharper than that shot on the Gear 360. The trade off is in the 360 degree immersion you get from the Gear 360. Watching your videos on the cell phone or computer is pretty cool and it is easy and intuitive to maneuver around the picture. Watching on a Samsung Gear VR is even cooler and really helps to relive the moments captured. The Gear 360 seems like a great fit for certain uses: recording landscape panoramas, commercial promotional videos (i.e. real estate virtual tours, stadium seat locations, tourism, etc.), vlogs and action recordings. For everyday stuff, it may be more hassle than it's worth though. For one thing, you really have to think about your surroundings because it captures it all (unless you use only one of the cameras). Some quick examples: you can't clean a little space of your house to record because we'll see all your dirty laundry you shoved into the corner. Camera shy friends? Suddenly they're part of the show. Beautiful landscape on one side, dumpsters and port-a-potties on the other...you get the idea. Planning is involved with this camera. Video recording and photos can be accomplished via the camera itself or through your compatible Samsung phone via Bluetooth. Samsung also provides free editing software to do basic editing of your videos, such as adding music, cutting, transitions, effects, etc. Video files can be large, so make sure you have a big memory card. Videos can be sent directly to facebook and other platforms straight from the Gear 360. Transferring files from the Gear 360 to your phone and/or computer can be time consuming, but is easily done. The camera uses a 1350 mAh battery that can get used up fairly quickly. Recharging is also a time consuming process. Overall, for a first iteration of a product, Samsung did a really good job. I'm sure each version will be improved but this initial version is good enough that you don't need to hold out for a future version.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Only true 4k 360 camera and its a SamsungPosted .
My experience with the Gear 360 camera has been a love hate so far. I love the 360 videos, the easy time-lapse set up, Google maps, and phone to camera integration, ease of use. It’s a well-made, well-constructed camera. The small but effective tripod that comes with the camera is not of cheap plastic design. And the fact is a Samsung to me make it well worth the few down falls I have found so far. Please remember this is my opinion of the Samsung Gear 360.The camera comes is a well put together package with the following items included. 1. Samsung Gear 360 camera 2. Nicely made tripod witch can double as a selfie stick of some sorts 3. Micro cloth for cleaning the lenses 4. Wrist strap 5. Carrying bag 6. USB cable for charging and file transfer’s (no wall charger included) 7. 1x Samsung Li-Ion 1350mAh Battery 8. 1 Samsung Micro SD card 32gb I shoot mostly videos with the Gear 360 camera; it’s a fun device you can take most anywhere in your daily travels. The camera mounts on a ¼ tripod mount screw type mount, and if you like me you own different type of action cameras (GP) and really don’t want to purchase a bunch of different mounts. This is easy to use your existing mounts, just purchase the adapter and you’re good to go. The camera only works at this time with the following type of phones. Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note 5, S7, S7, edge, and Note 7. I’ve head of apps that will let you use the gear 360 on other phones but I wouldn’t know this. The phone is NFC enabled, Dust and water resistance, is Bluetooth enabled, Wi-Fi capable, micro sd up to 200gb. You can use you Samsung VR head set to get a really cool VR experience with your videos, and pictures. Stitching the your videos, and pictures is easy as 1,2,3. You just down load by Wi-Fi from the camera to you phone, then select the files one at a time and let the phone do its magic, but this process will take some time, or I have found the fastest way of doing this is to hook the camera up to a computer, then hook you phone up to the computer and transfer the files into you gear 360 folder on your phone, this way you can stitch you videos, and pictures while on the go. All in all the Samsung Gear 360 is a fun camera for the whole family. Ok now for what I call the down fall parts of a review. But it’s not without its flaws some fixable, some not. What I can’t stand about the whole thing is the apparent stitching of the videos, the lack of heat control witch is apparent when your camera is in the sun or just heats up by the videos blurriness, or lack of sharpness, you can see the difference in the videos, and pictures as time goes on and the sharpness starts to fade a little. I have a couple of 4K action camera and the clarity is undeniable. I’ve read that this could be fixed with a firmware update to counter the problem. The camera its self is bulky, you just can’t throw it into your pocket, well you could but you might get some looks. The lack of MAC software for the Gear 360 Action director is a really bad decision by Samsung, hopefully Samsung with remedies this problem. I have used the Parallels desk top for my Mac book with Windows 10, but this rout does not work very well at all. If you shoot a lot of video like I do you will need to purchase another battery, you buy one here on Bestbuy for $40.00 at the time of this review. I would highly recommend this. Thank youI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
360 Degrees of AdorationPosted .
Late last year, Samsung announced their arrival in the burgeoning virtual reality space with the launch of the Gear VR headset, bringing premium mobile virtual reality to the masses and firmly establishing itself as a front-runner in the market. In the subsequent months, the South Korean electronics giant worked hard to promote the Gear VR experience with promotional campaigns, product bundles and an improved second iteration. However, as the Samsung brand became synonymous with VR mobile content consumption, VR content creators had to endure a frustrating wait for news of an accompanying 360 camera. Finally, towards the tail end of the non-committal ‘Summer 2016’ release date, and nearly four months after the device was launched in Korea and Japan (a lifetime in this day and age of global simultaneous products launches), the hotly-anticipated device has finally begun to hit US store shelves. Samsung hopes the promise of 4K 30fps video capture, seamless integration with their line of Galaxy phones and a competitive price point will persuade prospective early adopters that the Gear 360 was worth the wait FORM FACTOR Roughly the size of a pool ball and accompanied by a miniature tripod, cleaning cloth and carry-case, the Gear 360 is about as portable as an extraneous 4K video capture device could possibly be. With this portability, however, comes a passable-at-best 1,350mAh battery; though thankfully the battery is removable, as are the MicroSD cards used for storage. Whilst the miniature tripod enhances the Gear 360’s portability, its actual practicality as a tripod is fairly limited. In fact, it works better as a stand than a tripod. Thankfully, Gear 360 features an industry-standard tripod attachment screw, meaning that owners can use any existing action camera mounts and full-sized tripods with the device. Despite being clearly the camera’s key-selling point, Gear 360 isn’t restricted solely to standard spherical video capture; Looping Video is an option (after all, this is the Vine-generation) as are spherical photographic stills and time lapses - a medium that lends itself extremely well to VR. Furthermore, the added ability to record video and photographs with a single ultra-wide fisheye lens will convince many users that the Gear 360 can replace their GoPro altogether. APP SUPPORT With smartphone app support out of the box, Samsung devotees will instantly feel at home with a UI that mimics the Galaxy’s standard camera app. The ability to view the 360 video feed, stitched together in real-time really helps the Gear 360 stand out. Users can rotate and zoom both the live camera feed, or recorded videos, all streamed directly from the device. The experience is utterly seamless, and perhaps this desire for perfection is the reason Samsung decreed that app-support is only available to Galaxy S6 and later smartphones. Away from the app, all the action can be controlled via buttons on the body of the camera, with a mini screen on the top of the device giving the user just enough information to get by. Should the smartphone app’s editing tools feel too restrictive, Samsung have also bundled desktop software in the shape of Cyberlink’s ActionDirector. Strangely, due to the lack of glossy instructional material, it almost feels like an afterthought; just a scrap of paper in amongst the packaging containing the words ‘ACTION DIRECTOR’ and a string of alpha-numeric characters. ActionDirector’s basic toolset includes the ability to modify lighting, contrast and other basic visual effects, together with the option to add text to spherical videos. While features are few and far between, the functionality on offer is easy-to-user and self-explanatory. Cyberlink have a reputation for class-leading video editing software, so it’s great to see bundled software from a reputable company, rather than self-produced software – a mistake that which has let down many an accomplished product over the years. CONCLUSION As a Kodak PixPro SP360 4K Dual Pro Pack camera owner, I had already experienced the fledgling VR camera market’s previous front-runner. While Gear 360 matches the PixPro’s dual camera 4K resolution, it does so in a compact, single camera solution, fully controllable with a smartphone app, with vastly superior desktop software and for $550 less than Kodak's asking price. Simply put; with the Gear 360, Samsung have created the single finest 360 camera on the market. Not bad for a first try.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Samsung Gear 360Posted .
I was super excited when I heard the Samsung Gear 360 was going to be released to the general public. I found B&H Photo had it listed on its website to receive emails when the device became available. Since the only other two options were the Ricoh Theta S and the LG 360 Cam. I knew that I wanted to get the Samsung Gear 360 over the other two consumer options since it had the wow factor. When I received the email about being selected to try out the Samsung Gear 360 I was ecstatic and I was racking my brain on how to best use the new 360 cam. The Samsung Gear 360 is an awesome little piece of tech that lets you snap photos and record videos of your life’s special moments. The Samsung Gear 360 looks like a white eyeball. It has a small tripod attached to the bottom which doubles as a handle making it very easy to hold the device. The design is cool and sleek. The size of the Gear 360 makes it easy to carry around. Some people have told me that it looks like BB-8 from Star Wars. The controls on the Gear 360 are very easy to navigate and change on the fly. The default settings on the Gear 360 make the device super easy to use right out of the box. However, you have more control over the settings through the Samsung Gear 360 application. I noticed when I take a 360 photo, the photo doesn’t blend the lighting together and there are visible lines where the photo was stitched. The Gear 360 produces great photos in low light, but at the cost of a slightly high noise level. I’m sure Samsung will be able to fix this issue with a firmware update. Unfortunately, non-Samsung phones can’t connect to the Gear 360 and you’re not able to change certain settings without the application. Luckily, I have the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and it is able to quickly transfer photos and videos. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Gear 360 compliments each other. I love that the Gear 360 has a super wide fisheye lens which can capture scenery quite well. I find myself using it more often than my GoPro Hero 4 Black. I use it more for taking video because it creates a better 360 experience. I bring it with me everywhere I go!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fun, Easy to use for everyone!Posted .
Being an older individual who loves technology I was looking for a 360 camera that was easy to use, but fun to use this camera exceeds my expectations at a reasonable price. I enjoy sharing memories with friends and family and the Samsung Gear 360 camera allows me to easily capture and share memories that are creative and attract attention. It's great that you can do so while not being a photography expert. Without having to refer to the instructions I was able to take my first picture within 10 minutes. I downloaded the Samsung Gear 360 Manager which is a mobile app that can be quickly downloaded from the Google Play or Samsung app stores to connect the camera to my Samsung phone using Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, and NFC. Using the Live View feature of the app is helpful so I can attach the camera to a railing or on a standard tripod to setup a shot and then move away to view the action on my phone or I set up the shot for still pictures. You can also use the app to change shooting modes - in addition to regular photos and videos, there is time-lapse video (for slow events, like sunsets) and looping video (for creating seamless action that repeats). The Gear 360 Manager app makes sharing my videos and pictures quick and easy. I can share to my favorite social media sites. The app has a button that allows me to quickly send the 360 pictures and videos to my Samsung Gear VR with just selecting an option. The Samsung Gear 360 has front and rear lenses each capture pictures and videos 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, creating a complete 360-degree field of view. This feature allows you to be immersed in the picture you captured. It's as if you're right there!! When viewing the picture on your phone you can either just move the device around or use your finger to move around in the picture so you can see up, down and all the way around. You can even move around while viewing videos that you capture in 360 mode. Each lens can be also used separately to capture a striking wide-angled view either in video or stills. You can share memories to a variety of social media sites. Facebook allows the best interactive experience so friends and families can view the pictures and videos without an additional settings or equipment. Videos can be shared and viewed easily on YouTube. Pictures can also be shared on Instagram, Google Street View, and Twitter. The battery lasts for a good two hours. The camera uses a mini-SD memory card that must be purchased separately. I use a 32 GB size memory card which has plenty of space of storing my pictures and videos. I can then move the pictures and videos to my cell phone to free up space on the memory card for the next time I'm ready to start capturing memories. The camera comes with a soft bag to carry the camera. I wanted a little more protection for the device so I purchased a great case for around $12 that makes the camera easy to carry with me where ever I go. The camera also comes with a USB cable so you can charge the camera and also connect the device to your computer in you want to do any advanced video editing or save your memories on your computer or other storage device. To sum it up the Samsung Gear 360 camera is a fun, creative, and easy to use device that allows me to take great pictures and videos to share 360 memories with my friends and family.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
360 IS THE WAY OF THE FUTUREPosted .
First off Samsung products are amazingly designed and built. The Gear 360 is a device like no other when compared to other 360 cameras. I've gotten to use this product now for about 2 weeks and it has created a whole new way of viewing content around me. Instead of focusing your shot in one direction and possibly missing another shot in the other direction, you're able to pick the direction you want and that to me is amazing. Also the editing on this device is unbelievably easy to do, the only problem I would have with the editing software is the placement of the music. It seems like once you pick the music it's played throughout the whole edited video. Also another thing that bothers me and takes the star away from this device is you can't edit the video's directly on MacOS. You either have to stitch the video/photo files on a Samsung flagship phone and then transfer it to MacOS or you can transfer them to a Windows computer and edit it there using Gear 360 ActionDirector (Included software when you buy the Gear 360) Besides all that, pairing the camera with your phone is a breeze especially with the device having NFC. Overall, This is a great buy. It's perfect for those that want to try something new with their photography/videography and or just want to dip their feet in to test how 360 video's are like. Because honestly the video quality in 4K is great for viewing on your phone but viewing it on a desktop will show a drop in quality. It's expected though because this is the 1st Generation of the Gear 360. Perhaps software updates in the future can fix them. Shout out to The Insiders for letting me test it out! #insidersgear360 #gear360I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionI read that the release date is August 19, will the Gear 360 camera be available for purchase in stores on that date?
Asked by BenCam.
- A:Answer so far , no. i have not been able to get any info as to when it will be here. No stores have them in stock and no 360 are in transit right now
Answered by Anonymous
Asked by Lars.
- A:Answer Absolutely. You can even upload in Youtube and shared with your friends. The app from Samsung do that easily. To be honest, it's a great camera with surprising result. i love it
Answered by Herve
Q: QuestionWhat are all the mobile devices (smart phones/tablets) that are currently compatible with the gear 360?
Asked by Jason.
- A:Answer The compatible devices are the Galaxy Note 5, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ with the Samsung Gear 360 Manager app.
Answered by CommunityAnswer
Q: Questionwhen it goes on sale the chamber 360 Sansumg
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer I have checked this site every day since the 19th and it is not here. Not sure how there are 20+ reviews already since he has not even been on the site... Guess I am forced to give my money to Amazon!
Answered by ShawnT
Q: QuestionIs this a good camera for filming sports? Looking to find something to record son playing lacrosse and be able to edit and upload from phone . Instead of having to use video recorder then upload to computer etc.
Asked by LaxMom.
- A:Answer Yes it is. I took it recently to a nfl game and it was great video and pictures.
Answered by usafz24
Q: QuestionI do a lot of hiking and I'm curious to know if this camera is capable of a Google streetview type scenario of my hikes? How long does the battery last and if it is made with shock dampening in mind.....
Asked by wyldekarrde.
- A:Answer Streetview, I do believe it can with recorded gps locations tagged on the picture file. Shock dampening? Absolutely not. If dropped it will most likely damage the camera glass since there are 2 cameras and it's about a 3rd of the surface area
Answered by Vrman