Samsung - Gear 360 Video Camera
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Gives you a clear view of the action you're recording or reviewing.
Offers stunning detail and clarity with both video and still images.
Delivers vivid and accurate coloring for natural, lifelike images.
Designed for precise image capture.
Supports microSD Card, microSDHC Card and microSDXC Card.
For easy image transfer. USB streaming capability allows the camcorder to function as a webcam.
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Save your reality for Virtual RealityAugust 31, 2016
If you want to take full 360 degree photos and video, this is a very reasonable and simple way to do it. With the on camera display and menu system you can easily take pictures, video, time lapse video, or video loops. You can change the settings of each from the device, set a timer, and snap the shot with the push of the button on top without the need of any external device to control it. As for controlling it externally, the only designed way is with one of Samsung’s current phones (S6 and above). There is a modified way to control it with other phones, but that is not 100% and not supported by Samsung. Also, you can’t do 4K 360 video stitching on any phone less than an S7, unless again you use the modified app. However, you can take the pictures and video off the camera to a PC and using the Action Director software provided, or any 3rd party program you can use to make 360 panoramas, you can get the stitched photos for upload to social media or Google Maps. The image quality and video quality do leave a little bit to desire. Though they are listed as 30MP pictures and 4K video, when they are stitched and zoomed to make a 360 sphere details are lost. When a 360 photo is made with multiple pictures from a regular digital camera, they are much sharper in detail, really noticeable when signs with words are present. However, this doesn’t mean they aren’t worth having. When uploaded to social media, I get a lot of comments on “How’d you do that” but looking at the media on a computer or on a phone does not give them full justice. If you view the media through a VR device it really brings out the true effect of having a 360 photo or video. Well worth it when you can really put people in place and let them look around. The Samsung Gear 360 phone app is simple to use and rather snappy. Compared to other devices I did not have any issues with connecting back to the phone when my screen was turned off or I stepped out of range. The app is basic in options though. You can change all the setting of the camera, control it, and save the stitched media to your device. However, there is no real editing. The biggest problem I have had is a slight shift in the image, if the camera is not perfectly level, that can’t be modified using the app or the Action Director software. However, 3rd party apps designed for Ricoh Theta have worked to correct the angels and allowed other modifications. After several crashes each time I load Action Director you find that additional editing options are really limited. Hopefully as time goes there will be Samsung specific options to correct the images and provide additional editing. Another issue I have found, and I don’t know if this is specific to me, but the GPS location is tagged when the media is saved to my phone. If I copy the images straight from the camera to the PC they don’t have location details and if I save them to my phone at a different location, I now get the GPS tag of that location. This has become really bothersome when trying to upload images to Google Street View. I have had to use 3rd party apps to correct the Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) data of the images, just as I did with the slight angel corrections. On that note, you can fix the image correction with PC software such as Photoshop, however, Google Street View uses the Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) data and when you correct an image visually and not the XMP data you can end up with a really crooked image. The small tripod that it comes with is cute, handy at times, but really makes for some bad angles for 360 media. If you want to give the viewer a perspective of a mouse, it’s perfect. If you want to hold the tripod, you can look like some alien as your hand is merged in the blind spot of the dual lenses. The best way to make use of this camera is with a monopod. The standard tripod threading on the camera makes it easy to interchange with other equipment. There are many types out there, from the simple selfie stick to six foot expandable pole with attached tripod. I prefer the six foot option as it gets the camera high enough to be at a “normal” eye level perspective and gets the camera to a point that the merge lines blend a lot better. On the subject of merge lines, depending on how close objects are to the camera depends on how visible the merge lines are. Understanding the placement of the two cameras and trying to adjust the angle so that you can place farther objects on the sides and closer objects on the front or back can really make the difference. However, you also have to try to find a good balance on light, as you will notice a lens flare if lighting is brighter from one direction. The best option I have found for this is to try and align the bright light source to a side so that both lenses get equal lighting. Also, not as noticeable in photos, but in videos there is a distinction in where the equirectangular (the format the stitched images and videos are save in) lines come to meet. The odd thing is that the rear camera is technically the “front” camera when the stitched media is saved and half of the front is split on each side of that. So not only are there stitch lines where the 2 camera are merged, but there is a stitch line in the middle of the actual front camera. This is extremely noticeable with lots of motion and the motion control feature is enabled. As this is a new market I say this is a great start. However, due to the IP53 rating, this camera does not make for a safest action camera option, not dustproof or waterproof. Currently there are no action cases available, as of this review, like there are for other action cameras that can help change that. However, it does come with an exchangeable battery and expandable memory which is better than some other 360 camera options, so there is some benefit as to why the rating is lower than some others. Bottom line, I really like this camera. With a little tweaking of their software and maybe the firmware, this camera can be a lot better. In comparison to other 360 cameras I have used or seen, for the price this is the best. It takes a little practice to get the perfect angle, but eventually you will start making pictures and video a virtual reality to remember. Sample images can be seen on Google Maps, search Blazer's Fun Zone, Radcliff Ky for my latest pictures or KY Action Park on Youtube for video.
I would recommend this to a friend
Comparing samsung gear 360 to 360 Fly video cameraAugust 28, 2016
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
Surprisingly good quality for the price!August 30, 2016
I've been using the Gear 360 for a couple of weeks now. Creating google streetview 360's, 360 videos for clients, and personal projects. The still quality is surprisingly good. The image adjusted in photoshop and given a little TLC is on par with most average Google Streetview shooters which is taken with much much more expensive equipment. Yes, you do have 2 inches of built in parallax but it's problematic. The 360 video function is great. It's an easy process with the desktop app and everything is already prepared properly for sharing on facebook/youtube. No mysterious exif editing. This is probably the FIRST 360 on shot device with acceptable quality for both stills and video. Yes, the Theta S can do pretty good stills but the video is just way to blurry, unlike the Gear 360. There are just a couple of idiosyncrasies which I expect will disappear with software updates. One such example is with another great feature. Stitching with autoleveling. If you shoot upside side or sideways, say you're using a pole extended under a bridge, and you use the mobile app to stitch.. the image will be stitched right side up. If you use the desktop app, it isn't so. Unfortunately, however the gear360 detects pitch and roll taken during the shot, it stores this in the final corrected stitch. Meaning you have a mostly right side up stitch, but internal data that says it was shot at a 90 degree roll and 45 degree pitch.. So if you use this image in streetview or facebook.. this great auto leveling feature becomes UNDONE. As a workaround, you can download the image to a computer and reset the EXIF manually. Another few things.. very strong light will generally affect the lens cover it's facing and you'll end up with a bit of a difference in image between front and back. Under normal light I've found the images to be very close in color/contrast. Also, in high temperatures, residual moisture can cause some fogging. I think for high end work, it may be a good idea to find a way to remove the lens covers/housings and not have to worry about these issues. Although, you'd have to be extremely careful with storage and use from then on out. Another bonus is the phone app. The live view and connection distance allows me to shoot the Gear 360 mounted to a pole and get off shots with no problem. Stills, videos, timelapse.. I can access all the settings right from the app. OR if I didn't have a Samsung Phone I can use the Gear 360 solo as long as I press the buttons on the device itself. Although you won't have the liveview tethering capabilities. Then you simply eject the SD card and use the desktop app for image processing. The Gear 360 EXCELS at being easy. It can go from my pocket to a completed shot in seconds. My professional rig would take a HUGE amount of time to setup and require forethought on whether I was going to shoot 360's. The Gear 360 is small enough that it fits in a pocket or purse and you can have it always close by. I've shown the Gear 360 now to lots of people. It's a helluva conversation starter. For the convenience, quality, and price it's a no brainer.
I would recommend this to a friend
Best value? Samsung offers easy entry into 4K VR!August 31, 2016
Samsung offers an easy entry into a consumer-friendly 360-degree action VR camera world! The Samsung Gear 360, will be priced at US $349 upon release on August 19th this year, and will allow consumers to enter this brave new world of 360-degree capture and exploration. PROS: The two separate 15MP CMOS sensors on either side of the camera's shockproof, weather-resistant body capture a 360x360 degree Field-of-View resulting in fully spherical recording. Simply turn the camera on, select the photo or video mode using the Menu button and hit the red capture button up top which is situated next to the bright, easy to read LCD status screen. This screen will also give you a read out of the battery life, estimated number of pictures or hours of video you can take, and is also used to navigate the simple menus. The first time you power on the device, select to record in 4K. The Gear 360 is supremely easy to use, offers little customization but the most simple way to capture and share photos and videos in 360-degrees. You can select to capture using both lenses for full spherical video/photo or use one side for hemi-spherical (imagine half a globe instead of a full globe of video/photo) capture. The package comes with a nice, padded carrying bag, a microfiber cleaning cloth and a wrist strap that can be attached securely to the included, cute & adorable, mini-tripod/selfie (all-ie?) stick. This ingenious design really helps in being able to use the camera in a variety of situations from clubbing to dash-cam(ing) to capturing while walking (et al a walking tour if you will). The included li-ion battery seems to last easily for over an hour of recording 4K video and the microSD card slot will accept up to 256GB easily. There's also a microUSB port on the body of the camera hidden behind the weather-resistant flap on the side which will allow you to connect the camera to a computer so you may use the Action Director desktop software to quickly process captured videos to have them stitched and become ready for uploading to YouTube/social media. For on-the-go, Samsung provides a mobile app only available on its compatible Galaxy phones; Galaxy Note 5 & 7, S6 and S7 family. It can be assumed the Galaxy S8 in 2017 will be supported too. The app acts as a sort of remote control via Bluetooth/NFC and will allow you to capture, setup and share. Speaking of the battery lasting a good duration to capture, the Gear 360, for as easy as it may be to do what it does well enough, had an issue I've seen in other 4K-capture devices: shutting down due to overheating. During a drive around town and also during a TV wall-mount installation, the camera overheated and had to shut down for about 5 minutes to cool down and be used again after recording for about 20+ minutes. The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K cameras do this as well, and many mobile phones that capture 4K video have also done this in the past, either shutting down the app or the device itself to cool down due to overheating. It's just the nature of the tech itself, the nature of the beast that is 4K and shouldn't be considered detrimental to your decision in choosing to buy one of these devices or not. The software that is bundled with the camera is actually quite awesome! It's very easy for an inexperienced individual like myself to be able to produce an almost professional quality edited 360 video and post to Facebook and YouTube directly. It's created by Cyberlink, same team behind PowerDirector video editing software suite for the past 15+ years. A product code to activate your copy is included inside the packaging. CONS: In comparison to the SP360 4K Action VR Cameras as well, the picture quality on Gear 360 is not as clear or sharp as it is on the Kodak PIXPROs. But it is still a world better than the LG 360 and Ricoh Theta S. Other thoughts/Conclusion: The real benefit here for the Gear 360 is the performance per dollar you are getting here. Which will be sure to draw in alot of attention at launch. I give the device and it's solid experience an 8.5/10. The points I've docked are solely for the lower image quality than competition and the isolated user crowd Samsung has pioneered this camera for - which is Galaxy phone users. Sure with a little bit of extra out-of-your-way work, any computer user can also make use of this camera, but it should've been available to be used with Android-wide and iOS-wide apps. Bigger target audience = bigger sales. Note: I received the product as part of an early reviewer program and my eligibility does not depend on the direction of my review. The product was not free, nor do I get to keep it unless I pay for it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Take your digital media to the next levelAugust 30, 2016
Virtual Reality has become the next big thing. This camera allows you to immerse others into the exact place and time as you when using it. With 360 degrees of view you get the chance to see everything around you, no longer being restricted to what is just in front of you. I have shown all of my friends pictures and video that I have taken with this camera and everyone is blown away with the amount of technology packed into such a tiny product. You will have to retrain yourself while taking pictures and video with this camera, as you will have to take into consideration everything around you while capturing the moment. The only downside to this camera is needing a high-end Samsung phone to view a live feed from the camera, when trying to setup a shot. However, that same integration works flawlessly with my Samsung S7, and allows you to do post processing without every plugging into a computer to post to social media.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great New Way to Record Video in the RoundAugust 21, 2016
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
Focus problemsOctober 24, 2016
The 1 star is for the build quality and ease of use. The unit I received suffers from the same problem that's being widely reported, and that's the BAD FOCUS quality. Focus should typically be infinity, but with my unit, only objects within a foot of the camera are in focus. The rear and front cameras' focus varies slightly, but not by much. This is a basic function of the camera, which is why I gave it this rating. I will be returning this along with my Note7, so I'm likely done with Samsung for a while until I see improvement in quality by the time the next Samsung flagship comes out. I really wanted to like this, but I'm extremely disappointed.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Big surprise for such a small deviceSeptember 11, 2016
I've never really gotten the chance to play with 360 cameras before the Gear 360. I've actually always been kind of skeptical at how they work and the quality I can expect. That being said, I was very impressed by the Gear 360 when I finally got the chance to try it out. I've seen other 360 VR camera rigs like the one from GoPro which is super expensive compared to the Gear 360, so that's why I was initially skeptical about the quality that Samsung could provide at this price point. Indeed, it turns out the quality was very good. The camera was able to record videos with not only very good resolutions, but also really good framerates. It should be very good for all kinds of uses. Aside from the camera itself, the package also came with a lot of good accessories. The tripod is really nice, it came with a memory card as well as a bag to carry the camera. Overall, I'd highly recommend this camera for anyone looking into recording 360 degree videos. It's great performance at a great price point.
I would recommend this to a friend
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