Stephan Jukic – March 31, 2017
Samsung’s Gear 360 camera now features Cinematic 4K resolution recording and a host of other enhancements that include better compatibility with other devices and media. The new 4K Gear 360 is basically a refined redesign of the original camera with full 4K video capacity and surprisingly, these new features have been added to this new release of the shooter only 6 months after the original Ultra HD but not quite 4K Gear 360 hit the shelves.
What’s the main difference with the resolution of the new model? Quite simply, while the original Gear 360 could deliver 3840 x 1920 resolution ultra HD footage that didn’t quite meet the 4K UHD mark, this new 2017 Gear 360 delivers just below DCI (digital cinema) 4K resolution at 4096 x 2049 pixels. The difference may seem small, and visually you wouldn’t even notice the extra pixels while viewing video from the improved Gear on a small display but the new pixel count amounts to nearly half a million extra pixels and that’s nothing to scoff at. Furthermore, while the old Gear 360 shot video at 30fps, the new models does so at 24fps in the higher resolution.
Two other major improvements in the Gear 360 include a new capacity for pairing up with iPhone models from the 6S and upwards with iOS 10 or higher and an ability to livestream videos in resolution up to 2K directly to social networking sites and other pages like YouTube through pairing with a smartphone.
On the other hand, the new 2017 4K Gear 360 has seen a decrease in the power of its photographic sensor. The original 2016 model came with dual powerful 15 megapixel sensors while the new version delivers only 8.4MP on both of its dual fish-eye lenses. In other words, total 360 degree still photo quality has decreased from 30 megapixels to just under 17 megapixels.
As we said, the Gear 360 has been subjected to physical design changes and thus now comes with an integrated handle below its sphere lens array. Inside this handle there is a new, slightly weaker battery of 1160mAh as opposed to the former model’s 1350mAh battery unit. Samsung’s reasoning for this battery power reduction is a slimmer build of 45mm instead of 60mm.
Additional features in the 2017 Gear 360 model include different viewing modes, built-in editing tools, filters for photo and video effects and the ability to convert any 360 degree video into a more standardized aspect ratio format for easier sharing. The Gear 360 saves its content to a microSD card slot and can handle cards of up to 256GB.
We’re expecting an April launch date for this device and while specific pricing information hasn’t been released, expect the new Gear 360 2017 edition to cost between $250 and $300.
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