Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)

Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
From Samsung

List Price: $349.99
Price: $109.99 Details

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Average customer review:
(3.5 stars, based on 195 reviews)

Product Details

  • Color: White
  • Brand: Samsung
  • Model: MAIN-2657841
  • Released on: 2016-08-19
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.20" h x 3.80" w x 3.80" l, .55 pounds

Features

  • A lightweight, Compact 360-degree Camera
  • Take full 360-degree videos, or use the wide-angle lens for a 180-Degree shot
  • Dust and water-resistant

From the little moments in your day to the horizons you pursue, capture life as it happens with Gear 360. The front and rear lenses each capture 180 degrees horizontally and vertically, creating a seamless and complete 360-degree field of view.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

168 of 175 people found the following review helpful.
5Little camera that captures everything.
By jha
Little camera that captures everything. The SG360 camera works flawlessly with my Samsung Galaxy S7 and my Windows 10 computer. I keep the SG360 on a "monopod" assembled from a selfie stick (xshot 2.0) with a mini tripod (manfrotto pixi). The included micro tripod is cute in a pinch, but doesn't quite get it farther than an arm's reach. I like putting the SG360 on a the 'monopod' and using the 5-second delay timer to get the best perspective of a scene. Indoors and outdoors, this camera is phenomenal without being intrusive. It does a great job really capturing what is going on all around you instead of just a tiny window through a regular photograph. The Samsung Gear 360 is so small and easy that it is completely easy to get creative and put it in neat perspectives.

Prior to this camera, I was taking 360 panoramic photos of the outdoors and real estate with a DSLR (canon 6D + rokinon 14mm) and a rotator stage (nodal ninja) then stiching them together in software (PTGUI). Amazing results BUT very expensive, time consuming, and massive learning with tutorials and trial and error. I watched "360" cameras hit the market, but saw that the quality was very poor and limited to short video clips. That is, until the SG360 hit the street. This thing is so EASY and FAST that I can take amazing quality 360 photos and video just like shooting from a point-and-shoot camera. The photos stitch in a matter of seconds while the videos take longer, but process in the background of my computer work. I know take MANY more 360 photos of everything including PEOPLE!

Installing the Cyberlink ActionDirector PC software was a super easy download and install. Drop the photos and video into ActionDirector from the micro sd card, and the software processes them automatically in the background and saves the results in a folder. You can edit the photos and videos in your favorite software; you are not locked into ActionDirector.

Virtual reality? Yes. I was able to view photos and video with the Gear VR after some work (install VR apps, load photos and video to special folders on your phone). It is truly amazing, but also very disorienting. I have perfect vision and never get motion sickness, but cannot stand to be in VR very long. YouTube supports the 360 content. Not many other sites currently do, but hopefully soon. It is so cool to look around somewhere.

Aerial? Yes. I mounted this to my DJI Phantom 3 and have flown successfully ~5 times. Fly at your own risk and keep it safe.

Samsung Gear 360 vs. DSLR + lens + tripod + rotator + software
- Cost: SG360 immensely cheaper by a few thousand dollars!
- Quality: DSLR wins
- Weight: SG360 is only a few hundred grams, perfect for travel. DSLR rig will be ~20 lbs, not good for hiking it around town or outdoors.
- Size: SG360 can fit in any backpack or bag. DSLR requires special packs to lug it around.
- Ease: SG360 takes entire 360 in one photo and processing it couldn't be easier with the free software. DSLR requires many photos, extra software work, so much more time and work.

Samsung Gear 360 vs. VCN V.360 / Kodak Pixpro 360 / 360fly / Ricoh Theta M15 360
- Cost: SG360 is the second most affordable next to the Ricoh Theta M15
- Quality: SG360 dominates the competitors in both photo and video. SG360 and M15 are the only TRUE 360 cameras, but only the SG360 can record longer movies and has much better image quality.
- Weight: SG360 is second to the M15
- Size: SG360 is the second most portable camera next to the M15.
- Ease: SG360 connects flawlessly and quickly to my Galaxy S7. Transferring and stitching the photos on the S7 or my PC is fast and easy. I don't know how it is for the others.

My wishlist: timelapse should output photos not only video, output option for RAW files for improved editing.

Note: This is my honest opinion after using the camera for a few months. I received the Samsung Gear 360 at a discount price from Samsung BUT was fully planning to purchase regardless.

Me? I'm a research engineer with degrees in physics and math. Also a professional photographer in portraits and real estate.

37 of 41 people found the following review helpful.
5Great first start for a 360 Camera, can improve however.
By Britt Dietz
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. I ended up purchasing the Samsung Gear 360 in October. I took it with me to Las Vegas, the Nellis AFB Airshow, and to Disneyland a few times putting it through a through a few hundred photos and 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.

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
3Priced too high for the quality
By Amazon Customer
It's ok. Not real expensive, but more like a $150 value. It has poorly designed and somewhat cheap optics. One lens makes me feel like they used plastic lens elements. Definite out of focus regions in the image, like a fun house mirror.

Very susceptible to dust on the lens (my action camera does not suffer from dust collecting on its case like this camera does) -resulting in spots in the capture, this is easy to understand, since the dust is so close to the element and gets highly magnified. It's hard to keep the lens covers clean enough. (I imagine filming in a clean room might just do the trick.)

Something Samsung engineers could control was the lens support structure surrounding the lenses. In a high contrast situation, like being indoors with light coming through a window, the light illuminates the structure supporting the lens - which consists of several concentric rings, and is reflected in the lens cover and is imaged as rings in the worldview (or stripes in panorama). Outdoors without shadows is probably ok.

Stitching is not perfect, but ok.

I enjoy the technology. Still fun for the VR goggles, but not close to a professional quality. Good enough for the hobbyist.

One attached photo shows the dust. The other shows the lens' support with the concentric rings which get imaged by reflecting in the cover. Third picture shows how the rings get imaged.

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