Samsung Gear 360
An iteration of the original version, the second generation Samsung Gear 360 which we will call the Samsung Gear 360 (2017) in this review is a whole lot better especially in the design department.
Shifting from the initial look similar to a standard external web camera, the new version of the Gear 360 exudes a steady look. Samsung has replaced the original version’s tripod-like stand with a sturdy-looking handle that makes the new Gear 360 (2017) even more portable and easier to grip. its control buttons for power and Bluetooth are neatly placed on the device’s left cheek, while the microsd card slot for storage expansion and USB Type-c port for file transfer and charging are located on the bottom right part. The record/capture button and the LED indicator are on the device’s back part. its camera again is presented as an eyeball-shaped form factor that carries a 15-megapixel camera from combined two 8.4-megapixel CMOS sensors and dual wide-angle, 195-degree lenses applied with F2.2 aperture. in terms of video recording, Samsung has leveled up the Gear 360 (2017) with 4k capabilities shooting at 24fps. Using a single lens, however, might be quite disappointing as the device only has a maximum resolution of 3-megapixel in the said setting.
Last year’s Gear 360 had compatibility issues with some Android smartphones, and we encountered the same caveat with the Gear 360 (2017). Pairing it with the Huawei Mate 9, for example, required us to download the Samsung Accessory Service application aside from the Gear 360 app itself, while pairing it with the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro and the Apple iphone 7 went on like a breeze. The Gear 360 app also allowed us to switch easily from modes of video, photo, time-lapse, video looping, and landscape HDR.
One of the main feats of the Gear 360 (2017) is its livestreaming support for youtube, Facebook, and the Samsung Gear vr headset, which we must admit is one of our favorite part of testing the handheld device.
Considering its affordable price, the Samsung Gear 360 (2017) decently performs for what it is made to do as it gave us acceptable 360-degree footages, though some snippets appeared to be off the advertised 4k quality. Photos are acceptable, too, as the device gives a natural fisheye effect.