Sam­sung Gear 360

Wide-eyed

HWM (Philippines) - - Contents - Jon­nah Lynne R. Pante

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.

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