Gallery: A First Look At Samsung’s Gear 360 Camera

The mobile 360-degree camera is a portable recording orb

Samsung rounded out its virtual reality hardware set at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, by announcing the Gear 360, a new mobile 360 degree camera. The orb is meant to be used with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and the company’s virtual reality headset, the Gear VR. It has two 15 megapixel cameras, to capture 3840×1920 video, or 30 megapixel still images. Samsung hasn’t announced the pricing, or which other smartphones it will work with, but the company has said that it will be a relatively affordable accessory like the Gear VR, which sits at $99.

Samsung announced their Gear 360 portable 360 degree camera at Mobile World Congress this weekend. It holds two 192-degree cameras, and the video from both are stitched together on an accompanying Galaxy smartphone. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
The Gear 360’s two cameras take 3840×1920 video, or 30 megapixel still images. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
The camera has a slot for a MicroSD card, and charges via MicroUSB. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
Samsung says the ideal setup for the Gear 360 is to process the video on a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and view on their virtual reality headset, the Gear VR. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
The Gear 360 is rated at IP53, which means it’s splashproof (but not waterproof) and dust-resistant. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
The Gear 360 also has a small half-inch screen, an accelerometer, gyoscope, and can connect by wi-fi, Bluetooth, or over USB to other devices. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science
The Gear 360 comes with a cute little tripod, but it fits on any 1/4-inch camera mount. Dave Gershgorn/ Popular Science