When Samsung announced the Gear 360 at the Developer Conference held in San Francisco earlier this week, they promised to launch the device in Korea. They also made the same promise in MWC 2016 when they talked about the first 360-degree virtual reality camera. Today, the Samsung Gear 360 has finally launched in Korea along with its pricing details.
The Gear 360 is a virtual reality camera with dual fish-eye lenses with an image sensor of 15-megapixels. The camera is able to capture high resolution videos at 3840 x 1920 and footage of 360-degrees. At the same time, the camera is able to take 30-megapixel still photos. The VR camera will also be able to shoot 4K video footage quality. Each of the lens is equipped with a 195-degree angle. The overlap removes gaps when the 360 images get stitched together. Users are able to shoot 180-degree wide-angle videos as well as images using only one side of the camera lens. Storage-wise, the virtual reality camera has a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB memory expansion. There's also a micro USB port underneath a removable flap as well as a 1,350 mAh battery pack. The Gear 360 VR camera has been given an IP53 dust and water resistance rating.
On top of the device, a small screen can be found sitting right next to a record button. This display is where users get to see what mode they are on while using the VR camera. Currently, the Gear 360 is compatible with select Samsung smartphone models such as the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6+, Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S6.
Interested individuals in Korean may start purchasing the Gear 360 online for 399,300 Korean Won or approximately US $350. Starting next month, the VR camera will be carried in 450 stores as well. As part of its launch, each Gear 360 VR camera purchase comes with a free 64GB Samsung EVO Plus microSD card. The offer is only available for a limited time. Aside from Korea, there are reports that the Gear 360 VR camera will be available in Singapore too really soon, so stay tuned, we'll report back as the availability expands.