Samsung Rumored to Soon Unveil Gear 360 Virtual Reality Camera
The Gear 360 is expected to be shown off alongside Samsung's latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphones on Feb. 21.Samsung will debut its recently rumored Gear 360 virtual reality camera at its Galaxy Unpacked 2016 gala Feb. 21 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, where it is also slated to unveil its upcoming Galaxy S7 smartphone models. The coming debut of the Gear 360 VR camera at MWC was reported Feb. 1 by SamMobile.com, which said the device will have dual lenses to provide 180-degree or 360-degree images. The Gear 360 will also have its own battery power as well as traditional camera features, including HD recording, exposure control, white balance and ISO settings and a VR view mode, the article reported. The Galaxy Unpacked 2016 showcase will begin at 5 a.m. ET on Feb. 21 and will be streamed live on YouTube and through the Samsung newsroom Website, according to a recent eWEEK story. Samsung presently offers its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ smartphones in its S6 lineup, with its new S7 updated replacement models expected at the Unpacked event. The Mobile World Congress event runs Feb. 22 to 25. The Gear 360 will "likely [be] an offshoot of Samsung's Project Beyond camera" efforts and "is a compact spherical camera capable of capturing 360-degree imagery using two 180-degree fisheye lenses," the article reported. The Gear 360 can connect with selected Samsung smartphones using Bluetooth via a Gear 360 Connect app.
The camera will also include on-board storage but the amount of storage is not yet known, the article reported. Software will include the Gear 360 Gallery application and a remote viewfinder application.