We were big fans of Samsung’s first 360-degree camera, but has some issues with its compatibility (it only worked with Samsung smartphones) and its design (it required a selfie stick). With the second version of the, Samsung appears to have addressed both of those problems, and improved the quality of video, too.
Design-wise, the new Gear 360 has a small handle below its bulbous top; a large record button on the handle allows you to start and stop recordings.
— as well as the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus. Despite the competition between Samsung and Apple, making this camera compatible with iOS will definitely increase its popularity.
Like the original, the new Gear 360 connects to a smartphone via Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.1, though it also has a USB Type-C port so you can attach it directly to a PC or Mac. It’s water and dust resistant, so it’ll survive a splash, but not much more. Also like the first Gear 360, this one has a microSD card slot, as well as an internal battery.
While longer at 3.9 inches (because of the handle), the new Gear 360 is slightly less bulbous than the original, with a diameter of about 1.8 inches (compared to 2.2-2.4 inches for the first Gear 360). It’s also lighter, at 4.6 ounces.
The Gear 360 will be available for pre-order on March 30, and will go on sale on April 21.