Samsung to unveil Gear 360 virtual reality camera at Galaxy Unpacked 2016: Report

Just a few days after Samsung confirmed the "Galaxy Unpacked 2016" event for February 21 in Barcelona, a new report indicates that the company will also unveil a Gear 360 virtual reality (VR) camera alongside the Galaxy S7.

Just a few days after Samsung confirmed the "Galaxy Unpacked 2016" event for February 21 in Barcelona, a new report indicates that the company will also unveil a Gear 360 virtual reality (VR) camera alongside the Galaxy S7.

According to SamMobile, the Gear 360, likely an offshoot of Samsung’s Project Beyond, is a compact spherical camera capable of capturing 360 degree imagery using two 180 degree fisheye lenses. As of now, it is likely that the device will be compatible with the Galaxy S7.

The device packs in an undisclosed amount of onboard storage and includes its own battery too. Software-wise, the package includes the Gear 360 Gallery, and a separate remote viewfinder application. Some of the features included in the camera are HDR, exposure control, white balance and ISO settings.

One will also have the ability to switch between recording a 360 (dual lens) or 180 degree (single lens) front or rear view. Some of the other view types include a mode called VR view, dual view, panoramic view, and time lapse and looping video. Maximum resolution will mostly be 3840 x 1920 pixels when shooting in dual lens mode, or 1920 x 1920 pixels in single lens mode.

Samsung Gear 360's video could be streamed live on a connected device and could be paired with a phone via Bluetooth, through the Gear 360 Connect application respectively.

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