Samsung’s Gear 360 camera was the company’s first real stab and a consumer-grade panoramic camera, revealed a few years ago, but it’s already back with an update.
The company revealed a new iteration of the Gear 360 today which is capable of capturing 2D 4K images and broadcasting live. It features two 8.4 megapixel image sensors that can also capture 15MP images. Design-wise, the top of the device keeps the same spherical form factor, but the company has also included a handle below that will allow you to hold it whilst filming. It weighs 130g and connects to devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB 2.0.
As with the original device, you can pair the new Gear 360 with a smartphone app to control it remotely. It also lets you stitch images and edit and share them on the go. Any content captured through the device can be uploaded in 2K to platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and the company’s own VR app available on Gear VR. Using that device, you’ll be able to watch panoramic content as if you were really there.
A price or release date for the kit has not yet been revealed.
The reveal comes alongside a lot of new announcements for Samsung today. First up, the company’s announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, at an Unpacked event in New York City. Accompanying the new phone is a new Gear VR with a motion controller, which will be launching next month.