Samsung Gear 360 SM-R210

Samsung Gear 360 SM-R210

  • Video formats supported: 1080p (Full HD), 2160p (4K Ultra HD), 1440p
  • For Action / Sports use
  • Image stabiliser
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4.1 of 5 stars

Based on 39 reviews

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06/12/2017
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    rikofold(1 review)
    Never having ventured into the world of 360 photography before, I was intrigued to see whether the Samsung Gear 360 would draw me in. The device itself is small, fits into the hand very comfortably, stands well on its own (with the option to be fixed to a separate tripod), and has a neat, pleasingly quirky design with two big eyes peering from opposite sides and a small but bright LED menu screen. A sock-like carry case is provided. Setup was straightforward, the microSD easy to insert, and the Gear 360 charges from a type C USB. The device was unresponsive during the initial charge for much longer than you’d expect, but subsequent charging is relatively quick and offers about 2 hours battery life. You can take pictures directly with the device and I guess the thinking is that if you’re taking a picture of everything surrounding you viewfinder functionality is a lower priority. In practice, however, it’s so easy to connect this via Bluetooth to the app on your phone (I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S8) why wouldn’t you use the app? Another reason for using the app is that if you’re holding the device when you take a pic, you’re not only in it but nice and close to the camera. This is also true of using a tripod, actually, albeit much less intrusive. The app is simple to use, very intuitive, and selecting picture, video and live broadcast options is easy. Seeing what you’re taking ensures you have the right ‘starting position’ for your 360 pic, and of course you can make sure you’re not in the shot, or at least not a big part of it. Once a pic is taken, sharing it to social media is a cinch. On the downside, I found it very easy to accidentally take pictures because of the positioning of the button on the ‘grip’ part of the Gear 360. The biggest issue though is the picture quality, which is hugely disappointing for what’s advertised as 4k HDR. Viewed on the phone it’s reasonable, but go to a laptop screen or a Gear VR and its shortfalls are very obvious – particularly in video. It’s clearly aimed at the home market and the technology is relatively new at this level, but perhaps a little better picture quality might be expected. That said, as a way of capturing and keeping moments in a different way it’s capable, and a real experience when photos are viewed through the VT headset. Overall it probably just squeezes into the 'reasonable value for money' category, but don't expect the highest quality output.
    22/11/2017
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      AH2912(3 reviews)
      Having never used a camera like this before and being both excited and nervous to try, the instructions on the operations and set-up of the device helped massively, directing on what to do and how long certain tasks should take such as recharging the device. Using it with my Samsung S8 and my brothers iPhone SE it worked flawlessly with both, enabling stunning photos and videos to be taken. The Gear 360 is a fantastically well-made camera. It is lightweight and water resistant so everyday knocks and bangs wont damage it. Coming with toughened lenses to avoid scratches and scuffs, it also has an additional pouch for storage to help with protection. With an easy to hold grip and the option of adding a stand for greater support, the Gear 360 allows a variety of camera lens operations: - Front lens – opts for a 180-degree front view - Rear lens – opts for a 180-degree rear view - Both lenses – opts for a 360-degree all around view which allows for a panoramic view that you can move and rotate In addition to the variety of camera lens operations, there are a variety of view functions including: - Stretched view - Dual view - Panoramic view Using the camera when I went out with parents to walk our dog and when I went with friends to the local beach, It enabled fantastic videos and photos to be captured and when played though the Samsung Gear VR headset made it seem like you were actually there again. When using the camera, it is made easy using the Samsung and iPhone apps which allow you to control the camera with your phone, an amazing thing if you set the camera up with the stand and don’t want to be in the shot but still want to relive the moment! Additionally the Gear 360 has a LIVE BROADCAST option! Allowing you to share moments live with friends and family and capture them for reliving the moment. The battery life for this device is 3 hours with no issues when recharging with the charging process made easy with a cable that connects to the device and laptop. Overall it is a fantastic device that allows memories to be captured and allows to them to be relived in high definition as if you are present again in the moment with the Samsung VR Headset Totally recommend! Amazing!
      21/11/2017
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        finster90(2 reviews)
        Aesthetically this product is great. It looks nice and compact, it feels like it’s made of pretty good materials and it’s easy/comfortable to hold. It looks like a high-end gadget and attracts lots of attention. However, the picture quality isn’t great when you put it on the computer. It isn’t as clear as the Samsung S8 camera photos (nor the panoramic photos). Overall I’d say it’s a fun gadget to play with but I’d much prefer to just stick to my phone camera which would save me carrying the Gear 360 camera around with me too.
        21/11/2017
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          Unregisteredb4b5d8e5(2 reviews)
          The Samsung Gear 360 is just a video camera. What makes it different from other cameras is its dual camera setup. It doesnt just record the world, it records your world with you in it. When it comes to price, gear 360 is affordable, easier to use and its totally a different experience if you havent dipped into 360 degree video before. What i dont like about this new 360 gear is you are only able to shoot in 4K with a max frame rate of 24 frames per second. I typically prefer higher fps when it comes to regular videos, higher fps are key with 360 degree videos because the footage covers more detail and 360 degree videos need farm more amount of resolution to make the whole spherical image look detailed enough for our eyes and brains to comfortable with.
          13/11/2017
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            KaosD(1 review)
            This is a very useful camera, taking a photo captures everything around you. There is a small blind spot on the bottom and top of the camera but it is very small. The clarity of the photos is great, almost as good in the video capture mode. This camera is made to be mounted onto a selfie stick, car mount or bike mount - there's a standard 1/4 inch – 20 threaded screw hole underneath. Things to note, anything captured beyond 20 meters will start to blur on zoom, and much shorter range if you capture video whilst moving. I was using my camera as a dash cam for a while and the video comes out with some interesting results. Low light photos and videos will always be poor naturally, so lighting is important. Taking photos or videos whilst holding the stem of the camera will always show your hands in the shot. If planning on taking large amounts of video footage then I would recommend getting a 64GB micro SD card from the get go.The video files are large so you need to keep that in mind. Sound capture is very good, and it will capture more voice sound over speaker sound. Battery life is decent, using about 23% every 15 minutes during video capture using both lenses at maximum resolution. Battery will last much longer if used in the camera mode only. I would recommend this camera to anyone, since it makes taking 360 degree photos or video very easy. The option of live-streaming makes this a good item for everyone to view what you can see in real-time . #TheInsidersUk
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