After years of development, the Samsung 360 Round is official. This a 360 camera that can stream VR content in a more professional setting, unlike the Gear 360.
For one, it has a total of 17 cameras organized in 8 pairs plus one on the top. This allows it to stream immersive 4K 360 videos in 3D (something the Gear camera cannot do).
If youve tried watching 360 video from a consumer camera, youll likely have noticed that its in 2D, which spoils the illusion. It takes pairs of cameras to create a 3D image with depth.
High quality audio is supported out of the box with 6 internal mics for spatial audio plus 2 external microphone ports. The IP65 dust and water resistance means the camera can capture sights and sounds of some less than hospitable places.
But this camera isnt for the Average Joe. To do a live broadcast of its 4,096 x 2,048px / 30fps footage, youll need a Core i7-6950X processor with 32GB of RAM and two (!) Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Post processing is easier, but you still need an i7 CPU and one GTX 1080 (non-Ti).
The camera packs some impressive hardware of its own. Each of the 17 cameras has a 2MP sensor (1/2.8) with an f/1.8 lens. It can record in H.265 to a microSD card (UHS-II is required) or an SSD (preferred).
The camera already packs 40GB of eMMC and 10GB OF RAM (LPDDR3). To quickly transfer the large files, theres a LAN port and USB-C.
The Samsung 360 Round camera is not something you can carry in your pocket either, it weighs nearly 2kg. The price was not officially announced but some reports put it north of $10,000 (thats a good deal cheaper than Nokiaz discontinued OZO cam). The camera will go on sale in the US later this month and expand to other regions later.