Samsung makes a portable 360-degree camera that enables users to capture images and videos that can also be viewed using a virtual reality headset. It ties in nicely with Samsung’s Gear VR platform. The company unveiled its new Gear 360 camera back in March alongside the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It said back then that the camera will be available for purchase soon. Customers in the United States can pick up the new Gear 360 starting today.
The new Gear 360 has two fisheye lenses and has the ability to record full 4K in 360-degrees. The device itself is smaller and lighter than the original Gear 360, not to mention the fact that it’s much cheaper too.
The only caveat that remains is that the Gear 360 can only be used with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. You can’t use it with any other Android smartphone at this point in time even though it will work with some iOS devices.
The new Gear 360 is available for purchase in the United States starting today. It’s available from Amazon, Best Buy, Samsung’s own website, as well as all four major carriers for $229. That’s $100 off the price of the original Gear 360.
Samsung is also running a promotion for new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ customers. Those who purchase the new flagship by June 19th will be able to purchase the Gear 360 for a special price of $49.