Samsung's new 360 camera has 17 lenses and cost $US10k

The 360 Round has been designed for the VR specialist.
The 360 Round has been designed for the VR specialist.

SAMSUNG has launched a new 360 camera as the South Korean technology company looks to lead the field and encourage users to provide quality content for virtual reality.

Announced at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, the Samsung 360 Round uses 17 lenses - eight stereo pairs positioned horizontally and one single lens positioned vertically - to livestream 4K 3D video and spatial audio.

The 360 Round enables live streaming with little-to-no latency and broadcasts with one-step stitching and control software provided by Samsung.

A demonstration at the conference enabled users on the third floor of the conference to take a live 360 view of the second floor through a Gear VR headset.

It is not an update to the $399 Gear 360 launched earlier this year.

The 360 Round has been designed for the VR specialist and while no official price has been released, CNet reported a US$10,500 price tag.

The 360 Round next to the much smaller and cheaper Gear 360.
The 360 Round next to the much smaller and cheaper Gear 360.

An Australian release date has not been announced but the 360 Round will be available later this month in the United States.

Samsung said the camera will enter other markets "over time".

Samsung Global Mobile B2B Team Executive Vice President Suk-Jea Hahn said the growth of 360 content platforms, such as Samsung VR, Facebook and YouTube, as well as the spread of 360 videos through major media, has increased the need for high-quality 360 videos among VR professionals.

"The Samsung 360 Round is a testament to our leadership in the VR market. We have developed a product that contains innovative VR features, allowing video producers and broadcast professionals to easily produce high quality 3D content," Hahn said.

"The combination of livestreaming capabilities, IP65 water and dust resistance and 17 lenses makes this camera ideal for a broad range of use cases our customers want-from livestreaming major events to filming at training facilities across various industries."

The 360 Round features IP65 water and dust resistance and a fanless design to reduce weight and eliminate background noise. It also includes PC software for controlling and stitching and expandable external storage.

Samsung's 360 Round editing suite.
Samsung's 360 Round editing suite.

Samsung 360 Round camera specs:

  • Dimensions: 205 x 205 x 76.8mm, 1.93kg
  • 17 cameras at 2 megapixels, F1.8 aperture
  • Microphones: 6 internal (spatial audio); 2 external ports
  • Video resolution: Up to 4096x2048 at 30fps per lens
  • Memory: 10GB (LPDDR3); 40GB (eMMC)
  • External memory: 256GB (or up to 2TB on SSD)
  • USB-C connector port
  • IP65 water and dust resistance

The writer is in San Francisco as a guest of Samsung

Topics:  games and gadgets samsung technology virtual reality

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