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Shoot 360-degree video with the Samsung Gear 360

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Almost 2 years after it unveiled its first VR headset, the Gear VR, Samsung has come full circle in virtual reality with the surprise announcement of its 360-degree camera, aptly called the Gear 360.

Just a day before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled the Gear 360 as the finale to its much anticipated Unpacked event, alongside two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. Users will finally be able to create their own 360-degree video content that they can share online or watch on Samsung’s own VR headset, the Gear VR.

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The Gear 360 is a white, rounded device, roughly the size of a stress ball, with a flat bottom for its tripod mount. It ships with a mini tripod that can be folded and double as a monopod. It has two 15-megapixel, 180-degree fisheye cameras on two sides that can take 360-degree photos and videos. There’s also an option to turn off one camera, and film using the other.

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On top of the device are the shutter button and a small screen that lets you switch modes.

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On one side, there’s a micro-USB port for charging and transferring files, as well as slots for the battery and a microSD card.

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On the other is the back button that also turns Bluetooth on or off. Right below is the menu button, which lets you switch between modes. Holding it down for a few seconds will power the device on or off as well.

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But the best feature of the Gear 360 is its ability to pair with Samsung’s flagship devices. With the Gear 360 app installed, users will be able to use their Galaxy S7/S7 edge or Galaxy S6/S6 edge as a viewfinder, among others.

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Using the app, you can also navigate 360-degree content by dragging the screen around, capture images and record videos, but the content will be saved on the Gear 360’s microSD card by default.

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Alternatively, you may choose to store it directly on the phone, and the app will do the stitching for you. Content creators can likewise easily upload their photos and videos on Facebook, Youtube, and other platforms that support the format.

Shoot 360-degree video with the Samsung Gear 360

Soon everyone will be shooting and sharing 360-degree videos #Gear360

Posted by GadgetMatch on Monday, February 22, 2016

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Hasselblad’s new medium-format camera shoots 400MP photos

Each image file is 2.4GB!

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Did you ever feel like the resolution of your smartphone or camera’s pictures weren’t enough? Has the thought of needing 400 megapixels ever crossed your mind?

Unless your phone is from tech’s stone age or you’re a professional photographer (a really serious one), you’re likely to say no to both. Fortunately, Hasselblad doesn’t care what you, I, or other regular folks think, and has released a monstrous 400-megapixel medium-format camera.

You read that correctly: The H6D-400c MS is a real camera with an incredibly high resolution output and equally astounding price tag. This behemoth costs a whopping US$ 47,995 or EUR 39,999 (and that’s only for the body without any lenses).

See it from all angles in this official video:

You’ll notice that the 53.4 x 40mm image sensor (that’s much larger than the full-frame sensors we’re accustomed to) has only 100 megapixels on it, but the 400-megapixel outputs actually come from a technique called multi-shot.

The camera takes four 100-megapixel shots with slight shifts in pixels to produce one 23200 x 17400-pixel photo, which is equal to 400 megapixels. As you can imagine, the file size would be massive — a single TIFF image is 2.4GB! You could easily fill up a 1TB hard disk during a single photo shoot.

This clearly isn’t for regular consumers. Only pros who need to capture every single detail of a subject and post-process on a large monitor would be interested in such a camera.

If you’ve reached this point and are seriously considering one, pre-orders are already being accepted and shipping begins in March.

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Quick look: Kodak’s instant cameras and printers

Kodak has cute gadgets they want you to try

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At CES 2018, we got to try out a number of Kodak devices — and by that, I mean we got to play with their instant cameras and printers!

Here’s what the famous camera brand has to offer:

PRINTOMATIC Instant Camera

Announced just last year, it’s the first Kodak-branded camera in recent years. This gadget instantly prints photos on sticker paper — a fun spin on yesteryears’ instant cameras (and pretty reminiscent of Polaroid’s Snap).

These cute devices use ZINK Photo Paper. It prints faster and there’s no ink involved! The PRINTOMATIC comes in original Kodak yellow and gray. It retails for US$ 70.

Mini Shot Instant Print Camera

This 10-megapixel instant camera does not only print sticker photos, it also houses a screen that allows you to preview and edit what you’re about to print. You can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth and edit away with the Kodak Mini Shot App.

Unlike the PRINTOMATIC, this teeny device uses an all-in-one ink and paper cartridge. Basically, it’s a tiny printer that does CMYK printing (how normal printers work) which ensures better quality prints. It comes in black, white, and the original Kodak yellow and retails for US$ 100.

Photo Printer Dock

A mini-printer designed specifically for your smartphone! You can dock you phone and print 4×6-inch photos. Aside from the dock, it’s Wi-Fi-enabled and has a USB port for transferring data. This device retails for US$ 140.

Mini Instant Photo Printer

This portable printer is even smaller. Connect with your phone via NFC Tap and Wi-Fi and voila, all the prints you want! It retails for US$ 100.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Polaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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Panasonic Lumix GH5S is great for low-light photography

Get your wallets ready!

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Panasonic just announced the newest addition to its camera roster, and it will have content creators screaming, “take my money!”

Unveiled at CES 2018, the Lumix GH5S is a hybrid mirrorless camera and a variant of last year’s highly popular GH5.

The GH5S has half the number of megapixels, down from 20.3 to 10.2, but for good reason — larger pixels means better low-light performance. Sony does the same thing, offering its A7 full-frame mirrorless camera in a few skews, including its high-resolution (42.4MP) A7R and lower resolution/high ISO (12.2MP) A7S models.

Panasonic is also talking up new tech called Dual Native ISO that helps the camera achieve low-light photos and videos with less noise.

It’s also the world’s first 4K 60p video recording camera in Cinema 4K.

Better low-light performance, 4K video recording, and a flip-out screen (just like the Lumix GH5) — the Lumix GH5S is sounding like a content creator’s dream come true.

It will be available this February, and will retail for US$ 2,500 (body only) that’s US$ 500 more than the GH5.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro review

 

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