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Samsung Gear 360 unboxing and hands-on

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Like them or not, 360-degree photos and videos — those that allow you to look up, down, left, and right — could be the future of social media, and Samsung is well-positioned to take advantage of this development following the release of the Gear 360 camera.

The Korean phone maker says it wants to make immersive experiences accessible to all, and sees the product as an important step forward in this respect.

Unveiled at MWC 2016 in Barcelona earlier this year, the hardware captures 360-degree photos and videos using two 15-megapixel fisheye cameras mounted on a white plastic sphere the size of a golf ball.

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And like a golf ball, the Gear 360 feels pretty substantial, thanks to all the technology packed inside and the 1,350mAh removable battery designed to last an entire recording session. Multiple shoots, in all likelihood, will require a spare battery or two.

The device ships with a tiny black tripod that doubles as a handle for when you shoot handheld. There’s also a pouch for storage and a cloth wipe for cleaning off the Gear 360 between uses.

The lenses have a maximum aperture of f/2.0 and are capable of shooting high-resolution 360-degree footage (up to 3,840 x 1,920) and 30-megapixel stills. The picture quality is good enough for the intended purpose, best under bright daylight. However, as with most smartphone cameras, the Gear 360 doesn’t perform well in low light.

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Syncing the Gear 360 with a recently released Samsung flagship — like a Galaxy Note 5, an S6, or an S7 — via the Gear 360 Manager app for Android turns the phone into a viewfinder and a screen for viewing content from the camera.

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You can also transfer photos and videos to the phone wirelessly to free up space on the camera’s microSD card. Doing so allows you to experience the content you have created in virtual reality using Samsung’s Gear VR headset, or any other virtual-reality headgear.

The Gear 360 is already available in Korea and Singapore for about $350. Samsung hasn’t revealed pricing or availability for the U.S. and other markets; a global rollout is expected in the coming months.

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GoPro HERO 7 goes official with plethora of video and imaging features

The best GoPro yet

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GoPro HERO 7 lineup

After the hiatus, GoPro is back in the game! Well, they weren’t really gone but their presence in the action camera realm has been pretty non-existent lately. To set off a great comeback, GoPro announced the HERO 7 action camera family. We don’t only have one or two new cameras to play — we have three!

The main highlight is the HERO 7 Black which boasts in-camera HyperSmooth stabilization that’s said to rival those bulky gimbals. Then there’s the TimeWarp feature which will undeniably be popular for travel. The Black is also capable of online livestreaming straight from the camera.

GoPro HERO 7 Black

GoPro’s best camera is capable of shooting 4K at 60fps or 1080p at 240fps slow-mo, but it’s not just for videos. It can also capture photos with a new smart scene recognition that applies necessary settings to get the best shot possible. It has better audio capture and supports hands-free voice commands as well.

GoPro HERO 7 Silver

If the Black is too much for you, there’s the HERO 7 Silver. It’s cheaper but it lacks the HyperSmooth stabilization and 4K 60fps video recording. No worries, GoPro said it still has a “significantly improved” video stabilization and other important features from the Black.

GoPro HERO 7 White

The most of basic of the bunch is the HERO 7 White. It boasts about the same features as the Silver model but it maxes out at just 1080p at 60fps. If you really just want to have a high-quality action camera for your trips, you can’t go wrong with this.

Here’s a simple table to help you understand more about the differences between the three new HERO 7 cameras from GoPro:

All three HERO 7 models are now available for pre-order, with retail launches starting on September 27 internationally. The high-end HERO 7 Black goes for US$ 399, the mid-tier HERO 7 Silver is at US$ 299, and the entry-level HERO 7 White is available for US$ 199.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi is thinking about acquiring GoPro

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Polaroid OneStep+ puts a modern twist to old-school photography

Don’t judge a camera by its vintage appearance

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As the throwback trend continues to be popular, print photos are coming back in style. And in a time where the Fujifilm Instax line has taken the world by storm, Polaroid jumps back in to take back the crown with their latest release, the Polaroid OneStep+.

Inspired by the 1977 OneStep model, the Polaroid OneStep+ takes the classic Polaroid camera and packs it with a bunch of cool features to pull it right into the late 2010s. You can still snap a photo instantly, just like old-school Polaroids, but now you can also use a new app that lets you do fancy stuff with your camera.

 

 

Remote Trigger, Self Timer, and Noise Trigger make it so that you can get the perfect group shot even without having to ask a stranger to take it. Give your photographs more character with Double Exposure and Light Painting. And enhance the quality of your captures with Portrait and Manual mode.

Just like that, your instant photography game just got much more elevated. And apart from the i-Type film that’s specially made for this line, you can use their 600 film which gives this new and innovative little machine even more of a vintage feel. For the price you pay, I think it’d be well worth it!

The Polariod OneStep+ is available now, and you can get it for US$ 159 on their website.

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Snap’s new Spectacles are here

And they actually look real good!

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The idea of having cameras built into eyeglasses has always been a great one. When Snap (creator of Snapchat) decided to make that a reality with Spectacles, it almost seemed like the greatest idea ever — except it only came in one style and it wasn’t a style I was particularly fond of.

When they released the Spectacles 2, the shades-camera combo came in more colors, but the same size. I still wasn’t sold.

But, Snap’s latest Spectacles release has me wanting the famed frames. Finally, the company has announced Specs I’m on board with. Introducing, the Nico specs:

There’s also the Veronica:

Now these glasses, I’d definitely wear! They feature the same 105-degree camera and the same LED light design found on previous Spectacles. Both are only available in black and retail for US$ 200 each.

BRB, getting these glasses!

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