Cameras

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

Accessories

Insta360 Nano S hands-on: What’s new?

An improved 360 camera!

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Last year, I first tried out the plug-and-play Insta360 Nano and I was introduced to the world of 360 videos. Boy, did I have fun with it. From 360-degree Facebook Live shows to cute tiny planet videos, there were a lot of media possibilities. And, it didn’t stop there. Later on in the year, the Insta360 ONE was released and it was a 360 camera game-changer with 4K video capabilities and standalone recording functions.

This year’s release is the Insta360 Nano S: An updated version of that first camera with the best qualities of the second.

It looks and feels like the Insta360 Nano. It’s almost identical and it still connects via Lightning port to your iPhone. But, it can do a lot more.

Unlike the Insta360 Nano, this camera can work without being plugged to a phone since it has a microSD slot.

This thing has two 20-megapixel fisheye cameras that are capable of shooting 4K 360-degree videos or 20-megapixel photos.

Basically, it can take cool shots like this:

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It’s the multiple export modes, though, that makes the Nano S more fun. You can save photos and videos using the different MultiView modes to get different perspectives. I’m not just talking about 360 videos, either. This option below gives you both front and back views simultaneously.

This one gives you three different perspectives all at the same time because why not!

The tiny earth effect, a classic Insta360 favorite, is still available as one of the export modes.

Think of all the great things you can capture!

Of course, this camera comes with FreeCapture capabilities first introduced to us on the Insta360 ONE. This just means that you can edit the 360-degree video you’ve already shot and export it as a normal video. The best part? You can choose what specific POV you’d want on that 2D video as the Insta360 app allows you to pick out scenes and edit to your liking. There’s also real-time stabilization for smoother video, which is always a great thing.

The Nano S combines the best that Insta360 has to offer. If you’re interested in getting yourself a 360 camera, this might be worth looking into.

Tough luck if you aren’t an iPhone user, however. Although the company has announced that an Android version may be coming, there isn’t any concrete news on this yet. The Insta360 Nano S retails for US$ 239.

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The new Instax Square SQ6 is here and it looks awesome!

What a good-looking camera

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Fujifilm has just added another instant camera to their Instax line and it’s one photogenic shooter! The Instax Square SQ6 was unveiled and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

It comes in three colors. One is in gray or graphite. This basic look is more classic and neutral.

There’s also one that comes in a clean, crisp white — because we’re seeing more white devices in 2018.

And my favorite, of course, a rose gold variant.

This pretty thing has an auto exposure function which means the camera adjusts to different lighting scenarios and even a selfie mode for optimum instant selfies! There’s also a double exposure mode, macro mode, and landscape mode. It shoots with Fujifilm’s square format film.

These freshly announced cameras look less bulky and definitely more stylish compared to the brand’s previous release, the SQ10 that I reviewed last year. Of course, the SQ6 is also simpler than its predecessor: It doesn’t look like you can edit the photos before printing, which isn’t really a deal breaker for these types of cameras. The best part? It retails for only US$ 130 in the US and PhP 8,000 in the Philippines (which is basically half the price of the high-end SQ10).

The SQ6 will be available starting May 25. In the Philippines, it will be in stores starting June.

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Sony A7 III launches in the Philippines with price and availability

The basic model of Sony’s latest full-frame mirrorless cameras

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The latest addition to the full-frame mirrorless camera family of Sony has finally landed in the Philippines. The A7 III is positioned as the base model of Sony’s third-generation A7 series, sitting below the A7R III which was launched late last year, but it’s not just a “basic model” in the series.

The camera boasts a 35mm full-frame sensor with 24.2 megapixels and built-in 5-axis image stabilization. The sensor is complemented by an upgraded BIONZ-X processor making it possible for the camera to shoot 10fps in both RAW and JPEG formats. It also has 693 autofocus points and an Eye AF feature for fast detection of subjects.

As for its video capabilities, the A7 III can capture 4K HDR up to 30fps with 100Mbps bitrate. It also supports S-Log3 and 120fps slow-motion capture in 1080p resolution.

The body has an OLED viewfinder, LCD touchscreen, dual SD card slots, USB-C port, and complete suite of wireless connectivity. It’s also compatible with all E-mount accessories.

The A7 III is already available through Sony concept stores and authorized retailers in the Philippines for PhP 115,999 for the body only and PhP 129,999 with the FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

SEE ALSO: Sony A7 III First Impressions

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