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

Cameras

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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