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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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DJI debuts the Osmo Action, their first action camera

This is DJI’s direct answer to GoPro

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DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

When DJI released the Osmo Pocket months ago, everyone went crazy because it’s the only stabilized camera that can fit in anyone’s pocket. Now, DJI has announced another camera creation, the Osmo Action.

It looks very similar to GoPro’s action cameras, which serves the purpose — to become its direct rival. The Sony RX0 II is a noteworthy competitor, too.


Focusing on the camera, it can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The lens is composed of three aspherical layers which reduce glare and distortion. It even has an anti-fingerprint coating that also repels water, oil, and other smudges while shooting. In harsh light conditions, it can shoot with enhanced HDR. You can attach a neutral-density (ND) filter on it as well.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

So done with gimbals? The Osmo’s action camera has RockSteady technology that combines electronic image stabilization with other complex algorithms in order to achieve shake-free footage. The camera can survive the extremes — up to 11m (or 36ft) in the deep waters, and as cold as negative 10 degrees Celsius when shooting with the device.

The camera features various creative shooting modes like 8x slow motion and the Custom Exposure Mode that can shoot as long as 120 seconds — great for capturing the dazzling night sky. A Timelapse Mode is present, as well as a Timed Shooting Mode with support for shooting RAW file format.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

The device is equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front for framing yourself. With DJI’s custom ActionOS, you can use voice control to power up and operate the device. It has a Custom Mode which lets you choose your frequently used shooting modes, while a QuickSwitch button (labeled as QS) is present to let you switch modes in an instant.

The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.

SEE ALSO: DJI Osmo Pocket Review

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Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera

Better cameras are coming!

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For a while now, the smartphone photography business has hovered around 48-megapixel cameras. Last year, the market released the first 48-megapixel smartphone cameras. Since then, more smartphones have adopted the new standard. Of course, progress never stops.

Already, Qualcomm is anticipating even greater heights for smartphone photography this year. Fulfilling the prophecy, Samsung has announced the first 64-megapixel camera sensor. The brand is expanding its 0.8μm lineup, adding the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1.


Much like other 48-megapixel sensors today, Samsung’s new shooter uses the contemporary pixel-merging Tetracell technology. Further, the sensor will improve HDR shooting capabilities. The GW1 supports an HDR of up to 100dB. According to Samsung, the current industry standard goes up to only 60dB. (The human eye can detect up to 120dB.) Samsung’s HDR images should look more realistic compared to other market offerings.

Similarly, the GW1 optimizes collected light. Basically, the sensor should have fewer problems in low-light conditions. Image sharpness is supposedly sharper as well.

For video taking, the GW1 supports Full HD recording, shooting at up to 480 frames-per-second. The new feature is a huge improvement for slow-motion videos.

Besides the 64-megapixel GW1 sensor, Samsung is also releasing a new 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2. Though lower, the 48-megapixel sensor also offers the same capabilities as the GW1.

Currently, Samsung is sampling the new sensors for the market. The brand expects to proceed with mass production in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed which smartphones or brands are on the market. Regardless, the new development is a huge and speedy step for smartphone photography. If Qualcomm’s other predictions ring true, we’ll see 100-megapixel cameras soon, too.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A20 Hands-on: One of the familiar faces

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Sony A6400 Unboxing and Hands-On

Our vlogging camera of choice

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“What camera do you use to make your videos?”

If you follow us on social media, you’d know it’s the Sony a7S II as well as a whole set of Sony lenses. It’s an amazing camera, but a flippy screen would make it so much better so that filming yourself when alone would be a whole lot easier. The Sony a6400 has exactly that.



This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Sony Philippines.

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