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Nab Samsung’s New Gear 360 Camera for $229


Nab Samsung’s New Gear 360 Camera for $229

If you're also eyeing the Galaxy S8, Samsung will throw in the new camera for just $49.

An updated version of the Samsung Gear 360 camera goes on sale Thursday, offering better smartphone compatibility and a price that lets even casual child birthday and soccer game videographers dabble in 360-degree video.

The new Gear 360, which vaguely resembles a chicken drumstick, is smaller and lighter than the globe-shaped first-generation model. With an asking price of $229, it's cheaper, too. Pick it up at, Best Buy, and Amazon, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular, since it's designed primarily for smartphones.


The specs remain mostly the same as the previous model, with video resolution topping out at 4,096-by-2,048 4K video at 24 frames per second. If you're thinking about using your Gear 360 for capturing stills, however, you'll probably want to go with the first-generation model since the image sensors have dropped from 15 megapixels to 8.4 megapixels each on the new version.

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As for the phone compatibility, you'll need an iOS or a Samsung phone to transfer and edit video; non-Samsung Android devices aren't supported. You can also transfer footage to a computer; PCMag hasn't yet been able to test the desktop integration, but Samsung promised an improvement over the rebranded Cyberlink ActionDirector software it used for the first Gear 360.

If you're in the market for both a new phone and a 360-degree camera, pick up the new Gear 360 for just $49 with the purchase of a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ until June 19.

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