Samsung just raised the bar for 360 cameras everywhere. While many VR devices may have one, two or even six cameras, Samsung’s newest model, the “360 Round“, packs 17 lenses at 2 megapixels each, making it a beast for live streaming and recording 3D content for virtual reality (VR). But coming in at a hefty price of $10,500, you might want to start saving up.
The 17 cameras are placed pretty strategically within the device. There are two sets of eight lenses and one lens pointing towards the sky. Don’t get fooled, though; you might think the 360 Round is big and bulky. In reality, it is about the size of a Roomba vacuum cleaner. This type of camera system is made for pros and VR enthusiasts who would use it to its full potential, allowing users to capture and live stream 3D video and audio.
According to the company website, “The growth of 360 content platforms, such as Samsung VR, Facebook and YouTube, as well as the spread of 360 videos through major media, has increased the need for high-quality 360 videos among VR professionals and enthusiasts. The 360 Round is the first product to meet these needs by combining high-quality, 360-degree imagery with advanced 3D depth at a reasonable price compared to other professional 360 cameras.”
The “360 Round” has been in the works for a while, dating back to 2014 when it was labeled “Project Beyond”. Take a look at some of the camera specs:
Samsung 360 Round Camera Specs:
- Dimensions: 205 x 205 x 76.8mm, 1.93kg
- 17 cameras at 2 megapixels, F1.8 aperture
- Microphones: 6 internal (spatial audio); 2 external ports
- Video resolution: Up to 4,096 x 2,048 at 30fps per lens
- Memory: 10GB (LPDDR3); 40GB (eMMC)
- External memory: 256GB (or up to 2TB on SSD)
- USB-C connector port
- IP65 water and dust resistance
While the camera is pretty expensive, and mostly out of reach for most consumers, it gives us an interesting look into the future of cameras and technology. What would you do if you were given the chance to play around with a camera of this caliber? Let us know in the comments below!