I’m a HUGE fan of mobile photography gear, as you’ll know from my blog, so I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been sent a Samsung Gear 360 camera to put through its paces.
There is no denying that 360 photography and video is pretty cool, it’s very immersive content, but until recently you would have needed to fork out a few grand on a full rig of GoPros in order to take advantage of the technology. Before I go on, if you’re still looking to capture ultra professional 360 degree footage, I would still recommend the GoPro route…
Let me explain…
The Ricoh Theta S, which I tried out a few months ago records in full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, but when viewing spherical videos/images, this resolution is stretched right around you. So no single view will be full HD. This is why I wasn’t a fan. The quality was too poor.
Now, the Samsung Gear 360 camera works in pretty much the same way, but the overall resolution is much better than the Theta S. The Samsung Gear 360 has a higher resolution of 3840 x 1920 (4K), with 25.9MP photos. The Theta S was half it.
Although the Samsung Gear 360 camera won’t give you super ultra detailed videos or photos, it’s the best on the market and for the price of £200 – £300. You won’t beat it if you’re looking to get into 360 degree video content. However, it will still stretch the 3840 x 1920 when viewing 360 content like the Theta S.
The GoPro rig that you see below will capture 4K resolution at every one of those intervals, so you will get 4K resolution captures at every viewing angle of the spherical output. Does that make sense?
BUT the price of that rig will set you back thousands…
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