Samsung Electronics has unveiled the 360 Round, a 3D VR camera, at the Samsung Developer Conference. The new device uses 17 lenses – eight horizontally positioned stereo pairs and one upwards pointing single lens – to capture and livestream 4K 3D panoramic video at 30 frames per second. Each camera module features a 1/2.8” 2MP sensor and F1.8 aperture.
With a compact and rugged (IP65 water and dust resistance) uni-body the camera has been designed for use in all weather conditions and the lack of a fan means there is no unwanted background noise. PC software for controlling the camera and stitching is included and the camera features a range of interfaces, for example to connect external microphones or storage devices.
“The Samsung 360 Round is a testament to our leadership in the VR market. We have developed a product that contains innovative VR features, allowing video producers and broadcast professionals to easily produce high quality 3D content,” said Suk-Jea Hahn, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics’ Global Mobile B2B Team. “The combination of livestreaming capabilities, IP65 water and dust resistance and 17 lenses makes this camera ideal for a broad range of use cases our customers want—from livestreaming major events to filming at training facilities across various industries.”
The Samsung 360 Round will be available in October in the United States and be introduced to other markets over time. Samsung says the camera is aimed at VR professionals and enthusiasts and ‘reasonably priced’ without specifying the latter any further at this point. More information is available on the Samsung website.