Samsung revealed the Gear 360 in February at Mobile World Congress, and you can finally get your hands on it. That is, if you have a ticket to VidCon in Anaheim, Calif. The conference for YouTubers and video storytellers will have Samsung's $349 device for sale "on a limited basis." Everyone else who wants one will have to continue waiting for details about a full launch, which Samsung says should come "later in the year."
The spherical camera boasts two 15-megapixel cameras with 195-degree fields of view that are stitched together for a 360-degree photo or video. There is room for a microSD card supports up to 128GB of storage.
The limited release may be seeking to entice filmmakers with a velvet rope approach. It does coincide with the launch of the Samsung Creator program that hopes to encourage the creation of 360-degree content through tutorials and seminars. Also, Samsung is launching a competition for filmmakers and other video creators to produce virtual reality and 360-degree content with the Gear 360 and its other products, including the Gear VR headset.
Samsung recently rebranded the Milk VR app to"Samsung VR," which is now ready for user generated 360 videos to be uploaded and viewed on the Gear VR. You can also view 360-degree content without a VR headset.