If you’re interested in picking up the Samsung Gear 360 camera for only $349, you’d better book yourself a ticket to Anaheim, CA for Vidcon. The Gear 360 will be available at this special price starting on Thursday, but only if you’re attending the annual conference celebrating online video. Not planning on attending? You’re not completely out of luck, but Samsung has only said that additional information and availability will forthcoming “later in the year.” If that vague timeline isn’t good enough for you and you really want the Gear 360 camera, you’re going to want to try to get into Vidcon by any means necessary.
The Gear 360 definitely looks good on paper, the dual lenses each capture a 195° field of view, and stitch the resulting 390° of content into a 30 megapixel image. The camera also captures video at 4k resolutions. The $349 price is also quite competitive, coming in well below competing VR cameras.
If you’re interested in creating VR videos — and are already in the Samsung ecosystem of devices — you might also be interested in attending Vidcon for the unveiling of the Samsung Creators VR initiative. Samsung Creators will offer classes, seminars, and prizes for people looking to get into shooting virtual reality films and videos. Samsung’s Chief Marketing Officer Marc Mathieu provided the following statement regarding the goals of this initiative:
We want to bring the power of VR technology directly to the people. To help creators learn and perfect the art of VR storytelling, we’ve built an entire VR ecosystem that pushes beyond the frame and empowers them to develop unforgettable, immersive stories, and inspires us all to do the same.
So are you heading to Vidcon? Will you try to pick up a Samsung Gear 360 while you’re there? Are you scrambling to make last minute travel plans in order to get this VR camera? Tell us what you think in the comment section below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.[button link=”http://www.pcmag.com/news/345489/samsung-gear-360-on-sale-for-349-99″ icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: PCMag[/button]