There are now several retail versions of the 2017 Gear 360 cameras being sold on eBay. The prices are around $350 for the camera alone or $400 for the Gear 360 and the new Samsung Gear VR 2017 (SM-R324) with motion controller.
The retail version of the Gear 360 is expected to include a pouch, a USB Type-C cable, and a wrist removable strap that can also help keep the camera stable when being stood on a table.
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The new batch of eBay listings are cameras coming from Korea. Some listings say they are in stock and ship within 2-4 days. Other listings say that it will be shipped “after April 18,” which is the date I expect the Gear 360 to become available.
The eBay price reflects a $100 premium over the expected retail price for the Gear 360. Samsung Germany is still showing a price of €249. (The US website doesn’t even show the new Gear 360 yet but we expect it to be $249.) On the other hand, press copies of the Gear 360 have been resold for as much as $400.
As for the Gear VR, I don’t have the 2017 version but it looks identical to the 2016 version (reviewed here) except that they’ve added the motion controller. It’s retailing for $125, so that could somewhat decrease the effective price of the camera if purchased as a package.
Meanwhile, the original Gear 360’s price has plummeted to below $200 (currently around $185) on Amazon. I think it’s still a fine camera especially for anyone who has a Samsung S7 or above (which stitch videos at 4K on the phone).