At Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung launched the 360 Round, which was previously codenamed Project: Beyond. Here are the specifications and details.10/25/17 update: additional notes about the rationale for the lens configuration
10/21/17 update: Check out new photos of the Samsung 360 Round
About two months ago, there was a trademark registration for a new camera called the Samsung 360 Round. At that time, I thought it was a retail version of a wearable prototype 360 camera called AroundMe. It turns out I was completely wrong about it, and the 360 Round is actually the camera that was known as Project Beyond. I’m wincing at the name 360 Round — Project Beyond sounds way cooler! But it’s good to see another 3D 360 camera on the market. Here are the specifications and features:
– 17 cameras with f/1.8 lenses
– uses 1/2.8-inch 2K sensors
– 6 internal microphones
– 2 external microphone input jacks
– Video resolution: 4096 x 4096 @ 30fps in 3D (4096 x 2048 per eye) or 4096 x 2048 @ 30fps in 2D.
– Live streaming: 4096 x 4096 @ 30fps in 3D (4096 x 2048 per eye) or 4096 x 2048 @ 30fps in 2D.
– uses SD cards or external SSD
– Connectivity: LAN or USB Type C
– gyrometer and accelerometer
– includes an app for controlling and streaming, and another app for viewing. Requirements: see below.
– IP65 dust and water resistance
– Dimensions: 205 x 205 x 76.8mm
– Weight: 1.93 kg
– available October 2017 in the USA
– Price: $10,500.
Samsung 360 Round Lens Configuration
Samsung 360 Round’s lenses seem to have unusual positions. Here’s why. One problem with 3D 360 cameras is parallax. On one hand, for a sufficiently 3D effect, the lenses have to be further apart, ideally the same as the average distance between human eyes. If the lenses are not sufficiently far apart, then the 3D effect will be less noticeable. On the other hand, the farther apart the lenses are, the more noticeable the parallax stitching error will be (near objects will appear split in half). Samsung 360 Round addresses both issues by pairing every fourth lens (instead of lenses next to each other). This allows a wider distance between lenses (for a 3D effect), while also decreasing the distance between lenses for purposes of parallax stitching errors (represented by the fuschia line between the yellow “virtual” lenses. Incidentally, this was the same solution used by LivePlanet for their 3D 360 camera which has 16 lenses.
The requirements for editing the 360 Round are quite steep. Here are the requirements for editing the 360 videos:
– Windows 10 64bit
– 16GB RAM
– i7-6700K or above
– graphics card: GTX 1080 or better
With seventeen lenses, the 360 Round is really much more similar to the Yi Halo than let’s say the Vuze, even though the latter is also 4K 3D 360. I would therefore expect the price to be for professionals, perhaps $10,000. But I’m just speculating and I’ve been known to be wrong on occasion. lol In any case, I’m very curious about the image quality. UPDATE: the price has been announced to be $10,500. So my guess was off by 5% 🙂
What do you think of Samsung’s 360 Round? Let me know in the comments! Thank you very much to Etienne Leroy of V360 the free mobile 360 video editing app for iOS and Android for sharing photos of the 360 Round!