Samsung’s been working on a 360 degree disc-shaped camera for some time now — essentially three years. Samsung announced back in 2014 that they were working on a 360 project called Project Beyond, but there’s hasn’t been any news since 2016. Despite the disappearance of Project Beyond, Samsung has just launched a new 360 camera called the 360 Round that looks like a more refined version of Project Beyond.
The 360 Round has 17 2-megapixel cameras and six microphones (and two mic ports), which work together to create 3D VR video. Samsung says that it’s powerful enough to live stream 4K VR at 30 fps.
Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics Global Mobile B2B Team, Suk-Jea Hahn through a press release detailed what they were trying to achieve with the 360 Round. “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. The 360 Round is the only professional camera to offer the combination of livestreaming capabilities, IP65 water and dust resistance and eight stereoscopic lenses. This makes it ideal for a broad range of use cases our customers want — from livestreaming major events to filming at training facilities across various industries."
The 360 Round looks like it’s going to be a camera meant for more professional users rather than 360 enthusiasts. If you actually want to live stream using the camera, you’re going to need a computer that can handle it, which would drive up the whole setup cost significantly. The 360 Round is also IP65 water resistant and it has a uni body design that’s supposed to allow the Round to go hours without needing a cooling fan. These features definitely point more towards a more professional audience. Finally, it costs $10,499 — not cheap.
The 360 Round is set for release later in October in America. Samsung says that the 360 Round will be released in other countries later on.