It’s small, easy to use (for capturing and editing), the video quality is good (for a first-generation model) and it’s affordably priced at $349.99.

The Samung Gear 360 is not the first consumer 360 degree video camera — Kodak, Ricoh, LG and several other companies also make them — but it could be the most user-friendly.

 That’s saying a lot since this whole 360 degree video thing (also called 360 video or VR video) is still very new for us normals.

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In recent years, Samsung has really honed its skills when it comes to designing delightful gadgets that aren’t frustratingly difficult to use. Its flagship Galaxy phones, Gear S2 smartwatch and Gear VR headset are all easy-to-use products that shows Samsung really gets it.

 The tennis ball-sized Gear 360 is small and compact. It reminds me of an old Logitech webcam from the ’90s, only it has two 180-degree fisheye lenses on opposite sides.

Included with the camera is a drawstring pouch and microfiber cloth for storing and cleaning the two lenses (which you’ll do often). The Gear 360 also comes with a mini three-legged tripod that collapses into a little handle.

The Gear 360 is the slickest 360 camera with two lenses I’ve ever used. The plastic body is dust and water-resistant, which means it can survive a day at the beach or a light shower.

It is fantastic news until you realize the Gear 360 only works with Samsung smartphones. Specifically, Samsung’s newest phones from within the last year: Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7 and S7 Edge.

The Gear 360 falls somewhere in the middle in the realm of consumer 360 cameras.

 It’s nowhere near as high-res and sharp as the 360 camera rigs made up of a dozen GoPros that cost thousands of dollars, but it’s still better than Ricoh’s Theta S, LG’s 360 Cam and smartphone apps like Google’s Cardboard Camera.

 

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RAYMOND WONG, Mashable

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