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The Samsung 360 Round is a VR camera with 17 lenses

By Ng Chong Seng & Peter Chu - on 21 Oct 2017, 4:00pm

The Samsung 360 Round is a VR camera with 17 lenses

The rather peculiar looking oddity that you see in the image above might appear to be a Roomba with a bunch of cameras on its sides, but it’s actually the Samsung 360 Round – a camera designed to capture 360-degree 4K content with its 17 lenses (eight stereo pairs along the sides and one on top).

The 360 Round uses six internal microphones to capture spatial audio, and if that isn't enough, you can add a couple more using the two external mic ports. Interestingly, it can also shoot 3D with depth data, which is a rarity for consumer-level 3D and 360 cameras. Under the hood, it packs 10GB of LPDDR3 memory and just 40GB of eMMC storage, but you can expand the latter with UHS-II SD cards or SSDs.

The IP65 water and dust-resistant 360 Round is capable of live-streaming 360-degree 4K videos at 30fps, but you will need a pretty powerful rig to handle the streams of 4K footage coming from each of its 17 cameras concurrently – preferably one with an Intel Core i7-6950X processor, 32GB of RAM, and two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.

If you’re ‘only’ going to be post-processing the 360-degree videos captured using the 360 Round, a Core i7-6700K processor, 16GB of RAM, and a single GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card will be adequate for you to get by, according to Samsung.

The 360 Round will be available in the U.S. by the end of October 2017, but its price has yet to be confirmed.

Source: Samsung (via Engadget).