You may not be able to get your hands on a new Samsung Gear 360 quite yet, and we don’t know when the day will come when you can, but while you wait Samsung is providing plenty of material to help you get up to speed on using the Gear 360. The company has posted a page on their web site covering a wide range of topics from the very basics, like charging the battery, to selecting video shooting modes and then sharing your videos and images.
One of the items that is revealed by the tutorial released by Samsung is that the Gear 360 will not charge while it is recording video or while a user is accessing the viewfinder via their mobile device. So it is important to fully charge the Gear 360 before use and be aware you will need to be finished filming or shooting before the battery is drained.
Samsung also points out that users will have to install the Samsung Gear 360 app, which just hit the Play Store recently, in order to control the Gear 360. The device uses NFC for the connection, so users will have to turn that on if they do not normally use it.
As far as actually grabbing content, the first step will be to select which camera to use. The Gear 360 provides three options – front, rear or both – that users can choose from. The front and rear cameras are used individually to capture 180-degree content while the “both” cameras setting is used for 360-degree video and images.
For videos, the Gear 360 has options for a regular video mode, a time lapse mode that stitches together numerous still images, and a looping video mode that overwrites old video with new video on a rotating basis after a set period of time. When it comes to still images, users will have a variety of settings available that they can control through the menu like ISO, white balance and HDR settings.
Once content is captured, owners of the Gear 360 can view it on their smartphone through the Gear 360 app, using a Gear VR device, or by uploading it to their computer via a USB cable. After checking it out themselves, users can then share it to a variety of platforms, like email or social media sites, via the Gear 360 app.
Anyone out there hoping to grab a Gear 360 when it is finally available?