Samsung recently unveiled a new 17-lens 360-degree camera for VR that has the ability to live-stream in 4K. The new camera is called the 360 Round, and it will be available in the U.S. later this month.
The company has not yet announced exactly how much the beast of a camera will cost. However, we are pretty sure that it is not going to be cheap. Yi Halo camera, the rival of Google comes in at $1,699, and it does not have 4K live-streaming capabilities.
The 360 Round seems like it has just about everything that a virtual reality filmmaker could require: six onboard mics for spatial audio, 17 cameras with f/1.8 lenses, 50GB of internal memory (LPDDR3 and eMMC), two external mic hookups, a gyroscope, accelerometer, support for 2TB of SSD, and a tremendous live streaming resolution of 4,096 x 2,048 at 30fps.
It also boasts of dust- and water-resistance rating of IP65, so it can hold up to most weather reasonably well, though it is not completely waterproof.
Needless to say, the camera is intended for professional filmmakers and other commercial uses that need that kind of power. And its price, which has not yet been revealed, will possibly reflect that. But the 360 Round of Samsung easily places them at the same level as its competition from Facebook and Google.