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Samsung changes Gear 360 into a pocket camera for 2017

Gone is the ball-shaped body (and removable battery) and in its place is a much smaller and easier to hold 360-degree camera design for use Galaxy phones and now, iPhones.

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Gear 360 2017

The new Gear 360 is much smaller than the original. It can now record at "real 4K" resolution and live-stream to YouTube, Facebook and Samsung VR at full HD.

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Dual mics

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Only two buttons

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Bluetooth LE for faster Wi-Fi connection

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Power up (and down)

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MicroSD card for storage

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USB-C for charging

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Tripod mount

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Same controls as 2016

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Record button in front

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Nothing on back

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Handle is the camera

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A ring to help it stand

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Live preview

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Live streaming in full HD

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Perfect Gear VR companion

The Gear 360 2017 is expected to ship in late April or May. Pricing wasn't available, but Samsung says it will be less expensive than its predecessor.

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