[Tutorial] Capture and Share Every Angle of Life’s Moments with the Samsung Gear 360

on May 10, 2016
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Samsung Electronics’ Gear 360 camera enables users to capture and share life’s special moments in an entirely new, immersive way.


One advantage of this innovative device is that it is easy to use. In just a few steps, you can set up the device and learn how to create and view 360-degree images and videos without any hassle. Read on to find out how.




How To: Set Up

There are a few things you need to do before you can use your Gear 360 camera. They are as follows.




Gear 360


1. Install Memory Card


A compatible memory card must be inserted to take photos or record videos. You can then format it from the Settings menu. When you insert or remove a memory card, the Gear 360 will turn off.


2. Charge the Battery


Charge the battery before using it for the first time. You cannot charge the Gear 360 while recording a video or using the viewfinder on the connected mobile device.




3. Connect to a Mobile Device


You can control or view Gear 360 content on your Galaxy smartphone.* To sync your Gear 360 and mobile device, you first need to download the Samsung Gear 360 app.


  • Download the Samsung Gear 360 app on your smartphone via Galaxy Apps, Google Play Store or apps.samsung.com/gear360.
  • Turn on the Gear 360.
  • Activate NFC on your mobile.
  • Touch the NFC antenna area of the Gear 360 (as indicated by the NFC logo on the side of the camera) to the NFC antenna area on the back of your smartphone.




Now connect your Gear 360 to your mobile device with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct.


  • Open the Samsung Gear 360 app. Your smartphone’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct will automatically turn on.
  • Tap CONNECT and follow the instructions to complete the connection.




How To: Shoot

Gear 360 was designed for travel, festive gatherings and every activity in between to provide an all-encompassing visual experience. With a light and compact design, Gear 360 maximizes portability to film outdoors on the go, as well as indoor activities. Furthermore, in addition to the included tripod, Gear 360 can also be mounted on various camera accessories currently available on the market.


1. Select Camera


Equipped with dual fisheye lenses, Gear 360 gives users the ability to capture high-resolution 360-degree video and still images. Or, should you choose to shoot 180-degree wide angle video or images instead, you can opt to use only one side of the camera lens.


  • Press the Menu key > Settings > Switch lens.
  • Select the camera you want to use (front, rear, or both).
  • To select with your smartphone, open the Samsung Gear 360 app, tap the camera icon and select the lens.


2. Record Video


In addition to regular Video mode, you can shoot several videos at set intervals and save them as one video in Time lapse mode. Looping video mode, on the other hand, lets you record a video continuously by overwriting a set period of the video to allow new footage to be captured and save memory card space.


  • Press the Menu key, select Video (or your preferred mode).
  • Press the OK key to record. Press OK to stop recording.
  • To record with the Gear 360 from your smartphone, open the Samsung Gear 360 app and tap the camera icon. Tap MODE > Video. Then, tap the record button.




3. Take Photos


In addition to shooting videos, you can also take still images that capture 360 degrees in a single shot.


  • Press the Menu key, select Photo.
  • Press OK to take a photo.
  • To take a photo from your smartphone, open the Samsung Gear 360 app and tap the camera icon. Tap MODE > Photo. Change the settings such as ISO, WB and HDR according to your preferences. Then, tap the shutter button to take a picture.




How To: View

Now that you’ve captured your memories, you can easily view them yourself, or share them with friends and family. You can view the videos and images taken with your Gear 360 in three different ways: on your smartphone, on your computer or with your Gear VR headset.


1. View on Smartphone


  • Open the Samsung Gear 360
  • Tap GEAR 360 and select a video or image.
  • Tap the 360 view
  • Drag your finger on the video or image to view it from other angles. Or, select Motion view to view the various angles by moving your smartphone in different directions.




2. View with Gear VR


  • Open the Samsung Gear 360
  • Tap GEAR 360 and select a video or image.
  • Tap Save.
  • After the image or video is saved, tap the back arrow.
  • When prompted, insert your smartphone into your Gear VR headset.




3. View on Computer


  • Connect the Gear 360 to your computer using the included USB cable.
  • Transfer files between the Gear 360 and the computer.
  • You can edit videos or images using Gear 360 ActionDirector.*** Download the program on your computer from samsung.com.



How To: Share

  • Select a video or an image and tap
  • Select a sharing method such as e-mail or a social media account to share your content.





* Gear 360 is compatible with the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5.  3840*1920 resolution video recording and video stitching are supported by the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.

** The VIEW ON GEAR VR icon will appear on devices in which the Gear VR app is already installed.

*** To install, you need the key number on the box.

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