We’re in peak 360-degree media territory with a marketplace teeming with enabling devices. From the Ricoh Theta to the 360fly, I-mmersive’s Veye, Kodak’s SP360, and others, there’s no shortage of options. Samsung has tossed its proverbial hat in the ring with its Gear 360 camera, which launched in April. But how does it really stack up?

Although it’s relatively easy to use and performs as promised, the Samsung Gear 360 doesn’t stand out as much as it should, especially considering all the resources the company has at its disposal. And since it’s a first-generation product, there are some quirks that stuck out to us when reviewing the device, including issues around portability, software, and its proprietary nature.

Priced at $350, the Samsung Gear 360 is on par with many of its competitors. Weighing in at 5.39 ounces (153 grams), it’s equipped with two F/2.0 fisheye lenses that capture 195-degree photos and videos. Although it comes with a miniature tripod attachment, the device has a universal mount, so you can use it on a professional-grade tripod, a monopod, gorillapod, or even with a selfie stick — perhaps the preferred use case for many people. Read More