Samsung has launched a new VR camera aimed at professionals, introducing the Samsung 360 Round which boasts 17 lenses with f/1.8 apertures.

Behind each of the Samsung 360 Round’s 17 lenses is a 2-megapixel camera, along with six microphones integrated across the hockey disc-shaped body that allow the new 360 camera to create VR video.

In addition to the microphones, the Samsung 360 Round will boast two microphone ports and is capable of lives streaming 4K video at 30 frames per second.

The Samsung 360 Round price tag, at $10,500, is aimed squarely at professionals or very wealth enthusiasts, and Samsung said its 360 camera will have a release date for late October in the American market. Samsung says it will then roll the camera out in other markets ‘over time.’

The Samsung 360 Round was launched today at Samsung’s Developer Conference. The VR camera has been in the works for some time, referred to as Project Beyond.

Samsung 360 Round specs

  • Dimensions: 205 x 205 x 76.8mm, 1.93kg
  • 17 cameras at 2 megapixels, F1.8 aperture
  • Microphones: 6 internal (spatial audio); 2 external ports
  • Video resolution: 4096 x 4096 @ 30fps in 3D (4096 x 2048 per eye) or 4096 x 2048 @ 30fps in 2D
  • Live streaming: 4096 x 4096 @ 30fps in 3D (4096 x 2048 per eye) or 4096 x 2048 @ 30fps in 2D
  • Memory: 10GB (LPDDR3); 40GB (eMMC)
  • External memory: 256GB (or up to 2TB on SSD)
  • USB-C connector port
  • IP65 water and dust resistance
  • Weight: 1.93 kg

For editing your 360 videos, the Samsung 360 Round requires a pretty high-spec machine. You’ll need:

  • Windows 10
  • 64bit OS
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 850W power
  • Intel Core i7-6700K or above
  • GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card

For live broadcasts, you’ll need:

  • 32GB DDR4 RAM
  • GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080 graphics card
  • Intel Core i7-6950X or above

It’s worth noting that the Samsung 360 Round looks vaguely like the Vuze camera we reviewed earlier this year and employs similar design and spec. The Vuze is priced around $800, so it will be interesting to see how the two compare.

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