It’s just one of the must-haves of modern technology – whether you ski, skate, drive, run, ride or swim, capturing our own perspectives when we’re out and about is something we all love to do. So when you’re taking your leisure time to the extreme, you need to select a camera that can keep up with you.
GoPro has been dominating the leisure camera industry for years, and many people who wanted the top product on the market are proud owners of a GoPro camera. But now that a great idea has been hit on, competitors are keen to make their own mark, and there are some very impressive rival cameras on the market, including Samsung’s Gear 360. So the question is, should I replace my GoPro with Gear 360?
Should I replace my GoPro with Gear 360?
As the owner of a GoPro model, is there anything to be gained by switching it for a different make, and which camera is best? Well, the GoPro range is wide, offering simple and cheap models, as well as flashy and expensive models, and everything in between. This range has been developed to cater to a wide range of uses, and allow everybody, no matter how extreme or docile, to capture the action.
But Samsung have developed the Gear 360, a camera with some pretty special functions to rival any model of GoPro. As the name suggests, its dual camera design creates seamless panoramic views in crisp resolution, with videos captured in 3840×1920 hi-def, and 25.9 MP photos. The outdoors is in its nature, with dust and water resistance, and media can be edited, viewed and shared with the help of your Smartphone or PC.
How does GoPro compete with all this? Well, its latest and greatest model (i.e. the most expensive), the Hero4 Black offers the best performance of the entire GoPro range. Its video recording is of even higher definition than the Gear360’s at an impressive 4300×2760, with doubly powerful processor and twice as fast frame rates.
However, there are a couple of things to consider: firstly, the GoPro models work independently as cameras, with no additional requirements to get it functioning, whereas Gear360 requires a Samsung phone or other device; because of this, the Gear360 does not have an inbuilt screen, and is more fiddly to take out and about on account of the connectivity it uses.
Users around the world hail both the GoPro and the Gear360 models, but what is clear is that they each cater to a slightly different function. Gear 360’s website shows off its efficiency at taking panoramic pictures of friends at parties and of mountaintops, but the practicality of using it during extreme activities, or even hands-free, is not so prevalent. GoPro specialise in cameras for fast-laners, and offer a range of accessories for using it hands-free, such as clips and flexible arms, making it a far better choice as a helmet-cam, or for mounting on other surfaces in motion.
Ultimately, it’s down to how you use it. If you’re an adrenaline junky and love documenting your adventures, sticking with your GoPro is probably the best option. On the other hand, if you find that the purpose of owning a top-of-the-range camera is more for landscape photography, or other equally picturesque views, then upgrading to a Gear 360 is the way to go. Whichever you select, you’ve got yourself a camera of real quality.