Samsung unveiled its new flagship phone Galaxy S8 and S8 plus in the early April. Besides, its new 360 degree camera, Gear 360(2017), is also an eye-catching gadget. The Gear 360(2017) has evolved to let you record in 4K or broadcast live, and then make it your own with the Samsung Gear 360 app. You can easily capture a full 360 degree view of the world around you as video or photo with it. Comparing to the old Gear 360(2016), Samsung Gear (2017) is smaller in size and a lighter weight, just 130g, so it is more suitable for outdoor activities and travel. Therefore, it’s a good choice for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers. However, there is an important question they should ask whether Samsung Gear 360(2017) camera is waterproof. They will find the answer in this article.
Is Samsung Gear 360(2017) camera waterproof?
According to the specs listed on Samsung official website, the water&Dust proof level of Samsung Gear 360(2017) is IP53(Dust and Splash-proof). When you read the words splash proof, you know you can’t bring it into water obviously. However, what does IP53 specifically stand for? We will know it after learning the rules of Ingress Protection(IP) Rating. “IP” in IP53 stands for Ingress Protection. “5” in IP53 stands for the dustproof level. “3” is the number representing the waterproof level.
First Digit: Solids
The first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts (e.g., electrical conductors, moving parts) and the ingress of solid foreign objects.
Second Digit: Liquids
Protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against harmful ingress of water.
Now, we can decode IP53 on the basis of these two forms above. IP53 stands for that the enclosure of Samsung Gear 360 protects it from limit dust ingress and from water spray less than 60 degrees from vertical. Therefore, if you want to use it underwater, a waterproof case or a waterproof housing is needed absolutely. However, I can’t find a suitable waterproof case for this new Gear 360 at present. If you find it, please comment below and share with us. No matter you have a waterproof case or not, take good care of it and don’t let it damaged by water. Although Samsung Gear 360(2017) isn’t waterproof enough for bringing under water. It is still worth to buy. Read this article to know more about Samsung Gear 360(2017). Samsung Gear 360 2017 vs Samsung Gear 360 2016: What are they and what’s difference
Waterproof 360 Cameras recommended – Underwater 360 Cameras
Veteran camera maker Nikon is gearing up to release its first range of action cameras, one of them being the waterproof Keymission 360. The Keymission is a 4K 360 camera that can shoot UHD spherical video and stills, it features 2 lenses and has no blind spots. The camera is waterproof up to 30 meters without the need for any external housing, making the Nikon Keymission 360 the first truly waterproof full 360 cameras. This is certainly the best 360 camera on this list, but also the most expensive.
A second generation 360 camera with 4K resolution and constructed with durable materials. Targeted at the action cam market, the 360fly 4K boasts an impressive array of features; waterproof up to 30 feet, dustproof, inbuilt GPS, advanced editing app, this is one of the big boys of the 360 camera crowd. The cameras field of view is limited to 360 x 270 degrees due to having only a single lens, never the less the quality of the 360 video it produces is one of the best available in this category.