360-degree cameras are equipped with single or multiple lenses, which can capture images and videos that are stitched together, creating a panoramic view. With the help of technology innovation, a single lens camera is now capable of shooting a wider range of view, that can par with multiple lens cameras.
The criteria that you should look for in a 360-camera are better image/video quality, can capture high-resolution images, the total number of microphones that the camera has, key positions of the microphones, headphone jack and wireless connectivity feature.
There’s a 360-camera on the market today, that is purposely built for professionals. You can buy it at a whopping $60,000 price. Yes, it’s Nokia’s very own OZO 360. If you don’t have the luxury to get one, you can try one of these 360 cameras.
1. LG 360 CAM
- Expandable memory with a microSD card
- Portable and easy to use
- Comes with a protective lens and hard case
- Smart app integrated, with real-time preview
- Light indicators are hard to see on a sunny day
- Easy to be accidentally damaged by the user
The gizmo is capable of shooting 2K resolution videos with its 13MP camera sensors, and it has a range of 360 degrees field of view. You can get this camera working together with an LG G5 smartphone, for real-time preview. Storage is not an issue here, because it has an expandable storage, which provides additional consideration to the camera. It is compact and easy to use. It’s a win-win camera for consumers that already have an LG G5 smartphone.
- Can manually tune ISO, noise comprehension, exposure comprehension, white balance and shutter speed
- Portable and easy to use
- HD live streaming feature
- Comes with a protective storage and sleeves for travel
- Smartphone app integrated
- HDR and built-in modes for photography support
- Needs more apps to run other functionalities
- Damage prone
- Doesn’t have expandable storage
- The battery is not removable
With its 14MP spherical camera, it can shoot 1080p videos and high-quality images. Also, you can see live feeds from the camera, if you will connect a USB cable to another device. The smartphone application gives you an intuitive control over the device. Also, it can allow the transfer of the camera’s content directly to a smartphone.
3. 360 FLY
- Doesn’t need to stitch the captured video
- Stunning design
- Suitable for outdoor activities and recording sport events
- Complemented with a companion app that will allow video editing, preview, and playback
- Can edit, then upload to social media sites from the device itself
- Has underwater capabilities
- Built-in stabilization
- Long battery life
- Comes with a GoPro adapter mount
- The camera’s blind spot is at the bottom, due to its 240-degree captured view that is optimized vertically
- Can be available in specific stores
- The camera has poor performance in a low light environment
This 4k camera can shoot a crisp 360-degree video footage that is in 2880 X 2880 resolution. It has single 240-degree fisheye lens, that doesn’t need footage stitching. The camera further scores itself with a 64GB built-in storage, GPS antenna, accelerometer and a built-in gyroscope. It also has a wireless connectivity feature, for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 360fly can literally fly, with its additional features, such as application integration and durable reinforced shockproof body.
- Capable of shooting 360 X 235 degrees, without stitching
- Can be shared with other camera models, to record spherical videos
- Free stitching software ideal for dual mount
- Capable of capturing slow-motion videos
- Has motion detection feature
- Durable and has variety of mounts
- Desktop software needs improvement
- The dual rig 360 still images needs commercial stitching software
- Stitching needs improvements
- Waterproof casing is useless to a combined camera
This camera has a splash-proof build that can capture Ultra High Definition videos, at 30 frames per second. The camera is very durable, it can endure extreme temperatures and accidental drops. You will also be given the option to pair it with two PIXPRO SP360 cameras, for a more sophisticated spherical video footage. The package includes a mobile application integration and stitching software.
- With an S6 and S7, you can publish, edit captured images, and videos without an internet connection
- No seam artifacts
- Compatible only with Samsung flagship phones
- Unconcealed poor stitching
The Samsung Gear 360 was launched together with Samsung’s S7. The camera can capture HD images and videos, with its dual 15MP sensors that have fisheye lenses. Storage will never be an issue here, because it has an expandable memory, NFC and wireless connectivity features (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi). Gear 360 is a splash and dust-proof camera, and it needs a Samsung smartphone flagship to make it work. This last thing might make some people less happy.
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