Guide

360° Camera: Which to Buy

The camera market is constantly evolving, in recent years we have witnessed the boom of action cams, but also the return of instant cameras.

One area that is developing a lot is that of 360-degree cameras, since they manage to take the whole scene around us, creating a very beautiful effect. In this article, we will see which room 360 degrees to buy from those available on the market.

The most important element of a 360 degree camera is obviously the resolution. The megapixels are used to cover all the spherical photos, which obviously loses detail. Another important thing is the application that manages the camera, since the stitch, that is the union of the two photos at 180 degrees to create the 360 degree shot, takes place via software.

Best 360 degrees Cameras

Before individually analyzing the best 360-degree cameras, let’s see the best sellers on Amazon.

12%Bestseller No. 1
Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera
  • Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps @ 3840 x 1920 pixels or...
  • Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills & video with improvements to the image...
  • Theta has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio...
  • The world’s-first Remote Playback capable fully spherical camera allows users...
  • Wireless LAN transfer speed (WLAN, MAX): 2.4GHz, 3mm: 20Mbps; 2.4GHz, 10mm:...
Bestseller No. 2
Insta360 ONE X Action Camera 360 Degree 5.7K 18MP Stabilization Real Time WiFi Transfer Sports Video Construction Documentation
  • LEADING IMAGE QUALITY --- Shoot stunning 5.7K video or 18MP photo.
  • IMPOSSIBLE STABILIZATION --- FlowState keeps shots steady, be it while jumping...
  • CONTROL TIME & PERSPECTIVE --- Reframe your shots after the fact. Then control...
  • EDIT ON THE FLY --- The Insta360 ONE X APP is an editing room in your pocket.
  • ABOUT THIS ITEM --- Compatible with StructionSite, OpenSpace, Holobuilder,...
8%Bestseller No. 3
Ricoh Theta SC2 WHITE 360°Camera 4K Video with Image Stabilization High Image Quality High-Speed Data Transfer Beautiful Night View Shooting with Low Noise Thin & Lightweight For iPhone, Android
  • Capture your life in 360: Easily take immersive images and enjoy high...
  • High image quality: Records natural 360° still images and videos with high...
  • 4K Movie: High-quality 4K 360-degree videos using the latest image stabilization...
  • Night View Mode: The new preset mode allows you to shoot beautiful night scenes...
  • Dual lens exposure: This new preset mode independently controls the AE and AWB...
10%Bestseller No. 4
GoPro MAX — Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization
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GoPro MAX — Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization
  • Three Cameras in One: Maximize your creative freedom. With MAX you can shoot...
  • Max HyperSmooth: MAX gives you unbreakable stabilization by using 180-degree...
  • Live Streaming in 1080p: Shoot in HERO mode and share while you’re there. Live...
  • Horizon Leveling: In HERO mode, game-changing horizon leveling gives you that...
  • PowerPano: Pano without the pan. Take incredible 270-degree distortion-free...
Bestseller No. 5
KODAK PIXPRO ORBIT360 4K 360° VR Camera Adventure Pack
  • 360 Degree VR camera with two fixed focus lenses housed in a futuristic body
  • Each curved lens is designed to work in tandem to capture full 360 Degree 4K...
  • Dual 20MP CMOS sensors
  • Three multi-view angles of 360 Degree Spherical VR Mode and 197 Degree 4K Ultra...
  • Facebook and YouTube 360 Degree photos & videos
Bestseller No. 6
Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition (360 Camera + 4K Wide Angle) + SanDisk 64GB SD Card + Monopod + Chest Strap + Head Strap + Bike Mount - Top Accessory Bundle
  • COMPLETE KIT- Includes the Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition + 64GB SD Card + Monopod...
  • TWO WAYS TO SHOOT - ONE R Twin Edition transforms on the fly from a 360 cam to a...
  • THE SMOOTHEST. NOW SMOOTHER - FlowState achieves gimbal-like stabilization...
  • FOLLOW CAM. ON DEMAND - Select your subject with a tap or a voice command when...
  • SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE - Photo4Less Is a Insta360 AUTHORIZED DEALER, so you can...
Bestseller No. 8
Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition - Super 5.7K Dual-Lens 360 Camera + 4K Wide Angle 60FPS with Invisible Selfie Stick and 128GB Memory Card Bundle (3 Items)
  • 5.7K + 4K WIDE: The Insta360 ONE R is the first modular action camera featuring...
  • PREMIUM AUDIO: The ONE R is truly vlog-ready, featuring a 3-mic stereo...
  • POWERFUL DOWNLOAD FREE EDITING: With 360° preview & playback, the Insta360 ONE...
  • IPX8 WATERPROOF: When fully assembled in the mounting bracket, the Insta360 ONE...
  • IN THE BOX: x1 - Insta360 ONE R Core, x1 Dual-Lens 360 Mod, x1 4K Wide Angle...
Bestseller No. 10
360Fly 4K VR Capable Action Video Camera Professional Camcorder, Black (360Fly 4K)
  • The 360fly 4K video camera delivers everything you need to capture your entire...
  • Powerful 16-megapixel image sensor. Provides 4K video resolution 2880 x 2880...
  • Provides professional video features. Includes time-lapse and front-facing modes...
  • Eight glass element ultra-fisheye lens. Allows to capture your life in...
  • Gyroscope, non-assisted GPS and Live Stream via mobile app

Best 360 degrees Cameras under $200

Samsung Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
  • A lightweight, Compact 360-degree Camera
  • Take full 360-degree videos, or use the wide-angle lens for a 180-degree shot
  • Dust and water-resistant

Although it has been a few years since its release, this Gear 360 remains very valid for taking 360-degree pictures, especially at the current price. The two CMOS sensors are 15 megapixels and the two combined photos have a total resolution of 7,776 x 3,888 pixels, which makes them quite defined. Videos can be shot in 4K, even these are good, especially if you count the price.

The stitch is made by the application, unfortunately compatible only with the higher-end Samsung Smartphone, and it is good, but not at the level of the newer rooms. Surely this Gear 360 is great for those who want to spend little and make good 360° photos.

Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)

Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition) Real 360° 4K VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
  • Tell the whole story with the 360° camera that captures every angle in 4K...
  • Capture life as it happens in stunning 4K video and 15MP photos thanks to dual...
  • Gear 360 is easy to hold and take with you, and has an IP53 water-resistant...
  • Preview and edit your videos with an easy-to-use app, or share them straight to...
  • Upload your photos or videos to Samsung VR to experience your moments in virtual...

As you can also see from the name, this Gear 360 2017 is the evolution of the one seen previously, improved in some respects. The design changes, no longer just a sphere with the two cameras, but a sort of ” handle ” is also added under the ” head “, which has in any case become smaller, which contains the two chambers.

In reality, if you go to see the megapixel of the rooms, you realize that they have dropped compared to the previous version, before the spherical photos had a total resolution of 30 megapixels, while now only 15 megapixels. Which does not mean that it makes bad photos, but since it came out even at a lower price than the previous one, the shots are qualitatively slightly lower?

In videos, on the other hand, the resolution has risen to 4,096 x 2,048 pixels, thus 4K. The rendering of the videos is very good, especially if you count that they are at 360 degrees. The photo and video stitch made by the application, compatible with average and high-end Samsung and also with the iPhone from 6S (included) onwards, is definitely better than the previous model, the line of conjunction of the two photos is almost imperceptible.


Best room 360 degrees over $200

Nikon KeyMission 360

Nikon KeyMission 360
  • Shoot 4K UHD video and stills in spherical 360 degree field of view
  • SnapBridge 360/170 support with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth built-in
  • Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof without use of external housing

Going up in price, and not a little, we obviously find much more powerful rooms, one of these is the Nikon KeyMission 360, maybe not the most beautiful in design, but certainly one of the best in terms of value for money.

This Nikon can be defined as a 360 degree action camera, it is waterproof up to 30 meters deep, without the need for any case. The shape is not the most comfortable, there is no handle, but there are still accessories and even the standard screw fitting.

Speaking of quality, this KeyMission defends itself well. The photos are taken at 21 megapixels and the videos in 4K (obviously, both definitions are spread over the whole sphere). The absolute resolution is good, even if the details are not the best. The stitch between the two photos, made by the application available for both iOS and Android, has some imperfections, but overall also this good. If you want a 360-degree action camera, this Nikon is a practically obligatory choice.

Insta360 One

47%
Insta360 ONE 360 Degree Panoramic Sports Action Video Camera FlowState Stabilization 4K 24 MP Photos Black
  • 360 Degree Capture — The ONE shoots in every direction at once, capturing life...
  • FlowState Stabilization — Best in class stabilization ensures pro-level...
  • Shoot First Point Later — Create a stunning edit with a few taps. Mark off the...
  • Invisible Selfie Stick — Mount the ONE on a selfie stick and watch as it...
  • Three Ways to Shoot — Use the ONE on its own, control it with Bluetooth, or...

The Insta360 One is definitely a good compromise for those who want a great 360-degree room with really small dimensions. The plus point of this product is also the fact that it can be used by connecting it directly to your Smartphone (iPhone only) or even used independently with all smartphones, thanks to the Bluetooth adapter. I recommend you visit the insta360 page for all the accessories.

This Insta360 One also has excellent quality in both photos and videos. The photos are taken at 24 megapixels and have an excellent level of detail, the same goes for the videos, which can be shot in 4K at 30 fps or in 2k at 60 fps. The conjunction between the two photos is very good, there are no obvious imperfections.

The application is available for both iOS and Android (although there are minimum hardware requirements) and has many interesting features, one of which is the elimination of the tripod. If you take a picture with the camera resting on the tripod, the application will understand it and delete it via software so as to give the impression that the camera is suspended in a vacuum.

Ricoh Theta V

12%
Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera
  • Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps @ 3840 x 1920 pixels or...
  • Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills & video with improvements to the image...
  • Theta has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio...
  • The world’s-first Remote Playback capable fully spherical camera allows users...
  • Wireless LAN transfer speed (WLAN, MAX): 2.4GHz, 3mm: 20Mbps; 2.4GHz, 10mm:...

The Ricoh Theta V is probably the best camera 360 currently on the market as video and photo quality. The two 12-megapixel sensors are able to guarantee shots with many details, always counting that the definition is spread on a sphere. The videos are shot in 4K at 30fps, which have a great deal of detail and even the audio is great thanks to the four microphones they record on each side.

This Theta V is also very light and portable, as well as being very simple to use. The stitch of the two images made by the application, available for both iOS and Android, is done very well, without visible imperfections.

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