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.

Bestseller No. 1
Insta360 ONE X2 360 Degree Waterproof Action Camera, 5.7K 360, Stabilization, Touch Screen, AI Editing, Live Streaming, Webcam, Voice Control
896 Reviews
Insta360 ONE X2 360 Degree Waterproof Action Camera, 5.7K 360, Stabilization, Touch Screen, AI Editing, Live Streaming, Webcam, Voice Control
  • The Pocket Camera Crew: With just one device, shoot first in every direction...
  • FlowState Stabilization: Better-than-ever stabilization and horizon leveling...
  • Invisible Selfie Stick: Shoot with the Invisible Selfie Stick and then watch it...
  • IPX8 Waterproof: Insta360 ONE X2 is waterproof to 10 meters (33ft). Take it out...
  • In the Box: 1x Insta360 ONE X2, 1x Charge Cable, 1x Battery, 1x Protective Pouch...
Bestseller No. 2
GoPro MAX — Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization
55 Reviews
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. 3
Ricoh Theta SC2 White 360° Camera 4K Video, White
  • 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...
Bestseller No. 4
Insta360 GO 2 – Small Action Camera, Weighs 1 oz, Waterproof, Stabilization, POV Capture, 1/2.3' Sensor, with Charge Case and Wearable Camera Accessories for Travel, Sports, Vlog
330 Reviews
Insta360 GO 2 – Small Action Camera, Weighs 1 oz, Waterproof, Stabilization, POV Capture, 1/2.3" Sensor, with Charge Case and Wearable Camera Accessories for Travel, Sports, Vlog
  • Tiny and Mighty: Thumb-sized action camera that weighs just 1 oz. Uses a...
  • Mount Anywhere: Wearable camera design. Mount GO 2 anywhere with its magnetic...
  • FlowState Stabilization: Image stabilization and horizon leveling algorithms...
  • Multi-Use Charge Case: Comes with a pocket-sized case that’s also a charger,...
  • In the Box: 1x Insta360 GO 2, 1x Charge Case, 1x Lens Guard (pre-installed), 1x...
Bestseller No. 5
RICOH THETA Z1 51GB Black 360° camera, two 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensors, increased 51GB internal memory, 23MP images, 4K video with image stabilization, HDR, High-speed wireless transfer
24 Reviews
RICOH THETA Z1 51GB Black 360° camera, two 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensors, increased 51GB internal memory, 23MP images, 4K video with image stabilization, HDR, High-speed wireless transfer
  • With approximately 2.7 times larger capacity than the previous model. 51gb of...
  • Two 1" type back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a newly developed lens unit...
  • Natural 360° images can be captured at 23MP resolution (approximately, 6720 x...
  • Enhanced HDR image processing easily captures varying brightness levels such as...
  • Impressive 4k 360° video capture with smooth image stabilization and immersive...
Bestseller No. 6
GoPro MAX — Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization
773 Reviews
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. 7
GoPro Camera Fusion - 360 Waterproof Digital VR Camera with Spherical 5.2K HD Video 18MP Photos
845 Reviews
GoPro Camera Fusion - 360 Waterproof Digital VR Camera with Spherical 5.2K HD Video 18MP Photos
  • Spherical video + photos capture incredible 5.2K videos and 18MP photos of...
  • Over capture : Turn 5.2K spherical videos into traditional 1080P videos from any...
  • Transform spherical photos into traditional shots crop 18MP spherical photos any...
  • Create + share on your phone preview and play back shots, edit videos and share...
  • Immersive 360 experiences play back spherical footage in VR to bring everyone...
Bestseller No. 8
360 AC1C Indoor Security Camera, 2K Home Camera with [Advanced AI Algorithms], Human and Motion Detection, Light Color Night Vision, Activity Zones, Cloud and Local Storage,5G Not Compatible
4,891 Reviews
360 AC1C Indoor Security Camera, 2K Home Camera with [Advanced AI Algorithms], Human and Motion Detection, Light Color Night Vision, Activity Zones, Cloud and Local Storage,5G Not Compatible
  • Advanced AI Algorithms with 2K Resolution: 360 AC1C has AI processing power, so...
  • Alerts you when something happens: 360 AC1C looks for motion and listens for...
  • Low Light and True Color Night Vision: In low light environment, 360 AC1C allows...
  • 130° Supersight Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on what matters with 130° diagonal...
  • 2-Way Audio: Listen and speak with anyone in range of your 360 AC1C with clear,...
Bestseller No. 9
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)
64 Reviews
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...
31%Bestseller No. 10
Video Conference Camera - Conference Camera with Microphone,360° Conference Camera,AI-Powered Camera 4k with Microphone,15 ft Voice Pickup,USB Plug and Play,Conference Webcam for Zoom Skype Hangout
111 Reviews
Video Conference Camera - Conference Camera with Microphone,360° Conference Camera,AI-Powered Camera 4k with Microphone,15 ft Voice Pickup,USB Plug and Play,Conference Webcam for Zoom Skype Hangout
  • 【All-in-One Design】 All-in-one smart video conferencing camera combines...
  • 【Smart AI-Powered 4K Camera】 The COOLPO video conference camera supports...
  • 【Full View & Split Screen】 Self-controlled video pan and zoom of conference...
  • 【Plug and Play】 No need to install any driver, just plug the COOLPO video...
  • 【Versatile Compatibility】 COOLPO video conference camera supports Windows...

Best 360 degrees Cameras under $200

Samsung Gear 360

40%
Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (US Version with Warranty)
913 Reviews
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)
902 Reviews
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
182 Reviews
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

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

Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera
605 Reviews
Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera
  • Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps at 3840 x 1920 pixels or...
  • Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills and 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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