How To Choose The Right 360 Camera For You

Time to let go of the past: No more 3:2 or 16:9 formats for you. 360 cameras is the new way to go, giving you a whole new hyper real vision of the world.

360 cameras are a fast-growing technology, and providers are developing increasingly advanced models with more exciting features every month.

So, how do you choose a 360 camera?

Know Your Needs

Are you a professional who requires top video quality, flawless stabilization and a full portfolio of VR video features? Or are you a beginner who wants just a taste of 3D? Will you be using the camera just for fun, or will you be using the photos for your professional website? These factors are instrumental in determining what you should be aiming for.

How Much Should You Spend?

360 cameras have an extremely wide price range, between around $100 to tens of thousands of dollars. After deciding what your needs are, you’ll need to evaluate the value for money of each model, and make sure you’re getting the features you need for a reasonable cost.

Resolution is King

For VR video, 4K is the gold standard. Some provide more, and some provide less. 4K may sound like an overkill, but in a 360 image, it’s now considered basic.

Get What You Can Use

If you’re a professional, you’ll need all the high end features to be easily available. If you’re an amateur, what you don’t need is a camera so sophisticated that you can’t even switch it on. There is a wide variety of user interface levels, so make sure you try out the camera in the shop before you buy one.

Size is Important

Sure, VR video resolution, battery, waterproof and all are exciting. This may sound beside the point, but the camera’s weight and size are critical for its portability and usability. In many cases you’ll be carrying the camera along with a lot of other equipment over long distances, or hand-holding it for long periods, so the camera should be as light and compact as possible. Of course, this should be balanced with other features.

Below you can find a summary of a few leading models. See which one’s a match for your needs, and research it further.

GarminHigh end product for professionals, high price with plenty of features and high quality to justify39.0 x 59.3 x 69.8 mm
160 gr
Dual Lens – 5.7K
Still Capturing: up to 15 MP (stitched-in-camera)
Video Recording: up to 5.7K/30fps with desktop stitching; 4K/30fps auto-stitched in the camera
Video, Photo, Burst Shots, Time Lapse and Travelapse, Single lens mode, Exposure bracketingUHS-I, Class U3 or higher microSD card (card not included), up to 128 GBOver 1 hour of consistent recording, rechargeable lithium-Ion batteryAndroid/iOSWaterproof (10 M), 360 audio (4 microphones), G-Metrix data overlays in 360-degree augmented reality (with app), free desktop software, livestream (only with compatible Apple devices), GPS, GLONASS, barometer, accelerometer and more, voice control, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Tripod included$800
GoPro FusionIts high price and advanced settings might be more suitable for Semi-professionals and above, but it’s a high-end product well worth it8.9 x 7.6 x 2.54 cm
226 gr
Dual Lens – 5K
Still Capturing: 18MP/30fps
Video Recording: 5.2K30 / 3K60
Video, Photo, Time Lapse recording, Protune (lets you manually control color, white balance, shutter speed and more), Night modeDual microSD card (Comes with two 32GB SD Cards)Up to 100 minutes of 5K recording, included, removableAndroid/iOSWaterproof (5m), voice control, overcapture (lets you frame and punch out shots from your 360 footage to create traditional videos), 360 audio (4-mic processing), Wi-Fi+Bluetooth, GPS (captures location of shots)$700
Insta360 OneSimple to use for a low price, best for amateurs96 x 35.34 x 26.5 mm
83 gr
Dual Lens – 4K
Still Capturing: 24 MP (6912*3456)
Video Recording: 3840×1920/30fps, 2560×1280/60fps, 2048×512/120fps(bullet time)
Video, Photo, Bullet Time (240 FPS – achieved algorithmically with the companion app), Hyper Lapse, Auto and Manual modesSupports UHS-I, exFAT(FAT64) format; max storage capacity is 128 GBUp to 70 minutes of recording on its own (can be connected to a phone), non-removableAndroid/iOSWater resistant, cinematic editing (app), smart-track (app), automatically erases selfie stick, live broadcast$220
Insta360 ProBy far one of the largest cameras on the list, and a price tag that reflects its unique and advanced features. Best for Professionalsφ143mm
Six 200° lenses – 8K, 360 3D
360 Still Capturing: Maximum at 7680×3840 (8K) (real-time stitching OR post-processing stitching)
3D photos: Maximum at 7680×3840 (8K) (real-time stitching OR post-processing stitching)
360 Video Recording: Maximum at 3840×1920@30fps (4K) (real-time stitching/live-streaming)
Maximum at 7680×3840@30fps (8K) (post-processing stitching)
3D Video: Maximum at 3840×3840@24fps (4K) (real-time stitching/live-streaming)
Maximum at 6400×6400@30fps (6K) (post-processing stitching)
Video, Photo, 3D Video, 3D Photo, Time Lapse, Manual Exposure, Curve AdjustmentSD card or USB 3.0 High-Speed driver5100 mAh removable battery, with 75 min of enduranceAndroid/iOS
Wi-Fi, Built-in mic x 4, live streaming (Up to 3840×3840 (4K) at 24fps H264 video coding and 3840×1920 (4K) at 30fps
H265/H264 video coding)
Insta360 Pro2The new Pro2 camera has only just been announced, but looks very promising, expanding on the already impressive Pro camera features. For professionalsφ143mm
6 Fisheye Lenses – 8K 3D VR
Still Capturing: 120Mbps-per-lens Bitrate.
Real-time Stitching
7680 x 7680(3D)
7680 x 3840(2D)
Post-Processing Stitching
7680 x 7680 (3D)
7680 x 3840 (2D)
12000 x 12000 12K Super High-Res
(Multi-Photo Composite) (2D/3D)
Video Recording: 7680 x 3840 @30 fps HDR (8K 2D)
7680 x 7680 @30 fps (8K 3D)
7680 x 3840 @60 fps (8K 2D)
6400 x 6400 @60 fps (6K 2D/3D)
3840 x 3840 @120 fps (4K 2D/3D Binning)
Real-time Stitching:
3840 x 3840 @30 fps (3D)
3840 x 1920@30fps(2D)
Video, Photo, Single shot, Burst (10 continuous shots), Timelapse,
AEB (Auto Exposure Bracket, optional 3, 5, 7, and 9 photos for in-camera HDR photos), Auto, Manual, Lens-by-Lens Custom, Shutter Priority (photo only), ISO Priority (photo only)
6 x MicroSD cards + 1 x Full SD card5000mAh removable batteryAndroid/iOS
Spherical Audio, live streaming, Full Integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, In-Camera HDRAround $5,000 (can be pre-orderedon insta360 site)
Kodak Pixpro SP360Good for experimenting and beginners, but nothing more. The 4K version of this camera might have a better image quality, but also costs almost 4 times more, with still only one lens128gOne 360° Spherical Curved Lens – Full HD
Still Capturing: 10MP Pictures with 10 FPS Burst Shooting
Video Recording: 1080p Full HD at 30fps
Video, Photo, Loop, Time Lapse, Burst Shots, and moremicroSD card, up to 32GB, not included55 minutes, Rechargeable Li-ion batteryAndroid/iOSShockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, Water Resistant, Wi-Fi/NFC Connectivity$80 – 130
LG 360 CamSimple and affordable, great for beginners. Discontinued product, but can still be found in certain retailersHeight 9.6
Width 4 x
Depth 2.5 cm
75 gr
Dual Lens – 2K
Still Capturing: 13/16 MP
Video Recording: 2K 2560 x 1,280
Video, Photo, 360, 180, Manual ModeInternal Storage, 4 GB flash, microSD card slot,
Can’t be activated without external memory inserted
Not specifiedAndroid/iOSCompatible with Google Street View and YouTube, 5.1-channel surround-sound recording (3 microphones), Wi-Fi & Bluetooth$200 on official site, $160 on Amazon
Nikon KeyMission 360Incredibly easy use and compact but quite pricy. Good for amateurs61 x 66 x 60 mm
Dual Lens – 4K Ultra HD
Still Capturing: 23.9MP
Video Recording: 2160/24p
Video, Photo, Time Lapse, Slow-MotionmicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cardOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12,
230 shots (CIPA), approx. 1 hour 10 minutes
Android/iOSWaterproof (30 M), shockproof, freezeproof, real-time wireless sharing, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth$500
Orah 4iPremium product for professional8 x 7 x 6.5 cm 0.5 kg (the camera alone, the stitching box is separate, can be placed as far as 100m)4 Fisheye Lenses – 4K
Still Capturing: 4096*2048 px (4K) @30fps Real Time Stitching (for each eye)
Video Recording: From 5 to 50 Mbps
Video, Photo120GBM.2 SSD internal storageBattery not included, suitable for 19.5 V battery packAndroid/iOSLive streaming, Four high dynamic-range microphones for ambisonic 3D sound, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB 2.0, USB 3.0$3,600
Ricoh THETA VIts mid-range price tag makes it more suitable for semi-professionals, but its small size and simple interface make it accessible to beginners as well45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9 mm
Weight – Approx. 121 g
Dual Lens – 1080p, 4K
Still Capturing: 14mp
Video Recording: 4K (3840×1920/56Mbps), 30fps
Video, Photo, Time lapse (minimum 4 seconds intervals), Auto, shutter priority, ISO priority, manualInternal 19GB storage, non-expandableUp to 80 minutes of 4K recordingAndroid/iOS360 spatial audio with a 4-channel microphone, external 3D microphone (optional), underwater housing (optional), 4K live streaming, Bluetooth & wireless LAN, can function as a remote when displaying 360 on monitorsAround $400
RyloIts reliance on the phone app to shoot and its small size aim at amateurs, but the rather high price places it a little out of reach for most beginners72.5 x 37.0 x 42.7mm
108 grams
Dual Lens – 4K
Still Capturing: 6k panorama photos
Video Recording: 4K 360° or 180° video recording @ 30 FPS
Video, Photo, Tiny Planet, FrontBack (picture-in-picture), Panorama, Time Lapse16 GB microSD card included, Expandable up to 128 GB60 minutes continuous recording, Removable and Rechargeable Li-Ion batteryAndroid/iOScinematic editing (app), follow object in video (app), Bluetooth$500
Samsung Gear 360 (2017)Low price, compact size and simple user experience make it best for beginners and amateurs100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1mm
130 gr
Dual Lens – 4K, 2.7K
Still Capturing: 360˚ Dual Lens: up to 15MP (5472 x 2736)
Single Lens: up to 3MP (2304 x 1296)
Format: JPEG
Video Recording:
360˚ Dual Lens: up to 4096 x 2048 (24fps)
Single Lens: up to 1920 x 1080 (60fps)
Codec: MP4 (H.265)
Video, Photo, Time lapse, Video looping, Landscape HDRMicro SC card slot (up to 256 GB) (sold separately)Up to 130-minute (when recording 2560×1280/30fps), non-removableAndroid/iOS (works only with Samsung devices and has limited functions with iOS)
Quality video, good user experience, live broadcast, different view options (360, stretched, round, dual, panoramic), splash proofBetween $170 – 235 (can be found used or refurbished for around $90 on Amazon)
Vuze CameraCompact, durable and easy to use, this is a great professional camera. The added VR editing software and the unique immersive stereoscopic quality sweeten the deal12x12x3 cm
8 Full HD Lenses – 4K 3D
Still Capturing: stereoscopic 3D, 15 MB/sec or 10 MB/sec (configurable by app)
Video Recording: 4K (per eye) 30 fps
Stereoscopic 3D 360° videos and photosReplaceable microSD cardAbout 2 hours recording, Rechargeable battery,
or use with external
power source
Android/iOSSupplies VR Studio software, 4 MEMS 48kHz
microphones, Wi-Fi, USB 2, dustproof, splash-proof
Around $1000
Vuze XRThe new Vuze XR camera will hit the racks in the coming months, promising to revolutionize the 360 camera market with unique new features at a reasonable price for both professionals and even those only beginning to dip their toes in the VR fieldTBADual Lens – 5.7K
Still Capturing: TBA
Video Recording: high-resolution, 5.7K video
Video, Photo, 360° (2D) or stereoscopic VR180 (3D)TBATBATBATBAAround $400
YI 360 VR CameraThe price tag might be a bit high for beginners, but it offers good value for money and has more versatile settings for advanced photographers10 x 5.3 x 3 cm
170 gr
Dual Lens – 1080p, 4K, 2.7K, 5.7K
Still Capturing: 5760×2880 (16MP)
Video Capturing: 5.7K(5760×2880)/30fps
Video, Photo, Stretched view, Little Planet view, Round view, Dual VR view, Panoramic view, wide variety of settings optionsDoes not ship with microSD cards, requires Class U3 or higher microSD cardUp to 60 minutes of 4K/30fps recordingAndroid/iOS4K live streaming, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, supports Google Street View, in-camera stitching and PC app stitching, 360-degree omnidirectional microphone$400
360FLYConsidering that it features a single 360 camera and not two, limited audio and video quality, its price tag is a bit steep for the value. It’s easy to use and compact, best suited for amateurs and starters6.1 sphere x 4.6 x 1.2 cm
172 gr
One wide-angle 360º Lens – 4K
Still Capturing: 2880 x 2880
Video Recording: 50 Mbps
Video, Photo64 GB1.5 Hours of Recording
and 14 Hours of Standby, Built-in Li-polymer Battery [1780mAh]
Android/iOSWater resistant, dust-proof, shockproof, Stitch-free video, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Stereo ACC 48KHz 96Kbps, Built-in Dual Omnidirectional$500 on official website, around $300 on other sites