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.
AUDIENCE SIZE & WEIGHT MAX RESOLUTION SHOOTING OPTIONS MEMORY BATTERY SUPPORTS FEATURES PRICE
Garmin High end product for professionals, high price with plenty of features and high quality to justify 39.0 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 bracketing UHS-I, Class U3 or higher microSD card (card not included), up to 128 GB Over 1 hour of consistent recording, rechargeable lithium-Ion battery Android/iOS Waterproof (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 Fusion Its high price and advanced settings might be more suitable for Semi-professionals and above, but it’s a high-end product well worth it 8.9 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 mode Dual microSD card (Comes with two 32GB SD Cards) Up to 100 minutes of 5K recording, included, removable Android/iOS Waterproof (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 One Simple to use for a low price, best for amateurs 96 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 modes Supports UHS-I, exFAT(FAT64) format; max storage capacity is 128 GB Up to 70 minutes of recording on its own (can be connected to a phone), non-removable Android/iOS Water resistant, cinematic editing (app), smart-track (app), automatically erases selfie stick, live broadcast $220
Insta360 Pro By far one of the largest cameras on the list, and a price tag that reflects its unique and advanced features. Best for Professionals φ143mm
1228g
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 Adjustment SD card or USB 3.0 High-Speed driver 5100 mAh removable battery, with 75 min of endurance Android/iOS
Windows/Mac
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)
$3500
Insta360 Pro2 The new Pro2 camera has only just been announced, but looks very promising, expanding on the already impressive Pro camera features. For professionals φ143mm
~1550g
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 card 5000mAh removable battery Android/iOS
Windows/Mac
Spherical Audio, live streaming, Full Integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, In-Camera HDR Around $5,000 (can be pre-ordered on insta360 site)
Kodak Pixpro SP360 Good 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 lens 128g One 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 more microSD card, up to 32GB, not included 55 minutes, Rechargeable Li-ion battery Android/iOS Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof, Water Resistant, Wi-Fi/NFC Connectivity $80 – 130
LG 360 Cam Simple and affordable, great for beginners. Discontinued product, but can still be found in certain retailers Height 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 Mode Internal Storage, 4 GB flash, microSD card slot,
Can’t be activated without external memory inserted
Not specified Android/iOS Compatible 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 360 Incredibly easy use and compact but quite pricy. Good for amateurs 61 x 66 x 60 mm
198g
Dual Lens – 4K Ultra HD
Still Capturing: 23.9MP
Video Recording: 2160/24p
Video, Photo, Time Lapse, Slow-Motion microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory card One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12,
230 shots (CIPA), approx. 1 hour 10 minutes
Android/iOS Waterproof (30 M), shockproof, freezeproof, real-time wireless sharing, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth $500
Orah 4i Premium product for professional 8 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, Photo 120GBM.2 SSD internal storage Battery not included, suitable for 19.5 V battery pack Android/iOS Live streaming, Four high dynamic-range microphones for ambisonic 3D sound, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 $3,600
Ricoh THETA V Its mid-range price tag makes it more suitable for semi-professionals, but its small size and simple interface make it accessible to beginners as well 45.2 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, manual Internal 19GB storage, non-expandable Up to 80 minutes of 4K recording Android/iOS 360 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 monitors Around $400
Rylo Its 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 beginners 72.5 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 Lapse 16 GB microSD card included, Expandable up to 128 GB 60 minutes continuous recording, Removable and Rechargeable Li-Ion battery Android/iOS cinematic 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 amateurs 100.6 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 HDR Micro SC card slot (up to 256 GB) (sold separately) Up to 130-minute (when recording 2560×1280/30fps), non-removable Android/iOS (works only with Samsung devices and has limited functions with iOS)
PC/Mac
Quality video, good user experience, live broadcast, different view options (360, stretched, round, dual, panoramic), splash proof Between $170 – 235 (can be found used or refurbished for around $90 on Amazon)
Vuze Camera Compact, durable and easy to use, this is a great professional camera. The added VR editing software and the unique immersive stereoscopic quality sweeten the deal 12x12x3 cm
460g
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 photos Replaceable microSD card About 2 hours recording, Rechargeable battery,
or use with external
power source
Android/iOS Supplies VR Studio software, 4 MEMS 48kHz
microphones, Wi-Fi, USB 2, dustproof, splash-proof
Around $1000
Vuze XR The 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 field TBA Dual Lens – 5.7K
Still Capturing: TBA
Video Recording: high-resolution, 5.7K video
Video, Photo, 360° (2D) or stereoscopic VR180 (3D) TBA TBA TBA TBA Around $400
YI 360 VR Camera The price tag might be a bit high for beginners, but it offers good value for money and has more versatile settings for advanced photographers 10 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 options Does not ship with microSD cards, requires Class U3 or higher microSD card Up to 60 minutes of 4K/30fps recording Android/iOS 4K live streaming, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, supports Google Street View, in-camera stitching and PC app stitching, 360-degree omnidirectional microphone $400
360FLY Considering 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 starters 6.1 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, Photo 64 GB 1.5 Hours of Recording
and 14 Hours of Standby, Built-in Li-polymer Battery [1780mAh]
Android/iOS Water 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
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