360-Degree Cameras: The Best Entry-level, Amateur & Pro Cameras
With a 360-degree camera, a photograph is not just a simple photograph, it’s atmosphere and mood, in which you can be immersed with the help of VR headsets.
By only touching a button, your 360-degree camera took a full panoramic photograph of a place.
We’ve gathered a list of the best 360-degree cameras for any type of user. Let’s look at each option and see for ourselves what they can do.
- Samsung Gear 360 (Entry-Level Camera)
Samsung presents their latest generation 360-degree camera in an ergonomic design that can be used on its own or with some media devices. The Gear 360 is affordable, being available at only $200, with its predecessor going down to $120.
- Ricoh Theta V (Entry-Level Camera)
Looking at what it offers, we’d buy this device for being so versatile. It looks like a remote and it can also function like one – but we’ll tell you more on that after we’ve mentioned its photographing and recording capabilities.
Ricoh Theta V takes 360-degree photos that have a resolution of 5376 x 2688 PX. It can record in 4K up to 3840 x 1920 pixels and it can also compress it with h264/ h265.
You can also do live streaming in 360-degree and 4K with a USB connection, offering a steady 29.97 FPS.
The remote-control ability shows us that the Theta V can stream to your TV images by pointing the sensor on the TV and controlling a cursor on the screen.
- Insta360 One (Amateur Camera)
You can get this camera on your iPhone and wait a little bit for the Android version which is currently being worked on.
The Insta360 One can take 360-degree photographs and videos. It can also stream, but the most impressive feature is the ‘bullet time shot’ that will take a video in which the camera appears to be flying around the one that records it, appearing as if time stood still.
Users can do that by activating slow-motion for video recording and rotating the camera with a selfie stick or a rope – the device will be digitally removed from the video, appearing as if the user is only holding up a hand.
- Kodak PixPro Orbit360 (Amateur Camera)
When you say Kodak, you know we’re talking about the camera giant. They too have a 360-degree camera, that has two different lenses to allow users to take wide-angle photos, panoramas or wide-angle films. It is recommended to athletes or users of action cams.
It can take photographs up to 7360 x 3680 pixels and create videos in 3840 x 1920 at 24 frames per second.
- Vuze (Pro Camera)
This 360-degree camera also has 3D capabilities, having two cameras on each direction, meaning it has a total of 8 cameras! This comes at a high price: $800, making it a device that not everyone can afford to get just for the fun of it.
- Panono (Pro Camera)
Panono is a professional 360-degree camera that uses a total of 36 image sensors. It cannot take videos, but it takes extremely rich pictures with its 108 MP capability, offering a huge resolution. It is compatible with Android and iOS and it can upload the image to the cloud, having a panoramic image calculated from 36 individual shots. To get one, you’ll have to pay over $2000!
- Insta360 Pro (Pro Camera)
The most expensive camera on the market – $3499, Insta360 Pro takes 3D 360-degree photographs. It also has live streaming capability and you can also do editing through PC and MAC. It can take pictures at 7680 x 3840 pixels resolution with different effects: stereoscopically, non-stereoscopically or 3D effect. Classic videos come at a maximum of 7680 x 3840 at 30 FPS and in real time gets to 3840 x 1920 pixels, at 30 fps.
We all know that the best cameras are the most expensive, when it comes to 360-degree photographs, videos and live streaming. There are basic cameras that are great for consumer use and professional cameras that will probably be great for filming events, short movies and other such contents for their business, rather than as a hobby.