There are now a whole host of 360 degree cameras that won’t damage your wallet to much should you want to buy one as a beginner and there are even pro cameras now being released for those that want to shoot even higher quality and can afford the extra splurge.
Here I’ve created a list of the best 360 cameras I feel are worth considering currently available out there, starting with the cheapest first:
Updated: 13th December 2017.
The Gear 360 2017’s older brother still one of the best affordable cameras you can buy. It can capture images at a massive 30MP, 7776 x 3888 (that’s almost 8K) via two 15MP sensors with fisheye lenses. Video is 4k, 3840 x 1920, Expandable memory, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity are also among the camera’s key features. The Gear 360 is dust and splashproof. It does require you to have a Samsung smartphone of S6 or newer in order to work.
For the price you can now pick this camera up, its by far the best option for beginners. With the latest firmware update sorting some of the lens glaring and stitching problems this shoots some of the best quality still images of any of the affordable cameras. It’s easy to use and to transfer straight from the camera to phone and onto social media. It is a little on the bulky side though, so it’s not really pocketable if your looking at carrying it everywhere. The battery is replaceable, so you wont need to carry a bulky battery pack if your out all day, just a couple small spare batteries in your pocket. The other thing I like is the lenses are replaceable something no other 360 camera other than the Garmin offers. If you want to shoot video then I wouldn’t suggest this as it has no built in stabilizer, it will need a gimbal.
Check out my hands on review here.
The MADV Mini camera is the size of a watch face and coated with PU paint, leaving a fine, polished finish. The camera also comes with a silicone casing to protect the camera from scratching. It has a diameter of 35.5mm and a height of 25.2mm. The camera weights 23.5g, which takes up practically no room, perfect for people who pack lightly for their expeditions. Images are 5k resolution, video only HD 1920×960. It can also live-stream on YouTube.
If you just fancy shooting in 360 from time to time and aren’t bothered by the quality, you don’t want to have to carry around the weight of a normal camera then this is for you. It’s small enough to keep in your bag all the time. Just attach it to you phone the app will automatically launch and you can just point and shoot.
Xiaomi Mi Sphere & Madventure360, the only difference is aesthetical. The hardware is exactly the same. It has two 190 degree ultra-wide angle fish-eye lense can shoot 23.8 Megapixels, 7K – 6912 x 3456, video at 4k – 3840 x 1920. Supports QC2.0 quick charge. It has IP67 rating for water resistance and can be submersed one meter for up to thirty minutes. Built in 6-axis anti-shake stabilization. Being quite slim means it has very good stitching and you have the choice of in app stitching or not or shoot in Raw DNG.
Price: £200 ($270) They often have flash sales around the £150-160, I managed to get mine at a one off £142 ($190)
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This was a surprise out of the blue camera and with its specs, capabilities and developers support has become my current favourite. Its by far the best camera you can buy for shooting stills, only beaten by pro cameras like the Panono, intsa360 Pro. It has had many improvements since it was first released. It’s not the easiest to use, but with it’s regular firmware updates, the developers have ironed out almost all of its floors and keep adding new features like optical flow stitching, shooting in RAW, in camera stitching, bullettime, freecapture and an upgrade to 4k video. There has been talk of live streaming, but i can’t see that coming anytime soon, maybe 2018.
Samsung’s new 360 camera and it’s actually cheaper than last year’s model was on its release. It has a grippable body, dual fisheye lenses up the 4K shooting resolution to 4096 x 2048. It can also shoot up to 15MP 360 images. The main feature though is it’s capable of livestreaming letting you beam your real time videos on Facebook or YouTube. You do need to have a compatible phone and there are functional limitations when using with iOS devices. You can get this camera at a reduced price when bought with the Galaxy S8.
Price: £208 ($280)
Now compact, easy to slip in your pocket and very easy to use. This is a great all rounder. The only thing missing for me is the ability to lengthen the shutter speeds for long exposures and the photo quality is worse than its predecessor. For Android users, it only works on Samsung phones, while the 2017 camera works with the S6, if you use the S6 to stitch your videos, the resolution will be downgraded to 2K. A S7 or newer is needed to get 4K stitching on the phone. The IOS compatibility is still limited, but this has been improved with updates and i’m sure there’s more to come.
The Xiaomi Mi Sphere re named MadVenture360. It’s not a new camera as such, it’s still the same hardware, it’s just rebranding of the Mi Sphere to help them break into the western hemisphere.
The MadV360 team are the same team that created the Mi Sphere, but they are parting ways with the Xiaomi brand name and will be out on there own and called Madventure 360. Unlike its twin camera, this one will ship with accessories included, the all new invisible selfie stick, plus a GoPro attachment.
Expected Price: £220 ($309)
Turn your Phone into a 360° camera, currently only available for Iphone. 6k photos 6272 x 3136 (20 megapixels) Raw (DNG format) option, 4k video 3840 x 1920, 30fps with log mode option. Phone-based gyro stabilization. Removable Micro SD. Weighs 66 grams, 110 mm x 33mm x 21mm. Live streaming and 360 video calls.
Nano S replaces the older Nano and is designed for beginners, but has features that are attractive to experienced shooters as well. It has manual exposure, shutter priority, and ISO priority (these exposure modes are available even for video), plus raw and log mode. However, the photo and video quality are not as good as Insta360 ONE, so you sacrifice quality for ease of use. You can also use this without your phone and you can get the Insta360 base stand that also has a thread on the bottom so you can attach it to a tripod for $25.99, you can find that here. In my opinion it’s just the live streaming and 360 calling that this can do other cameras can’t, if that’s all you want then go or it, but if you want good quality photo & video then for the price you pay you may as well get an actual 360 camera.
This was one of my most hotly anticipated 360 cameras! It’s got more features you can shake a stick at and it’s a reasonable price. You can shoot in 4k 3840 x 1920 with live streaming, 24 MP 6912×3456 RAW photos and 6 axis stabilization. Also they have thrown in some great new features like freecapture, bullet time and smart track auto framing.
Price £289 ($386)
It took a while but this is now finally available to both IOS & Android users.This is a camera that’s has great all round capabilities, you can live stream to facebook and it even allows you to do it in tiny planet mode, which no other camera currently does. The freecapture for me is the best of all the features allowing you to reframe the footage you’ve already taken.If you want to shoo a lot of videos and live stream, this is a great camera. If you want to shoot stills then the Xiaomi beats it.
The KeyMission 360 is the first in what will be a line of action cams from the company. The camera has two lenses with 20MP sensors that can record footage in 4K with electronic stabilization. All stitching is done in camera, it’s waterproof to 98 feet, shockproof up to 6.6 feet and can be operated in temperatures as cold as -10c, 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Price: £319 ($428)
There are a few flaws, from accidental recordings, an unreliable app and poor stitching on the images. Video quality isn’t great either. For that price I wouldn’t look twice at it. Entry level 360 cameras do a much better job.
Features professional-grade video quality at up to 5.7K/30fps in 360 degrees and 4k livestreaming to facebook or youtube, one of a few that has in-camera stitching. Photos only 5760×2880.
Price: £354.99 ($475)
The cheapest of the cameras capable of shooting 5k, this is actually competing with the likes of GoPro & Garmin for almost half the price. They say it’s pocketable and easy to carry around, though to me it looks bulky compared to a Ricoh Theta. The footage i’ve seen posted from users does indeed look great and if you can’t afford the GoPro this is a great alternative. If your inclined to shoot stills more often then the Xiaomi beats it.
A startup formed by former Apple and Instagram engineers is a palm-size, stabilized fully spherical camera. Capture 4K-resolution 360-degree video and photos and pick, crop, and export a 16:9, 1080p video. without worry about the composition. It comes with a case/short selfie stick, 16gb micro sd card.
Price: £375 ($499)
Only available on IOS for now. Just to look at it seems almost a copy of the insta360 one, but discussing some feedback from users there are a few differences. The build quality is excellent made with an anodised body and led display unlike the plastic insta360 one. The main stand out feature is actually Rylo’s image stabilization by far the best around for the moment, its editing ability and sharing of what you shoot. For example, Rylo’s FrontBack feature can create a picture-in-picture look effect or create a motion timelapse, the software they supply is for now the best available. If you want to shoot in low light then definitely don’t go for this, it’s low light output sucks! I have to say I can’t see the value of their $200 markup over the likes of the Insta360 ONE. UPDATE: they have released a 2017 holiday firmware upgrade and now the low light performance looks much better and you can now edit saturation, highlights, shadows, vibrance & tone.
Kodak have gone for an unusual design with this one with one lens larger than the other. One shooting 235º Dome mode and the second 197º ultra wide mode. This they claim is like having 3 cameras in one. It’s splash proof and can record 4K at 30fps and 120fps at 1280 x 640. They claim it can survive a 2m drop (with a lens cover) and extreme temperatures. They are offering two bundle packs a standard and ultimate. Both come with accessories, the ultimate includes more accessories than the standard. Check the website here.
Price is around the £399.99 ($535)
We’ll wait and see for some reviews to appear, but if that price is correct then i think they’re going to struggle to sell this one. To me the specs aren’t up with the Garmin, nor likely is it going to be worth the extra £ on the Xiaomi.
Now shooting 4k, with image stabilization, spacial audio with 4 on board mics and now in-camera stitching for videos. They have also come up with dedicated waterproof case with hardly any noticeable stitch line which can be used up to a depth of 30 meters and the professional spacial audio microphone add on.
Price £399.99 ($535)
When I saw the sample footage, I could see the same old red dot flare the S gets shooting in sunlight which disappointed me somewhat. The Theta V is undoubtedly an improvement on the Theta S. Now shooting 4k, with image stabilization and now in-camera stitching for videos, but when compares to that of the price of the Insta360 One or Xiaomi I think it’s a little over priced.
16-megapixel image sensor increases resolution to 2880 x 2880 pixels, Internal 64 GB memory and 1.5-hour battery life for capturing and storing up to 3 hours of 360° 4K footage ,Built-in accelerometer, e-compass, gyroscope and non-assisted GPS sensors for geo-tagging.
Price: £479 ($643)
In my opinion this isn’t a true 360 camera as its only one lens therefore unable to capture the nadir. There is NO photo mode, photos have to be taken from video. This would only be good for those that only want to suction cup and attach your camera to a car, bike or something and don’t want to use it for anything else. I wouldn’t consider this if I were you.
After a long wait GoPro finally released the Fusion. It shoots video at 5.2k and lets you use a new feature they call overcapture, essentially allowing you to reframe your already shot footage. This makes sure what you want in frame is always in frame. It’s stabilization is up there with the best, not quite as good as rylo, but im sure it will only improve. GoPro have released a dedicated editing studio plus plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. It comes with an all in one selfie stick that extends into a telescopic monopod and has a neat handle that unfolds into a tripod. Plus you can buy spare batteries, so you won’t have to worry about running out of power.
Competing with the Garmin Virb & Yi360, If you want to shoot video then this amazing piece of kit, for photos then the Xiaomi still beats it.
This one has all the bells and whistles. It’s as rugged, waterproof to 10 meters and capable of withstanding high temperatures and comes with four built-in mics so you get spacial sound too. Shoots 5.7K/30fps unstitched, but the in-camera stitching will only stitch at 4K for now. 4K spherical stabilization ensures a smooth video regardless of camera movement. Built-in sensors provide G-Metrix data overlays in 360 degree augmented reality. They claim you can constantly record for more than an hour on one charge without overheating and of course you can livestream. You can even control it with your voice “OK Garmin, start recording”. It does come at a price though.
Price: £685 ($920)
After seeing the specs and price of the forth coming Yi 360, I can’t justify the Garmins price tag. As much as I’d like one, i wouldn’t be paying that. Saying that though those that have taken the plunge say for 4k videos it’s by far the best 360 camera and gives you so many options on cam and post process. However when shooting the max 5.7k it’s unstitched and you need to have expensive software to stitch it manually yourself. Don’t buy this if you mainly want to shoot stills, apparently its no better if not worse than the Xiaomi.
This one comes in four different colours, black, red, blue & yellow. It borders right on the consumer/professional category range and is the cheapest available that lets you shoot 3D 360. There are a total of 8 cameras and yet its still very light and compact at 12 x 12 x 3 cm. It captures audio via four on-board microphones, IP64 dust-tight and splash-proof, comes with a mini tripod, SanDisk 64GB MicroSDXC Memory Card and a Hardshell Case.
This is aimed predominantly for creating video footage, so if you want to take stills I’d suggest to look elsewhere. The app is also a little buggy, but this should improve in time. Currently there is only a PC version of the desktop software, MAC users will have to wait, but your not missing much as the software is very basic with next to no editing functions.
This has seemingly risen from the dead after the initial company went into bankruptcy, but they found a new backer and seem to be growing steadily. The Panono is a ball-shaped 360 camera with 36 lenses and it can capture 16384 x 8192, 134-megapixel photos. For more check out Panono.com
Price: £1322 $1767
From feedback i’ve read from owners it does suffer with some stitching errors and it’s a pain having to send the photos to the panono cloud to be stitched as they don’t give you stitching software to use yourself. You also have to place the camera at least 4 feet from anything or the stitching will be show up. It does have a cool feature where you can toss it in the air and it takes a photo when it is on the highest peak. It does give you one of the highest possible resolution photos of any single shot 360 camera out there.
Kandao have launched three 3D 360 cameras: the Obsidian Go an affordable beginners professional camera, Obsidian S aimed at pro videographers (with high frame rate of up to 120fps at 4K 3D or 50fps at 6K 3D) and the Obsidian R for pro still photographers (with high resolution, at up to 8K 3D). They each have six lenses and have several advanced features including depth-aware stitching. For more check out kandaovr.com
Price: $2,499 (£1,900) for the Go & $6,999 (£5,300) for the R & S.
From discussing feedback with users of the Go they have said it only has entirely automatic exposure for the ISO etc so you are unable to manually change the settings, which surprises me somewhat for an expensive camera like this. Perhaps this could change with a firmware update, we’ll have to wait and see. The Obsidian R & S both do allow you to have full manual exposure controls and other features.
The current McDaddy of 360 cameras. 360 + 360 3D imaging, capture photo and video in 8K ultra high definition with seamless optical flow image stitching, real time image stabilisation, 120fps high speed shooting for capturing ultra slo-mo videos and live stream in 3D 360.
This is a 360 camera of every pro’s dreams. I’d love to get my hands on one of these.45
VRDL360 will shoot 7K photos, video though is only listed as 3K which I think is a mistake. 4K is now standard and should be the least spec of any new release from now on. Some sample shots can be seen here, but they don’t look to be in 7k to me. A successful indiegogo project, but it remains to be seen if it can beat the likes of Insta, Ricoh or Xiaomi. They recently announced it won’t be supporting live streaming yet, which is another fail in my opinion. What was looking to be promising, now seems to be sinking and falling behind in the 360 race already before its released. They have a lot of work ahead of them to compete and be worth the estimated price tag.
iris360 Pro is a new camera aimed at professional users produced by NC Tech. Could this be a rival for the insta360 Pro?
Well no, but one thing this has going for it is the price, it comes in almost 1k cheaper. It’s supposedly built for rugged situations, will incorporate with Google Street View and you can control it with your smartphone be it Android or IOS.
This is definitely a camera aimed for those only really interested in shooting stills and not video. If you shoot Virtual Tours and don’t have a huge budget, then this might be of interest to you. You can find out more here and register your interest.
Price: $2,899 roughly £2200.
The only question I have with this is will it leave a huge blank Nadir? The cameras do look as though they are offset to help solve this. We will have to wait for some samples to rock up and find out.
3D images with a 4K camera, thanks to 17 paired lenses that can be used to livestream 3D video and “spatial” audio. It’s even water- and dust-resistant with an IP65 rating. It goes on sale at some point the end of 2107, but Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pricing yet.
Expected Price around: £10,000.
This is a 360 camera aimed at the pro’s, I do wonder how much better the performance is over the insta360 Pro to warrant the 10,000 price tag.
All the cameras listed here now either have successors and will unlikely be supported with updates from the manufacturers anymore or the hardware is just too old and redundant in this ever fast growing 360 world.
This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
The LG 360 CAM is one of the most affordable cameras on the market. It has two 13MP, 200-degree wide angle cameras, more than several of its competitors. It shoots 2K video, has a 1,200mAh battery with 4GB internal memory, which can be increased with a microSD card and a 5.1 surround sound channel recording through three microphones. A waterproof housing is available £18.99.
The LG 360 Cam makes it easy and relatively inexpensive to capture 360 photos and video, but it only has simple editing and not many sharing options, plus It requires a microSD card that’s not included to work. This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
With the Insta360 you actually have two options: The Air that works with Android devices via either USB-C or Micro-USB. While the flatter Nano is built for iPhones via Lightning. Both of them are built to quickly and easily create 360 videos to share and livestream on the social networks of your choice.
This is one of the most portable & convenient on the market. It’s a clever design and most importantly, it just works. You plug it in, take photos, upload, done. The quality of the output isn’t all that great though and the app is poor. If your concerned about image quality then the LG has the edge over this one. I have been impressed with the developers at insta listening and talking to owners and updating, adding new features via firmware on a consistent basis.
This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
The Giroptic iO 360 camera is an excellent compact camera that works by attaching to your phone. It is available with an iPhone and iPad-friendly Lightning connector, as well as Android USB-C or micro USB connectivity. It can capture 2K video, sitting behind ultra wide, 195-degree lenses with bright f/1.8 aperture. There’s also the option to take 4K photos, as well as livestream straight to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter.
It is compact, ridiculously easy to use, and affordable. There are 360 cameras out there with better resolution, bigger batteries, and more features. It looks to me like a koala hugging your phone. The Giroptic iO makes 360 video production effortless, affordable and perhaps most importantly, fun.
This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
Ricoh was probably the market leader for 360 degree cameras with the release of this. The Theta SC model lets you shoot 14 megapixels, video in 1920×1080 30 fps. You can also livestream your videos and transfer footage to a mobile without connecting to a PC. You can also buy a waterproof housing to shoot underwater.
I would however hold off if you were looking at buying this, as Ricoh have announced the release of an all new 4K version. The price of this model should then drop.
Check out my hands on review here.
This is now old tech and I wouldn’t bother.
This one is splash proof and can record UHD content at 30FPS via an ultra wide 235-degree lens. They claim it can survive a 2m drop (with a drop cover) and extreme temperatures. You have the option to pair two PIXPRO SP360 4K cameras together for fully spherical content capture. A mobile app and stitching software come bundled with the camera.
The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 is cheaper option if you don’t mind sacrificing 4K quality.
I would hold off if you were looking at buying this, as Kodak have released the 4KVR360 version. The price of this model should drop rapidly.
My number one choice to buy right now would be the Xiaomi Mi Sphere (Madventure360), this is by far the best all rounder currently out there and the developers are listening to feedback and adding new features all the time.
If your not to bothered with stills and will be shooting mostly video then the GoPro Fusion or Garmin Virb are the way to go. Both still ironing out early bugs, but if I were hedging my bets I would say the GoPro will be the one to come out on top.
If you want to take the step up, shoot pro and have the budget. The Insta Pro would be my weapon of choice.