One page with all the latest, best and worst 360º cameras money can buy. 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 or if you can afford the extra splurge, you can shoot in even higher quality with some amazing pro cameras.
This is a list of the best 360 cameras I feel are worth considering currently available to buy out there, starting with the cheapest first:
Updated: 18th April 2019.
Update: Added Cupola360.
Turn your smartphone into a 360 camera, easy, quick, and affordable. It can create cool tiny planet animations with your 360 photos. For many people, this could be a great first 360 camera. The app triggers both front and rear cameras almost simultaneously, and stitches the photos for you into a single 360 photo. On the iPhone 7, the resolution is a respectable 6048 x 3024, or about 18 megapixels.
Its unable to take video and currently only available for iPhone 7 and above, the Android version is TBA. The image quality isn’t the best as it uses the two cameras from your phone which are not the same resolution. This leaves you with one half of the 360 image looking much worse than the other. What is great, especially for beginners is that it’s literally plug and play and very easy to use. I however would suggest spending a little more and buy the MADV mini to get better quality results and still enjoy the simplicity of plug and play.
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.
This remains on my list simply because of the amazing price you can now pick this camera up for, it’s a great option for beginners worth considering if you just want to play with 360 and are a little short of cash. With the 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. However this has only had one or two firmware updated since its release in 2016, whereas all other manufacturers update their firmware almost on a monthly bases and they are now all better than this camera in every way. Honestly if you can I would suggest spending that little bit more on one of the other cameras.
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, shoot and it can even live stream.
Price: £119 ($157)
Its looks neat, but the downside is you need to have an Essential phone for it to work. It connects magnetically to the phone and communicates through those two gold pins. The 3D spatial audio sounds like it would be great to have, but as the phone costs £500, this will push the price of this up to $700, so no thanks.
Samsung’s Gear 360 2017 camera was actually cheaper than the older model on release. It has a graspable 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 live streaming 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: £161 ($211)
Back from the dead, I threw this on the scrap heap back in January 2018, but out of nowhere Samsung have not only reduced the price, but also added stabilization. Now making this the cheapest stabilized and also live streaming camera you can buy. It’s compact, easy to slip in your pocket and very easy to use. There are still many flaws of which for me the main being not having the ability to lengthen the shutter speeds for long exposures and also 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. If you can afford to splash that little bit more cash, I would recommend looking further below.
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.
Price £189.99 ($250)
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 that 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 the Insta360 One.
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: £199 ($261)
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.
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 £150-185, I managed to get mine at a one off £142 ($190)
Available from Gearbest
This was a surprise out of the blue camera and with its specs, capabilities and developers support has become my current favourite. Its probably 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 (separate app needed), shooting in RAW, in camera stitching, bullettime, freecapture and an upgrade to 4k video. They won’t be adding live streaming though due to hardware limitations of the camera it wont handle it. You get a lot of bang for your buck. The only flaw I find is I have to usually colour correct the photos in post, which to be honest isn’t hard to do and I probably would do that with most photos taken with any camera anyway.
Check out my in depth review here.
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, flowstate and smart track auto framing.
If your an android user I wouldn’t suggest buying this also If you want to shoot stills then the Xiaomi Mi Sphere beats it. If you can afford that little bit more, then I would suggest its bigger brother the Insta360 One X that beats this on every level.
It took a while but this is now finally available to both IOS & Android users, though for android it needs an adapter and from what im told the android connectivity isn’t 100% reliable. IOS users have no problems at all. 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. With the April update introducing flowstate stabilization, image quality improved and software capabilities have all pushed this camera up the to buy list and for me probably now top dog as of April 2018. However, it does still struggle in low light situations and I find the colours can be unrealistic. If you want to shoot a lot of videos and live stream, this is a great camera.
UPDATE: May 2018 firmware has made flowstate stabilization even better by now letting you choose to hold direction, so the camera alway points in one direction.
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. Desktop software is available here.
Price is around the £299.99 ($390, €350)
With that price 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. Check out the newly announced Kodak Cupola360
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 £329.99 ($433)
Personally if your looking to buy a new camera in 2019, I would have to say don’t buy this. Ricoh are overdue releasing a new camera, so I would hold off buying this.
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 overpriced. If you like your dynamic range, this probably is the best out there and for ease of use, it doesn’t get much easier this camera is certainly the best option for you. It’s probably the best camera for shooting and uploading straight out of the camera with no post processing, because of that amazing dynamic range and its one of the best in low light situations.
Update: A firmware update has improved the video stabilization to 6 axis, but it still not as good as the Rylo, GoPro or Insta360 One. It has also improved chromatic aberration and reduced that dreaded red dot of doom!
Update: Jan 2019 You can now view your Ricoh Theta V 360 photos and videos wirelessly in VR using a Playstation VR or Oculus Go. The new VR viewing capability was made possible with a new Theta V plugin called VR Media Connection, Get the plugin here.
Features professional-grade video quality at up to 5.7K/30fps in 360 degrees and 4k live streaming to facebook or youtube, one of a few that has in-camera stitching. Photos only 5760×2880.
Price: £354.99 ($475)
By far 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 could be a great alternative. If your inclined to shoot stills more often then the Xiaomi beats it. However this isn’t a Mac friendly camera, so if you use a Mac i would suggest looking elsewhere.
A startup formed by former Apple and Instagram engineers is a palm-size, stabilized fully spherical camera. Capture 6k photos,
4K-resolution 5.8K 360º video, after the November 2018 update, via the cameras app 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.
Unfortunately for Rylo, Insta360 have released the One X which has taken all of Rylos best bits and improved them further still. It’s still a great camera don’t get me wrong, but if your buying new today, I wouldn’t recommend this.
Now available on both IOS 7 Android. 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 one of the best around at the moment, it’s 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. It can create some amazing hyperlapse footage, but 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 for the price, with a $200 markup on the likes of the Insta360 ONE, Xiaomi or Theta V i would recommend one of them instead.
UPDATE: December 2017 holiday firmware upgrade and now the low light performance looks much better and you can now edit saturation, highlights, shadows, vibrance & tone.
UPDATE: April 2018 has added the ability to shoot with only one lens 180º giving very slight better quality, but not obviously noticeable. They have also added a motion blur, a photo timer and wireless connection.
UPDATE: November 2018 now be able to capture in 5.8K and a new desktop app for macOS.
Qoocam (Not sure how to pronounce that) is a camera with three lenses, and can be used either as a 360 camera or as a 180º 3D camera. It has a unique swiveling body. When the camera is vertical, it uses two fisheye lenses on opposite sides to capture 360 images and video. Though images are only 9MP, which is disappointing. Video will be 4K and it can shoot 120fps. In 3D mode, the camera swivels to a horizontal position to use two fisheye lenses on the same side. It’s capable of live streaming via a PC. Its main selling point though is its advanced depth mapping capabilities. Depth mapping opens up new capabilities that are not possible without it. With depth mapping you can refocus your photos and videos in post production, you can even change the background completely without using advanced editing programs. There are two stabilization modes: standard stabilization and forward-facing stabilization.
Price: £379 ($498, €425).
I like the quick convert from a 360 camera to a VR180 camera, but what stands out for me is its depth mapping capabilities, which is unique. It is the first consumer 360 camera to offer depth mapping, although it only works in 3D 180 mode. It has some great innovative features, but with only 9MP images in my opinion renders it next to useless for most. I feel with this 360 was just an added after thought, so unless you only shoot 360 video or want to shoot 3D 180 then I wouldn’t be recommending you to buy this camera.
Update: Jan 3 2019 significant firmware update that added several new features, Long exposure mode, Easier 3D photos, Smart Track, Slow motion playback, Hyperlapse.
A dual camera that captures 360° and VR180 imagery. Basically two cameras in one. When it’s closed, it’s a 360° camera, but you can click a button it converts the device into a VR180 camera. The Vuze XR also has built-in live streaming, meaning you can share video to social media in real time. Can shoot 5.7K@30 fps video and photo resolution of 6000x3000px with 6 axis gyro for smooth stabilization. Learn more here
Price: £399 ($510).
The design is cool, I like being able to switch between 360 and 180 with the touch of a button. It looks pocketable, which is always good. The price is very good for a 5.7k capable camera so far all capable of that are priced twice as much. They have mentioned 5.7k video which is great, but 6k photo resolution isn’t the best though. The stabilisation does look impressive in there demo which you can see here.
Insta360 have released yet another camera and this time it takes 360 photography onto another level again with the ability to throw the camera with its Drifter accessory and its amazing flow state built in 6 axis stabilization. Photos are 18pm 6080 x 3040 with video upgraded to 5.7k 5760*2880@30fps. You can even carry spare batteries as they are removable 1200mah with each lasting 60 minutes continuous shooting. In the box you’ll get the Inst360 One X, Protective pouch, USB to Micro-USB USB cable × 1, Lightning to Micro-USB cable × 1, USB Type-C to Micro-USB cable × 1, Micro-USB to Micro-USB cable × 1, Bullet Time accessories ×1 (Swing line + 1/4″ screw). It measures in at 4.5 inches by 1.8 inches, and a little under a half an inch thick. There’s a small display and a set of buttons that let you access settings and swap between photo and video modes. It can capture RAW images, HDR support for photos, with HDR 360 video in the works. The HDR mode that can take three shots, up to 4EV apart. If you want the new throwable Drifter, venture case, dive case or spare battery accessories though you’ll have to purchase them separately. There is also a GPS accessory that lets you track your speed, altitude and direction then upload to street view with one click.
Price: £409.95 ($540, €470.) for the standard camera only or £439.85 ($580, €503.) for the premium bundle that includes the stick and memory card.
You can get it even cheaper for only £310 from Gearbest here.
They really are upping the game and the other manufacturers are going to need to play catch up now. It’s a slight change of shape compared to other insta cameras, a rectangular in shape liking to a Theta and about the size of a chocolate bar so it’s still easily portable. I really like the ability to swap out batteries as they are so much easier to carry than a huge battery pack and with the accessories this makes it the ultimate all round camera and probably the best of 2018.
Unfortunately currently there is no desktop software released yet, but it is in the works to be released soon.
Update Feb 2019: Desktop software has finally been released.
Update Dec 2018: You can now add a GPS overlay without additional accessories! They call it “Insta360 Stats.”
Insta360 have released yet another camera and this time instead of being a just a 360-degree camera, the Evo’s default mode places both cameras side by side to take 3D pictures. To convert it into a 3D camera, you just need to unlock the catch and fold it, turning it into a cube-shaped 360 camera. Shoots at up to 5.7K at 30 frames per second with its f/2.2 dual cameras and 18-megapixel photos. There’s built-in six-axis gyroscopic stabilization and it uses Insta360’s software-based FlowState stabilization for super smooth video.
Insta360 has come up with a cool solution to view your 3D images called HoloFrame. It’s a transparent phone case that you pop over the display. The Insta360 app than uses eye-tracking technology to display a 3D image, with the phone case helping convert the screen to 3D.
Price: £419.99 ($419.99, €469.99).
Is the EVO and update to the One X? No the EVO isn’t an update to the One X just a similar technology repackaged for a different purpose. The One X is designed primarily as an action camera and aimed at those using similar to a GoPro. Whereas the Evo is designed more for VR, shooting 3D and being viewed back with a headset.
The design is simple there’s no screen and the mechanism for changing between 360 and 180 isn’t the best, but that’s only a small drawback. Its more the versatility and being able to swap easily back and forth between the two modes is what makes this stand out. The new clip on HoloFrame looks cool, whether this actually works in the real world though remains to be seen.
The most obvious competitor to the EVO is the Vuze XR.
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: £439 ($577)
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.
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: £619 ($813)
This was once the best camera for 4k videos, but the other manufacturers have caught up with it. If you mainly want to shoot stills, it’s no better if not worse than the Xiaomi. When shooting the max 5.7k
it’s unstitched and you need to have expensive software to stitch it manually yourself. They have finally released desktop software that can stitch the 5.7k footage. The only things really this has going for it is, you can buy replacement lenses, its waterproof without any casing and it has all the G-Metrix data overlays for extreme sports. In my opinion unless your into extreme sports and aren’t careful with your camera then don’t buy this camera as its way overpriced.
After a long wait GoPro finally released the Fusion. It shoots video at
5.2k 5.6k 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 i’m 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. Plus its waterproof straight out the box, no need for a casing.
update: Jan 2019 Increased the resolution to 5.6K at 24fps (it was previously 4992 x 2496 at 30fps).
If you want to shoot video then this amazing piece of kit. The stabilization is top notch with the best available, and it does have two modes of stabilization. One mode is the camera will always be point ahead, north no matter the angle of the camera. While the other mode is standard stabilization that still pans around with the cameras direction. It’s pretty handy with photos to, though not the best out there. It doesn’t need a cover to go underwater and the footage that i’ve seen, it does suffer with refraction, but then all 360 cameras do so far. It does require 2 micro sd cards and the desktop software can be cumbersome, especially if your computer is old, so you’ll need a fast machine to cope with the full 5.6k footage. GoPro are improving it with regular firmware updates. In my opinion it is on the expensive side and has a heavy workflow, but If you can afford to buy this, i’m sure you won’t be disappointed, it is probably the best all rounder.
Ricoh have finally unveiled their anticipated new camera the Theta Z1 with image resolution at 23MP (6720 x 3360, 7K), video resolution 4K (3840 x 1920, 29.97fps), Supports 360° live streaming in 4K. A newly developed lens unit which reduces ghosting, flare and purple fringe. Superior noise reduction performance even when shooting at night or indoors with low light due to the equipped 1.0-inch back illuminated CMOS image sensor. Save in RAW (DNG) format for the first time in THETA series. (Can also save in JPEG at the same time.) Equipped with a 4-channel microphone. 4 microphones are built into the camera to independently record sound from 4 different directions when shooting video. Supports various shooting scenarios using a variety of shooting modes.
Price: £764 ($999.95)
I can’t see them shifting many at that price with those specs, it would have to be phenomenal images for me to recommend it to any one. The new display panel is a great feature, meaning you wont need to be connect to the app to make adjustments. It has Aperture priority which is new for 360 cameras. However, still there is only a measly 19GB of storage and no sd card slot, which is rubbish especially if you shoot video. On paper the image resolution is still just a little shy than that of the Xiaomi Mi sphere (6921×3456) and the video quality is only 4k, way worse than Insta One X at 5.7k. The large sensor will produce nice low light and night shots. This might now put it as class lead for images just beating the Xiaomi, but is 23mp resolution and only just beating a 2 year old camera good enough to warrant paying that huge price?
The new plus version still has 8 Full HD custom lenses arranged in pairs to capture true stereoscopic 3D 360° footage. It can give you LIVE preview and LIVE broadcast, 4K Stereoscopic 3D 360⁰ Video and Photo, 3D audio and its IP65 (water jet proof).
Yep it looks exactly the same as the last one. You do get a kit for that price which includes a headset and a case, but in my opinion 3D 360 hasn’t really taken off yet. Maybe it will, but right here and now you need a headset to view it and very few people have one. Especially when most are viewing normal 360 with there phone or table, the majority of people won’t care if its 3D or not. I actually really like 3D 360 and it’s the cheapest camera out there capable of shooting 3D 360, but the improvements from the old camera aren’t that much only minor, so unless you have money to burn and want to play with 3D I would consider this, otherwise I wouldn’t buy it.
High-resolution 360° spherical video content with the GoPro Omni. Included with the rig is everything you need for footage capture, ingest, and processing packed into a convenient waterproof storage case. Six included GoPro HERO4 Black cameras record up to 8K spherical footage when housed inside the Omni rig. The six 32GB memory cards included with the Omni can be read simultaneously using the included card readers and USB hub. Kolor Autopano and Giga software programs are provided for post processing. Instead of relying on the GoPro cameras’ internal batteries, a Core SWX HyperCore V-Mount battery and D-tap cable are also part of the kit. A charger and plate for the battery are also included. When you’re ready to begin, just give the wireless remote a click.
I know its not actually a 360 camera but the results you can achieve are amazing. It Combines the power of 6 individual GoPro Hero’s producing crystal clear 8K 360° video and absolutely huge still images.
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
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 show up, so its no good for car interiors or cramped houses. 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.
The Smaller S1 is a professional 6K virtual reality content production for 360º recording and live streaming.
Price: £1,400 ($1,999)
This is a popular professional 360 camera as its one of the most affordable. Though it doesn’t come with the stitching software, that’s a further charge on top or if you already use a 3rd party stitcher like Mistika, then you can just use that.
Kandao Obsidian Go an affordable beginners professional camera, They each have six lenses and have several advanced features including depth-aware stitching. For more check out kandaovr.com
Price: £1,900 ($2,499)
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.
A new compact 360 camera from Pisofttech that can stitch in an instant with real-time in camera stitching and what this camera has that no other 360 camera does is a large touch screen display & voice control allowing you to make all the necessary changes without the need of a phone. It can shoot 8k photos, videos and live stream all with built in 9-axis gyroscope anti shake technology and Built-in GPS. Google Street View ready.
You can find Pisofttech website.
Price: $2599, €2999 Google Street View Trusted Photographers and IVRPA members enjoy a refund of $300 for each Pilot Era camera
This does look pretty good, though the price may be a little steep, putting it up against the insta360 pro. What I think is impressive is the speed that it can stitch 8k and 6k videos. 8k video isn’t stitched in real time, but can still be done in camera. It’s also very compact, about the size of a monster energy can. All the lenses are angled slightly upward which stitches a perfect zenith, however this leaves the nadir vulnerable but it still looked ok at least.
Teche TE720 Pro is an professional 360 camera with 7 lenses, 5 lenses horizontally around then one for the nadir and one for the zenith. It can shoot 15K photos 15,000 x 7500 and 8K video 7680 x 3840, but its unique trick is the ability to support filters (52mm). It has 9-axis high-speed gyro intelligent correction, its dust and splash proof, 448G storage capacity.
Price : £2,700 ($3,799) from Stabilizer Pro.
This looks very interesting for the Pro shooters, I imagine with dedicated cameras for both nadir and zenith this should have much better image quality than other similarly priced cameras. Plus the added ability to use filters, which is very rare among all-in-one 360 cameras. The TE720 includes a UV filter for each lens for protection. You could use colour, polarizer filters and ND filters for long exposures in daylight.
Manufacturer site can be found here.
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.
Even with the pending release of the new Pro 2, this will not be going away as Insta have stated they will keep supporting it with firmware updates, plus upon release of the new camera I imagine the price for this one may drop a little.
Update: Jan 2019. Added several features, including a 9-shot exposure bracketing with in-camera stitching and HDR fusion. Other features that were added include: Prores 422 support, improved dynamic range, improved log mode and chromatic aberration correction.
This is a 360 camera designed for professional use at events and can livestream 360 video in 4K resolution for up to 48 hours constantly due to its heat dissipation technology. The Orah also comes with a slew of other features including advanced stabilization and ambisonic sound.
If you want a professional 360 camera that is designed for livestreaming, being able to shoot 48 hours there is no better alternative!
iSTAR Pulsar produces high definition 11K 60 megapixel images at 7 frames per second and is Google Street View Ready. The rugged weather resilient design and easy fully automatic workflow enables anyone to capture vast amounts of data – both indoors and out. Whether mounted on a vehicle, trekker or drone, iSTAR Pulsar pioneers the ability for user generated ‘big data’ photography for everyone. A professional 360 camera that can take 50mp photos. The Pulsar has two variants – the Fusion Lite with a 5-shot HDR mode and the Fusion which can shoot at up to 9-shot HDR with 27EV dynamic range.
Price: £4,100 for the Fusion Lite and £5,650 for the Fusion.
Impressive resolution and a step closer to that 16k dslr standard we all want. The obvious flaw though is with all the lenses leaning upward it leaves a huge blank nadir that cannot be fixed in post without an even bigger ugly patch to hide it. In my opinion this isn’t good enough, so with that I wouldn’t recommend this.
Insta360 have unveiled the Pro 2 with some notable improvements on the original. HDR up to 9 exposures (Original was 3), 3D Video now 7680 x 7680 at 30fps, 6400 x 6400 at 60fps, 3840 x 3840 at 120fps. (Original 6400 x 6400 at 30fps or 3840 x 3840 at 60fps), 2D Video 7680 x 3840 at 60fps, 7680 x 3840 at 30fps (HDR), 3840 x 1920 at 120fps. (Original 7680 x 3840 at 30fps or 3840 x 1920 at 120fps. Live Streaming & record 8K 3840 x 1920 at 30fps (2D, while recording 8K) or 3840 x 3840 at 30fps (3D while recording 6K) (Original 3840 x 1920 at 30fps (2D while recording 4K) or 3840 x 3840 at 24fps (3D while recording 4K)). Mic input on top and bottom (Original only on the bottom). 9-axis gyro-based image stabilization. (Original only 6-axis). Six Micro SD cards + 1 SD card, External SSD not supported (Original One SD card, External SSD was supported via USB 3.0). GPS built in (Originally was an optional accessory). Long range Wi-Fi up to 300 meters. (Original wifi was the cameras weakest point). Faster start time 20 seconds or less. (Original took up to a minute).. Battery 5100 mAh (Original 5000mAh but will still fit the new camera). Weight 1.55kg (Original 1228g). Learn more here.
Price around: £4995 ($5,299.00, €5,599)
There are some great new features, no longer a need for a gimbal with flowstate stabilisation on a pro camera is very rare and could be the most notable feature for this camera. Built in GPS and the ability to bracket shoot 9 exposures should yield some amazing results. The actual photo resolution hasn’t actually changed, but there are improvements to dynamic range and bit depth in firmware. Now having 7 SD cards would suggest a longer workflow, but I have been told when plugging the camera directly into a computer to download file (you can do this manually), the Insta360 studio software will automatically download the files into separate folders on your hard drive and when you choose one it will automatically locate and select the other files for you saving time.
Kandao Obsidian R is aimed at pro still photographers (with high resolution, at up to 8K 3D). Whereas the Obsidian S is aimed at pro videographers (with high frame rate of up to 120fps at 4K 3D or 50fps at 6K 3D). They each have six lenses and have several advanced features including depth-aware stitching. For more check out kandaovr.com
Price: £5,300 ($6,999) each.
The Obsidian R & S both do allow you to have full manual exposure controls, live streaming and can shoot 3D 360. it’s smaller than I expected which is a good thing as it will fit easily into a backpack.
The Z Cam S1 Pro is a professional 6K 360 camera with four Micro Four Thirds sensors for exceptional image quality and capture 3D 360 video in 6K resolution (6144 x 6144) and live streaming.
Price: £6,300 ($8,880).
This is a popular professional 360 camera as its one of the most affordable. With the Sony Micro 4/3 image sensor, it will allow for superior low light sensitivity and dynamic range. However it doesn’t come with the stitching software, that’s a further charge on top or if you already use a 3rd party stitcher like Mistika, then you can just use that.
The Live Planet Camera is a 3D-360 degree camera with live streaming in 4k perfectly stitches and encodes in real time, right on board and produces Natural VR™ – Using 3D industry standard optics to allow viewers to comfortably watch VR content for extended periods of time. It has a total of 16 cameras and it produces a fully stitched stereoscopic video on a single Micro SD card. Other features include Flawless onboard stereo stitching, Real time colour grading, HDR video, noise reduction, usb audio and live streaming to all major platforms.
The Live Planet camera is remarkably compact compared to some 3D 360 camera rigs, at only about 4 inches length and 3.5 inches height and 1.5 lbs. weight. Live Planet’s tagline is “15 minutes to fame.” This refers to Live Planet’s goal of simplifying the live streaming or recording process so that users can start live streaming to all major VR platforms in just 15 minutes.
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. Designed for developing and live streaming high-quality 3D content.
Price around: £9,500 ($10,499.99)
This is a 360 camera aimed at the pro’s, I do wonder how much better the performance is to warrant the 10,000 price tag.
The Insta360 Titan is a new professional 360 camera from the makers of the popular Insta360 Pro. The Titan features 8 micro four thirds sensors that can shoot up to 11K 360 photo + video, It can capture 11K 360 photos in 2D or 3D. HDR photo, smooth 9-axis FlowState stabilization and long range low-latency wireless control with Insta360 Farsight, which is a transceiver system for smartphones or tablets, which has a maximum distance of 1 km (when there is a clear line of sight). It’s also been confirmed that the software to stitch the Insta360 Titan video will be free and will be no stitch editing with Adobe Premiere Pro. It captures 10-bit color, allowing for billions of color combinations and high color accuracy. It also has much higher dynamic range, and low light sensitivity than 360 cameras that use smaller sensors. Find out more here.
Expected Price around: $14999 and can be reserved with a deposit of $150 USD that is fully refundable until end of February here for delivery in April 2019
The Titan is a high end camera for those that have a mega budget to shoot, It does look incredible, but sadly I will never own one 🙁 The Titan’s size is significantly larger than the Insta360 Pro or Insta360 Pro 2.
Z Cam V1 Pro, Z Cam’s flagship 360 video camera with nine Micro Four Thirds sensors. I has 9 x SD card slots, up to 128 GB each.
Price: £24,000 ($33,880)
I haven’t seen any footage from this yet, but for the price it should be exceptional, the jury is still out.
Kodak have announced a new 360 camera equipped with six big-pixel, high sensitivity sensors and 4K video resolution with real time stitching. Recording time of 90 mins at 4K video. 3D Anti-Shake feature for stabilization. Hyper WDR Wide dynamic range. Share video and images instantly, live streaming and image/video uploading are available with the press of a button. MicroSD card up to 2TB.
Here is a product video of Cupola360:
Price is around the £TBA
An interesting concept with the 6 lenses and this will certainly give a larger pixel resolution for reframing and taking screenshots from your images and videos. I do think that only 4k video is a let down for a new camera though, particularly given that they already have the Kodak Orbit 360, which is also a 4K camera. The hyper wdr will be useful especially for virtual tours. I do think this camera has potential to produce great images. We will have to wait and see.
Linkflow FITT360 is the world’s first wearable 360 camera. A neck-worn 360 camera with three fisheye lenses that can capture 4K stabilized 360 video hands-free from a first person perspective.
Launched on Kickstarter where it is currently available on preorder for $417.
Expected Price around: $700 October 2018.
There will be blind spots on the zenith and nadir as your body will be in the way, but I like the hands free idea.
This is a stabilized 360 camera with unique features including 3D reconstruction and phantom clipper multiple-exposure videos, unique features that could be very useful in certain industries. Video resolution: 3040 x 1520 @ 30fps of 2160 x 1080 @ 60fps. Photo resolution 4096 x 2048. Live streaming, 9-axis stabilization and compatible with both iOS and Android. A waterproof case is included free with the camera as well as an extra battery, a dual battery charger, a selfie stick, a mini tripod. It launched successfully on Indiegogo.
Price: $299 ($129 early bird).
It seems compact and pocketable, with solid build quality. The photo 4K and video 3K quality are very low if you ask me with the norm being at least 7K or 4K respectively. The 3D reconstruction as great as it is, does lean heavily on Cloud-based processing which for the first year is free, then its £89 a year thereafter. You could achieve similar results with Cupix for free. Phantom clipper is cool though and I imagine other 360 cameras will be looking to add this feature.
Ultracker Aleta S2C is a 360 camera with one of the highest photo resolutions on the market. A new 360 camera that will take 12K (66 megapixel) 11520 x 5760 360 photos. There will be two versions, the S2C (Light) and S2 Pro (Professional), which differ in video quality. Aleta will have features including in-camera stitching, live streaming, and HDR mode.
This looks set to be the closest to DSLR quality yet and the HDR mode will be particularly useful for virtual tour photographers. I particularly like they have managed to inset the camera lenses and therefore seemingly save it damage from any falls. Find out more here.
360&Co is crowdfunding an affordable 8K 360 camera with a modular design. Claiming the World’s first modular 8K 360° streaming camera. Video 8k, 6k or 4k 30fps, ISO 100-300 and in camera stitching. Photos 7680×3840 with in camera stitching. Removable battery with 2 hour life. Live streaming in 8k, over LAN, WiFi or future 5G. 4G is only 4k. 360&Co has several modules planned called thunderbolt add ons, which simply plug into the bottom of the camera. Starting at just AUD1800 (approx. £990, €1130, $1290), 360&Co. may appeal to prosumers or independent filmmakers looking to shoot in 8K. If you want to support their project on Kickstarter, here’s their page.
Please note that backing a crowdfunded project is not the same as pre ordering. With crowdfunding, you send your money upfront, not at the time the product ships. And meanwhile, there are almost always delays, sometimes for a year or more. A delay might not sound like a big deal, but for 360 cameras, that is probably one of the highest risks because the industry moves very rapidly. A delay of a year is a delay of a generation, making the camera more likely to be obsolete even if it is delivered. Personally I would advise against risking kickstarters, after I was stung with the VRDL360.
Detu Max, an 8K 3D 360 camera, is launching on Kickstarter. It has eight lenses that can capture 12k images, 8k video, high speed video at 4K 3D 360 @ 120fps, live streaming (2D or 3D), time lapse photography up to 60 seconds interval. Object tracking, 6 axis stabilization, HDR mode, supports Raw / Log format and has in camera real time stitching.
Price: TBC, but expected to be $4,000.
This camera looks like it has the potential to be one of the best pro cameras around. It’s less than half the price of the Z-Cam V1 ($8,880) which is a 7K 3D 360 camera, and substantially less than the price of the Kandao Obsidian R ($6,999) which is another 8K 3D 360 camera. It is almost the same price as the Insta360 Pro ($3,499) which can shoot 3D 360, but only at 6K resolution.
Update: You can find out more from Guest Author Peter Lottenbach with his hands on review here.
360fly is launching the 4K Pro and the 4K Pro Dual Camera rig. The 4K Pro is similar to the 360fly 4K, but with integrated USB and HDMI cables so that it can stream at hemispherical 4K resolution (2880 x 2880) while connected to a power source. As with the 360fly 4K, the 4K Pro is waterproof and dustproof. 360fly 4K Pro is certified to be Facebook Live 360 Ready. The 4K Pro Dual Camera rig allows you to set up two 4K Pro cameras to be used side-by-side for 3D 180 or back to back for full 360º capture.
Price: $799 and available to pre order for release in September here.
It’s aimed for commercial use rather then consumer use.
Facebook And RED Collaborate On Pro 360 Camera ‘Manifold’ Designed for immersive 6DoF storytelling, the Manifold camera features 16 RED Helium 8K Sensors with custom Schneider 180-degree fish eye lenses. This allows for volumetric image capture, meaning users of VR headsets can actually move round a scene to a certain degree, not just looking round in 360 but behind objects as well. The camera uses a single SMPTE 304M cable for power. The camera control unit & storage device can be located up to 100m from the camera head with five 12G SDI outputs for monitoring or third-party stitch processing. There are font of lens ND filters available and quick release handles for maneuvering and setup.
Price: There are no details of when Manifold will be available but you can expect it to be targeted at high-end studio work seeing that a single RED DSMC2 Helium Brain costs $24,500 and the Manifold has 16 of these sensors.
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.
Not worth spending the extra money over the identical Xiaomi Mi Sphere
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)
If your buying this instead of the Misphere then be aware there is no difference other than the colour and all you’ll be buying is the extra accessories which certainly aren’t worth the extra near $50!
Now replaced with the all new Vuze+
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.
It seems they cut their losses and done a runner, along with all the backers (myself included) money.
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.
Well i think those that have not received there camera yet will be waiting a very long time. There has been no updates received from VRDL since mid January, (as I write its now mid March) it seems they cut their losses and run, along with all the backers money.
Plan has been scrapped
iris360 Pro is a new camera aimed at professional users produced by NC Tech.
Well this has been scrapped. Having taken many factors into consideration NC Tech announce there decision not to pursue production of iris360 Pro. Find the announcement here.
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 recommended choice to buy right now would be either Insta360 One X or the Xiaomi Mi Sphere (Madventure360) Both are easily the best all rounders currently out there and the developers are listening to feedback, innovating and adding new features all the time. However I would recommend these cameras depending on which phone you use, If your using IOS then i would suggest the Insta360 One will be your best option, but for Android users the Xiaomi Mi Sphere is best.
- Best for beginners is the Insta360 One X, very simple easy to use and easy workflow.
- If all you want is livestreaming then any of the insta360 cameras are what you’ll need.
- If you shoot in low light then the Ricoh Theta V is the best.
- If you like extreme sports and want replaceable lenses then the Garmin Virb is best.
- For shooting underwater then the Ricoh Theta V with its case is currently the best.
- The most pocketable and easiest to carry, Ricoh Theta V is the best.
If you want to take the step up, shoot pro and have the budget. The Insta Pro would be my weapon of choice.
- If your a pro wanting to live stream then the Orah 4i is the best choice.
Some may notice two missing on my summary list and that’s the GoPro Fusion & Rylo. Well in my opinion they’ve outpriced themselves and what they have over other cameras for me doesn’t warrant the price hike. Don’t get me wrong, they’re very good cameras and if you can afford them, then I would recommend the GoPro Fusion out of the two. If it wasn’t so expensive and had an easier workflow it would probably come in as my number one recommendation.
You want to buy a camera that is well supported with future firmware updates and all mentioned above have been doing exactly that.