Spherical kind of capturing! Have you enjoyed the effect of a good panoramic photograph? Great! Then you will surely love the global coverage of these 360-degree cameras. They offer deeply immersive videos and images that will boost your creativity to capture more interesting ideas. These cameras will definitely bring your photography and videography to a higher level!
#4: Garmin VIRB 360
This 360 camera shoots 5.7K video (now stitched in the app), has digital video stabilization and it is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters) without a casing. This is worthwhile for people who like to capture action adventures. The stabilization smooths out your videos significantly, giving them a professional look to watch for. Recent updates to the app have added more manual settings and offer a HyperFrame Director Mode that lets you create a 2D 1080p video with a virtual camera within your already-shot 360 videos. Unfortunately, it has a larger “dead zone” because of the distance between the sensors so there can be slight stitching issues in a wider sphere around the camera.
#3: Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
This 360 camera offers 4K video recording, good image quality, and easy-to-use controls at an affordable price. It uses two lenses and sensors to capture full-sphere 360-degree stills and video. It is easy to hold with also a tripod socket in its base surrounded by rubber that helps stabilize the camera when you place it on a surface. Its microSD cards can be up to 256GB and the battery is no longer removable. It can record a 4K video up to 130 minutes and lasts long enough for a day's use of shooting viewing videos. Unfortunately, it has restricted compatibility with Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8+, and A5/A7 (2017). It offers limited compatibility to iPhone but not recommended. The pixel count is slightly higher for video (4096×2048), that’s only at 24 fps. The image is noisy, not colorful and in anything but bright light. Although not waterproof, it is dustproof and splashproof!
#2: Insta360 One
This 360 camera is intended for iOS owners only. It offers 4K video, and it has additional photo resolution: 6912×3456 vs 5376×2688. It also has a bullet time video mode, image stabilization, and the same smart editing software as the high-end 360 cameras that let you make a 1080p video using the best parts of your spherical capture. Overall, the image quality is fair but colors are a bit less vibrant and noisy. However, its stabilization is outstanding that works also with photos. Its bullet time feature is pretty good as well. The stitching is fine but there can be some noticeable distortion if you get close to the edge between the hemispheres. Its downsides are that it can slow normal motion down significantly by recording video at 120 frames per second, there’s no Wi-Fi, and it’s for iOS-only.
#1: Ricoh Theta V
This camera is on top of our list for the best 360 cameras you can buy. It takes great 4K videos and 360 photos. Its narrow shape and small lenses make it convenient, easy to hold and use while taking up little space in a bag. It has no screen, just illuminated icons to show mode and Wi-Fi status which shows it’s really just about turning it on and pressing the shutter button. Now, it sports to 4K resolution (3840×1920/30), which results in realistic-looking videos and remarkably sharp regardless of where you view them. Its new feature is the dual-band Wi-Fi which makes it faster to connect to its iOS or Android app, and greatly boosts transfer speeds of photos and videos although 4K videos will take a while due to its larger file sizes. Alternatively, you can hook it up to your computer via USB. Unfortunately, the app occasionally crashes.