The camera market is constantly evolving, in recent years we have witnessed the boom in action cameras, but also in the return of instant cameras. A field that is developing a lot is that of the 360 degree camera, because they can take the whole scene around us, creating a very nice effect. In this guide, we will go to see which are the best 360 video camera to buy from those available on the market.
The most important element of a 360 degree camera is obviously the resolution. In fact, megapixels are used to cover the entire spherical photo, which obviously loses detail. Another important thing is the application that manages the camera, because the stitch, ie the union of the two 180-degree photos to create the 360-degree shot, takes place via software.
Best 360 Video Camera
Best 360 Video Camera Under $200
Samsung Gear 360[amazon box=”B01D9LVL3G” /]
Although it’s been a few years since it came out, this Gear 360 remains very valid for taking 360-degree photos, especially at the current price. The two CMOS sensors are 15 megapixels and the two combined photos have a total resolution of 7776 x 3888 pixels, which makes them fairly defined. The videos can be shot in 4K, even these are good, especially if you count the price.
The stitch is done by the application, unfortunately only compatible with higher-end Samsung smartphones and it is good, but not at the level of the newest cameras. Surely this Gear 360 is great for those who want to spend a little and capture a good 360-degree picture.
LG 360 CAM[amazon box=”B01LOVVUY8″ /]
The considerations made earlier for the Gear 360 also apply for this LG 360 CAM, as this camera is also excellent value for money. In fact, the build quality is excellent and even the photos and videos are not bad.
The maximum photo resolution is 5660 × 2830 pixels, while the videos have a maximum resolution of 2K. In general, the quality of the shots and videos is excellent, always counting that we are talking about spherical photos. The stitch made by the application, which is available for everyone, but you must have a mid or top range device.
Samsung Gear 360 2017[amazon box=”B06XR9SGXL” /]
As you can also note from the name, this Gear 360 2017 is the evolution of the one seen previously, improved in some respects. The design changes, not just a sphere with the two cameras, but is also added a kind of “handle” under the “head”, which is however shrunk, which contains the two chambers.
In reality, if you go to see the megapixel cameras, you realize that they have dropped from the previous version, in fact, before the spherical photos had a total resolution of 30 megapixels, while now only 15 megapixels. Which does not mean that it can capture lower resolution images, but since it also came out at a lower price than the previous, the shots are qualitatively slightly low.
In video, however, the resolution has risen to 4096 x 2048 pixels. The video performance is very good, especially if you count that they are 360 degrees. The stitch of photos and videos made by the application, compatible with Samsung mid and high range devices as well as with the iPhone 6S which is definitely better than the previous model.
Best 360 Video Camera Above $200
Nikon KeyMission 360[amazon box=”B01ASDP1SY” /]
Going up in price, we obviously find 360 video camera with high performance, one of these is the Nikon KeyMission 360, maybe not the most beautiful in design, but certainly one of the best quality-price ratio.
This Nikon can be defined as a 360-degree action camera, it is waterproof up to 30 meters deep, without the need for any housing. The shape is not the most comfortable, in fact, there is no handle, but there are still accessories and even the standard screw attachment.
Speaking of quality, this KeyMission defends itself well. The photos are taken at 21 megapixels and videos in 4K (of course, both definitions are spread across the sphere), the resolution is absolutely good, even if the details are not the best. The stitch between the two photos, made by the application available for both iOS and Android, has some imperfections, but overall also good.
If you want a 360-degree action camera, this Nikon is a virtually forced choice.
insta360 One[amazon box=”B074VW233J” /]
The insta360 One is certainly a good compromise for those who want a best 360 video camera with a truly small size. The extra gear of this product is also the fact that it can be used by connecting it directly to your Smartphone (iPhone only) or even used independently with all smartphones, thanks to the Bluetooth adapter.
This insta360 One also has excellent quality in both photos and videos. The photos are taken at 24 megapixels and have an excellent level of detail, same speech for the videos, which can be shot in 4K at 30fps or 2k at 60fps. The application is available for both iOS and Android (although there are minimum hardware requirements) and has many interesting features.
Ricoh Theta V[amazon box=”B074W5BKYS” /]
The Ricoh Theta V is probably the best 360 video camera currently on the market as video and photo quality. In fact, the two 12 megapixel sensors can guarantee shots with high details, always counting that the definition is spread on a sphere. The videos are shot in 4K at 30fps, which have an excellent amount of detail and also the sound is great thanks to the four microphones that record on each side.
This Theta V is also very light and portable, as well as being very simple to use. The stitch of the two images made by the application, available for both iOS and Android, is very well done, with no visible imperfections.