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360-degree cameras are still in vogue and with appropriate editing software for post-production, with VR glasses for the consumers of the resulting videos and much more that develops around the cameras, the buying impulse for such a camera is also tearing not off. Personally, I don't have the time to deal with a 360-degree camera and the corresponding software for editing and video publishing, but I still want to show you some models and their technical data. I've linked one or the other test to you.
360-degree videos are popular on YouTube as well as on Facebook and other platforms, and have been for quite a while. I already showed you an example in October 2016: im 360 ° video about the particle accelerator at CERN you can navigate with the mouse, the WASD keys or the VR glasses. Whether science, sport, extreme sports, adventure or just for fun - cameras with a panoramic view are also interesting for private consumers.
Many factors play a role in product selection. For example, the individual cameras from Samsung, LG, Ricoh and Co. usually do not offer the same resolution for photos and videos. The viewing angle of the mostly two cameras is not always 360° x 360° – so there can be “cut off” areas. In addition, there is not always internal storage, so a microSD memory card must be bought. Other factors are water resistance, battery capacity, availability of editing or streaming software and, and, and...
As one of the first large and widely advertised 360 degree cameras is of course the Samsung Gear 360 to call. In combination with the Samsung Gear VR glasses and a corresponding Android smartphone from the manufacturer or an Apple iPhone with iOS, you get many options for taking photos and videos, for editing and using the resulting works. But is the Samsung camera recommendable due to other data as well as its level of awareness? Make yourself a picture by taking a look at this overview;)
|Samsung Gear 360 (2017)||Samsung Gear 360 (2016)||Insta360 Nano (MFI for iPhone)||Ricoh Theta S||Somikon 360 degree camera||LG 360 camera||360Fly 4K|
|Recording area||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 360 °||360 ° 240 °|
|Resolution in pixels||4.096 × 2.048||3.840 x 1.920||3.040 × 1.520||1.920 × 1.080||1.920 x 960||2.560 × 1.280||2.880 × 2.880|
|Battery Capacity||1.160 mAh||1.350 mAh||800 mAh||1.200 mAh||1.500 mAh||1.200 mAh||1.780 mAh|
|Waterproof||no||no||no||Only with extra housing||Only with extra housing||Only with extra housing||yes, up to 9m|
|iPhone compatible||ja||ja||yes, about Lightning||ja||ja||ja||ja|
|Software / App||iOS, Android||iOS, Android||iOS||iOS, Android||iOS, Android||iOS, Android, macOS, Windows||iOS, Android|
|Direct upload / stream||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes / Yes||Yes No||Yes No||Yes / Yes|
|Review||Test||Test||Test||Test||Test||Comparison with Samsung and Panono||short test|
|Details and buy||Here||Here||Here||Here||Here||Here||Here|
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In addition to the term 360-degree camera or 360 ° camera, there is also the name Full spheres camera. Basically, it all means the same thing. If you follow the "Here" links in the table to the product pages of the individual cameras, you will often find the term full sphere camera as well as many other great functions and features with unusual names. The term Tiny Planet you can keep this in mind, because this is a special type of 360-degree photo. The lower side (floor, street, field, meadow, etc.) is drawn together in the middle of the picture and the edges are determined by the sky. The result is a round structure in the sky, a "small planet":
The technical progress in the video area has now taken us next to the 4K resolution also brought a lot of 360 ° cameras. The Samsung Gear model from 2016 has already received an extensive update with the 2017 version. Many test and experience reports want to show which camera from Samsung and Insta360 to Ricoh and Somikon to LG and 360Fly is the best. If you are looking for it yourself, then I hope that the comparison table could help you a little. At least in terms of resolution, battery capacity, resolution and compatibility with the Apple iPhone, it should be informative.
If you want to have more real impressions and opinions about this and that camera, the recordings made, the battery life, etc. in addition to the tests presented or still found on Google, then I recommend reading the reviews on Amazon. If you have made a preselection based on the table above, then simply click on the "Here" link for the corresponding camera (s) and then scroll down to the customer reviews on the product page. There are usually questions and answers about this that are quite helpful.
YouTube is also a good place to go if you want to see real recordings and their quality. In addition to photos, the focus here is of course on video recordings. In the following I have included a few videos from 360-degree cameras for you, so that in addition to image quality, curvature of the image and color scheme, you can also see what you can do with a 360-degree camera:
Are you currently looking for a 360-degree camera or do you already own a so-called full-sphere camera? Then write your search criteria or your experiences as a comment under this post! ;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.