There are two distinct types of consumer-friendly 360-degree cameras: single-lens and dual-lens offerings. Single-lens cameras typically capture content with better quality, while dual-lens offerings stitch content together with less than stellar results on some occasions.
Two of the entries on our list, the LG 360 CAM and the Samsung Gear 360, need to connect to a high-end smartphone in order to work. The rest of the options require a mobile app or a desktop software suite.
1. 360fly 4K
The recently launched 360fly 4K camera can capture crisp 360-degree footage with a resolution of 2,880 by 2,880 pixels. Because it sports a single 240-degree fish-eye lens, the 360fly 4K doesn’t require any content stitching. The gadget comes with 64GB of built-in memory, as well as a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer, and GPS antenna, all tucked into a water-resistant and shockproof body. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Users can control the camera via a smartphone app, too.
2. Ricoh Theta SC
The Theta SC by Ricoh is a well-priced 360-degree camera, which can capture 1080p video, as well as 14MP spherical images. An intuitive smartphone app controls the Theta SC, and allows users to transfer content from the camera directly to their smartphone. There are several colors to choose from.
3. LG 360 CAM
The LG 360 CAM can record 360-degree video with a 2K resolution via a duo of 13MP sensors sitting behind 200-degree lenses. Expandable memory, compact body, and ease of use make the gadget a great pick in its price range. The 360 CAM is compatible with most high-end smartphones.
4. Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K
The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K has a s splash-proof build and can record UHD content at a rather brisk 30 frames per second via an ultra wide 235-degree lens. The device can also survive drops and extreme temperatures. Users 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 Insta360 is another premium 360-degree camera that’s capable of recording high-resolution video footage (4,096 by 2,048 pixels) via a duo of 230-degree fish-eye lenses. The content stitching takes place in the camera, so users can see the results in real time. Other key features of the device include Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile app for content viewing and camera operation, and virtual panning when used with a smartphone.
6. Kodak PIXPRO SP360
In case you don’t feel like splurging for the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K we already mentioned, consider its considerably more affordable predecessor instead. It is just as tough, versatile, and connected as the 4K model, but its video-capture capabilities top out at 1080p resolution.
7. Samsung Gear 360
Launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, the Gear 360 can capture high-resolution content, as well as massive 30MP images via a duo of 15MP sensors with fish-eye lenses. Expandable memory, Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity are also among the camera’s key features. The Gear 360 is dust- and splash-proof, and requires a top-shelf Samsung smartphone in order to work.
8. Yashica YAC-436
The Yashica YAC-436 is an affordable 360-degree camera with 1.5-inch LCD display and Wi-Fi connectivity for easy smartphone pairing. The gadget can capture panoramic photos horizontally thanks to an image sensor sitting behind a 220-degree lens. The camera comes bundles