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Best Of 2018

The Best 360 Degree Cameras Your Money Can Buy In 2018

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We have fun with the best 360° cameras around!

The innovative 360° camera has been making its presence felt for a while now, and the huge variety of features, can make selecting a camera for yourself and your budget, pretty daunting.

Firstly, you need to ask yourself what you plan to use it for; some are suited to the rugged outdoorsy scene, designed to be mounted on top of a bicycle helmet, riding hat, the front of a surfboard and so on. Others are less heavy duty, however, and as a result, generally cheaper.

So, what else do you need to think about before handing over your cash?

One of the biggest factors for 360 cameras is storage space and expansion; the most popular cameras use microSD storage instead of internal space, which makes life much easier.

Durability is another important factor – is it build to last? Can it cope with being thrown down a Peruvian mountainside, or is it purely designed for being stored, wrapped in cotton wool, and gossamer?

The camera needs a good level of stability; the casing should be balanced so that, even given an uneven camber, your picture remains level.

Another question to ask is what do you want in the way of accessories? Are chest/head mounts important for whatever floats your boat? Tripods come in very useful, as do waterproof cases, and with many cameras these are included.

Okay, now we’ve talked about what to look for, let’s get on and try out the top 3 best selling 360° cameras:


1) Samsung Gear 360 Real 360° High Resolution VR Camera (Warranty Included)

Overview

The Samsung Gear is a neat little ball of efficiency; baseball size, it comes with a tripod – very useful to stop it rolling all over the place.

I’m not the best photographer in the world, country, area, or even house, but the images I was taking with this camera came out well. I can only deduce that it is because the camera is skilled, because I sure am not.

I tried every feature and nothing failed to deliver.

Features

  • A lightweight, Compact 360-degree Camera
  • Take full 360-degree videos
  • Use the wide-angle lens for a 180-Degree shot
  • Dust and water-resistant
  • Camera shoots 3840×1920 high-resolution videos
  • MicroSD card (sold separately) required to operate
  • Supports up to 256GB. Class 10 recommended.
  • Gear 360 Manager app compatible with Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and future Galaxy devices. Check manufacturer website for compatibility

The Good Stuff

Indoors and outdoors, this camera is impressive!

It’s easy, fast and as simple as a ‘point and click’ camera to use. The software installed without any problems, the battery lasts for ages, and the quality of both photos and videos is top of the range, especially considering what a great price the Samsung is.

Whilst it may not survive a fall from those previously mentioned Peruvian mountains, it’s pretty durable and coped well when butter fingers here dropped it out of an upper storey window onto concrete. A quick dust off, and it was ready to roll again.

The Bad Bits

It sounds obvious, but to get the most out of this camera, you will need a Samsung phone. The Gear 360 iOS app does not appear to connect to this 2016 version of the camera.

Whilst I wasn’t in a hurry, it’s annoying that the stitching software takes about ten minutes to stitch just one minute of footage; however the end result is very good.

The Final Verdict

This Samsung camera has an iconic look, and everyone who’s seen it has remarked on how stylish it is. It’s fast, simple to use, affordable and can just be thrown into your bag as you dash out of the door. I like this little fellow!

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LulzBot TAZ 6 3D Printer

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2) MADV Madventure 360 Camera, 4K Video, 24MP Photo, Waterproof, Selfie-Stick and Tripod Included

Overview

This Madv Madventure is supermodel slim, spray tan orange – which, personally, I loved, and can go on forever.

The photo and video quality is exceptional for a camera of this price; however there are a couple of issues with editing that need a bit of tech knowledge, or web research, to get round.

Features

  • Ultra High Resolution with Multiple Modes: Experience 360 in crystal clear 7K/24MP (photo) and 4K (video). Compatible with Virtual Reality headsets so you can jump back into the moment you captured. Choose between multiple shooting modes like panoramic, mirror ball, flat, and little planet.
  • 2 x 190 degree wide-angle lens
  • MicroSD card required, Maximum 128G (sold separately); Use Class10 SD card or over UHS-I.
  • Water and Dust Proof: IP67 rating protects the MADV360 against dust and water and can be submersed one meter for up to thirty minutes.
  • Live Preview and Editing: Connect to your Android or Apple devices with the free app and view your surroundings before snapping a shot. With the app you can control manual exposure (up to 32 seconds and perfect for dark settings), aperture, shutter, & ISO
  • Invisible Selfie-Stick and Cinematic Stabilisation: 6-axis EIS corrects for movement in multiple directions – even while skiing, skydiving, bungee jumping, or other high-speed movements. This allows you to focus on one view-point without any shake. The included selfie-stick is automatically removed from photos and videos so when you share it appears as though your camera is floating. This allows you to capture the perfect bird’s-eye view and third person perspectives.
  • Automatic Photo Stitching: MADV360’s dual 190 degree wide-angle lenses automatically stitch together photos that are ready to share in an instant.
  • The MADV360 is shareable to social media directly from the app.
  • Includes standard tripod and accessory threaded mount compatible with quick release plates 

The Good Stuff

I like this camera!

Not only is the resolution remarkable, but it’s simple to use, can film for nearly four hour continuously (although it did demand a bit of a lie down in a darkened room afterwards), and the selfie-stick works well, being erased when the film is stitched.

The Bad Bits

Okay, so here goes –

Whilst the camera and app are really easy to use, editing/stitching and using your photographs outside the app is tricky. It takes a bit of experimenting to figure out how to do this, but if I can do it, anyone can. It certainly isn’t a deal breaker for me.

Final Verdict

This tangerine dream of a camera is brilliant, and pretends to be far more expensive than it really is. It makes you feel like you should be filming whilst shooting through white water rapids, or watching dolphins cresting the bow wave of an expensive motorboat – it’s a fun camera, and it makes you feel fun too!

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MADV Madventure 360 Camera, 4K Video, 24MP Photo, Waterproof, Selfie-Stick and Tripod...

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3) Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera

Overview

 I’ll be honest here, I was a little disappointed when I unpacked this camera – it’s gray, rectangular and quite frankly, looks boring. However, I soon decided that, although it looks like a discarded piece of plastic you might find in the long grass by the side of a busy road, it is an amazing piece of kit.

Features

  • Theta V shoots hi-def smooth 360 Degree video at 30 fps @ 3840 x 1920 pixels or 4K. It supports the H.264 file format for video recording ; Remote release: CA-3-compatible
  • Hi-res 360 Degree spherical stills & video
  • New Qualcomm Snapdragon processor has completely enhanced the exposure accuracy and white balance algorithm
  • Theta has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360 Degree spatial audio recording built in Omnidirectional audio is recorded not just in the horizontal direction but also in the vertical direction
  • The world’s-first Remote Playback capable fully spherical camera allows users to wirelessly playback 360 Degree images and videos on a large-screen display using a compatible wireless display adapter
  • Wireless LAN transfer speed (WLAN, MAX): 2.4GHz, 3mm: 20Mbps; 2.4GHz, 10mm: 10Mbps; 5GHz, 3mm: 50Mbps; 5GHz, 10mm: 10Mbps.
  • The camera can always be connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth low energy (BLE) This function provides improvements in usability and power consumption

The Good Stuff

 You’d be hard pushed to find a camera with a better audio capture, the images and video are shockingly good too, and even the stitching, which a lot of cameras fall short on, is impressive.

I’ve no problems recommending this camera for both entry level and professional photographers.

The Bad Bits

Used to receiving an epic tome of instructions, I nearly missed the sad lonely piece of paper that was little more than an infographic. So I had to do a lot of Googling, and playing around with the camera to figure out how it works. I got there in the end, but it could have been much faster, and less frustrating.

Also, the Theta is all about the huge fisheye lenses, but these were shipped with no protection! Luckily they survived, but, Ricoh, you need to address this.

Final Verdict

Overlooking its dull grey appearance, this camera well deserves its place in the top 3 best selling 360° cameras. With excellent resolution, great stitching features, and the unique Remote Playback, the Theta is definitely one to go for.

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Ricoh Theta V 4k 360 Spherical Camera

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Last update was in: July 23, 2018 5:13 pm

$394.45 $396.49


 

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