Best 360-degree camera 2018: 10 cameras to capture everything

by admin July 11, 2018 at 2:19 pm

Are you in the real world yet? Forget the 3:2, 4:3 and 16:9 camera formats, and embrace the world as it is – a 360-degree landscape in which anything can happen, anywhere. That’s the selling point for a new breed of 360-degree cameras that usually put two fisheye lenses back-to-back in a variety of designs to let you capture the world in a whole new way. 

However, do be careful about claims of high resolution; 4K may sound a lot for a standard video, but when those pixels are shared around a 360-degree landscape the end result won’t look as detailed as you might expect. 

In the emerging genre of 360-degree cameras, anything goes

In the emerging genre of 360-degree cameras, anything goes, and the product you choose will depend as much on what kind of activities you want to capture as the quality of the camera itself. Is the 360-degree format still a novelty? Yes, probably, but standards are being raised quickly, with 4K, livestreaming and post-crop editing features now to the fore. 

1. GoPro Fusion

Mountable and waterproof, this 5.2K resolution 360° effort could be hard to beat

Weight: TBC | Max. video resolution: 5228 x 2624 at 30fps | Stills resolution: 18MP | Battery life: 70 minutes

5.2K resolution

Over-capture for standard video

High-end and expensive

Overkill for most users

Did GoPro just change the 360° game? Possibly, though this highly innovative spherical camera will be too rich for most people’s blood. The Fusion can capture 360° video in 5.2K resolution video at 30fps (or 3K at 60fps). Nice, but its real trick isn’t 360 at all; an ‘over-capture’ mode films in 360°, but only to allow the creation of standard 16:9 video from the footage – so, much like post-focus on modern cameras, the Fusion allows post-framing. Why did no-one think of this before? Now add GPS, a compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3D audio, and compatibility with existing GoPro mounts, and the waterproof (to a depth of 5m) Fusion could be a semi-pro videographer’s dream.

2. Ricoh Theta V

Now capturing in 4K, and with an unbeatable form factor

Weight: 121g | Max. video resolution: 3840 × 1920 at 30fps | Stills resolution: 14MP | Battery life: 80 minutes

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