360º Cameras!

Have fun with panorama’s

by DotComGuy on 2/22/2018

360º cameras have been around for awhile, but have been out of reach of the average consumer due to cost and availability. Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore! Today we’ll go over a couple options to get your feet wet in the “360º world”.

The simplest way to get going with some 360º pictures or videos is to use a camera specifically designed for taking panoramic photos and videos. These types of cameras are used to create video and images similar to the Blue Angels video in this article. The benefit of using a camera designed for 360º footage is quality. You don’t have to worry about your photos coming out blurry, or poorly stitched together. Most of the decent cameras in this market cost $200-$300 and are a great way to get going with your “3D Memories”.

I decided to look at the Insta360 One first. This was the camera that came most highly recommended to me, and seemingly for good reason. The price was right, at about $300 depending on the retailer. Photos taken with this camera are very high quality, and the software included is very user friendly making it a great option for any consumer.

I also looked at the Samsung Gear 360. This camera came in as the “budget” or “entry-level” option, but I found the quality was quite good! The Gear 360 will cost you around $180, and is a great option for those looking to have a 360º camera without dumping a lot of cash. It plays well with your other Samsung devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.). A very solid little camera!

Now, not everyone is going to want to go and spend money on a camera just to take some cool 360º pictures. The great news is that with the advances in smartphone cameras and software over the last few years we’re able to use apps to “stitch” together pictures into a 360º image!

The best option I have found is Google’s PhotoSphere. This is part of Google’s Camera app, is available for both Android and iOS, and is able to create some very nice 360º pictures. The only downside I have really found to using my smartphone is the lack of ability to capture video in a 360º format.

Whichever option you end up going with, 360º photos and videos can be a great way to capture memories!