Normal cameras for action are … good, normal. But if you're looking for something a little different, there are models that record 360-degree video at once with multiple lenses. Here are the best among them.
There are a few ways to use this 360 degree video trick: edit your video later and choose where to point to a regular video frame, upload the whole thing to a special video gallery (or just YouTube) and let the user control where the view be lace or watch them with a VR headset and watch freely. All cameras below support these modes to a greater or lesser degree, but some include the editing tools you need to do yourself. We have made selections for the best standard, budget and upgraded models, as well as a dark horse picking for users who are already invested in the Action Camera segment.
All cameras below use MicroSD cards for storage.
Best Overall 360 Degree Camera: The Rylo 360 ($ 450) 360 looks pretty unassuming: a small rounded pellet of a camera, with a screen that only barely shows battery level and recording mode. But that's because it's packed with the gels with tech. Two 208-degree lenses, one on each side, sports a f / 2.8 mixer to drink in light and detail. Together, they combine for a 360 degree image with a resolution of 5.8K in standard 24fps recording mode, or a bit smoother in 4K. 180 degree still images or full circular panorama images can be captured in "6K" detail.
But it is the ease of use that makes Rylo particularly remarkable. Connect it directly to your phone with the supplied cable, the Android and iPhone variations cost the same, and it automatically charges the video files in the editing app. From there, you can frame clips in a 16: 9 standard ratio, upload 360-degree video to an online gallery or make the cut dynamically cut for program stabilization, all without touching a desktop computer.
Best upgraded 360 degree camera: Garmin VIRB 360
[Tillbehör] as a bicycle and helmet mount and a waterproof case. 19659002] GPS specialist Garmin is probably not the first name to appear in your mind when you think of a handset, but the company's VIRB 360 is worth a second look. Though it's about twice as expensive as the mobile-focused Rylo, it's much more capable, with a similar resolution that can make full 5.7 kHz, 360 degree recording at 30 frames per second. If you hit it down on 3K, it will give you super fast 60fps video. Double lenses and quadruple microphones are surprisingly capable, with a 15 megapixel sewn resolution and auto HDR support. The small camera does not need a case because it is waterproof and the hard glasses can be replaced by the end user. It can be mounted to a standard stand for starting.
But the hardware is only half of the story. VIRB has some serious software, automatically stabilizes videos and transmits them wirelessly to either a phone app or desktop editor. The microphones can pick up some basic voice commands, too practical when you cycle and do not want to stop recording. Just shout "Okay, Garmin, start playing" and it will start the video or you can say "remember it" to tag a certain spot for easier editing. It can even stream directly to the web – at full resolution, no less when it's connected to your phone. These extraordinary amenities make all the difference if you're looking for a premium 360 degree camera.
Best 360 Degree Camera Camera: Samsung Gear 360 ($ 84)
For those who can not motivate an expensive camera for only single 360-degree recording, the enhanced 2017 version of Samsung Gear 360 is an excellent budget option. For about nineties, you get a dual lens, dual sensor design that can handle basic 4K video and is evenly classified for some light water security. The larger body with a larger battery lasts longer than most handhelds, and its finger-friendly controls make it easy to record directly on the MicroSD card.
Wireless is only compatible with an app on Samsung phones, but uploading video clips or still images to a computer is also quite easy. Not being able to use it with iOS or other Android devices is a bit of a bummer, but there is no better option for under $ 100.
Ämor mentioned: GoPro Fusion ($ 595)
GoPro Fusion has similar specifications for Rylo 360 and costs $ 150 more, so it's not a good value proposition. But if you're already familiar with GoPro cameras and you're invested in the company's accessories and software systems, it might be worth considering anyway. Double-line design can handle 360-degree video of up to 5.2K (3K if you want 60 frames per second), and it features light waterproofing and GoPro's impressive digital video stabilization.
The unique "Overtaking" feature can convert a Full 360 degree video to a widescreen widescreen, perfect for sharing, no extra editing required. Like other GoPro cameras, it's easy to transfer video and still images to either your phone or computer for editing or sharing to social media. The package includes a removable battery for extended sessions away from a charger and grip to easily hold the camera.