Top 10 Best 360 Cameras For Video 2018

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There are soo many 360 cameras on the market… So which 360 camera is best for you? This really depends on why you want to shoot 360 video in the first place. Do you want to film yourself doing action sports? Then consider what are the mounting options, is it waterproof, and how durable is it. Do you want to film travel vlogs? Then consider its form factor, how good is the audio, and how much storage will you need. Do you want to film virtual tours? Then consider how easy is the post editing workflow, is the video sharp enough, how easy is it to patch the nadir. Once you know why you want to shoot 360 video, the decision process will get a whole lot easier!

I considered 3 main factors when I made the Top 10 list. These are:

  1. How simple is the workflow to plan, film, edit, and publish a 360 video on social media?
  2.  
    Ideally, you want to be able to make a video entirely on your phone and post it directly on social media. For high quality video output you will need a Desktop workflow. I will share what tools the brand provides to help creators get their awesome content out there effortlessly. Visit the links and see if this works for you.

  3. How good is the video quality for Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube?
  4.  
    Social media is a very competitive place for content creators. Videos need to stand out to grab the viewers attention. The video needs to look sharp and clear. The video colours need to pop out.

  5. How proactive is the community?
  6.  
    These days help and support is provided through like minded content creators and moderators on Facebook Groups and Messenger. The bigger and more active the community, the fast and easier it is for you to get the support you need when you need it. Youtube is the place to go when you need to learn how to do something. I will share their social channels so you can see the tutorials, help and support available.

1. INSTA360 ONE X

Overall, the One X is the best value for money. It is packed with video features for endless creativity such as Timeshift, Bullet Time, Timelapse mode, Drift Shot, and more. The gimbal like 6 axis stabilisation is the best in its class. The only downside is the short battery life. You will need extra batteries or a power bank.

 

Video Resolution 5760 x 2880 (5.7K video), 30fps.
3840 x 1920 (4K video), 50fps.
3840 x 1920 (4K video), 30fps.
3008 x 1504 (3K video), 100fps.
Bitrate 100 mbps.
ISO 100 – 3200.
Shutter Speed 55 – 1/8000.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 18MP (6080 x 3040), JPEG or DNG RAW.
Battery Life 60 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof No.
Weight 115g.
Dimensions 115 x 48 x 28mm.
Editing Software Insta360 One X Android App.
Insta360 One X iOS App.
Insta360 Studio For One X (Windows And Mac).
Insta360 Studio (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Invisible Selfie Stick. Extended Edition Selfie Stick. Battery Kit. Venture Case. Dive Case. Drifter. Bullet Time Handle. GPS Smart Remote. Bundles for Bike, Mavic Pro, Football, Surf, Snow, Skate, White Water, Sky, Bungie, Run, Jet Ski, and Kiteboard. Tripod. Bluetooth Controller.
Community Insta360 One Series Facebook Community.
Insta360 Youtube Channel.
Insta360 Instagram.
Insta360 Twitter.
Website Insta360 One X.
Exclusive Offer FREE Invisible Selfie Stick when you buy the Insta360 One X from the Insta360 Store.

2. GOPRO FUSION

Fusion has the best colour and clarity in video hands down. Even better than the One X. But it is much more expensive, requires 2 micro sd cards, and the support has diminished over time.

 

Video Resolution 5228 x 2624 (5.2K video), 30fps.
3008 x 1504 (3K video), 60fps.
Bitrate 60 mbps.
ISO 400 – 6400.
Shutter Speed Up to 30s.
Microphone Spatial.
Photo Resolution 18MP (5760 x 2880), JPEG or GPR RAW.
Battery Life 75 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount GoPro mount.
Storage 2 Micro SDs required up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof Yes. Up to 5 metres.
Weight 220g.
Dimensions 74 x 75 x 40mm.
Editing Software GoPro Fusion Android App.
GoPro Fusion iOS App.
GoPro Fusion Studio (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Supercharger. Dual battery charger. Rechargeable battery. Fusion Grip. Hand + Wrist Strap. Suction Cup. Fetch. Jaws: Flex Clamp. Gooseneck. Tripod Mounts. Large Tube Mount. Pro Handlebar / Seatpost / Pole Mount. Pro Bike Sear Rail Mount. Soft Top + Bodyboard Mount. Surfboard Mounts. Camera Tethers. Fusion Mounts. Fusion Mounting Fingers. Fusion Case. Compact Case. Casey. Seeker. Bag Pack. Smart Remote. Fusion Replacement Door. Grab Bag.
Community GoPro Fusion Facebook Community.
GoPro Youtube Channel.
GoPro Instagram.
GoPro Twitter.
Website GoPro Fusion.
Check Price Amazon.

3. RYLO

Rylo is a dark horse in the 360 camera world! The video quality is excellent! It’s a shame there is no editing software on Windows. But it is coming soon…

 

Video Resolution 5824 x 2912 (5.8K video), 24fps.
3840 x 2160 (4K video), 30fps.
Bitrate 130 mbps.
ISO 400 – 6400 Auto.
Shutter Speed Auto.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 18MP (6000 x 3000), JPEG.
Battery Life 60 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like.
Mount 1/4″ screw or GoPro mount.
Storage Micro SD up to 256GB.
SanDisk Extreme 64GB Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme 128GB Micro SD.
Waterproof No.
Weight 108g.
Dimensions 72.5 x 37.0 x 42.7mm
Editing Software Rylo Android App.
Rylo iOS App.
Rylo For Mac (Windows Coming Soon).
Official Accessories Adventure Case. Everyday Case. Invisible Grip. Carrying Case. Battery Charger. Charge Cable. Battery. Sync Cable.
Community Rylo Facebook Community.
Rylo Youtube Channel.
Rylo Instagram.
Rylo Twitter.
Website Rylo.
Check Price Rylo Store.

4. KANDAO QOOCAM

A multi functional 360 camera that can also make VR180 videos as well as 360 videos. The battery life is the best out of all the 360 cameras. The colours are vibrant. I just wish the video resolution was higher than 4K. This is a very promising camera in the future.

 

Video Resolution 3840 x 1920 (4K video), 60fps.
3840 x 1920 (4K video), 30fps.
1920 x 960 (2K video), 120fps.
1920 x 960 (2K video), 100fps.
Bitrate 60 mbps.
ISO 100 – 3200 Auto.
Shutter Speed 60s – 1/4000.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 24MP (4320 x 2160), JPEG and DNG RAW.
Battery Life 180 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 256GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof No.
Weight 180g.
Dimensions 30.5 x 25 x 198.5mm.
Editing Software Qoocam Android App.
Qoocam iOS App.
Qoocam Studio (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Selfie Stick.
Community Qoocam Facebook Community.
Insta360 Youtube Channel.
Kandao Instagram.
Kandao Twitter.
Website Kandao Qoocam.
Check Price Amazon.

5. YI 360 VR

The Yi 360 was a promising 360 camera for video. The 5.7K video is sharp but it struggles with high dynamic range situations. The desktop software is too slow when stitching 5.7K video. There is no stitching software provided for MacOS.

 

Video Resolution 5760 x 2880 (5.7K video), 30fps.
5120 x 2560 (5K video), 30fps.
3840 x 1920 (4K video), 30fps.
2560 x 1280 (2.5K video), 60fps.
2560 x 1280 (2.5K video), 30fps.
1920 x 960 (2K video), 60fps.
1920 x 960 (2K video), 120fps.
Bitrate 120 mbps.
ISO 400 – 6400.
Shutter Speed Auto.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 16.6MP (5760 x 2560), JPEG.
Battery Life 40 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof No.
Weight 170g.
Dimensions 102 x 53.2 x 29.6mm.
Editing Software Yi 360 Android App.
Yi 360 iOS App.
Yi 360 VR Camera Desktop Software (Windows Only).
Official Accessories Not Available.
Community Yi 360 Facebook Community.
Yi Youtube Channel.
Yi Twitter.
Website Yi 360.
Check Price Amazon.

6. INSTA360 ONE

Insta360 are constantly thriving to make the 360 workflow more easy and mobile friendly. And this is what you get with the One. You can make cool videos using their app and publish it on social media. The video resolution is limited to 4K. You might want to consider upgrading to the One X at the top of this list.

 

Video Resolution 3840 x 1920 (4K video), 30fps.
2560 x 1280 (2.7K video), 60fps.
2048 x 512 (2K video), 120fps.
Bitrate 100 mbps.
ISO 100 – 6400.
Shutter Speed 60s – 1/4000.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 24MP (6912 x 3456), JPEG.
Battery Life 70 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof No.
Weight 82g.
Dimensions 96 x 36.5 x 25mm.
Editing Software Insta360 One Android App.
Insta360 One iOS App.
Insta360 Studio (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Invisible Selfie Stick. Extended Edition Selfie Stick. Battery Kit. Waterproof Housing. Bullet Time Handle. Android Adapter. Bundles for Bike, Mavic Pro, Football, Surf, Snow, Skate, White Water, Sky, Bungie, Run, Jet Ski, and Kiteboard. Tripod. Bluetooth Controller.
Community Insta360 One Series Facebook Community.
Insta360 Youtube Channel.
Insta360 Instagram.
Insta360 Twitter.
Website Insta360 One.
Check Price Insta360 Store.

7. GARMIN VIRB 360

Probably most well known for its GPS overlay functionality, and it has spatial sound built in! Although the lenses are too far apart. Being close to the camera near the stitch line will render horrible artefacts. It is also the most expensive camera on the list. Unfortunately, I do not see it as value for money.

 

Video Resolution 5760 x 2880 (5.7K video), 30fps.
3840 x 1920 (4K video), 30fps.
Bitrate 120 mbps.
ISO 100 – 6400.
Shutter Speed Auto.
Microphone Spatial.
Photo Resolution 15MP (5640 x 2816), JPEG.
Battery Life 60 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw or GoPro mount.
Storage Micro SD up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof Yes. Up to 10 metres.
Weight 160g.
Dimensions 39.0 × 59.3 × 69.8mm.
Editing Software Garmin Virb 360 Android App.
Garmin Virb 360 iOS App.
Garmin Edit (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Dual Battery Charger. USB Power Adapter. Rechargeable Battery. Heart Rate Monitors. Cycling Accessories. Tripod/Handgrip. Mount Base Kit. Powered Tripod Mount. Tube Mount. Watersport Mount. Helmet Strap Mount. Wrist Strap Mount. Chest Strap Mount. Adjustable Mounting Arm Kit. Dog Harness. VIRB Remote Control. Cradles. Lens Kit.
Community Garmin Virb 360 Facebook Community.
Garmin Youtube Channel.
Garmin Twitter.
Website Garmin Virb 360.
Check Price Amazon.

8. XIAOMI MI SPHERE

One of the best budget 360 cameras to get started with. Even though the video resolution is really low it still gives decent looking video. If you want to experiment whether 360 video is for you, then this is probably a good place to start.

 

Video Resolution 3456 x 1728 (3.5K video), 30fps.
2304 x 1152 (2.5K video), 60fps.
2048 x 512 (2K video), 120fps.
Bitrate 55 mbps.
ISO 50 – 1600 Auto.
Shutter Speed 32s – 1/6400.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 23.88MP (6912 x 3456), JPEG and DNG RAW.
Battery Life 75 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 128GB.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB V30 Micro SD.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB V30 Micro SD.
Waterproof Yes. Up to 1 metre deep. IP67 water resistance.
Weight 108.3g.
Dimensions 78 x 67.4 x 24.0mm.
Editing Software Mi Sphere Android App.
Mi Sphere iOS App.
Mi Sphere (Windows).
Official Accessories Not available.
Community Mi Sphere Facebook Community.
Mi Sphere Youtube Channel.
Mi Sphere Instagram.
Xiaomi Twitter.
Website Mi Sphere.
Check Price Amazon.

9. SAMSUNG GEAR 360 2017

The Gear 360 is a seamless and pleasant experience. Another great budget 360 camera to start with for beginners. But it does not have advanced editing capabilities like the Insta360 One or One X app does. There is no stabilisation so the camera must be on a tripod or kept steady at all times.

 

Video Resolution 4096 x 2048 (4K video), 24fps.
Bitrate 60 mbps.
ISO Up to 1600.
Shutter Speed Auto.
Microphone Stereo.
Photo Resolution 15MP (5472 x 2736), JPEG.
Battery Life 75 mins.
Stabilisation None.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage Micro SD up to 256GB.
Samsung EVO Plus 64GB Micro SD.
Samsung EVO Plus 128GB Micro SD.
Waterproof No. IP53 dust and splash-proof.
Weight 130g.
Dimensions 100.6 x 46.3 x 45.1mm
Editing Software Samsung Gear 360 Android App.
Samsung Gear 360 iOS App.
Cyberlink Action Director (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Tripod. Remote. Quick Release Buckle. Flat and Curved Mounts.
Community Samsung Gear 360 Facebook Community.
Samsung Youtube Channel.
Website Samsung Gear 360 2017.
Check Price Amazon.

10. RICOH THETA V

Theta V produces wonderful colour in videos. The stitching is excellent since the lenses are extremely close together. It’s the only 360 camera which allows you to add an external microphone. It’s a very useful add on for vloggers. It’s a shame the video resolution is limited to 4K and there is no removable storage.

 

Video Resolution 3840 x 1920 (4K video), 29.97fps.
1920 × 960 (2K video), 29.97fps.
Bitrate 56 mbps.
ISO 64 – 6400 Auto.
Shutter Speed 60s – 1/25000.
Microphone Spatial.
External Mic Input.
Photo Resolution 14MP (5376 x 2688), JPEG.
Battery Life 80 mins.
Stabilisation Gimbal-like 6 axis.
Mount 1/4″ screw.
Storage 19GB internal memory.
Waterproof No.
Weight 121g.
Dimensions 45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9mm.
Editing Software Ricoh Theta V Android App.
Ricoh Theta V iOS App.
Theta + Editing Android App.
Theta+ Editing iOS App.
Ricoh Theta Movie Converter (Windows And Mac).
Official Accessories Monopod. Underwater Housing. 3D Microphone.
Community Ricoh Theta V Facebook Community.
Ricoh Theta V Youtube Channel.
Ricoh Theta Instagram.
Ricoh Theta Twitter.
Website Ricoh Theta V.
Check Price Amazon.