360-degree cameras to capture the world around you

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 12 Feb 2020
360-degree cameras to capture the world around you

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With a smartphone or a traditional camera, one can only capture what is visible through the viewfinder. Sure, you can use the panorama feature on a smartphone to stitch a 360-degree photo, but we all know how good those photos turn out. Thanks to the advancements in technology, we now have a host of cameras that can fit in your pocket and can shoot videos in 360-degree. These 360-degree cameras come with a multitude of features like 4K recording, the ability to transfer the videos wirelessly to a smartphone, compact form factor and more. If you are looking to capture your holidays or adventures in 360-degrees and are looking for a camera, you can consider the following which are available on Amazon.

Ricoh Theta V 360

The Ricoh Theta V is an easy-to-use a 360-degree camera with the ability to shoot videos in 4K. In addition to videos, users can also shoot 360-degree images with the camera. It also comes with a bunch of shooting modes to spruce up the video or image you are clicking. You can also live stream in 360-degrees using the camera. Adding to the immersion the camera has 4 microphones built into it to independently record sound from 4 different directions when shooting video. Users can also upload the 360-degree video to compatible social platforms with ease. The camera itself has a shutter button along with indicators for the mode you are shooting in. The camera comes with a soft carrying case and a USB cable. 

YI 360 VR Camera

The YI 360 VR camera has the ability to shoot in 5.7K. If you like, you can also shoot 360-degree videos in 4K at 30 frames per second. It has a claimed battery life of 60 minutes. The camera comes equipped with two Sony IMX377 image sensors. It also has the Ambarella VR chip to stitch 360-degree videos. You can upload 360-degree videos to YouTube and Facebook with ease. With built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, users can control, preview, playback and instantly share content from their smartphone. The camera is light, weighing a mere 168g. 

Insta360 ONE X

The unique thing about the Insta360 One X is that it boasts of FlowState stabilization which helps to stabilize a shaky image. So if you are capturing adventure sports like mountain biking, you can rest assured that the video won't be as shaky as your experience. The camera also has the ability to capture in HDR adding fidelity to your captures. The camera can capture in 5.7K in 30 frames per second, 4K in 50 frames per second and 3K in 100 frames per second giving you the option of smoother playback or higher visual fidelity. Using the smartphone app, users can either slow down certain moments or speed things up. The device also has a companion app that is compatible with both Android and iOS. 

Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S is a 360-degree camera that can shoot 1080-pixel videos at 30 frames per second. It has the ability to shoot continuously for 25 minutes.

In addition to videos, the camera can also shoot 360-degree photos. There is a dedicated smartphone app that will help you control things like exposure and white balance while shooting. For long exposure, the shutter speed can be set from 1/6400 seconds to 60 seconds. There is an LED indicator on the camera which quickly lets you check the status of the camera at a glance. You can transfer the content shot from the camera to the smartphone fast using Wi-Fi. The camera has a compact form factor and is light weighing 125 grams. 

Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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