We often tell our loved ones "wish you were here!
" when we are experiencing something amazing without them. Now, they can really immerse themselves in the same experience you did - through virtual reality! 360 degree cameras capture everything
around you - every angle above, below, behind and next to you. It really is mind-blowing, to say the least.
And for those who feel that this might not be a reality due to the steep prices of such cameras, fret not! You can still take amazing 360 videos and pictures, without breaking your bank!
Yes, we are! Here are 5 360 degree cameras that are below USD300 ?
1. LG 360 Cam
This is the most affordable camera in the list but don't underestimate it's capabilities just because of its price tag. Its dual wide-angle of 13 million pixel lenses allows you to record 360-degree videos with a pristine 2K resolution. It also comes equipped with 200-degree wide angle cameras, a 1200mAh battery and 4GB worth of internal memory.
I'd say this one's quite a steal!
Credit: @lg_france on Instagram
The LG 360 Cam is compatible with most high-end smartphones. You can directly publish 360 videos and photos taken to Youtube and Google Street View ?
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Taken with the LG 360 Cam[/caption]
Credit: @wingck1968 on InstagramPros:
- Easy to use
- Compact - it's case can also be used as a handgrip
- Excellent value for a 360 camera
- Small internal memory, hence requires a microSD card (not included)
- No editing options in mobile app or desktop software
- Photos and videos have to be downloaded before they can be viewed
USD138 on AmazonWebsite
2. Insta360 Nano
Compact yet comprehensive, the Insta360 captures 3k videos at 30 frames per second or still images with a resolution of 3,040 x 1,520. It's designed to fit on the Iphone 6/6S and 6 Plus/6S Plus. This is perfect for iPhone users ? Though it's only slightly more expensive that the LG 360 Cam, its microSD card supports a lot more storage - up to 64GB of storage.
Credit: @elite_mkt on Instagram
The camera boasts 210-degree lenses flanking either side, allowing it to take videos and pictures of good quality!
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Taken with the Insta360[/caption]
Credit: @ebrahim_mim on InstagramPros:
- Records with or without iPhone
- Large storage capacity
- Wireless streaming
- Only compatible with iPhone
- Video is not in HD quality
- Requires removal of phone case to connect
USD194.95 on Amazon
3. Kodak PIXPRO SP360
Despite being significantly cheaper than the new Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K
, it is just as tough and versatile. It is 2m shockproof, dust proof and best of all, it's water resistant!
Credit: @siam360camera on Instagram
Capturing ultrawide-angle 1080p videos and 10MP pictures, this is the
camera for those who love the rugged outdoors ☺️
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Taken with the Kodak PIXPRO SP360[/caption]
Credit: @dittico on InstagramPros:
- Weather-resistant body
- YouTube support
- Easy to use
- Moderate image quality
- Camera's WiFi stars up each time camera is turned on hence user cannot start recording immediately
- Full HD not available in panoramas
USD246.99 on Amazon
4. Ricoh Theta SC
With 4 different colors to choose from, this camera might seem like the most aesthetically pleasing one in the list. But that is not it's only merit! Ricoh Theta SC offers smartphone control with live view. Also, with an 8GB built-in memory, it can store up to 1600 images which can be viewed through VR headsets.
Credit: @pentaxricohspain on Instagram
The lenses have 14MP sensors behind them and you can also enjoy a full HD video capture ?
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Taken with the Ricoh Theta SC[/caption]
Credit: @tickmuuu on InstagramPros:
- Attractive design
- Good image and video quality
- Simple interface
- Continuous HD video recording limited to 5 minutes
- No HDMI port hence user cannot do live streaming
- Video recording rather choppy
USD278 on Amazon
5. Samsung Gear 360
I can't help but likening this to minions ? Moving on. The Samsung Gear 360 is the most expensive camera in the list. It's probably because of its 25.9MP photos and 3840x1920 high resolution videos, providing you with an unparalleled quality of footage. The camera's app only works on select Samsung phones so other phone users might need to wait a bit before getting their hands on this one.
Credit: @samsungptyalbrookmall on Instagram
This camera is also splash - and dust-resistant, making it the perfect choice to capture images at high altitudes such as the one below!
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Taken with the Samsung Gear 360[/caption]
Credit: @janiceklibor on InstagramPros:
- Good quality photos and videos
- Easy to use either on its own or with its mobile app
- Impressive battery life
- Lenses are easily scratchable and replacements are not available
- Takes a long time to transfer clips longer than a couple of minutes
- No external mic support
USD298.72 on Amazon
We hope you're impressed by the capabilities that 360 cameras offer! If you own any of these cameras, or have other cameras to recommend, do let us know in the comments section below. We'd love to hear from you ☺️