360-degree cameras Round-up – all to capture around you at once




Cameras are changing rapidly. In recent years, the smart phone has increasingly become our primary camera for both photos and videos. In addition, there was a strong increase in sales of action cameras to film our sporting activities, under a drone and as a holiday camera, with or without selfiestick.

The latest development is the resurgence of virtual reality, with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive main display devices. Thus you form itself the center of a three-dimensional world and you can both videos and photos to look around. Vr is reserved not just for games, but also add an extra dimension to the images we capture, wide preferably 360 degrees. This is possible with a smartphone and an app, but even easier with a 360-degree camera. It allows you with one push of the button for everything, and besides capturing behind you and then look back in full glory. This technique is used in Google Street View and the cameras are also used to record concerts in 360 degrees, where you post the viewer can experience the concert from the public and you can look around.

A compilation video made by Tweakers with a selection of 360-degree images

In another sense seems to be a 360-degree camera above a logical successor to the action camera. An action camera mount you on a helmet, steering wheel or windshield, and the camera angle then explains everything you see in front of you, stuck in a video. They typically involve a viewing angle of approximately 170 degrees. That’s a pretty big corner, but you still see only a part of what is going on around you. For example you can not look back as to the public or a friend (in) unless you actually at that moment turn your head. With a 360-degree camera that problem is solved. This is almost everything you laid back and you can afterwards look behind you.

Until recently, Ricoh had Theta (S) camera pretty much a free playing field, although there are manual conversion kits are available for purchase for GoPro cameras and GoPro recently themselves Odyssey announced. In recent months, however, there are a lot of 360-degree cameras have been added, including the 360fly, LG Cam 360, Samsung Gear 360 and Panoview 360 that came through our distributor VR Motion. Also, Facebook is planning to join around the summer to this market with the surround 360 and then we have the Vuze and Nikon KeyMission 360 but appear until around the autumn.

All in all this is more than enough reason for us to make products that are available at this time, once put together and compare.



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