A 360-degree camera is a great way to boost your videography and add a unique wrinkle to your skillset. It allows you to capture your entire surrounding and can give viewers a more immersive experience.
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The videos you create can be shared online, including on Facebook and YouTube, and can be viewed on PCs and mobile devices. They are especially popular among virtual reality fans who can watch them via VR headsets — although these aren’t as popular anymore as they used to be.
Best 360-degree cameras:
Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best 360-degree cameras regularly as new ones hit the market.
1. Insta360 One X2
This camera can record in 5.7K and can capture crisp stills in any environment. It comes with what the company calls FlowState stabilization that especially comes in handy when doing sports like mountain biking or skiing.
The Insta360 One X2 is packed with features like cinematic slo-mo that can level up your videography game. You can even tap into AI-powered editing to spice up your videos in a hurry. The battery recharges via USB-C and offers enough juice for 85 minutes of continuous recording.
2. Ricoh Theta SC2
This 360-degree camera has a thin body and is very compact, making it easy to carry around in your pocket. It can record up to three minutes of 4K video at one time and up to 115 minutes of 2K video on a single charge. It can also capture 14MP images. There are several microphones on board that record sound from many different directions when shooting video.
The battery should last you around 32 minutes of 4K recording, which you can edit with the Theta+ app. You get around 19GB of storage for your photos and videos. All these things combined make the Ricoh Theta SC2 one of the best 360-degree cameras you can get.
3. Kodak PixPro Orbit360
Kodak’s 360-degree camera has everything you need in an affordable package. It can shoot spherical 4K video, has multidirectional microphones built-in for capturing 360-degree audio, and a full suite of accessories.
The Orbit360 can record for up to 80 minutes before its battery dies and comes with spherical stabilization that ensures a smooth video. The camera even has built-in Wi-Fi so you can stream videos to your smart TV. Of course, you can also take stills with the camera at a resolution of 15MP.
4. GoPro Max 360
The GoPro Max 360 is packed with features. It has an 18MP sensor that can capture 6K video and sports six built-in microphones. The camera supports 12 voice commands, so you can start recording or take a photo without touching the device.
GoPro’s 360-degree camera features the company’s Max HyperSmooth stabilization and is waterproof up to five meters (16 feet). When paired with the Android app, you can transform 360 footage into artistic, traditional videos, as well as edit and share your content. And thanks to the PowerPano mode, you can take 270-degree panoramic images with a single button.
5. Vuze VR Camera
If you’re in the market for a 360-degree camera with a clever design, this is the one to get. It looks more like a hockey puck than the competition, but it packs numerous cameras on all sides.
You can record in 4K with all eight individual lenses. The Android app will then automatically stitch your videos together, so you’ll be able to share them right away. The camera comes with Advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for smoother videos and is compatible with a bunch of accessories from selfie sticks to tripods. It’s also designed to create VR content and plays well with Facebook and YouTube setups.
6. Vuze XR
This is easily the most unique option on our list of 360-degree cameras. Not only can it shoot 360-degree videos, but it can handle 3D 180-degree videos as well. It also comes with a six-axis gyro movement-tracking for stabilization purposes.
The Vuze XR sports four microphones and a 1,200mAh battery that’s good for around an hour of continuous recording. You can pair the device with an app that lets you transform 360-degree content into artistic-looking videos complete with various filters and effects.
7. Insta360 One R 360 Edition
The Insta360 One R 360 edition is truly one of the best 360-degree cameras you can buy today. It uses a dual-lens system to provide video at up to 5.7K resolution. It also supports what it calls FlowState Stabilization. If you mount the camera on your bike, car, or other moving vehicles, this feature will stabilize any footage you take, even in low-light conditions.
The Insta360 One R 360 edition also has an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means it can work even in up to over 16 feet of water.
8. Vecnos IQUI ZTQ01
This is a new 360-degree camera made specifically for the consumer market. It’s extremely slim and light (just 2.2 ounces) which means it should be easy to take it nearly anywhere. It contains three camera lenses on the top sides, plus a fourth lens at the very top. All you have to do to take 360-degree pictures is press a button and it handles the job automatically. It then sends the photo to your Android or iOS smartphone via a proprietary app, so you can quickly send it to your favorite social media accounts. The pictures can also be turned into 30-second videos.
While the image quality from this camera is perhaps not as good as some of the other cameras on this list, its ease of use and its portability are big pluses for the Vecnos IQUI ZTQ01.
9. KANDAO QooCam 8K
The KANDAO QooCam 8K is also a fairly small and compact camera. However, its two 20MP sensors allow it to take up to 8K 360-degree images and 30fps video. You can even take 120fps video at the lower 4K resolution, and live stream your footage in 4K as well. Even though it’s small, it has a touchscreen display that allows owners to see their videos and images, and adjust the camera’s settings.
The QooCam mobile app allows for remote control features, along with editing images and video. This camera is one of the more expensive ones on this list, however.
These are the nine best 360-degree cameras on the market today in our opinion, although there are plenty of other models available as well. We’ll update this post with new ones once they hit the market.