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The Best 360 Cameras for 2023


Insta360 X3 (Credit: Jim Fisher)

Although most cameras cut out a slice of the world for posterity, dual-lens models take the opposite approach. These 360-degree cameras record everything around them, so you can share footage on VR platforms or creatively reframe video to fit a 16:9 screen.

360-degree video cameras should appeal most to thrill-seekers who want to go beyond what a single-lens GoPro can capture, as well as to travel vloggers who like to guide viewers through famous locales. But realtors and interior designers who want to show off homes and produce virtual tours are better off with a photo-first model. Ricoh offers virtual tour software for its Theta series, and Matterport is a familiar name in the real estate photography space.

With that in mind, here are our top picks for 360 photo and video cameras, along with some guidance for each category.

 

360 Cameras for Video

Before you buy a 360-degree camera for video, think about how you plan to use it. If you’re an adventurer, for example, you need a waterproof, mountable model like the Insta360 One R or GoPro Max. High-end customers should also consider the Insta360 Pro 2(Opens in a new window) ($4,999) or Titan(Opens in a new window) ($15,278).

To get the best footage, look for a camera that offers a resolution of at least 5K and bundles software that helps you edit for 16:9 displays. The latter typically run on mobile devices and let you pan across or cut video captures to direct your viewer’s attention.


Insta360 X3

The Insta360 X3 is our favorite 360-degree video camera. Its lenses support 5.7K30 video with Active HDR for better results in mixed lighting and you get access to several creative features including slow-motion bullet time and 8K time lapses. The camera is waterproof and can survive rough handling too, so it’s suitable for mounting and capturing action. Insta360’s software tools put the X3 over the top because they make it easy to edit and reframe spherical video in creative ways.

MSRP $449.99

MSRP $449.99

$449.99

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GoPro Max

The Max is GoPro’s sophomore 360-degree effort and it offers a more streamlined experience than its predecessor, the Fusion. The Max captures quality 5.6K footage, with software support to reframe and change the projection of video. The editing tools aren’t quite as slick as those you get with the Instax360 X3, but vloggers might prefer the Max because of its premium, six-mic audio array.

MSRP $499.99

MSRP $499.99

$499.99

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Insta360 One RS

The Insta360 One RS sets itself apart from dedicated 360-degree cameras because of its modular design. You can use its dual-lens 360 cam to roll 5.7K spherical footage, or swap in the 4K Boost lens for digitally stabilized 16:9 at up to 60fps, 6K CinemaScope at 24fps, and 48MP Quad Bayer stills.

MSRP $549.99

MSRP $549.99

$408.00

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Insta360 Pro 2

Production companies and VR pros should consider buying the $5,000 Insta360 Pro II. It records 8K footage, supports 3D, and can live stream at 4K quality.

$4,999.00

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360 Cameras for Photography

Although you can snap stills with made-for-video 360 cameras, a few models work well specifically for photography.

Cameras in Ricoh’s Theta family, for instance, can stand up by themselves or attach to a tripod, which makes them a versatile choice for interior and environmental shots. Realtors can use them to help craft virtual tours, too—photos transfer easily to a smartphone and Ricoh’s Virtual Tour(Opens in a new window) software enables easy sharing.

Specialists should also look at Matterport’s MC250 Pro2. It can create 360-degree scans of environments, useful for building virtual worlds, constructing 3D models, and presenting real estate properties. Matterport also sells the outdoor-ready Pro3 for around $6,000.


Ricoh Theta SC2

The Ricoh SC2 snaps smartphone-quality spherical stills using dual lenses. It stands up by itself, can attach to a tripod, and works with an app for remote control. It’s also available in several fun colors.

MSRP $299.95

MSRP $299.95

$299.99

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Ricoh Theta X

The slim Theta X features a color display for phone-free setups and quick image reviews. It snaps 60MP images, records video at 5.7K quality, and includes 46GB of internal storage. It’s a good fit for real estate and other 360-degree imaging applications.

MSRP $799.95

MSRP $799.95

$796.95

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Ricoh Theta Z1

Both of the Theta Z1’s lenses use a big, Type 1 sensor, so it produces better low-light photos than cheaper alternatives. Whether that advantage or the quality 23MP photos justify the camera’s high price depends on your needs.

MSRP $1,046.95

MSRP $1,046.95

$1,046.95

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Matterport MC250 Pro2

Realtors and 3D model makers should consider the Matterport MC250 Pro2. It’s a pro tool that requires a subscription to use, but it’s invaluable for creating 3D models and all-around photos of interior spaces. If you want to create 3D models outdoors, the more durable Matterport Pro3 is a step-up option for $5,995.

MSRP $3,395.00

MSRP $3,395.00

$2,795.00

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Beyond 360

GoPro Hero11 Black (Credit: Jim Fisher)

Regardless of how you intend to use your 360-degree recordings, it’s important to look at these cameras as just another tool in your kit. They are certainly not the best option for every shot, or even for every project. Check out our roundups of the best action cams, drones, and full-frame cameras for buying advice on those other categories.

VR.cam – VR180 Live Video Stream



With a technical team specialised in live streaming and broadcasting, we will advance the development of live immersive experiences. We are proud to come out as 360° enthusiasts, aiming to provide the greater experience.

We believe that Live VR180 will provide the best of what VR can offer, simply using a headset and browser.

Our recent camera, the VR180 provides users 4K live stream resolution with 30fps.

Products




Our first product, a kind of prototype, with a few hundred samples, is fully functional and we are already able to produce 5MP live stream with a subsecond latency.

It has been design for live stream chats, to feel closer to the subject without any postprocessing step

It can be also used to stream in VR live events, concerts, drama shows, meetings and more.

Several other cameras are in production and will coming soon, increasing the image quality and video size, up to 4k and more.

Features

High quality video live stream


Up to 4k

Dual lenses camera


We reproduce human stereoscopic vision

Extreme low latency


Subsecond latency for live chat experience

Dedicated Web XR interface


Need only a browser in the headset

VR180 custom SBS live streams


For an ultimate inmmersive feeling


R&D




We have developped our own dual lens camera from scratch to propose the best product quality and the best user experience. Our team is still improving our solutions and searching how to deliver the best quality / price compromise.

We develop the hardware but also the network layer, to publish live streams with subsecond latency, and also the software side, the VR player for the headset to offer a full working solution.


Partners





Our cameras are currently being used for various entertainment purposes, primarily adult live chats.

We are aiming to increase widespread use in public sectors and mainstream entertainment.


Use cases





Our VR player





Our VR player can be fully customisable and we can integrate all the features you need. We use the WebXR technologie, based on web standards. No need plugins, the player works on all web browsers.


Comparison of 360-degree cameras in the table on the website REC360.ru

TOP-10 360° cameras from 2015 to 2019 available on our website at the following link.

We suggest using the tool for comparing the capabilities of panoramic cameras. Below is a table with the main parameters, distinctive features, rating, cost and availability of 360 cameras in the REC360.ru online store.

The table allows you to add camera positions to a separate list and compare them locally with each other (only available for PC site) :

Compare Photo Designation Price Availability Rank Video resolution Photo resolution Features
4. 0 rating based on 5 ratings

1920×1080 (25 FPS)
  • 2 x 220° lenses
  • Multi-presentation mode
  • 8 built-in microphones
  • Speaker autofocus
  • Light adjustment
  • Add to compare 8

2Preorder 5.0 RATING BASED ON 5 RATINGS

5760 × 2880 6080 × 3040
  • The first modular action camera 2 in 1
  • First-class stabilization
  • Water resistant up to 5 meters
  • 4K Wide Angle
  • Remote control with iOS/Android
  • Support for Bluetooth microphones
  • Camera voice control
  • Manage with Apple Watch
  • H.265 codec compatible
38

2Preorder 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings

3840×1920 5376×2688
  • Interactive OLED screen
  • 4 body colors to choose from
  • New shooting modes
  • Distortion-free stitching
4. 5 rating based on 5 ratings

  • Touch display 2.4″
  • Color depth 12bit
  • Shooting modes RAW DNG
  • External microphone connection 3.5 mm
  • Shooting in 4k resolution up to 120 FPS
  • Patented SuperSteady
  • AI Slow motion support
  • Support for custom presets
  • Built-in high capacity battery
  • Built-in memory 64 GB
  • MicroSD connection up to 256 GB
035 2Pre-order 5.0 rating based on 5 ratings

4992×2496 (30 FPS) 5760×2880
  • Function touch display
  • Easy conversion from 360° to 16:9
  • 6 built-in microphones
  • Water resistant up to 5 meters
  • Max HyperSmooth stabilization
  • Voice control in Russian
  • Max SuperView widescreen
  • Integrated GPS
Add to Compare Insta360 EVO 29990 2Preorder 5. 0 rating based on 5 ratings

5760×2880 (30 FPS) 6080×3040
  • Certified cameras in Russia and CIS
  • 360° shooting and VR180 3D
  • 6-axis digital stabilizer
  • DNG RAW support
  • HDR photo and video support
  • FreeCapture Mode
8

5.0 rating based on 5 ratings
  • 1-inch CMOS sensors
  • RAW (DNG) shooting
  • 4-channel microphone
  • Live streaming in 4K
  • Variable aperture f/2.1, 3.5, 5.6
  • HDR support
  • Anti-slip
pre-order 4.7 rating based on 5 ratings

  • All-In-One
  • 8 built-in microphones
  • Easy connection and installation
  • Auto update over Wi-Fi
5.0 rating based on 5 ratings

  • 2 in 1: VR360 and VR180
  • VR180 3D shooting
  • Live streaming support
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 4 built-in microphones
35 4. 5 rating based on 5 ratings

  • Chambers certified in Russia and CIS
  • 6-axis digital stabilizer
  • Removable battery
  • Presence of OLED display
  • DNG RAW support
  • HDR support
  • Bullet Time Shooting
  • FreeCapture mode
  • Super Slow Motion
Add to Compare Insta360 Pro 2 + FarSight Module 449990 900 38

2Preorder 5.0 rating based on 5 ratings

7680×3840 ( 30 FPS) 7680×3840
  • Shooting 8k in 3D
  • CrystalView 9 support0058
  • Integration with Adobe Premiere
  • 9-axis electronic stabilizer
  • Remote control up to 1 km
  • Integrated GPS
  • Stream in 4k and shoot in 8k at the same time
Add to compare Kandao QooCam 35990 0038

2Preorder 3. 5 rating based on 5 ratings

3840×1920 ( 60 FPS) 4320×2160
  • 2 in 1: VR360 and VR180
  • VR180 3D shooting
  • Live streaming support
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • Optical Flow Stitching Technology
  • Slow Motion Shooting (120 FPS)
  • Sky Changing Mode
  • Refocus option for already captured images
Add to comparison Kandao Obsidian R 359000 2Pre-order 4.5 rating based on 5 ratings

7680×7680 (30 FPS) 7680×7680
  • 3D video and photography
  • HDR support
  • Built-in optical stabilization
  • Minimum parallax between lenses
  • Presence sound recording
  • Ergonomic design
  • Battery hot swap
6144×3072 (30 FPS) 6144×3072
  • Streaming support
  • 4 processors Ambarella A9 S75
  • Manual exposure and white balance
  • High sensitivity low light sensors
  • Batteries 4 x 18650 Li-ion
8

2Pre-order 3. 2 rating based on 5 ratings

3840×2160 (60 FPS ) 3840×3840
  • 3D photo and video capture
  • Translation support
  • Surround stereo recording
  • Includes VR Studio software
Add to compare Insta360 Nano S 14990 2Preorder 90 048 3.0 rating based on 5 ratings

  • Compatible with iPhone 6 and older
  • Sealing in the chamber
  • Ability to broadcast
  • FreeCapture mode available
Add to Compare Rylo 360 28990 2Preorder 4.7 rating based on 5 ratings

5824×2912 (24 FPS) 6000×3000
  • iOS version devices
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Picture-in-picture support
  • Monopod mount included
Add to Compare Kandao Obsidian GO 299000 2Preorder 3. 5 rating based on 5 ratings

3840×3 840 (30 FPS) 7680×7680
  • 3D shooting
  • DNG (RAW) format support
  • Battery life up to 4 hours
  • Post-production software
Add to compare Insta360 ONE 25990 2Pre-order 4.5 rating based on 5 ratings 0035

  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • Bullet Time Shooting
  • DNG RAW support
  • Autonomous operation without smartphone
  • Live streaming in 4k resolution (incl. Little Planet)
  • FreeCapture mode
  • Lightning/Bluetooth connection to smartphone
  • 6-axis digital stabilizer
  • MicroSD memory card 8 GB included
  • Hard case and lens cap
38

2Pre-order 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings

No support 134 megapixels
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Solution for engineering systems
  • Export point cloud to AutoCAD
  • Replacement for expensive LiDAR
  • Storage of tours (objects) in the cloud
  • Shooting 3D panoramas
  • 3D floor plan preparation
  • VR View Compatible
2Pre-order 4. 5 rating based on 5 ratings

5760×2880 (30 FPS) image stabilization
  • Live streaming in 4K
  • Real-time stitching
  • 4ch surround recording
  • Interchangeable lens
  • Timelapse and Travelapse shooting functions
  • G-Metrix data overlay
  • Waterproof and shockproof case
  • kaz 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×2160 (30 FPS) 3840×2160
    • AUX output 3.5mm
    • Storage case included
    90 2Pre-order 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings 56

  • OS Android 7.1
  • Display 3″ Multi-Touch
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • 16GB ROM + MicroSD support
  • 038

    2Pre-order 1.7 rating based on 5 ratings

    5760×2880 (30 FPS) 5760×2880
    • 4k live streaming
    • Sony IMX377 lenses
    • Street View Mobile support
    • Tripod included
    2Preorder 4. 0 rating based on 5 ratings

    8192×8192 (30 FPS) 8192×8192
    • 17 interchangeable modules
    • Shooting VR Ready content
    • 3D support
    • Stitching based on Google Jump Assembler
    2Preorder 3.2 rating based on 5 ratings

    4096× 2048 (24 FPS) 5472×2736
    • Shooting with 1 or 2 lenses
    • Stream up to 2k
    • MicroSD support up to 256 GB
    • Mud and splash guard
    035 2Pre-order 2.5 rating based on 5 ratings

    4096×2048 (20 FPS) 4096×2048
    • Protection class IP66
    • Continuous stream 24/7
    • Connection and Power over Ethernet
    • Support RTSP
    2Preorder 4.3 rating based on 5 ratings

    7680×3840 (30 FPS) 7680 ×3840
    • Live streaming in 4k
    • 3D shooting
    • HDR and DNG RAW support
    • 4 built-in microphones + AUX
    • Real-time stabilization
    • Optical Flow Stitching Technology
    • 4k Slow Motion
    • Manual exposure
    • Batch stitching
    2Preorder 4. 3 rating based on 5 ratings

    1920×960 (30 FPS) 3840×1920
    • 360-degree video calls
    • Image stabilization
    • Live broadcasts in the social network
    • Sealing in the chamber
    • Storage case included
    0035 2Pre-order 4.5 rating based on 5 ratings

    5760×5760 (60 FPS) 5760×5760
    • Shooting 360 in 3D
    • Ability to conduct Live broadcasts
    • Shooting VR Ready content
    • Deep learning technology for stitching
    • FPS up to 120 fps (at 4k resolution)
    • HDR shooting mode
    2Pre-order 4.5 rating based on 5 ratings

    6144×3072 (30 FPS) 6000×3000
    • 0058
    • Manual exposure control and WB
    • Continuous shooting for 2+ hours
    • Single module with batteries
    35 2Pre-order 4. 3 rating based on 5 ratings

  • Live Preview Mode
  • Hold up to 1 min
  • Interval shooting available
  • Simultaneous storage of up to 1600 panoramas
  • Google Street View support
  • Compatible with iOS and Android
  • 4 body colors
  • Add to compare Kodak 4KVR Orbit360 36990 2Pre-order 3.5 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×1920 (30 FPS) 7360×3680
    • Satellite Pack
    • Live streaming via PC
    • Impact housing
    • Waterproof case
    • Slow motion mode
    • Wide variety of formats
    • MicroSD support up to 256 GB
    • Intervalometer
    • Remote control in stock
    5 2Preorder 3.8 rating based on 5 ratings

    2560×1280 (FPS 30) 3008×1504
    • Micro USB connection
    • Live broadcasts (including Little Planet)
    • Real-time stitching
    • Image stabilization
    • Manual horizon correction
    Add to comparison Vuze 71990 2Preorder 2. 7 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×2160 (30 FPS) 3840 ×2160
    • 4ch stereo
    • Shooting in 3D
    • Protection class IP64
    • Stitching software included
    0035 2Preorder 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×1920 ( 30 FPS) 5376×2688
    • 4-channel microphone
    • Minimum parallax
    • HDR support
    • PSVR native integration
    • Manual exposure
    • Exposure bracketing
    • Street View support
    • 19 GB built-in memory
    • Waterproof box (optional)
    0035 2Pre-order 4.0 rating based on 5 ratings

    4096×2048 (30 FPS) 4096×2048
    • 4-channel Ambisonic Audio
    • Real-Time Video Stitching Kit
    • Vahana VR Video Stream Processing Software
    8

    2Preorder 2. 7 rating based on 5 ratings

    2560×1440 (30 FPS) 5660×2830
    • 5.1 channel recording
    • 4 GB internal memory
    • Hard case and lens cap
    • Compatible with Google Street View
    2Preorder 2.8 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×1920 (30 FPS ) 7776×3888
    • Compatible with Gear VR glasses
    • Timelapse mode
    • Shooting with 2 or 1 lenses
    • Google Street View 9 support0058
    Add to compare Kodak SP360 4K Dual Pack kaz 2.8 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×1920 (30 FPS) 7680 ×3840
    • Ultra wide lens angle 235°
    • Remote control
    • Wi-Fi and NFC support
    • Free software for basic installation
    • Selfie stick included
    2Pre-order 1. 3 rating based on 5 ratings

    3840×2160 (24 FPS ) 7744×3872
    • Waterproof, impact resistant case
    • 2k Vibration Reduction
    • Nikon Nikkor Glass Tempered Lenses
    • Smartphone control via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    4.0 rating based on 5 ratings
    • Adjustable exposure up to 1 min
    • Manual exposure
    • HDR support
    • Exposure bracketing
    • Google Maps/Street View support
    • Waterproof box (optional)
    2Pre-order 4.5 rating based on 5 ratings

    No support 16000 ×8000
    • 36 lenses, photo resolution 108 megapixels
    • HDR support
    • Manual exposure
    • Optical linking
    • Smartphone live view
    • Built-in memory 16 GB
    8

    2Pre-order 5. 0 rating based on 5 ratings

    2880×2880 (30 FPS) 3456×3456
    • Water and impact resistance
    • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection
    • Built-in memory 64 GB
    • iOS and Android remote control
    • Streaming to Livit App
    • Integrated gyroscope and GPS

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    Jan 15, 2020
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    Circle Optics Hydra is a professional 360-degree camera that shoots 12-bit 12K video without the need for image stitching. Conventional professional spherical cameras use a set of fisheye lenses and multiple sensors to capture individual videos, which are then stitched together into a single 360-degree video. In high resolution cameras, the stitching process …

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    Nov 23, 2019
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    Kandao QooCam 8K is a 360-degree camera from a leading Chinese manufacturer of spherical shooting gadgets. QooCam 8K is characterized by the ability to record videos with a resolution of up to 8K, compact dimensions, advanced technological stuffing and at the same time “plays” in the price segment of consumer cameras. Moreover, the device offers a very simple and intuitive control system, is equipped with a high-end image stabilization system, can broadcast …

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    Oct 3, 2019
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    May 16, 2019
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    Mar 27, 2019
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    Feb 28, 2019
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    Meeting Owl is a compact, ergonomic, modern and very easy-to-use speaker camera for quickly organizing video conferences with 2 to 12 people in the same room.