Since 2015, YouTube has been putting out 360º videos. You can scroll around and see what’s happening all around you, which makes it feel like you’re there. This has sparked a huge interest in 360º cameras. The best 360-degree cameras can sometimes cost thousands of dollars, but you can get pretty great quality cameras for much less. Here’s our list of the best 360º cameras.
The Best 360 Camera
Samsung is one of the big players in the 360º camera industry. The technology inside this camera is now 2-years old, which is a long time in tech. But we think it still stands up against the newer versions. The great thing about buying slightly aged tech is that the price has dropped significantly. You can now pick one of these up for less than $100.
Samsung Gear 360 camera shoots 4K video, takes 15-megapixel images, and can be used in almost any environment. It’s definitely one of the most user-friendly 360º cameras. There’s a big red button on the front to start and stop recording. Then, you can easily view and edit your videos in the app or share them straight to social. The main downside of this 360º camera is that it only really works with other Samsung products. You can make it work with an iPhone or an Android smartphone, but it works best with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and other Samsung smartphones. You may also be interested in some of the best trail cameras from our list, so check them out.
Dual 180º lenses
Works best with Samsung smartphones
Works with Samsung VR
- Weight4.6 ounces
The Insta360 ONE X is one of the new breed of 360º cameras. Of course, you’re going to have to splash out if you want this tech, but it’s worth it if you can afford it. The biggest draw is the image quality. Shooting 5.7k video at 50fps, this is one of the market leaders in 360º cameras. The images you get are ultra-smooth, detailed, and rich in color.
It also has a ton of added features that make it perfect for creators. For example, the TimeShift function allows you to shoot in cinematic slo-mo or speed things up. It also has a technology called FlowState Stabilization that mirrors the effect of a gimbal – basically, it stops the camera from shaking when you’re shooting in an unstable environment. The cinematic editing possibilities in the app are seemingly endless. You can focus in on parts of the video and make them smoother. Then, add in music and effects to create a finished product. For YouTubers, this is one of the best 360º action cameras on the market.
Dual 180º lenses
Slo-mo and timelapse
- Weight3.2 ounces
Shooting 360º video isn’t just reserved for vloggers, YouTubers, and skaters. It also has a place in home security. Instead of placing cameras in every corner of a room, you can just let one camera do all of the work for you. This 360 Home Security Camera isn’t technically a 360º camera, because it only has a 110º field of vision. However, if you put it in one corner of your room, you will be able to see everything that’s going on. It works perfectly as a security camera or a baby monitor.
It shoots 720p video and has MOS sensors that give it a night-vision range of 22 feet. You can clearly see what’s going on, even when the room is dark. It also supports real-time motion detection. When it detects something moving around your home, you will get a notification sent to your smartphone immediately. You can call the cops and catch them in the act.
110º wide-angle lenses
Motion detection alert
Two-way audio (microphone built-in)
- Weight3.68 ounces
This 360º camera from Rylo is one of the best on the market. It’s priced slightly cheaper than the Insta360 ONE X, but it doesn’t have quite the same impressive array of editing features. What it does have is the ability to shoot crystal-clear 5.8K video. Plus, it has a similar stabilization technology that stops the camera from looking like it’s being bounced all over the place.
It can create amazing time-lapses that are up to 16x normal speed but unfortunately, it doesn’t have any slow-motion capability. As we said, it’s not quite as feature-stacked as the Insta360 ONE X, but it’s still worth considering. If you’re a YouTuber, video creator, or extreme sports junkie, there’s a lot you can do with a camera like this. To get the most out of this 360º camera, we’d recommend buying a selfie stick or the Rylo Invisible Grip. You can create all sorts of amazing video clips where the camera looks like it’s floating.
Dual 180º lenses
Rylo’s stabilization technology
- Weight3.84 ounces
Cheap 360 degree cameras are pretty hard to come by, but we’ve found one in the 360fly 360° HD Video Camera. If you can tolerate a drop in quality and features from the more expensive models, this little camera will provide you with some awesome footage. One of the reasons it’s cheaper is the way it achieves 360º video. Instead of having two 180º cameras that merge together, it has a dome-shaped camera on top of the body. That means you have to hold it upright to achieve a stable video.
The other reason is the drop in video quality. It shoots HD video, but the resolution is only 1504 x 1504, so it’s not as clear as the 4K cameras we’ve featured. On the plus side, you can edit your video in both mobile and desktop apps. It’s compatible with pretty much all modern devices, so you don’t need any specific equipment to edit and publish your videos. The other thing we like is that you can buy it with a suction mount that can stand speeds up to 100+ mph, making it one of the best 360º cameras for cars. For more amazing products for your car, check out our guide to the best dash cams.
1504 x 1504 video
360fly mobile app
Dustproof, shockproof, water-resistant
- Weight1.2 pounds
Like we said earlier, 360º cameras aren’t just for ski videos, roller coasters, and fighter plane cockpit videos (although they are pretty cool). The Meeting Owl uses 360º technology to improve the modern meeting. More and more people are working remotely, which has been made possible by Skype, webcams, and other remote-meeting technology. However, it’s never been quite as effective as a face-to-face meeting. The Meeting Owl changes that.
It’s perfect for situations where one or two employees are remote, and the rest are in a meeting room. You place it in the center of the table and it provides a 360º live video of the meeting. The remote employee will then see a 360º view of the room as well as a separate screen that automatically focuses on whoever is talking. It even has a speaker built-in, so everyone can hear what the remote employee is saying. If you have live meetings with anyone working remotely, this is a must-have gadget. It will revolutionize the way you have meetings.
Tracks the person speaking
Free 30-day return policy
- BrandOwl Labs
- Weight6.1 pounds
The Richo Theta SC 360º is a mid-range 360º camera for recreational use. It’s pretty similar to the Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera and Insta360 ONE X, but it doesn’t achieve quite the same picture quality. It shoots 1920×1080 HD video, which is still very clear and has amazing colors.
One of the best things about this camera is how easy it is to use. To start recording, you just have to hit the central button and it does the rest of the work for you. You can shoot up to 5 minutes of HD video, which can be transferred to the app in just 60 seconds. Then, in the app, you can view and edit your clips to your heart’s content. The editing software is really intuitive and doesn’t require any video-editing experience. We’d recommend the Richo Theta SC 360º if this is your first foray into 360º filmmaking. The fact that it doesn’t have as many complicated features, makes it easy to get started straight away. It also makes an ideal electronic gift for any tech lover.
1920×1080 HD video
Dual 180º lenses
4 colors available
- ModelTheta SC – White
- Weight3.52 ounces
GoPro is still the biggest name in portable action cameras. So, it’s no surprise that they joined the race to make the best 360º camera on the market. The reason we like this 360º camera is the intuitive design. If you’ve ever owned a GoPro before, you’ll know that the ‘breaking-in period’ is pretty short – that is, the time it takes to get used to the camera. GoPro Fusion is no different.
The camera itself shoots 5.2K video and can take 18-megapixel stills. This can be viewed, edited, and shared using the GoPro app. One of our favorite features is ‘OverCapture’ – this allows you to frame and punch out any particular part of your 360º video. Basically, you can select a certain shot and make it the focus of your video. The other benefit of buying from GoPro is that they have some of the most advanced stabilization technology in the business, making the shots particularly smooth. Plus, the camera’s waterproof, so you can take it scuba diving, surfing, or just in the hot tub.
Dual 180º lenses
Fusion grip included
- Weight8 ounces
Kodak is a name synonymous with cameras. Namely, because they’re one of the oldest camera manufacturers in the world, stretching back to 1888. There’s nothing 19th Century about the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Action Cam though. It uses the same 360º video technology as the 360fly 360° HD Video Camera. That means it’s not quite as versatile as the 360º cameras that use two 180º cameras and merge the video together. However, it does shoot 1080p Full HD video and it’s splash-resistant, dustproof, shockproof, and can withstand temperatures down to -10ºC.
The thing we like best about this Kodak camera is the Extreme Accessory Pack that it comes with. As well as the camera, you get a standard case, waterproof case, suction cup, helmet mount, surfboard mount, quick clip, and much more. If you’re planning on taking your 360º camera into some hairy situations, this accessory pack will make it possible. It might not be the best camera on here, but with this pack, it’s definitely one of the toughest.
One 360º lens
2M shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof, & splash-resistant
Extreme Accessory Pack included
- ModelSP360 with Extreme Accessory Pack (YL5)
- Weight3.68 ounces
You might be wondering why the Theta Z1 costs around 3x the second most expensive camera on this list. The answer is both simple and complicated. The simple version is that provides a much better image quality. It gets complicated when you start to ask why. The shortcut explanation is that they use much bigger image sensors than normal 360º cameras. So, whilst it shoots the same resolution (4K) video as some of the much cheaper cameras we’ve looked at, but it provides much better performance in low-light conditions, improved dynamic range and all-round better image quality.
The other great thing is the fact that they’ve managed to fit all of this amazing technology into one of the smallest cameras on the market. If you’re looking for our money-no-object 360º camera, the Theta Z1 is definitely the best. It provides the closest thing to a professional quality 360º video that we could find.
Dual 180º lenses
Extra-large image sensors
Improved dynamic range
- Weight11.2 ounces