We are entering a new era. Viewing ordinary videos is over and now you can watch videos in 360 or virtual reality. 360° videos or VR videos is a wonderful experience and gives you so much more information, it gives you the feeling of being in the middle of the action.
But how do you make your own 360 degree video? You can do this with a standard video camera or a photo standard camera. Then go stitch all the images, this is something we did years ago to create virtual tours for Real Estate. Today, al this is in the past, you just grab your 360 camera and shoot the footage.
There are several cameras on the market. Below is a list of 360 degree cameras, enjoy.
The Theta S is a high-spec model that captures all of the surprises and beauty from 360°.Beauty as far as the eye can see, and a breathtaking sense of presence making you feel you are “right there, right now”. From still images to long movies (max. 25 minutes long), record your memories in a vivid, high resolution 360° world. The new RICOH THETA S gives you even higher quality and performance.
Price approx: $349.95
Capture everything, up to 25 minutes of video, live streaming
Object distance: Approx. 10cm (from front of lens)
Shooting mode: Still image: Auto, shutter priority, ISO priority, manual, Video: Auto
Still image: Manual compensation (-2.0 – +2.0EV, 1/3EV step)
ISO:Still image: ISO 100 to 1600, Video: ISO 100 to 1600, Live streaming: ISO100 – 1600
Lithium ion battery (built in)
Approx. 260 photos
Image file format: still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.3), DCF2.0 compliant, Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC)
Micro USB terminal: USB 2.0
Dimensions:44 mm (W) x 130 mm (H) x 22.9 mm (17.9 mm)
An innovative camera capable of capturing 100% of the spherical range in photo and video (bubls), without any blind spots. The Bublcam is an end to end technology solution allowing you to capture, view and share bubls through its hardware, web and mobile apps. It also includes features for HDR and time lapse photos.
The package includes:
Real-Time Image Stitching Software
Bubl Xplor App (mobile application): Capture, upload, view and share bubls
Bubl Cloud (web application): Upload, view and share bubl
Full camera control is available directly from the Bublcam or remotely via the mobile app for iOS or Android. You can trigger capture from another room or preview your content via the live stream.
Dimensions: 80mm (3.14″) diameter, circular
Weight: Bublcam: 280g
STORAGE On board: MicroSD/SDHC, Supports: 4GB – 32GB Class 10, UHS-1 microSD card
Optics: Aperture f/2.0, Field of view 4 lenses *190° FOV, focal length 1.2mm
multiplex 30fps (1440p*1440p) 15fps (1920p*1920p)
Equirectangular 30fps (1984*992) 15fps (2688p*1344p)
Multiplex (3840p x 3840p)
Equirect (5376p x 2688p)
The Nokia OZO is a slick looking camera, with it’s 8 sensors and 8 microphones it will be a high end camera but this might relate into a high end price tag too.
Capturing 360° spherical video and 360×360 surround sound with unique interactive monitoring, OZO increases both the quality and efficiency of Virtual Reality production.
One single video file stores all video and audio data in perfect sync. One output cable. One power and memory cartridge.
OZO’s real-time monitoring and wireless control software simultaneously displays all camera viewpoints, and allows precise sensor adjustments on the fly.
See and hear everything OZO captures via the unique Virtual Reality monitor output, providing directors real-time interactive feedback of cast performances.
Video Sensor Array: Eight, synchronised, 2K x 2K sensors
Video Area Coverage: Full-spherical, 360 x 180 degrees
Lens Angle of View: 195 degrees per lens
Relative Aperture: f/2.4
Capture Frame Rate: 30.00 fps
Weight: 4.2kg / 9.3lbs including Battery
Dimensions – camera head only: 264 x 170 x 160mm / 10.4 x 6.7 x 6.3″
This camera looks like a gadget straight from Star Wars with a price tag aimed at end consumers. Without the need of additional editing software. You can even attach it as a lightbulb on the ceiling.
The GIROPTIC 360cam instantly captures your greatest moments from all angles. Powered by the GIROPTIC 360 Virtual Sensor Technology, the 360cam is the first and only 360 camera able to record full spherical photos and videos as a .jpg or .mp4 file, without any software or post-processing.
Designed with quality and simplicity in mind and inspired by high-end DSLR cameras, the 360cam is combining the lightness and durability of magnesium alloy with the soft touch and shock-resistance of rubber. The 360cam is a beautiful, yet highly technical, device. Rugged and waterproof, the GIROPTIC 360cam can come with you anywhere.
The GIROPTIC 360cam is paving the way to virtual reality, producing content that can be played back on any screen and device without any processing.
Comes with GPS, WIFI and Gyroscope and for us action water-action-freaks, it is waterproof.
Video: 2K 25-30fps
Photo: 4K 3fps
FOV: 360 degrees
Compact and rugged: 6,9cm x 6,9cm, 180g / 6,3oz, Waterproof (IPX 8)
Available modes: Video (25/30 fps) , Photo (self-timer / HDR), Burst (up to 3 fps), Timelapse (5 to 60sec), Live (over built-in Wi-Fi or POE base)
Custom optics: 3 x 185° ultra wideangle optics, Ultra-sharp 6 elements glass lens, Fixed f/2.8 apeture, Total FOV 360° x 300°
Advanced video capture settings: 3 microphones for 3D audio, Gyroscope + accelerometer for image stabilization
Stitching and format: Unique live stitching technology, Video: 2k @ 30fps / h.264 – mp4, Photo: 4k / jpeg
Do you still have some gopro’s lying around? With this rig you can attach 6 Gopro’s which gives you and stunning 360 degree footage in 4K. Needless to say that it isn’t cheap since you need to buy 6 extra Gopro’s.
The camera’s are mounted without the waterproof casing so try to keep it above water because this rig varies from $499.95 to $1519.95 depending if you want only the mount, the extra AVP + APG or the additional video editing software.
A 360 degree video mount for Hero4/Hero3+/Hero3 cameras
Use your own six Hero4/Hero3+/Hero3 cameras to record videos for full spherical immersive video. Hold the rig in any direction, no nadir blind spot to worry about. Simply capture everything around the rig, without obstructions.
Total weight with cameras: 525gr, Weight without cameras: about 85gr, Rock-solid design, made out of tough Nylon (Polyamide), Size: less than 10x10x10cm (lens to lens to lens), making it the most compact and stable in this class
Output depending on which Hero3 camera you are using
This odd looking camera reminds me of having this rig I had to mount on top of my old Canon Rebel, make the lens facing upwards, trying to level my tripod and focus on the 360° mirror to get this 360° shot in one go. It was a challenge but fun to do.
This camera is shock, dust and waterproof up to 3 feet for 30 minutes so no diving yet but has a blind spot on bottom and top.
Record, playback and share seamless 360 degree videos up to 30 frames per second with a 60 degree vertical field of view. Adjustable resolutions with a max resolution of 6480 x 1080 HD.
Capture Hi-Resolution 360 degree 8MP panoramic images with the touch of a button, even while recording a video. With selectable Burst Mode you can capture 5 sequential panoramic photos with the press of a button
Create unique videos that turn hours into minutes using the built-in time lapse recording feature with adjustable time-lapse capture settings of 2s, 5s, 10s, 30s and 60s.
And when you are done playing, use it in surveillance camera mode and turn your V.360 into a 360 degree Security Camera. Automatically activate video or photo recording sessions using the built-in motion or audio detection sensors.
Dimensions: 56mm x 101.8mm (287cc), 230g
Durability: Meets IP67 requirements for underwater submersion (1 meter depth for 30 minutes)
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor 2.3 GHz Quad-core
Imager: 4K/16 Megapixel Imager, Image Sensor Size 1/ 2.3
Viewing Angle: 360 degrees horizontally, 60 degrees vertically
Video Quality: Up to 6480 x 1080 HD, Up to 30fps
Still Image Quality, Up to 8MP, Up to 6480 x 1080
Sensors: GPS, barometer, altimeter, accelerometer
It is one of the 360 degrees action cams in the market, we do not have much info about it but for the price tag it is worth mentioning.
360fly captures your life in immersive, interactive 360° video that can be shared instantly on social media and relived fully in virtual reality via mobile and desktop apps. It’s the 360° camera that misses nothing. And changes everything.
Price: at Best Buy : 399.99
Output: USB 2.0
WIFI built in
Water resistant up to 120feet
Also Nikon is ready for the new action cam market. A great opportunity for end consumers because the increased competition will bring down prices.
The Keymission has dual lenses and produces a single immersive, ultra high definition video and still images. 4K Ultra HD.
Waterproof to approx. 10ft/30m
Shockproof, stands up to dust, shock and low temperatures
Bluetooth and WIFI build in
No technical specs yet, it is too soon but we will see this camera on the market later this year.
Price: not known yet
This camera dates back to 2014 when Samsung announced Project Beyond. With the Gear VR has become a reality, Samsung will launch the 360-degree camera soon this year. And probably alongside the Samsung Galaxy S7.
The compact spherical camera will have 2 180° lenses capable of capturing 360° imagery. It wil pair with smartphones via Bluetooth
Price: not know – to be expected on February 21th.
Max Res of 3840*1920 in dual lens mode and 1920*1920 in single lens mode
VR view, dual view, panoramic view, time lapse and looping video
Streaming of live footage to a connected smartphone
More to come soon…
ALLie home monitoring dual 360 premium lens camera allows you to navigate across and around your home in the immersive video image without blind spots or ever missing a thing.Activate Surveillance mode and turn your ALLie into a full 360 degree Security Camera. Digital zoom and pan.
Record, playback and share seamless 360×360 degree videos with 2048×2048 resolution on each sensor at up to 20 frames per second.
Communicate through a two way speaker and microphone.
No post processing with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, ALLie packs processing power to deliver seamless video instantly.
Share your 360 x 360 degree videos on the most popular video sharing sites including YouTube.
ALLie dual 360 lens camera
8 GB Internal memory
Built in Microphone
10 foot power cable
3 year limited warranty
Smartphone not included
Your ALLie security videos are all stored, securely, to the cloud. Giving you the ability to go back in time and see what you’ve missed.
Field of View 360×360 degree – No Blind Spots
Optical Configuration 2 x Fish Eye-lens; Back-to-back
Lens All Glass, FOV=188º
Resolution/max fps 2048×2048-22fps per senor (8MP)
Image Signal Processing Auto White Balance, Auto Gain, Noise Reduction
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Video Compression H264
Power Supply 9VDC
Power Consumption ~6W
Another promising 360° camera is the Sphericam V2, offering a 4K resolution, 60FPS with global shutter and wireless streaming. The price tag is higher then all round end consumer 360 cameras but it offers some good specifications that make it worthwhile in this young market. We believe they will offer it together with a waterproof casing.
Price: approx $2499 on pre-order
The VR 360 video camera Sphericam is a fully spherical, 360º video camera that records in 4K. You can film everything around you and play it back in amazing resolution on your PC, tablet, or VR headset.
For professional usage, Sphericam can capture huge files in a very high bitrate, in lossless (or nearly lossless) quality. For more casual use, Sphericam can output files that are smaller but still in very, very high quality.
Six individual videos, up to 60FPS in Cinema DNG. At 30FPS, it is entirely lossless. At 60FPS, it is slightly lossy, but in practical terms, you will still have as much freedom as possible in post production for color grading.
High quality compression
Six individual videos, compressed in motion JPEG up to 800 megabits per second (100 Megabytes per second total).
Realtime stitching resolution/quality
One single stitched panoramic video written to the internal memory of the camera in real time. We are aiming to deliver at least 30FPS at 4096×2048 resolution, in 10 bit color, with approx 800 megabits per second bit rate.
Live Streaming resolution/quality
It will be possible to stream a single stitched panoramic video (or 6 unstitched videos), at a bitrate of up to 800Mbps, via the USB-C port, to a PC or Mac.
See and experience your world in a whole new light. Introducing the KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera designed not only to capture what you love to do, but much more of it! Immerse yourself and record 360° of HD video without the need for multiple cameras.
You do need and Android or IOS app together with desktop editing software but they are free. With it’s 16MP CMOS, 1080 full HD, 214° FOV, WIFI build in and the price tag it is a nice camera to have.
Price: $259.98 on Amazon, includes free shipping 🙂
360° Spherical Curved Lens
Developed by VideoStitch, Orah 4i is the first all-in-one VR camera designed to simplify the real-time production of full spherical 360 video.
Until today, a live VR video production workflow relied on an array of small cameras put together on a holder. Videographers then dealt with multiple cables, power supplies and a variety of small hardware components. Orah removes these inefficiencies and numerous points of failure and lets them focus on what really matters to them for creating compelling content. Our team developed a solution that streams 4K resolution live virtual reality video to headsets-all with the push of a button. In addition, the ambisonic 3D sound capture capabilities of Orah enable the viewer of the content to locate the origin of the sound source with a VR headset, bringing the feeling of immersion to a stunning new level.
Max live output resolution 4K @ 30 fps
Output video options
Output sound format 4-Channel Ambisonic @ B-Format
Video Processor 2 x Ambarella™ processor
Image Sensor 4 x Sony EXMOR™
Lens Fisheye 4 x f2.0 fisheye 8-Layer MC Glass
Live processing unit (Stitching box)
This market is very young and more players will emerge soon. Taking into account that Facebook and Youtube supports 360 videos just means with are at a new start, a new way of experiencing footage, but we believe that this first list will give you enough options to think about. Our next post will feature detailled testing and footage.
Just strap on your FreeflyVR after making your video, enjoy and share your videos across the planet.