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360 degree cameras for 360 degrees video’s or virtual reality experiences.

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.

Ricoh Theta S:

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.

Ricoh Theta S

Price approx: $349.95

Tech Specs:

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)

The Bublcam

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:

The Bublcam

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.

bublcam vr 360

Price: $799

Tech Specs:

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

Video mode:

multiplex 30fps (1440p*1440p) 15fps (1920p*1920p)

Equirectangular 30fps (1984*992) 15fps (2688p*1344p)

Image mode:

Multiplex (3840p x 3840p)

Equirect (5376p x 2688p)

Nokia OZO

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.

Nokia OZO

Price: $60.000

Tech Specs:

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.


Price: $499

Tech Specs:

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

Freedom360 GoPro Mount

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.

freedom 360

Tech Specs:

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

  • Estimated battery life time: 60-75 min recording, highest quality, WiFi on
  • Equi-rectangular size (approximately):
    • Hero3 black: 5600×2800 at 24, 25, 30 and 48 fps, 3600x1800px at 48 and 100 fps (protunes)
    • Hero3 silver: 3600x1800px at 25, 30 and 48 fps (protunes)
    • Hero3 white: 3600x1800px at 25 and 30 fps
  • Dome-projection sizes (Hero3 black max res) (approximately):
    • 180×180 deg: 2800x2800px at 24, 25, 30 and 48 fps
    • 210×210 deg: 3200x3200px at 24, 25, 30 and 48 fps
    • 270×270 deg: 4150x4150px at 24, 25, 30 and 48 fps


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.

v360 camera

Price: $449

Tech specs:

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

Tech Specs:

Output: USB 2.0

WIFI built in

Water resistant up to 120feet

Storage 32Gb

Nikon Keymission 360

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.

Nikon Keymision 360

Price: not known yet

Samsung Gear 360 (project Beyond)

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.

Tech Specs:

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 cam

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.

Kit Includes

  • ALLie dual 360 lens camera

  • 8 GB Internal memory

  • Built in Microphone

  • 10 foot power cable

  • USB cable

  • Mounting bracket

  • Mounting hardware

  • 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.


Price: $599

Tech Specs:

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

  • Bitrate

  • Power Supply 9VDC

  • Power Consumption ~6W

Sphericam v2

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.

Sphericam V2

Price: approx $2499 on pre-order

Tech Specs:

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.

  •  6 image sensors
  •  6 lenses
  •  WiFi button
  •  On/Off button
  •  USB-C port
  •  8 Tripod Mounts
  •  4 Microphones
  •  6 Micro SD Card Slots (as a single removable module)
  • File formats and Quality

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.

Pro 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.

Kodak SP360

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.

Kodak SP360

Price: $259.98 on Amazon, includes free shipping 🙂

Tech Specs:

360° Spherical Curved Lens

  • 16 MP Sensor
  • HD Video
  • 10MP Pictures with 10 FPS Burst Shooting
  • 2m Shockproof / -10°C Freezeproof / Dustproof / Water Resistant
  • Wi-Fi/NFC Connectivity
  • Control Wirelessly with iOS & Android Devices


Orah 4i

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.

orah 4i


MSRP $3,595
Launch price $1,795

Tech Specs:

Max live output resolution 4K @ 30 fps

Output video options

  • Broadcast live video in realtime to any CDN
  • Record sources and/or output video to SD card

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)

Live output Resolution (pixels) 4K @ 30fps 
Max post produced output resolution (pixels) 4800 x 2400



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.


  1. i guess i made my pick already 🙂

    • Ram says:

      which one and why?

      • i will be going for a choice of 3, my demands are: waterproof, live streaming, time lapse. So that means that there are not so much affordable ones that can deliver these.

        The Bublecam, GIROPTIC 360 (waterproof) and Sphericam V2 are my favs. All that are not waterproof will fall off my shortlist but maybe when they are released there might be a casing.

        Also considering the price, the Bublecam looks the most promising for me.

  2. John says:

    Nikon Keymission 360 will be very popular after .

    • luke says:

      i don’t know really, the Keymission only has 2 times 180° lenses, you will get distortion like the Theta S

      • The distortion (or not) depends on the lens design. More lens can be a bigger problem to stitch together without distortion. Nikon produce some really excellent lens. It may come down to the price they decide to design for.

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