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Best 360 degree cameras for all your VR capturing

Virtual reality is finally here. That means 360-degree videos are also on the rise. With more and more headsets entering the space, everyone’s going to want a wide variety of content.

That’s where 360-degree cameras come in. The hardware behind VR and 360-degree content is evolving with new, beautifully designed cameras seeing releases every year.

For people who don’t want to spend $60,000 on a Nokia OZO, there’s a decent amount of 360-degree cameras you can get your hands on, and more to expect from the likes of big names like Samsung and LG. Take a gander at our list below of the best 360-degree cameras out now and upcoming devices.

Best 360-degree cameras available now

Already tried and true, these are the cameras that enthusiasts and regular folks like you and me can pick up. While some run a bit high in terms of cost, most are still under a grand or figure in around that mark.

Ricoh Theta S

Ricoh has been on a roll with 360-degree cameras. The latest Theta S model lets you shoot in 1080p HD at 30fps for up to 25 minutes at a time. You can also livestream your videos and even transfer footage to a mobile device without connecting to a PC. It’s a great price for the slim, easily portable camera.

$349.95, ricoh.com

LG 360 CAM

The LG 360 CAM is one of the most affordable cameras on the list and it doesn’t fall short of specs. It comes equipped with two 13MP, 200-degree wide angle cameras, which surpasses several competitors; a 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. You’ll also get 2K video and 5.1 surround sound channel recording through three microphones.

Like several other cameras, you’ll be able to upload to YouTube360 and Google Street View, or view the content on LG’s other new product, the LG 360 VR.

$199.99, lg.com

Bublcam

One of the more pricey cameras, Bublcam consists of four cameras where all the stitching is done in the device. 360-degree, 14mp photos and 720p videos can be taken then uploaded to YouTube where it’s all viewable through Google Cardboard and its fellow VR headsets.

$800, bublcam.com

360fly 4K

Another tough little guy, the 360fly 4K promises water, dust and shock resistance along with 1,504 x 1,504-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. However because there’s only one lens, there’s no spherical image. A newer version is on the way that shoots in 4K and costs $100 more.

$400, shop.360fly.com

Sphericam 2

Definitely more expensive that the other cameras above, the Sphericam 2 makes up by recording in 4K and still remains under three thousand bucks. You get 60FPS at 4096×2048 resolution, in 10 bit color where everything is stitched internally in real time. The hefty price doesn’t seem to be stopping people as it’s currently backordered.

$2,500, sphericam.com

Best 360-degree cameras coming soon

These are the next cameras you’ll see everyone scrambling to buy in order to create their own 360-degree videos.

Samsung Gear 360

Combining a duo of 180 degree f2.0 fisheye lenses, each with 15 megapixels, the Samsung Gear 360 is capable of shooting two super wide videos or images at once, which can be stitched together using the companion app to create 360 degree visuals.

Once you’ve recorded your 360 degree action, it’s simple to share on Facebook or YouTube by tapping the relevant icon in the app and, of course, you can view the images or video on the Gear VR headset – for which there’s a dedicated mode. It’s releasing in a matter of days where we’ll also find out the price.

$TBA

Giroptic 360cam

The pear shaped camera from Giroptic is pretty cute with its unique design but it’s also packed with decent features too. The camera is completely waterproof down to 33 feet for up to 30 minutes and comes with a removable base to let you swap out rechargeable batteries. The rugged little thing can also stream video, connect to GPS for geotagging and more. The 360cam is up for preorders now.

$500, giroptic.com

LucidCam

While the LucidCam isn’t actually a 360-degree camera, we called it the “virtual reality camera for the everyman” in our last write up of the device because of its simplicity. With the press of a single button, you can capture video and photos in full HD. Connecting three cams will allow you to shoot in 360-degrees. The LucidCam ships fall of this year.

$399, lucidcam.com

Vuze

The compact, flat Vuze camera houses eight full-HD cameras with 180×120-degree lenses on its edges that records in 4K at 30fps. Preordering the Vuze will get you an app, editing software and a VR headset to view your creations.

Preorders are opening soon with plans to ship October of this year. Pricing hasn’t officially announced yet but the company says it should fall under $1000 for a full kit.

$TBA, vuze.camera

Nikon KeyMission 360

The KeyMission is the first in a line of action cams from the veteran camera company. The camera has two lenses that can record footage in 4K with electronic stabilization and is waterproof up to 100 feet and shockproof up to 6.6 feet.

$TBA, nikonusa.com

High-end 360-degree cameras

If you’re still curious about the cameras that require deep pockets, here’s the shortlist. These rigs are aimed at the professional filmmakers rather than average consumers, but it’s still fun to learn about things you can’t have.

GoPro Omni

The GoPro cameras are pretty much the go-to for 360-degree creators but the company has only recently launched its own rig. That means you get six cameras, Kolor software, smart remote, cables, memory cards and more, or you can buy the $1,500 casing alone if you already have the cameras. The whole set-up isn’t as expensive as the other ones listed after, but it’s still much more costly than the ones above. Preorders are open now with units shipping this summer.

$5,000, gopro.com

Nokia OZO

Easily the most expensive of the bunch, the Nokia OZO also promises to be one of the best. There are already big deals in place for companies to use the camera – like a recently inked deal with Disney – so here’s hoping we’ll get to see some cool stuff out of it.

The spherical camera has eight synchronized global shutter sensors that capture stereoscopic 3D video, accompanied by spacial audio that’s captured by eight integrated microphones.

$60,000

Facebook Surround360

Surround360 was a surprise announcement from the social media company but the news after made it even better. Apparently the hardware and software specs for this camera will be made free for the public later this summer.

We’ve placed it on the high-end side of of the list since it’s unclear just how much building the camera will cost. Facebook’s own Surround360 consists of 17 cameras, one fish-eye camera pointing up and two pointing down to capture footage that renders online via a specially created software. From there, images will be stitched together in 4K, 6K and 8K for each individual eye.

$TBA

Google JUMP Odyssey

The Jump camera rig called the Odyssey was announced at the last Google I/O as a partnership with GoPro. The rig consists of 16 camera modules in a circular array where the size of the rig and the arrangement of the cameras are optimized to work with the Jump assembler, which is Google’s software that stitches together the 16 pieces of video into stereoscopic VR video.

$15,000

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