When talking 360 cameras, most of us think of affordable ones that you could buy from your local BestBuy or from amazon for 200-500$. But the professionals have other options. These are a few o the non-affordable ones. Sit back, relax and enjoy the line-up:
Nokia OZO – 45,000$
At a price of 45,000 $, Nokia OZO is a little monster of a camera with 8 2K x 2K synchronized sensors. Full spherical coverage as well as full-spherical audio coverage due to the omni-directional solid state audio sensor.
A media module connects into the camera with a capacity of 500 Gb Solid state drive and a 45 minute recording time
Under the partnership, Sony Pictures will use Ozo to capture, create, edit, and distribute VR content. The studio will also integrate the Ozo Player SDK into Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Privilege Plus app on Google Play.
Facebook Surround 360 – 30,000$
Equipped with 14 wide angle cameras on a horizontal ring and to top it up (pun intended) 1 fish eye lens on top and 2 on bottom for complete spherical coverage
In order to ensure that all these camera capture all the pixels in sync, it is equipped with a global shutter.
This camera is Open Source, all the components and the specifications are available on GitHub. The camera is not for sale. One cannot buy a fully assembled camera. However, using the instructions and the list of components, one can build it in 3-4 hours (according to the Facebook Team) The initial cost of the components was 30,000$.
Google Odyssey – Google JUMP rig- 15,000$
Google took a more practical approach. Using 16 GoPro cameras and a rig they developed to hold and sync all called JUMP, they created a camera called GoPro Odyssey. all this comes at a price range of 15,000 $ but it is not available for purchase. If you are interested, you have to register with Google JUMP project and they will make it available to you if you qualify. Google will be the one to determine the qualification criteria.
Samsung Project Beyond – no price released yet
With one more camera than Google, Samsung Project Beyond assembles 16 cameras plus 1 into a rig they call OmniView. Since this product is still in development, Samsung has not yet announced the availability of the consumer version of Project Beyond nor the price at which it will be made available to the consumer market. However, an “Innovator Edition” of the Project Beyond will be available in early December, which means you’ll still be able to get it. We’ll have to wait a few months to see how affordable is the device.
360 cameras are a new toy. A few enthusiasts have them and flooded the internet with weird pictures with a circle in the middle of the picture containing a scene that looks like it is sucked into a vortex and with lots of blue all around it. And if that would not be enough, in the middle of the picture is either a giant hand or a weird looking dude that for some reason is smiling going into the vortex. You know I’m right. You’ve seen yourself. Because yes, that is one of the differences of taking a regular picture of a scene and a 360 panorama. You can’t get out of a panorama.
And yes, there are remotes, there is software that can “remove” you, but it’s not as easy as pulling the camera or phone from your pocket and posting it on the internet. However, Facebook and YouTube are now making it easier to upload a panorama.
Facebook and YouTube are taking this 360 trend very seriously. Facebook has a team working in a Facebook Group to help people interested in the subject to post and share 360 media. YouTube has whole new channel called 360 Videos featuring daily media and it id making it easier to filter for 360 Videos.
So why 360? Why the appeal for it? Well, there’s the obvious immersive experience. With the growth of VR, and the multitude of VR headsets that are invading the market, VR can become more of an utility than just a novelty.
Best 10 uses for 360 video and panoramas
1. Real Estate
This is an obvious one. 360 panoramas in RealEstate are used for a while now. But I think the industry will take it to the next level. Imagine a virtual guided tour. Imagine a real estate agent guiding the virtual you (that would be played by an operator with a camera on its head) through the entire house, giving you details about the house, the backyard, the pool. Now if this is not like the real thing, what if you are looking for a house in a far away country. Then you would appreciate this.
New car sales are already doing a great job at showcasing the inside of the cars with detailed pictures and brochures. But what about used cars? Do you get the feel from seeing a few pictures on an add, on the internet on how that car “feels” ? Imagine sitting in the car, looking around at all the features, the back seats the roof. Used car sales can definitely benefit from this. A smart car salesmen can buy a simple camera like STUNTMAN G Body Mount for less than 300$, mount it on a 10$ Mini Tripod Mount and use his phone as a remote to capture a virtual tour of a car. This trick might just get him that buyer sitting in front of the computer to love the car and get there to see it.
3. Virtual Travel
Well, for one, you don’t need to go anywhere anymore. You just need to open Google Maps Street View and be anywhere you want to be in the world. But the Travel agencies can take it further. They are already sending their people to the hotels and resorts around the world to give you first hand reviews. But what if you could go with them? What if one of these people would mount a Kodak PIXPRO SP360 Action Cam on a STUNTMAN G Body Mount. What if you could sit with them by the pool, be served at the restaurant, jump in the ocean (yes, there are waterproof camera’s too) or enjoy part of a show. That would really convince you to buy one resort versus another,.
4. Virtual human experiences
There is a large spectrum here. Your friends could shoot a video at a party you can’t attend to, or a hike you missed or a great gathering you can’t get to. Imagine you can relive all that later with your phone and a simple Google Cardboard. Or take it even further and visit your family far away, watch a basketball game recorded by your buddy from the seat next to him, relive your friends trip from his perspective. Showing pictures from your trip can turn into a VR night to remember.
5. Training and Seminars
This can be very effective. Instead of watching a dull screen and hear a voice in the speaker, you could “have a seat” in the audience, see the expression on the faces of the people next to you. I think the training can be way more effective with an immersive experience like that.
6. Virtual impossible experiences
Are you afraid to do bungee jumping? To jump out of a plane, to go rapid river rafting? How about to go on a trip to the Moon, or to the international space station. Well, Unless you have millions of dollars, these are impossible experience that can be made possible using VR and 360 video.
7. Virtual Shopping
Oh, don’t say it wont happen. This will happen. There are way too many opportunities to monetize this experience. Maybe you are not interested to visit your local mall but others might be. You might be interested to visit a mall in Dubai, a fashion street in Rome or Paris or an expensive jewelry store where you would not feel comfortable setting foot in. What if you could buy what you see? Imagine the possibilities $ $ $
8. Virtual Art, Movies
This is a definite posibility, it is happening already to a certain degree. VR Movies, VR art galeries, VR museums. To visit the Vatican, the Louvre, Royal Ontario Museum, Aquariums. Possibilities are endless.
What if you put on your Google Cardboard on with your phone in it and you spend your lunch break on your favorite beach. Or in a flower garden listening to a music that will deeply relax you. Or watching the people walk by in Central Park. VR will take relaxation to another level
10. Risk taking and adventure
And last but not least… extreme sports and extreme experiences. Do a zip line in Peru, jump out of the airplane or ride the largest roller-coaster in the world. Or ride an actual roller coaster and imagine you are flying through a town as Superman.
These are just a few. I can’t even imagine what the future will bring. But sure is exiting.
Do you know any uses that I may have missed? Do you have a business or know someone that already does some of these? Leave us line or a comment in our community page on Facebook. I would love to hear from you.
Created on March 3rd 2016, Facebook 360 Community Group is the official group created by the Facebook team to promote 360 videos. With close to 39,000 members in 7 months, this is the group to be in. It is obvious that Facebook believes in the future of 360 videos and photography.
A place to come hear about updates directly from Facebook, to share thoughts and ideas around cool 360 experiences, and engage with the rapidly growing community of creators.
Started on September 25, 2015, Samsung Gear VR 360 is a niche group dedicated to the fans of 360 degree content.
With all of the memories we make, the 360 degree aspect allows everyone to see the world as you see it. Lets all band together in one place, in this group, to get all the content right here! Videos, Images, Yes a news story here and there but mostly 360 degree content. Lets see the world the way it was meant to be seen! All videos/images are property of their respective owners.
Created on February 9, 2014, 360 VR Video Professionals is a Community dedicated to professionals.
360 video community for professionals and people interested in the field. This groups covers everything from single-shot mirrors to multi-cam arrays, from web, to personal immersive projections to full-dome productions. From concept, to camera tech, to shooting and editing, to deployment and streaming, and everything in between.
This is a moderated group, off topic or disruptive posts will be deleted by the group admins. Posts without relevant content (i.e. gear and location pictures without editorial) will be deleted as well.
If you are interested in joining, make sure your profile indicates interest in the field. If your profile does not show anything related to 360 VR, your request will be ignored.
October 2016 is the birth month of the third member of the Ricoh Theta family. After the successful model Ricoh Theta S and the little brother Ricoh Theta m15, Ricoh is bringing a third member in the family. But is it a third member or a replacement of the little brother m15? Sorry little brother, I think you are out.
The Ricoh website only features the two models as of October 17 2016. If you want to see a full comparison spec between all three Ricoh Theta models, check out our Ricoh Theta Models Comparison page.
RICOH THETA SC
RICOH THETA m15
1.77 x 5.14 x 0.90 in
1.65 x 5.07 x 0.89
45.2 x 130.6 x 22.9 mm
42 x 129 x 22.8 mm
One video record time
I think a small upgrade of the m15 was to be expected. the major improvements over the m15 are the increase of internal memory from 4 Gb to 8Gb and the increase of the maximum video duration from 3 minutes to 5 minutes.
There is a slight weight increase (7 grams) and a bump in size. The appearance is also changed by replacing the not so popular yellow with a beige color. Doesn’t seem much but it is a welcomed refresh.
Ricoh Theta m15 colors
Ricoh Theta SC colors
Images are still roughly 14 megapixels (5376×2688), while videos are 1080p at 30 frames per second, or 720p at 15 fps. The battery life seems to be the same as the m15.
So, there it is, a great improvement over the little brother of the Ricoh Theta family. The good news is that, for a little while, you could score a great deal on the m15 if you are still in the market for that.
The Ricoh Theta SC 360 is selling on Amazon USA for a little less than 300$ while the m15 is selling right now for 235$
For Canada, RICOH THETA SC goes for 399$CND at the time when this article was written.
When looking for a 360 camera, size is definitely an issue. If you want to have your camera portable and be able to carry it around, size and weight is on the top of the criteria list. With a tag line that suggests portability and availability “Miss Nothing”, the 360Fly is the world’s smallest 360 camera
This little camera comes in two variants: 360fly 4K and 360fly HD. Withe a raw video resolution of 1504×1504 and a flatten resolution of 2560×1280, 360Fly, even with only one lens captures a good 240 degrees of the field of view. Because it is a single lens, it won’t be able to give you a full Spherical 306 view
With the 360fly 4K’s First-Person mode activated, just orient or mount your camera with its lens facing forward and OnePush button centered/facing up and use your 360fly like traditional point-and-shoot action cameras.
Samsung has done it again on the 360 camera front. Samsung has the best gadgets on the market and this is no different. Awesome and easy to use, Samsung Gear 360 comes with a Dual CMOS 15megapixel sensor.
This camera can work as a Single CAM or Dual CAM.
Packed with Gyro, Accelerometer, a 1350mAh battery and a MicroSD Card slot (up to 200GB) and with an internal 1GB of RAM, this camera is quite a performer. It comes in a small package of 66.7 x 56.3 x 60.1 mm (152 g incl. battery).
The camera connects on Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth® v4.1, USB 2.0, NFC
If you are a Samsung fan, you will be happy with this camera. It is compatible with all the new Samsung Devices Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+, Note5, S7, S7 edge using the Samsung Gear 360 Manager app. It is also working very well on a PC with the Gear 360 ActionDirector software. But unfortunately not compatible with OSX or iOS yet for editing capabilities.
If you’re looking for a small, lightweight, cool looking sphere camera BublCam is a great choice.
Based in Toronto, Bubl Technology Ltd. company produces 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.
Full Camera Control
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.
Powered by a 3.7V LiPo at 1560mAh battery that charges through USB in approx. 2 hours, the Bubl has 4 lenses of 5 Megapixel with 190deg Field of View. Only 160deg are used due to the construction of the sphere. The focal length of the lens is 1.2mm and the minimum Focal Distance is 25 cm. It takes 14 megapixel photos or 30 fpsvideos at 1440p x1440p resolution or 15 fps video at 1920p x 1920p resolution. They are saved on a microSD/SDHC card 4Gb to 32Gb in size. Can connect through USB 2.0, and WiFi. Is equipped with a Tri-axial +/- 1.5G accelerometer. Software is compatible with Mac OSX and Windows 7, 8, 10.
BublCamcaptures/ stitches video in two formats: Multiplex and Equirectangular.
A Multiplex file displays the content captured from each of the 4 lenses in separate quadrants of the file.
An Equirectangular file displays the spherical stitched content in a flat projection.
It’s a small 800 (3.14″) diameter sphere that weights 280 grams making is a fun portable 360 camera
While the amateur market is filling up with the cheap 360 cameras, the pro’s are keeping it real with Multi Camera setups. 2, 3, 4, 5,6 cameras sometimes even up to 14, mostly GoPro because of their performance during action scenes, mounted together to capture all the angles of the scene. The prices for these gears vary from the low 300’s up to 5000 – 6000 dollars. Cameras not included.
One company that is really focused on this multi camera support market is Freedom360
With accessories like multi camera mounts, poles, tripods, stabilizers, Freedom 360 is a leader in this market.
Of course working with something like this is challenging and all the captured images would be nothing without the Software. Freedom 360 is offering Software products to help with the post editing.
If one really wants to get the details of every angle, add more cameras. 360Rize is taking it to the next level. With setups that can take up to 14 cameras, this hobby can become expensive.
Their Top of the line product 360Orb (Pro24), a monster setup with …you guessed it 24 GoPro cameras.
Only 1770 $. Not too bad. Oh wait…. you also need 24 GoPro’s So at ~500$ a piece… hmm…14k
But what a setup. Imagine wearing that on your head while walking around in a crowded place.
You probably saw 360 videos and are wondering how are they created. The ones you see on YouTube, are uploaded by 360 video creators that meet the YouTube conditions. As of September 2016, YouTube supports uploading and playback of 360° spherical videos on computers in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. In order to upload a 360° video file, you’ll need to modify the file with an app or script before uploading.
You can also watch 360° videos on YouTube apps for Android and iOS. For an immersive experience, you can even watch 360° videos with Cardboard and the YouTube Android app.
A full guide of how to upload your 360 video can be found here.
with Ricoh Theta, you can capture the entire 360° space with a single shot. You can use a PC or smartphone to have fun with the space! This is a new world that revolutionizes conventional photos and videos.
Kodak SP360 – is more of an action camera. Sold by itself or in 3 bundles (Aqua Sport, Explorer and Extreme), Kodak SP360 is for the adventurer in you. It comes with FREE desktop editing software that is available for Mac and PCs to start editing your own 360° videos with plenty of flair. Also, comes with a mobile app