360 Camera 360Fly

360fly-portable-cameraWhen 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.

360Fly Specification

360Fly – 4K 360Fly – HD
SIZE Depth: 61mm x Height: 59.5mm Depth: 61mm x Height: 59.5mm
WEIGHT 172g 138g
CAPACITY 64 GB 32 GB
RESOLUTION 2880 x 2880 pixels 1504 x 1504 pixels
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi [802.11b/g/n], Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi [802.11b/g/n], Bluetooth 4.0
RECORDING RATE 50 Mbps 20 Mbps
BATTERY 1.5 hours of video recording Up to 3 hours of video recording
AUDIO FORMAT Stereo AAC 48KHz 96Kbps Mono AAC 48KHz 64Kbps
MICROPHONE built-in dual omnidirectional built-in
SENSORS accelerometer, e-compass, non-assisted GPS, gyroscope accelerometer
POWER SOURCE built-in li-polymer battery (1780mAh) built-in li-polymer battery (1630mAh)
CHARGING TIME Approx. 2.5 hours with 1.5A charger Approx. 2.5 hours with 1A charger
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360 Camera – Samsung Gear 360

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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).

 

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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.

 

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360 Camera – BublCam

If you’re looking for a small, lightweight, cool looking sphere camera BublCam is a great choice.

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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.

Specifications

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

BublCam – Buy on Bubl website


Three 360 Cameras for YouTube

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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.


How to Upload Your 360 Video


It is interesting that YouTube supports only Three 360 cameras as of September 2016. I’m sure there will be more in the future, but for now, this is a new field and the Hardware is catching up.


The 3 cameras are:


Ricoh Theta

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. 

Buy Ricoh Theta from Amazon

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

Buy Kodak SP360 with Explorer Accessory Pack from Amazon

 

IC Real Tech Allie

Looking like a nanny cam, the Allie Camera can stream live in 360 over YouTube or other platforms. 

Buy ALLie Home 360 from Amazon