07/27 2021

Best 360 cameras for virtual tours in 2019

Overview, comparison of cameras for shooting in 360 panoramas with examples of panoramas and virtual tours. The main characteristics for comparison are the resolution / number of effective pixels / the ability to manually set the exposure, ISO / save to RAW.

Roman Grinev

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Best 360 cameras 2019: cameras for 360 photo lover

Best 360 cameras 2019: cameras for 360 virtual tours

This is a brief overview of 360 cameras in 2019 that you can use to create spherical panoramas and virtual tours. Cameras are viewed solely from the point of view of creating ready-made 360 ​images. It does not take into account the quality of video creation.

1. Aleta S2C 360° camera

Aleta S2C is a 360 degree camera that design exclusively for taking ultra high resolution 360 photo rapidly

Aleta S2C is a 360-degree camera that designs exclusively for taking ultra high resolution 360 photo rapidly

Aleta S2C is a 360-degree camera that design exclusively for taking ultra high resolution 360 photo rapidly. It suits well to people who need to capture outstanding panorama still images. ( Including all details ) Aleta S2C is very convenience for Google Street View photographer / Real Estate / Interior design / Commercial photography.

Image Sensor
14 MP CMOS sensor x 5
Effective pixels
66 MP
Photo resolution
11520 x 5760, 12K
Image Adjustment
AE, AGC, AWB, Sharpness, Stitching Focus, Noise Reduction (2D/3D)
HDR
3 Exposure / ±1~3EV / 0.1s
ISO
Auto, Manual
RAW
No
Wi-Fi
Yes

Aleta S2C camera panorama examples

2. GoPro Fusion 360° camera

Fusion captures 360 video and photos, recording in 360-degree.

Fusion captures 360 video and photos, recording in 360-degree.

GoPro Fusion — 360 Waterproof Digital VR Camera with Spherical 5.2K HD Video 18MP Photos. Spherical video + photos - Capture incredible 5.2K videos and 18MP photos of everything around you by shooting in every direction at once.

Effective pixels
18 MP
Photo resolution
6000x3000, 6K
Image Adjustment
AE, AGC, AWB, Sharpness, Stitching Focus, Noise Reduction (2D/3D)
Exposure Control
no
RAW
Yes
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth®
Yes



GoPro Fusion panoramas example

3. Theta Z1 360° camera

The flagship model, achieving the highest image quality of the THETA series

The flagship model, achieving the highest image quality of the THETA series

The flagship model, achieving the highest image quality of the THETA series. Records natural 360° images using approx. 23MP (6720 x 3360, 7K) still image shooting and highly accurate image stitching. Supports various shooting scenarios using a variety of shooting modes. It is possible to save in RAW (DNG) format for the first time in THETA series. (Can also save in JPEG at the same time.)

Image Sensor
1.0-inch back illuminated CMOS image sensor
Effective pixels
18 MP
Photo resolution
6720x3360, 7K
Image Adjustment
Noise reduction, DR compensation, HDR rendering, Interval shooting, Interval composite shooting, Multi-bracketing shooting
Exposure Control
(Auto) 1/25000 to 1/8 seconds, (shutter priority mode) 1/25000 to 1/8 seconds, (Manual mode) 1/25000 to 60 seconds
ISO
(Auto) ISO 80 to 6400 (Can set upper limit), (Manual mode) ISO 80 to 6400 *3
RAW
RAW(DNG)*2, JPEG(Exif Ver2.3)
HDR
rendering
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth®
No
External interface
USB Type-C:USB3.0

Ricoh Theta 360 S panoramas examples

Ricoh Theta 360 SC panoramas examples

Ricoh Theta 360 V panoramas examples

Ricoh Theta 360 Z1 panoramas examples

4. Insta360 One

Insta360 camera that can use to take 360-degree photos and videos in high definition

Insta360 camera that can use to take 360-degree photos and videos in high definition

With an Insta360 camera, users can take 360-degree photos and videos in high definition, and live-stream their experiences directly onto Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social platforms. When viewed in a VR headset, Insta360 experiences can transport people into places and moments.

Image Sensor
Aperture: F2.2
Effective pixels
24 MP
Photo resolution
6912x3456, 7K
Exposure Control
Auto, Manual(Shutter 1/4000s-60s, ISO 100-3200), Shutter Priority(1/4000s-2s), EV: -2EV~+2EV
ISO
ISO Priority(100-3200)
RAW
insp, RAW
Stabilization
Built-in 6-axis gyroscopic stabilization
HDR
rendering
Bluetooth®
Bluetooth: BLE4.0
External interface
Micro-USB 2.0

Insta360 One panoramas examples

5. Rylo 360° camera

Rylo 360° camera

Rylo 360° camera

Rylo is a 360 camera designed with powerful software that makes it easy for anyone to shoot, edit, and share an incredibly smooth cinematic video.

Effective pixels
18 MP
Photo resolution
6000x3000, 6K
Exposure Control
Auto
ISO
Auto
RAW
No
HDR
No
Bluetooth®
Yes

Rylo a 360 camera 360 panorama samples

Rylo a 360 camera 360 panorama samples

Rylo 360 camera panoramas examples

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

6. Xiaomi mi 360° camera

Xiaomi mi 360° camera

Xiaomi mi 360° camera

360 Camera, Xiaomi Mijia Mi Dual-Lens Sphere Action Cam Wifi Waterproof Panoramic Camera 3.5K HD Video Recording with Sony Image Sensor and Stabilizer. Mi Sphere Camera is perfect for busy urban nights.

Image Sensor
Dual 1/2.3" Sony image sensors are highly light sensitiveat 1600W
Effective pixels
23.88 MP
Photo resolution
6912x3456, 7K
Manual Exposure Control
Up to 8 seconds in a moment, —3~+3,1/2EV
ISO
Automatic; Manual: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
RAW
16bit
Shutter speed
Automatic, Manual: 1,2,3,4
Wi-Fi
Yes
Stabilization
3-axis gyroscope + 3-axis accelerometer

Xiaomi mi 360° camera panoramas examples

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Rylo 360° camera

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

Soundtrack virtual tour / panorama

One of the possibilities of the TrueVirtualTours service is the ability to add sound accompaniment both for the virtual tour in general and for individual panoramas.

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Equipment for 360º

How to shoot a panorama from hands without a panoramic head?

Many novice photographers have probably seen interactive panoramas on the Internet where they can spin and see everything around them. Often such content is called 3d panoramas.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

The question of choosing equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tours is one of the most important for a photographer - a panoramic photographer. On the TrueVirtualTours website, you have access to examples of work performed using one or other equipment and software.

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

Shooting spherical panoramas with a mirror / mirrorless camera.

Short instruction for shooting spherical panoramas.

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How to create a virtual 3D tour? Step-by-step instruction

The order is as follows: 1) upload to the site spherical panoramas from which you plan to create a virtual tour; 2) from the list of uploaded panoramas add each panorama to the virtual tour (Add to 3D tour link); 3) open the created virtual tour, edit the panorama order, select the main panorama, set transition points (tunnels).

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Aleta S2C 360 камера

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

Info point window size

When you click on an information point, you can show a dialog box (four sizes are available), open a link, or show information in full screen.

Spherical panorama

What is a 360-degree panorama?

360-degree panorama (virtual 3D/VR tour) is one of the types of panoramic photography.

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How to shoot a panorama from hands without a panoramic head?

Many novice photographers have probably seen interactive panoramas on the Internet where they can spin and see everything around them. Often such content is called 3d panoramas.

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Criteria for assessing the quality of the panorama

These criteria quibble as much as the user sees, because the tours / panoramas checked by these criteria claim to be included in the “Best” category, which means they have to undergo a rather strict quality check.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

The question of choosing equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tours is one of the most important for a photographer - a panoramic photographer. On the TrueVirtualTours website, you have access to examples of work performed using one or other equipment and software.

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

Hotspots or tunnels between panoramas in the 360-degree tour

Try new hotspots or tunnels between panoramas in a virtual 3D tour.

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What is a 360-degree panorama?

360-degree panorama (virtual 3D/VR tour) is one of the types of panoramic photography.

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How to shoot a panorama from hands without a panoramic head?

Many novice photographers have probably seen interactive panoramas on the Internet where they can spin and see everything around them. Often such content is called 3d panoramas.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

The question of choosing equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual tours is one of the most important for a photographer - a panoramic photographer. On the TrueVirtualTours website, you have access to examples of work performed using one or other equipment and software.

Rylo 360° camera review: My experience in shooting 360° spherical panoramas

Rylo positions itself as an action camera with unsurpassed stabilization of 360° video. For me, one of the important indicators was the possibility of shooting 360° spherical panoramas in the resolution of 6000x3000. After more than six months of use, I can share how satisfied I am with the capabilities of the camera and whether the camera has met my expectations.

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

DSLR and 360 camera. What is better for shooting virtual 3D interior tours?

New functionality on the site

New functionality of virtual tours and spherical panoramas has been added to the site: text information points, polygons, video upload to an information point, and much more.