11/28 2021

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.

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

Here are some examples of Full HD videos, 360 videos and 360 spherical panoramas shot with a Rylo camera with my comments.

Full HD video from a Rylo camera mounted on the handlebars

Here Rylo was installed on the steering wheel, but in spite of this the stabilization is really impressive. Although it is still not 100% perfect and as you can see, the image still twitches in places. In general, stabilization works perfectly!

360° video filmed by Rylo

Here is an example of a 360° video that was shot using the Rylo 360 camera. Despite the video was filmed using a selfie stick I generally satisfied. It is much more pleasant to watch without twitching video.

A big minus, I think is very dark or in another case, highly illuminated areas in both video and panoramas shot with Rylo. Here is an example from the previous video.

 360-degree darkened areas on the shot that was made by Rylo

Other videos shot using Rylo's camera can be viewed in this playlist

360° panoramas shot with Rylo
Proc and cons of the Rylo camera for shooting 360° spherical panoramas

As for the 360° spherical panoramas, Rylo really allows you to shoot panoramas as they say with one single click. You do not need to take numerous pictures, and then stitch them by using special programs - which is very convenient. For example, climbing the tourist route you can do without straining to make dozens of photos. Shot with Rylo is very easy: (here’s one example) But such panoramas do not bring much satisfaction. I will explain why.

Cons of the Rylo camera for shooting 360° spherical panoramas

1. Even with clear lighting, the image is fuzzy and blurry. In the following example, the survey was performed with a tripod.

Fuzzy and blurry image when shooting 360-degree spherical panoramas on the camera Rylo

2. Terrible grainy when shooting at 360-degree spherical panoramas on the Rylo camera in low light, for example in the evening or at dusk.

Terrible grainy when shooting at 360-degree spherical panoramas on the Rylo camera in low light, for example in the evening or at dusk

Since my purchase of the Rylo camera, the manufacturer has made several significant improvements in both the camera firmware and the application. But unfortunately, for now, my wishes in wearing the ISO manual setting and excerpts for shooting in the dark have remained unsatisfied. Well, let's see what improvements the manufacturer will add in the near future.

My wishes in wearing the ISO manual setting and excerpts for shooting in the dark were not satisfied

Using Adobe Lightroom to improve the quality of spherical panoramas shots using Rylo camera

In order to at least slightly eliminate the graininess and blur, as well as to compensate for the shadows and light, I tried to use Adobe Lightroom. Using the editor built in Android application does not allow to achieve a good result. Below are some examples before and after using Adobe Lightroom.

The river at the foot of the Snoqualmie Falls, without using Adobe Lightroom
The river at the foot of the Snoqualmie Falls, without using Adobe Lightroom
River at the foot of the Snoqualmie Falls, the panorama was processed in Adobe Lightroom
River at the foot of the Snoqualmie Falls, the panorama was processed in Adobe Lightroom. Panorama resolution changed to 4000x2000
Square Park in Federal Way, processed by the Rylo app editor
Square Park in Federal Way, processed by the Rylo app editor
Federal Way, Park, processed in Adobe Lightroom
Federal Way, Park, processed in Adobe Lightroom

I do not even know which of the last two options is better. I do not like any of them. For comparison, here I will give a 360 ° spherical panorama taken under the same conditions using the camera of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone. Pay attention to how much clearer and brighter the image is, a completely different viewing experience. It is clear that there are such artifacts as the shadow of the photographer, the discrepancy between the elements in the panorama, but still the panorama looks much better, although it takes much more time to shoot.


Federal Way, Park, filmed on the camera of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone
Federal Way, Park, filmed on the camera of the Google Pixel 2 smartphone

And lastly, another example of a spherical panorama shot in very good light and processed in Adobe Lightroom. This is probably one of the few panoramas filmed with Rylo that I really like.

Snow in Federal Way, shot at Rylo, followed by processing in Adobe Lightroom
Snow in Federal Way, shot at Rylo, followed by processing in Adobe Lightroom
Should I use Rylo camera for shooting 360° spherical panoramas? Findings

Of course, here is my personal, subjective opinion about the Rylo camera. Personally, I have not yet received from this camera the result that I would like to get shooting spherical panoramas. It remains to hope that the Rylo camera development team will still be able to find resources to add the ability to manually set the ISO parameter and shutter speed up to 30 seconds for shooting spherical panoramas in the dark. If not, I would recommend using this camera only for shooting video with amazing stabilization and good lighting.

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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.

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Equipment for shooting 360° panoramas and virtual tours

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Shooting spherical panoramas with a mirror / mirrorless camera.

Short instruction for shooting spherical panoramas.

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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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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.

Quality criteria for 360° panorama - unnecessary elements in the panorama

Are there any elements in your 360 ° panorama that interfere with viewings, such as logos, a tripod, a photographer (if it is not part of the panorama), a shadow or a reflection of a tripod or photographer in a panorama? If so, then this affects the quality of the panorama. Next, we consider examples of unsuccessful examples of extraneous elements in the panorama. By avoiding this you will improve your work!

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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.

TrueVitualTours - real virtual tours and spherical panoramas - about the project

Publish your spherical panoramas in resolutions up to 65500 pixels, spherical video up to 500 MB, combine panoramas and videos in virtual tours, create your portfolio and even a website on your domain, earn money on affiliate programs. TrueVirtualTours.com will help you with all this.

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New functionality on the site

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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.

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.

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

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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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How to animate a panoramic photo

Some users to whom I sent links to view panoramic photos could not at first figure out how to properly rotate the panorama around me, or at first did not realize that the wheel could zoom in or out the scene.  For such cases, the True Virtual Tours website has a Video Editor feature. In case of its application, before the user who opened the panorama by the link, the script of the "flyby" invented by you immediately starts. That is, the camera rotates or focuses as you yourself previously configured. Thus, you helped our customer to quickly examine the space around "himself" in a panoramic picture and at the same time encouraged him to think that he could perform the same actions with the help of the mouse buttons or the wheel.

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Search for a photographer of virtual tours on a map

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