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Best Overall: Samsung Gear 360-Degree VR Camera at Amazon
"Achieves seamless 360-degree shots with front and rear cameras."
Best Budget: Zision 360-Degree Panoramic Action Camera at Amazon
"Waterproof to 98 feet and compatible with a range of mounting accessories."
Best for Beginners: Blurfix 360-Degree Action Video Camera at Walmart
"Includes a high-quality microphone and long-lasting battery life."
Best Rugged: 360fly 360-Degree HD Video Camera at Amazon
"Dustproof, shockproof and water-resistant to 33 feet, it's designed with an active lifestyle in mind."
Best Smartphone Attachment: Huawei EnVizion 360 Camera at Amazon
"Attach the camera to your smartphone to take 360-degree 5K photos and 2K videos."
Best for Livestreaming: Yi 360 VR Camera at Amazon
"An action cam that will have you churning out virtual reality footage like a five-star production company."
Best Surveillance Camera: Guardzilla 360 HD Security Camera at Amazon
"Sends live, pannable 360-degree HD video right to your smartphone."
This camera wins our best overall pick. Even though it weighs just about half a pound and is priced at less than $100, the Gear 360 video quality is unmatched at this price point with near 4K resolution videos and 30 MP still photos. It achieves seamless 360-degree shots with front and rear cameras that each capture 180 degrees horizontally and vertically. Use the Gear 360 Manager app to share instantly on social media or Samsung VR. With F2.0 lenses, this camera shoots great video even in low light and it is water-resistant. Unfortunately, the Gear 360 manager app only works with Galaxy devices, but you can also edit and share using a computer and the free editing software with no problem. Optional lens covers and an underwater housing are available to purchase separately.
Though the battery life isn’t as good as some of our other choices at only 90 continuous minutes, the tiny size and built-in image stabilization make up for that. Like many of our other picks, this camera helps you create VR-ready video with 1080P video resolution and lets you use your smartphone as a camera remote with the accompanying app. Plus, it’s waterproof to an impressive 98 feet and compatible with a range of different mounting accessories, so you can easily affix it to a helmet, tripod or anywhere else to help you get that perfect shot.
This tiny camera allows you to shoot 360-degree video at 30 frames per second. Use it with a smartphone or a microSD card for standalone use (note that the app only works with iOS devices at this time, however). For the price, it also includes a high-quality microphone and long-lasting battery life, thanks to the included 1350mAH lithium battery. It comes with a tripod, USB cable, and camera pouch. Choose from silver, gold, gray or rose gold.
Dustproof, shockproof and water-resistant to 33 feet, this camera is designed with an active lifestyle in mind. Portable and mountable, this camera provides full 360-degree video with 1504 x 1504 resolution, 32 GB of internal memory and 2+ hours of battery life. Though you can’t share directly from the camera, the footage is VR-compatible and free 360fly iPhone and Android mobile and desktop director apps make it easy to shoot, edit, share and even livestream from your smartphone or other device. For the price, this camera also comes with some great accessories, including a camera adapter with tilt mount and flat baseplates, microphone plug and strap, power cradle and USB cable, as well as a rechargeable internal lithium battery.
With the Huawei EnVizion 360 Camera, you can capture life as you experience it in immersive, beautiful photos and video. Attach the camera to your smartphone to take 360-degree 5K photos and 2K videos. It has dual 13MP cameras with 210-degree wide-angle lenses and a built-in microphone. Video resolution is 1920 x 960, while photo resolution is 5376 x 2688. Using the EnVizion 360 app, you can quickly edit your recordings or share them live through platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. Four view options are available — panoramic, fisheye, planet, and virtual reality — and you can even create gifs. Pair your recordings with a virtual reality player or headset to re-experience them in VR.
Unfortunately for iPhone users, the Huawei EnVizion 360 only works with Android phones. It connects to compatible devices through a USB-C port.
Yi is an interesting brand, playing in the high-end digital camera space at a sometimes surprisingly low price (see: their mirrorless cameras). Though this take on the 360 VR cam doesn’t operate at a bargain price point, it does offer good bang for your buck when compared to other high-end units. With an astounding 5.7K resolution at an impressive 30 frames per second, this is an action cam that will have you churning out virtual reality footage like a five-star production company. But the playback options get even better because while that 5.7K requires you to use external software to put it all together, you can play it back via in-camera stitching if you knock it down to the standard 4K resolution (still at 30 fps), which should be completely adequate for most applications. How does it tackle this? It abuts separate, impressive dual lenses, each with f/2.0 apertures and 220-degree fields of vision (adding up to a full 360, plus some).
The Guardzilla 360 HD Security Camera occupies a unique space. Today’s portable 360-degree cameras generally can’t stream HD video feed 24 hours a day, and surveillance cameras often use an overhead fisheye lens to achieve 360-degree coverage, with curved footage that can be de-warped during playback. But the Guardzilla 360 is at the intersection of both, sending live, pannable 360-degree HD video right to your smartphone.
While most security cameras have limited angles and can leave you with blind spots, the Guardzilla 360 lets you monitor your entire space with one product. You also get two-way audio between your phone and the camera, infrared sensors for night vision, and 360-degree motion sensors that can trigger a 100-decibel alarm and send alerts to your phone. Setup is as simple as placing it on a tabletop, plugging it in, connecting it to Wi-Fi, and downloading Guardzilla’s app. Some users encountered issues with the app, but the camera does what’s designed to do. If true 360-degree viewing is a priority for the security needs of your home or business, the Guardzilla 360 is the camera to have you covered.