A reader wrote to me asking for a recommendation for a 360 camera for an upcoming cruise. He wanted both photos and videos. He had a Gear 360 2017, but he wasn’t happy with it. Here is my response!
360 cameras are excellent for cruises. With the right camera, you can shoot without aiming, leaving you free to enjoy yourself. In addition, you’ll be able to view your 360 photos and videos on a VR headset, re-living your memories more vividly than possible with a conventional camera. However, there are now many 360 cameras and it can be bewildering to choose a camera. Here’s my response to John* (*name changed for privacy).
Thanks for watching my reviews John*! That cruise sounds exciting! I’m glad to help you. Here are my recommendations for you in order of priority:
2. If Fusion is out of the question, the next best in terms of detail is Yi 360 VR ($399, reviewed here) but it is not rugged and i’m concerned that if you drop it by accident or something during your cruise, it might stop functioning, leaving you without a camera for the rest of the cruise.
3. Among the other alternatives, Ricoh Theta V ($399, reviewed here) has excellent video quality, is easy and hassle-free to use, and even has an external housing if you want to use it for swimming. It also has great performance in low light. But like you said the memory and battery are not removable. Will you have a laptop or something with you? If yes, then you can download your videos and photos to your laptop each night.
Between Insta360 One and Xiaomi, I prefer Xiaomi for photos, and Insta360 ONE for videos, so it depends which one is more important for you.
6. Rylo ($499; reviewed here) has good quality in bright light and has a good waterproof case, but it has mediocre quality in low light. For a cruise, you may need decent low light for night shots. If you DON’T need night shots, it’s a good choice.
7. Garmin Virb 360 ($799; comparison here) is nice mainly because of the replaceable lens and G-Metrix but you probably won’t G-Metrix on a cruise unless you want to keep going down the waterslides. 🙂 Otherwise, the other 360 cameras are a better deal.
If you have other questions, the best way to reach me is via 360Rumors’ Facebook page, or via Google Hangout! Thanks again for subscribing to my YouTube channel! I have very interesting videos coming up! Enjoy your cruise!