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Ultimate 360 Camera Comparison and Ranking Tool by 360 Rumors (updated June 2, 2018)

Ultimate 360 camera comparison
Ultimate 360 camera comparison

Welcome to the Ultimate 360 Camera Comparison Tool with the industry’s most comprehensive and systematic 360 camera ratings and ranking.

Ultimate 360 camera comparison
Ultimate 360 camera comparison

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Compare any two 360 cameras for photo.
–  Comparison between 360 cameras vs. DSLRs (strictly speaking, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras)
2. Compare any two 360 cameras for video
3. Use the comparison and ranking table to make a customized list of cameras with the features you choose. Sort the table to rank the cameras for photo, video, or convenience (features and workflow).
4. See a list of professional 360 cameras with the largest sensors

BUYING GUIDES:
Best 360 camera for virtual tours and real estate
Best 360 camera for a travel, vacation, or cruise
Best 360 camera for cyclists, motorcyclists, and motorsports

These photos and videos are copyrighted and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).  That means yes you can take screenshots for non-commercial use but you need to post a link back to this page.  For any other use, please contact me to obtain a license.  The comparison and ranking chart is copyrighted and may not be copied.

11/22/2017: The tool now includes the GoPro Fusion (reviewed here).  Because the Fusion is very popular, I took separate photos and videos to compare the Fusion with 9 other 360 cameras.  For the Fusion comparison videos, choose the sample with the SAME DATE.  For the Fusion comparison photos, click on GoPro Fusion, and you’ll see the other cameras I compared it with above the Fusion (click on the up arrow to see more cameras).
GoPro Fusion review and comparison
GoPro Fusion comparison: Ricoh Theta V, Insta360 ONE, Yi 360 VR, Samsung Gear 360 2017, Samsung Gear 360 2016, Kodak Orbit360, Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere, Garmin Virb 360, Nikon Keymission 360.
360 cameras vs. DSLRs (technically, interchangeable lens cameras)
360 cameras vs. DSLRs (technically, interchangeable lens cameras)

6/2/2018:  The comparison tool now includes comparisons of 360 cameras and some mirrorless cameras.  This comparison is designed for 360 camera users who are considering using a DSLR for higher quality, as well as for DSLR shooters who are considering 360 cameras for speed.

360 CAMERA VIDEO COMPARISON TOOL

Click on the upper left corner to select a camera.  Do the same for the other side.  Remember: you can pause and loop (right click and select loop).  You can also maximize each window by double-clicking on the video.  Some cameras have multiple samples. Please choose the sample with the SAME DATE to make sure the lighting conditions are the same.  I relabeled the playlist to make it easier to find the samples with the same lighting conditions.

360 CAMERA PHOTO COMPARISON TOOL

Click on the carousel on the bottom to select a camera.  Do the same for the other side.  You can also maximize each window if you wish.  Some cameras have multiple samples. Please choose the sample with the lighting conditions closest to the other camera you are comparing (use the shadows as a hint).

360 CAMERAS vs. DSLRs (INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERAS) PHOTO COMPARISON TOOL

Click on the carousel on the bottom to select a camera.  Do the same for the other side.  You can also maximize each window if you wish.  Some cameras have multiple samples.

360 CAMERA COMPARISON TABLE AND RANKING CHART

This table is sortable, searchable, and can be filtered.  You can sort the list by Photo rating, Video rating, Usability or other criteria to obtain a RANKING for Photo, Video, or Usability (features & workflow).  Explanation of the scores here. You can also filter the results based on your requirements.  For example, if you want to see which cameras are compatible with iOS and are waterproof, type “iOS water” in the search box.

Camera (click for review)Price (USD)Video resolutionPhoto resolutionPhoto qualityVideo qualityStabilizationUsabilityKey featuresIssuesCompatibility
Panohero H5B89none11466 x 5733
approx.
9.5006.5HDR (if supported by stitcher), raw (must convert to JPG)Needs manual stitching, difficult to capture dynamic scenesGoPro Hero 5 Black or Hero 6
Panono2099none16384 x 81929.8007.8manual exposure, HDR, throwable, optical flow stitching5 feet minimum stitching distance; stitching is via cloud; fringing; short battery lifeiOS, Android, Windows, Mac
Insta360 Pro34997680 x 3840 30fps
6400 x 6400 30fps
3840 x 1920 120fps
3840 x 3840 60fps
7680 x 7680
7680 x 3840
9.09.38.84K live streaming, record while streaming, 3D photo, 3D video, DNG raw, HDR, stabilization, identical batch stitching, VR live preview, manual exposure, GPS (with optional dongle)Loud internal fan (has fanless mode up to 15 mins), slow startup time, needs recalibration for every new scene, minimum stitching distance around 6 feet, bugsAndroid, iOS, Windows, Mac
Pano5+1 mk II59none11470 x 5735
approx.
9.5006.5HDR (if supported by stitcher), raw (must convert to JPG)Needs manual stitching, difficult to capture dynamic scenesGoPro Hero 3, 4, 5, 6
MADV Madventure 360309.993840 x 1920 @ 30fps6912 x 34568.88.58.5stabilization, manual exposure, water resistant, bullet time (120 fps)*, exposure bracketing*, DNG raw*, intervalometer, slow motion, timelapse, high bitrate mode video (55 mbps vs 40 mbps)*. Note: *requires app 1.8.4 or aboveSome purple fringing near stitch line, bugsiOS, Android, Windows
Insta360 ONE 1.16.7.12993840 x 19206912 x 34568.68.58.78.8stabilization, 4K live streaming, free capture, smart tracking, bullet time, tiny planet streaming, DNG raw stitching, hard case / lens cap / handle, optional waterproof case, hybrid phone connection (can be used without a phone), can be plugged to USB while recordingNo wireless live preview, video stitching can take a long time, battery not removableiOS; (Android TBA), Windows, Mac
Xiaomi Mijia Mi Sphere2503840 x 1920 @ 30fps6912 x 34568.88.58.5stabilization, manual exposure, water resistant, bullet time (120 fps)*, exposure bracketing*, DNG raw*, intervalometer, slow motion, timelapse, high bitrate mode video (55 mbps vs 40 mbps)*. Note: *requires app 1.8.4 or aboveSome purple fringing near stitch line, bugsiOS, Android, Windows
Samsung Gear 360 original903840 x 1920 30fps7776 x 38888.57.87.9water resistant, street view, optical flow stitchingBlurgate, flare, prone to overheating, slow stitchingSamsung S6 and above, Windows with Open CL 2.0
Insta360 Nano S2393840 x 19206272 x 31368.58.09.0multiview, 360 video calling, stabilization, 4K live streaming, free capture, smart tracking, bullet time, tiny planet streaming, DNG raw, hybrid phone connection (can be used without a phone)stabilization works only if connected to phone, short battery lifeiOS, Mac, Windows,
GoPro Fusion6994992 x 2496 30fps
3008 x 1504 60fps
5760 x 28808.89.09.07.9stabilization, waterproof, voice control, intervalometer, optical flow stitching via desktop, overcapture / cropped video, 3D spatial sound, GPS, raw (stitching software included)No external housing, 5.2K videos exported in Cineform or Prores format only, slow stitching on MaciOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Ricoh Theta S2991920 x 960 30fps5376 x 26888.36.58.3manual exposure, HDR, exposure bracketing, intervalometer, interval composite, street view, waterproof housing optional, optical flow stitchingStitching videos via app is slowiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Samsung Gear 360 20171054096 x 2048 24fps5472 x 27368.58.57.9live streaming (1920 x 960), HDR, water resistant, optical flow stitching, street viewlimited compatibility, stitch line warps when anything crosses stitch line near the camera, slow stitchingSamsung S6 and above
iPhone 6 and above
Windows with OpenCL 2.0
Mac
Ricoh Theta SC1991920 x 960 30fps5376 x 26888.36.48.3manual exposure, HDR, exposure bracketing, intervalometer, interval composite, street view, waterproof housing optional, optical flow stitchingStitching videos via app is slow; 5-minute limit on videosiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Yi 360 VR3995760 x 2880 @ 30fps5760 x 28808.38.87.94K live streaming, intervalometer, street view mobile, erase yourself automatically, optical flow stitching via desktop, voice control, GPS geolocation tags via Street View app (if supported by phone)Slow stitching, poor in-cam stitching (use app or desktop stitching
- they're excellent)
iOS, Android, Windows
Ricoh Theta V3993840 x 1920 30fps5376 x 27888.38.58.33D spatial sound, external mic input, manual exposure, HDR, exposure bracketing, intervalometer, interval composite, street view mobile, waterproof housing optional, optical flow stitching, in-camera stitching (photo and video), stabilization, GPS geolocation tags via Street View app (if supported by phone)Limited nonremovable memoryiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Garmin Virb 3607995760 x 2880 @ 30fps desktop stitched
3840 x 2160 @ 30fps in-cam stitching
4736
5640 x 28168.08.48.8Realtime stitching, stabilization, waterproof, replaceable lens, G-Metrix overlays, 4k live streaming with iOS, hyperframe, timelapse, travelapse, voice control, 3D spatial sound, GPSPhotos not street view compatible, template-based stitching for video, stabilization requires desktop stitchingiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Rylo4993840 x 2160 30fps6000 x 30008.48.59.07.9Best stabilization, Best hyperlapse, frontback, follow me (tracking), look here (keyframing), waterproof housingNo desktop app, need to delete a lot of files on your phone to process, no exposure controls, very warm white balanceiOS, Android
Kodak Orbit3604993840 x 1920 @ 24fps7360 x 36807.88.07.8water resistant, live streaming via pc, replaceable lens, intervalometerNoticeable stitch line, lens becomes soft toward one stitch line, need to manually adjust stitching per image / videoiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Kodak SP360 4K Dual Pro6493840 x 1920 @ 30fps7680 x 38407.57.86.5water resistant, replaceable lens, aerial kit, waterproof case with underwater stitchingLong workflow, flare, noticeable stitch lineiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
Nikon Keymission 3604993840 x 1920 @ 24fps7744 x 38727.57.508.3in-cam stitching for photos and videos, waterproof, remote activationLens is soft outside of center, noticeable stitch line, hard to connect to the app, recording button easily pressed by accidentiOS, Android, Mac, Windows
LG 360 Cam1002560 x 1280 30fps5660 x 28307.57.08.0remote activation, street view, hard case / lens cap / handle, 3D spatial sound (via firmware update)Noticeable stitch line, hard to update appiOS, Android
Giroptic iO1991920 x 10803840 x 19207.47.08.5360 video calls, stabilization, live streaming, realtime in-camera stitchingGiroptic now closed; short battery life, Cannot be used without phoneiOS, Android
Ion360 U2993840 x 19203840 x 19207.47.57.8live streaming 3840 x 1920bugs, no desktop appiPhone 7, 7 plus
iPhone 8?
Samsung S8, S8 plus
Insta360 Nano1993040 x 15203040 x 15207.37.58.8stabilization, live streaming, HDR, tiny planet streaming, hybrid phone connection (can be used without a phone)Soft at stitch lineiOS, Mac, Windows,
Insta360 Air1293008 x 1504 some phones
2560 x 1280
3008 x 15047.37.58.8stabilization, live streaming, tiny planet streaming, manual horizon correction,Cannot be used without phoneAndroid, Mac, Windows
Kandao Obsidian R69997680 x 7680 30fps7680 x 7680live streaming 7680 x 7680, depth aware stitching, depth mappingNeeds i7, 24GB ram and GTX 1080 to stitch video at 8KiOS, Android, Windows (i7, 24GB RAM, GTX 1080)
VRDL360 preproduction1993072 x 1536 30fps7000 x 3500iOS, Android,
Vuze 3D 360 Camera7993840 x 3840 30fps
3840 x 2160 30fps
3840 x 38403D 360,Stitching on corners is noticeableiOS, Android, Windows, Mac (beta)
LucidCam4992048 x 4096 24fps4320 x 2160 SBS3D 180,Long workflow for youtube 360, 180 onlyiOS, Android, Windows

Here is a video showing the features of the Ultimate 360 Camera Comparison.


PROFESSIONAL 360 CAMERA COMPARISON CHART

Here are the 360 cameras with the largest sensors

 Camera (click for more info)PriceSensorVideo Resolution
Excalibur15100Four full frame sensors (Sony A7S)6K (8mm lens)
Rig RedTwo full frame Red Helium sensors8K 60fps
Entaniya 250 rigTwo APS-C sensors (Sony a6500)5K (back to back)
4K (side to side)
Z Cam V1 Pro35000nine Micro Four Thirds sensors8K 2D
7K 3D
Insta360 Titan 10K Micro Four Thirds 360 camera
Insta360 Titan 10K Micro Four Thirds 360 camera
Insta360 Titan12000Eight Micro Four Thirds sensors10K 3D 360
iZugar Z8XL Micro Four Thirds 3D 360 camera rig
iZugar Z8XL Micro Four Thirds 3D 360 camera rig
iZugar Z8XL9999Eight Micro Four Thirds5.4K 3D 360
Z Cam S1 Pro
Z Cam S1 Pro
Z Cam S1 Pro9800Four Micro Four Thirds sensors6K 2D 360 (partial 3D 360)
iZugar Z4XL Micro Four Thirds 360 camera rig
iZugar Z4XL Micro Four Thirds 360 camera rig
iZugar Z4XL4999Four Micro Four Thirds sensors6K 2D 360
CES 2017: Boxfish 360 is a professional underwater 360 cameraBoxfish 360 underwater camera15000Three Micro Four Thirds sensors5K (waterproof to 300 meters)
Z Cam K1 Pro Micro Four Thirds VR180 camera
Z Cam K1 Pro Micro Four Thirds VR180 camera
Z Cam K1 Pro3000Two Micro Four Thirds sensors6K VR180
iZugar Z2XL Micro Four Thirds 3D180 camera
iZugar Z2XL Micro Four Thirds 3D180 camera
iZugar Z2XL1802699Two Micro Four Thirds sensors
Entaniya 250 for Micro Four Thirds
Entaniya 250 for Micro Four Thirds
Entaniya 250 one-shotOne Micro Four Thirds sensor4K 250-degrees
Sphericam Beast 360 camera with 1-inch sensors
Sphericam Beast 360 camera with 1-inch sensors
Sphericam BeastFour 1-inch sensors6K
Indiecam nakedEye S4Four 2/3-inch sensors6K CinemaDNG raw
Indiecam NakedEYE
Indiecam nakedEYE
Indiecam nakedEye9500 EURTwo 2/3-inch sensors4K CinemaDNG raw