Here are two tutorials on how to create a virtual tour, from shooting to editing to uploading the tour by professional virtual tour photographers Nic Watson and Al Bug. The first tutorial by Nic uses a web-based virtual tour software called Theasys. The second tutorial by Al is for creating a virtual tour on Google Street View.
Both tutorials use a 360 camera called Trisio Lite 2 ($399), which I found to be the best virtual tour camera under $700 as of April 2022. However, you can also use a different 360 camera.
Creating a virtual tour with Theasys
Here’s a tutorial by Nic Watson for creating a virtual tour with Trisio and Theasys, a user-friendly web-based virtual tour software.
Cost: Theasys is free up to 5 panoramas. Beyond that, it is $19.99 per month, billed annually.
Creating a virtual tour for Google Street View with GoThru
For commercial real estate, one of the best ways to create a virtual tour in my opinion is Google Street View because it has far more users than any other virtual tour website. (Note: Street View does not allow virtual tours or 360 photos of the interior of residential real estate).
Uploading to Street View is free but it is tedious to create a virtual tour using the Street View mobile app. Instead, you can use a third party app to create virtual tours for Street View. One of the leading Street View moderator apps is GoThru. Here is a tutorial for publishing a virtual tour on Google Street View with the GoThru mobile app. GoThru also has options to create virtual tours via a desktop app or through their website.
Cost: GoThru has monthy plans starting at $10, or you can use the pay-as-you-go plan which is $10 for each virtual tour upload to Street View.
How to stand out
As you can see, creating a virtual tour with a 360 camera like the Trisio is quite easy and anyone can do it. If want to stand out with higher quality photos like the sample below, I recommend using a DSLR or mirrorless camera to create your virtual tours. Here’s a tutorial.