Great 360 Action Cameras for 2018

 

Rylo Review

As far as 360° cameras are concerned, there may not be a more advanced piece of technology on the market today and the Rylo – which is both a very, very good thing and a bit of a handicap, too.

For starters, the next generation technology included in the Rylo makes this may be the most impressive compact 360° camera money can buy. The price tag is super affordable, the build quality is top-notch, and the video that this camera is capable of capturing is like nothing else.

On the flip side of things, however, the advanced technology is so far ahead of everything else out there that every now and again the “ghosts in the machine” cause your video to look like complete junk for no real reason whatsoever. This cutting-edge technology can freak out for any different number of reasons, most of them relating to the next generation technology, which can become a bit of a frustration.

Design and Performance

Design and performance -wise, you won’t find a better 360° HD camera on the market today that can top of everything the Rylo has to offer.

Designed and developed by a couple of acts top Instagram employees, this camera takes advantage of lens list video capture technology (and a whole host of software on the backend) to produce stable, buttery smooth, and incredibly clear 360° videos with no real effort on your end whatsoever.

Standout Features

The biggest standout feature has to be the fact that the Rylo never seems to shake, never seems to wobble, and never seems to produce video that is anything other than super stable – except for every now and again your video will look like it was captured in some alternate dimension because of the way that the software algorithms screwed something up.

The lack of manual control also means that you can get up and running with the Rylo in about 10 seconds, never having to fiddle with a viewfinder, never having to hook up to your phone, and never having to play with accessories that are difficult to get a hang of. Some people aren’t in love with the lack of manual control, but once you get the hang of using this system everything is pretty intuitive.

Final Verdict

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At the end of the day, there’s no other camera on the market today that can come close to offering everything that the Rylo brings to the table.

As cutting-edge as you are going to find and loaded with next-generation technology, this is a game changer and well worth the occasional frustration resulting from the advanced technology itself. We definitely recommend the Rylo!

GARMIN VIRB 360 Review

For a couple of years now, the folks at Garmin have been knocking it out of the park when it comes to top-tier action cameras – with many of them competing with the always popular Go Pro line.

Recently, however, the company has really been taking things to new levels with their action cameras. Introducing new technology, new software, and some pretty amazing features that other cameras on the market just can’t touch.

The brand-new GARMIN VIRB 360 is a perfect example of everything that Garmin now brings to the table!

Design and Performance

From a design standpoint, and engineering standpoint, and a performance standpoint, you’ll have a tough time finding something nicer than the GARMIN VIRB 360.

Offering full 360° video capture technology with the help of a 2” x 1.23” CMOS 12 megapixel sensor, this camera is going to shoot 360° photos at a resolution of 5640 x 2860 – giving it the ability to shoot in MP4 format up to 4K resolutions and RAW formats up to 5.7 K resolutions.

This is a game changer!

On top of that, the camera is very much designed to go anywhere and everywhere you want to go. Everything about this system is self-contained, including the high-end and high-speed Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity that allows this GARMIN VIRB 360 camera to connect to any of your devices for video capture and video editing.

Standout Features

The built-in GPS and glow Nass/G metrics system that the GARMIN VIRB 360 includes is one of the most impressive features of any action camera. Not only is it going to capture stunning high-definition video and audio while you are out and about, but it’s also going to record your location data, your speed and altitude data, and so much more – helping you to really flesh out all of the human highlight reels you record with this system.Check Latest Price

Combining the GARMIN VIRB 360 with a tripod turns it into a super stable and effortless to use the system. When you combine the GARMIN VIRB 360 with the downloadable mobile applications for iOS and Android devices (as well as desktop software for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux users) you will be able to edit and process your video quickly and efficiently without hogging up all of your system resources.

Final Verdict

At the end of the day, the 360° video camera market is getting more and more crowded on an almost daily basis.

The GARMIN VIRB 360 separates itself from the rest of the pack, however, giving you the kind of advanced technology and affordability you are looking for in a system that is easy to use, fun to take advantage of, and a platform that is going to produce high-quality results for years to come.

Check out the GARMIN VIRB 360 today!

Insta360 One Review

Even though the technology used to power 360° compact cameras is still relatively new, the market is becoming flooded with different options that almost every price point imaginable – and you’re going to have your hands full trying to sift through the different choices.

Thankfully though, the Insta360 One definitely makes finding the perfect 360°/panorama video camera a lot easier. Designed to shoot 4K video in stunning crystal-clear high definition, as well as 24 megapixel still photography shots perfect for panoramas, this camera is about as simple and as straightforward to use as you are going to come across.

It doesn’t hurt that the Insta360 One is so competitively priced, intuitive to start playing with, and capable of exporting video out to all of your favorite editing and processing applications without much difficulty.

 

Design and Performance

Designed specifically to partner with the iPhone (but also able to quickly integrate with a variety of other mobile devices through Bluetooth connectivity), the Insta360 One is an advanced camera that utilizes the power and hardware of your mobile device to do the “heavy lifting” while taking advantage of integrated flying camera solutions to capture 360° of action.

The overall design results in a very clean, very intuitive, and very intelligent system, but it is going to rely heavily on the mobile device that you have. It’s important to know that right out of the box.

Standout Features

The ability for this camera to take such stable pictures even while you are swinging it around your head (like a flying camera) or using the included “selfie stick” to capture action away from your subject is very impressive, and the built-in six-axis stability technology that this camera features is second to none on the market today.

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Lowlight situations are still going to result in a crystal-clear video, and because this system can shoot in 4K – at 30 FPS – all of the videos that you have to process in a post are going to look great.

Final Verdict

The included postprocessing applications really aren’t that polished, but thankfully the Insta360 One system works well with any of the other postprocessing and video editing software and applications you may already be familiar with.

This gives you an opportunity to hit the ground running with a system that is already smartly designed and intuitive to use, though exporting your videos from this camera will require you to connect it to your mobile device before you can start moving those video files around.

At the end of the day, this is a neatly designed little piece of hardware that a lot of people are really going to come to appreciate. Check out the Insta360 One today.

GoPro Fusion

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the folks at GoPro or leading the charge when it comes to 360° cameras. After all, these kinds of cameras are perfectly suited to everything that the GoPro brand has been about since Day One – allowing you to capture all of your highlights no matter what you are doing in stunning high definition, and now it’s possible to do so from all angles!

Not only are these cameras very well made for outdoor activities and action shots, but they also open up a world of opportunity for those looking to get in on the ground floor of all that Virtual Reality promises to offer.

Spherical cameras can be more than a little bit pricey, but the GoPro Fusion is a spherical camera that won’t break your bank account and still offers all of the high-end features you are after.

Overall design and performance

 

 

GoPro cameras have always been about as indestructible as a camera can be, and the Fusion is no exception. This is a super-powered square camera that can withstand pretty much everything and anything you could throw at it, with design, engineering, and build quality all getting top marks.

As far as performance is concerned, the GoPro Fusion really shines. Capable of shooting 5.2 K resolution at 30 FPS – or 60 frames per second if you downgrade to 3K resolution –this is a game changer at this price point. Stunning in bright and dynamic situations and still chugging along nicely when the light is anything but ideal, this camera is also fantastic when it comes to water resistance – giving you full waterproofing up to 16 feet down.

The software that comes bundled with the GoPro Fusion is pretty solid, but the potential of this software really hasn’t been reached just yet. The desktop version of this software is still a little bit clunky and a little bit difficult to use compared to some of the other options on the market today, but the mobile applications designed to work directly with the Fusion are really rock solid.

Final verdict

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At the end of the day, you aren’t going to be able to find too terribly many 360° HD video cameras out there as well built, as well designed, and as relatively simple and straightforward to use as the GoPro Fusion.

There might be other options on the market that do a slightly better job at everything that the Fusion brings to the table, but almost all of that will set you back an arm and a leg – and the Fusion won’t!