Imagine you have climbed a mountain and you are standing at the highest point. Then you realize you need to take photos. A phone snap might fail to serve you right. At least you need you a virtual-reality selfie, isn’t it? Thanks to VR technology, using 360 -degree cameras, you can take photos from all direction.
While taking videos or photos with 360-degree cameras, you don’t need to spin as if you are in a merry-go-round. The surrounding environment does not have to compete with you in order to be captured in a snapshot. If you have Samsung’s Gear 360, you can take spherical shots and post them in Google Street View or Facebook.
These first-generation sphere-shaped cameras, which are commonly called 360 cams, lack the image controls or quality of traditional digital cameras. However, they are simple and inexpensive enough to appeal to travellers and photo buffs.
Life is all round, so why shouldn’t your pictures work the same. My 360 shots allow me to see all what happened around me. On a smartphone, applications such as Google Street View allow you to upload 360-degree photos and look at them by changing the phone’s angle.
What brings spherical photography to success is the ability to create several lenses work together. Initially, panorama shots required the photographer to slowly turn around, taking a new snap every few degrees. However, new 360-degree cameras have wide lenses that take photos simultaneously.
After the camera captures the imagery, data is stretched and stitched by the software into a single shot. When laid flat, the photos look like Earth map. However, when viewed through a 360 application, it is decent duplicate of a normal image.
The most-detailed spherical shots are captured with Panono, the most expensive and largest among the cameras. The Panono captures multiple image information at once. However, I would not advise you to go for Panono. It is only work well with still images, and has stitching that is complicated. When images are very close, it can easily falter.
The Kodak PixPro SP360 4K will offer you the best-looking video. The camera consists of a clip and two-angle cameras. However its still images capabilities are limited.
The spherical camera that will best balance portability and image quality is the Samsung Gear 360. The camera unites two lenses into an orb that look like WALL-E’s pal EVE. The shots of the Gera 360 are colorful and bright, and its video slightly lower in resolution compared to Kodak’s. In addition, the Gear 360 is also user friendly.
You don’t need technical skills to operate a 360 camera; you only need to be creative.