Poll: are you interested in buying / do you own a 360-degree camera?

Poll: are you interested in buying / do you own a 360-degree camera?
While VR is still in its infancy, companies are making strides to expand its usability both by providing accessories to shoot and consume 360-degree footage, and by providing official 360-degree coverage of official events, which users can enjoy with their Cardboard viewer, or whatever set of goggles they have. Google itself announced a new Daydream program, which allow for partners to work with the company more closely in order to develop more and better VR content and hardware in the future.

Right now, Samsung and LG both offer 360 cameras, which employ two 180-degree lens, working in tandem to create photo and video spheres. While a great leap for consumer-grade VR cameras, they are still 1st generation tech, and still have their kinks, mainly in image quality, while still being rather pricey – $200 for the LG 360 Cam and $350 for the Samsung Gear 360.

All that said, it's pretty cool to have a small, portable camera that can shoot immersive videos of your hike, dance or band rehearsal, workspace, or whatever else interesting you have going on in your life. We certainly see the appeal and love playing with those. Do you want to buy or own one?

Are you interested in buying / do you own a 360-degree camera?

I am buying one ASAP / I own one
15.03%
I am still looking at samples and reviews, trying to decide if they are good enough
25.05%
I will hold off at least until the next generation of 360 cameras
25.05%
I don't see myself ever buying a 360-degree camera
34.86%

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11 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7236; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I already own LG 360 camera. It take a micro SD card. Plus it has a tripod camera mount.

2. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I own one. Love it. Worth every penny. $330 with 8% eBay bucks cashback.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I see it as a gimmick right now.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

until apple release its own version, right?

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

He believes when Apple does it, it's the best, when they actually reduce features and call it the best. What a dumbass he is.

13. AViator

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I dont understand? he just said it is a gimmick for him yet you assumed that apple has to come up with its own 360 degree camera to make it not a gimmick. He didn't even say anything about apple ALSO no one is talking about apple other than yourself.

4. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I really don't see a point in this, those who have one, how do you use it and how does this look on someone's phone who does not own a VR headset?

6. MEeee

Posts: 412; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Capturing 360 photos/videos of the kids and the surrounding people at Birthday parties is priceless. Best way to view 360° videos on any devices is to upload them to Youtube. "Unlisted" the videos so only people with the links can view them.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7236; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

My LG 360 camera is pretty cool. It has options to take videos in 360 or 180 mode. Not to mention you can take 360 pictures just by quickly pressing the button. Making it the fastest way to take a panoramic images. For videos the LG 360 camera has a lot of mics and when you move your head around on the VR headset, then the sound changes with your view. The Samsung Gear 360 has a higher resolution, but it doesn't have the ability to track the direction of the recorded sound.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Would be good for seamlessly recording VR experiences, but wouldn't consider it at such hefty price, I'd rather just record normally.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I would like to get a 360 camera, but I'm waiting for the image quality to get better before buying one. The "1080p" looks more like 480p.

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