Poll results: most voters are still not on board with 360-degree cameras

Poll results: most voters are still not on board with 360-degree cameras
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. And hardware manufacturers, such as LG and Samsung, are offering 360-degree cameras, which allow any consumer to create spherical videos for others to enjoy with their VR goggles.

Said cameras are still a bit pricey, and have some kinks to be ironed out in the quality department. So we decided to check with you – what do you think about 360 cameras and do you see youself buying one?

15% of voters are planning to buy one soon or already own one, about 25% are still undecided, looking at reviews and samples online, while 60% are either planning to hold off for at least 1 more generation or never see themselves as buying a 360 camera. It's obvious that the manufacturers have a steep road ahead of them if they want interest and demand for this new type of handheld recorders to rise.

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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5 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7248; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its like most stuff that is new. It takes time. If anyone is into taking panoramic pictures. A VR camera can make those so much easier, with just one click. Not to mention 360 videos are pretty cool as well.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Unless you are creating a situation to use it, its too fancy for a typical consumer. If it was really cool-portable, it would be cool on a vacation to a Disney park, where maybe you could record your surroundings while having fun with the family. If you are an active sports person who skateboards or does BMX biking, its a cool thing to have. I thought about attaching one to my helmet when I go riding and share a 360 degree race from my perspective as I ride. But its not for an everyday point and click. Its a novelty that isn't a must have. So many people not seeing it as a big deal, is not a negative. The concept is awesome. It's not new. But its nice that we have a consumer option that is very affordable and works very well. But it is a costly option that unless you spend a grave amount of time outdoors, you don't want it just sitting at home

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7248; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That is why I went with the LG 360 VR camera in the first place. It's got a quick shot button for 360 panoramic pictures, and if you hold it a little longer, then it starts taking video with 5.1 audio. Plus it's tiny and it has a camera mount built in. It works perfectly on my bikes handle bar mount.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7248; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, I forgot to mention you can easily pull out the micro SD card and put it into an Android phone and instantly view your pictures or videos. Well you can view the videos but you need to convert them before you properly see them in 360 VR format. But the pictures work without any conversation.

3. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I agree its not the right time to buy the 360 camera they lack something what is it ? they are not fully read to use. I still remember that when samsung showed its 360 demo Images warp and bloated on corners if any one noticed ..... what ral 360 should be clear and sharp without warping

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