We Tested The Best 360 Degree Cameras Under $1000

Shooting 360 degree video, which can be viewed on Youtube, Facebook, or with a VR headset, was once reserved for professionals with a professional budget. Over the last year, we’ve begun seeing a number of manufacturers releasing 360 degree cameras that promise high quality immersive video at a price point that consumers can actually afford.

We rounded up the 360 degree cameras that are currently on the market for under $1000 and took them to a puppy school to see how they stacked up.

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Note: For the best puppy experience, we highly recommend watching the video portion of this review with a Cardboard or other VR headset.

Bublcam - $800

  • Raw Video Resolution: 1440px by 1440px
  • Flattened Video Resolution: 1984 px by 992 px
  • Number of Lenses: 4
  • Field of View Per Lens: 160 degrees
  • Full Spherical Video: yes

Theta S - $350

  • Raw Video Resolution: 1920px by 1080 px
  • Flattened Video Resolution: 1920 px by 960 px
  • Number of Lenses: 2
  • Field of View Per Lens: 190 degrees
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: yes

360Fly - $400

  • Raw Video Resolution: 1504 px by 1504 px
  • Flattened Video Resolution: 2560 px by 1280 px
  • Number of Lens: 1
  • Field of View Per Lens: 240 degrees
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: no

PIXPRO SP360 4K - $500

  • Raw Video Resolution: 2880 px x 2880 px (30 fps)
  • Flattened Resolution: 1920px x 960px
  • Number of Lens: 1
  • Field of View Per Lens: 235 degrees
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: no

These little cameras make 360 degree video incredibly easy to shoot and share at a price point that is thousands of dollars less than the professional multi-camera rigs, but shooting footage at a resolution that will put you right there in the pile with the puppies is still a ways away for the everyday person.


Special thanks to School for the Dogs for the adorable puppies. Video by Mandy Mandelstein. Graphics by Devin Clark.

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Mandy Mandelstein

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