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.

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.


Video Producer for Gizmodo Media Group



I’m going to admit that I’m an idiot and watched about 2 minutes of this video review on youtube before thinking, “I wonder what happens if I click on those direction buttons in the corner?” I never realized it had the function to view 360 videos.