What’s the Best 360-Camera For Under $1,000?

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360-degree video is awesome. Everyone agrees on that much. But the cost has been prohibitive for most people, until now.

With a handful of sub-$1,000 cameras on the market, the mass availability is there. But which camera is best.

The only way to find out is to head to a puppy school and make some 3D video with a handful of cameras – the Bublcam, the Theta S, the 360 Fly, and the PIXPRO SP360 4K. Check it out:

Here are details on each of the cameras Gizmodo tested:

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