A 360-degree camera isn’t a must-have device for everyone. But if you’ve had an itch to create some VR-friendly video, or simply want to add a new gadget to your camera bag, it can be an enticing proposition. Although we’re very much in the early days of VR, there is now an entire range of options from entry-level to professional
With services like Facebook and YouTube adding 360-degree photo and video support, maybe it’s time you became the envy of your social media circle.
Ricoh’s Theta V is one of the most well-reviewed cameras on the market, and can capture full 360-degree 4k video at 30 fps. It’s The Wirecutter’s top choice as best overall 360-degree camera, replacing Ricoh’s older Theta S. At around $400, it’s one of the more expensive models before you start climbing into professional rigs, but it’s by far the best of the bunch.
Love by The Wirecutter and Tom’s Guide for its high-quality video packed inside the most rugged casing of the bunch, the Virb is more of a 360-degree action cam than just a normal VR camera. It can shoot video in 5.7k quality and it’s even waterproof up to 30 feet.
Of course, all of this quality comes with an equally high price, but if you’re interested in exploring the new frontier of VR action shots, you won’t find a better sub-$1,000 camera for getting the job done.