We Tested The Best 360 Degree Cameras Under £600

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By Mandy Mandelstein

Shooting 360° 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° cameras that promise high-quality immersive video at a price point that consumers can actually afford.

We rounded up the 360° cameras that are currently on the market for under £600 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 (around £550)

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

Theta S - £300

  • 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°
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: yes

360Fly - £429

  • 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°
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: no

PIXPRO SP360 4K - $500 (around £344)

  • 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°
  • Full Spherical 360° Video: no

These little cameras make 360° video incredibly easy to shoot and share at a price point far lower 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 way away for the everyday person.

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