360-degree cameras
We’re on the cusp of a new technology taking off in the consumer space. With the launch of a number of 360-degree cameras in Australia, notably the Samsung Gear 360 today, we thought we’d check out the now five 360° cameras available now in Australia.

Over the last year we’ve seen 360° photos and video taking off, YouTube was on it early, but Facebook now supports both 360-degree photo and video sharing making mainstream acceptance a little more available to everyone – though you can share photos through Google Photos and Flickr as well as Facebok.

This is a fairly basic overview, the specs are one thing, but the features are another. One example is for the recently announced Live 360-degree YouTube streaming, which of the five cameras we listed, only the Ricoh Theta S supports it – albeit via microUSB or HDMI type D cable connection while connected to a computer.

But, we’re here for specs, so let’s lay it out.

  LG 360 CAM Ricoh Theta S 360Fly 360Fly 4K Samsung Gear 360
Camera Dual 13MP Dual 12MP CMOS Sensor
– effective output 14.5MP
12.4 Megapixels
– Custom glass lens
N/A Dual 15MP CMOS fisheye
Aperture N/A f/2.0
Field of View 360°/180° 2x 190°
360° x 240°
2x 195°
Video Format: 2K Video Support FullHD 1500px with 720P preview 4K (2880 x 2880/30 FPS) 3840×1920 (30fps)
Internal Storage 4GB 8GB 32GB 64GB No – Requires microSD card
microSD Card Slot Yes – up to 2TB No No No Yes – Up to 128GB
Wireless Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz band)
Bluetooth Smart Device (BT LE)
802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth (BT LE) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO
Bluetooth® v 4.2 LE
Microphones: 3 1 1 2 2
Audio Support 5.1ch Audio Recording Stereo Mono Stereo, 192kHz, AAC Stereo
Sensors 9-Axis Sensor N/A Accelerometer Accelerometer, E-Compass, Non- Assisted GPS, Gyroscope Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Dimensions 30x97x25mm @ 72g 44 x130x22.9 @ 125g 58mm Sphere @ 120g 61mm Sphere @ 149g 66.7×56.2×60 mm @ 153g
Battery 1,200 mAh N/A 1,600 mAh 1,710 mAh 1,350mAh Li-ion
Physical Connection: USB-C micro USB port (USB 2.0) + HDMI Type D 1.4 Base station with USB 2.0 Base station with USB micro USB port (USB 2.0)
Tripod/Monopod mount Standard 1/4″-20 Standard 1/4″-20 Requires 360fly Tripod Adaptor to connect
to Standard 1/4″-20 Tripod screw
Requires 360fly Tripod Adaptor to connect
to Standard 1/4″-20 Tripod screw
Standard 1/4″-20
IPXX Rating N/A N/A Water-resistant to 5 ATM
Dust-resistant IP6X (Without Mic Plug)
Shock-resistant Up to 1.5 M
Water-resistant to 1 ATM
Dust-resistant IP6X
Shock-resistant Up to 1.5 M
IP53 Certified Dust and Water Resistant
App LG 360 CAM Manager Richoh Theta S
Gear 360 Manager
Price RRP $399 $626.78 $649 $849 $499

You can read Chris’ thoughts on the LG 360 Cam here, and we’ll have more hands on and reviews for the Gear 360 and the Ricoh Theta S coming soon.