+ Friday November 22nd, 2019

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 CAMRicoh Theta S360Fly360Fly 4KSamsung Gear 360
CameraDual 13MPDual 12MP CMOS Sensor
– effective output 14.5MP
12.4 Megapixels
– Custom glass lens
N/ADual 15MP CMOS fisheye
Field of View360°/180°2x 190°
360° x 240°
2x 195°
Video Format:2K Video SupportFullHD1500px with 720P preview4K (2880 x 2880/30 FPS)3840×1920 (30fps)
Internal Storage4GB8GB32GB64GBNo – Requires microSD card
microSD Card SlotYes – up to 2TBNoNoNoYes – Up to 128GB
Wi-FiWi-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
Audio Support5.1ch Audio RecordingStereoMonoStereo, 192kHz, AACStereo
Sensors9-Axis SensorN/AAccelerometerAccelerometer, E-Compass, Non- Assisted GPS, GyroscopeAccelerometer, Gyroscope
Dimensions30x97x25mm @ 72g44 x130x22.9 @ 125g58mm Sphere @ 120g61mm Sphere @ 149g66.7×56.2×60 mm @ 153g
Battery1,200 mAhN/A1,600 mAh1,710 mAh1,350mAh Li-ion
Physical Connection:USB-Cmicro USB port (USB 2.0) + HDMI Type D 1.4Base station with USB 2.0Base station with USBmicro USB port (USB 2.0)
Tripod/Monopod mountStandard 1/4″-20Standard 1/4″-20Requires 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 RatingN/AN/AWater-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
AppLG 360 CAM ManagerRichoh 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.

Daniel Tyson  

Daniel Tyson

Daniel is a former editor of Ausdroid, and left in February 2019.

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