Normal action cameras are … well, normal. But if you're looking for something a little different, that's 360 degrees at once using multiple lenses. Here are the best among them.
There's a couple of ways you can use this 360-degree video trick: or just YouTube) and let the user control where the view is pointed, or watch them with a VR headset and look around freely. You will need to do it yourself.
MicroSD cards for storage.
MicroSD cards for storage.
Best Overall 360-Degree Camera: Rylo 360 ($ 450)
The Rylo 360 looks pretty unassuming: a little rounded pill of a camera, with a screen barely showing the battery level and recording mode. But that's because it's packed with the gills with tech. Two 208-degree lenses, one on either side, sport a f / 2.8 aperture for drinking in light and details. Together they combine for a 360-degree image with a resolution of 5.8K in the standard 24fps recording mode, or a little smoother in 4K. 180-degree stills or full circular panoramas can be captured in "6K" detail.
The Rylo notable. Connect it directly to your phone with the included cable and download the video files into the editor app. From there you can frame clips in a standard 16: 9 aspect ratio, post the full 360-degree video on an online gallery or have the footage dynamically cropped for software stabilization, all without touching a desktop PC.
Best Upgraded 360-Degree Camera: Garmin VIRB 360
 GPS specialist Garmin is probably the first name that pops into your head when you think of action cameras, but the company's VIRB 360 is worth a second look. Though it's almost twice as fast as the mobile-focused Rylo, it's much more capable, with a similar resolution. If you bump it down to 3K it wants to give you super-smooth 60fps video, as well. The double lenses and quadruple microphones are surprisingly capable, with a 15-megapixel stitched resolution and automatic HDR support. The little camera does not need a case, since it's waterproof and the toughened glass lenses can be replaced by the end user. It's mountable to a tripod to boot standard.
But the hardware is only half the story. The VIRB has some serious software smarts, automatically stabilizing videos and wireless transferring them to either a phone app or desktop editor. The microphones can pick up some basic voice commands, too-very handy for when you're mountain biking and do not want to stop to begin recording. Just shout "Okay Garmin, start recording" and it will begin the video, or you can say "remember that" to tag a specific spot for easier editing. It can even livestream directly to the web at full resolution, no less when connected to your phone. These extra creature comforts make all the difference.
Best Budget 360-Degree Camera: Samsung Gear 360 ($ 84)
The Samsung Gear 360 is a great budget alternative. For the sake of a dual-lens, dual-sensor design that can handle basic 4K video and is even rated for some light water resistance.
The wireless is only compatible with an app on Samsung phones, but transferring videos or still photos to a PC is pretty easy, too. Honorable Mention: GoPro Fusion (19659017) gopro, gopro fusion, sports.
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The GoPro Fusion has similar specifications to the Rylo 360 while costing $ 150 more, so it's not a great value proposition. But if you're already familiar with GoPro cameras and you've been in the company's accessories and software ecosystem, it might be worth considering anyway. The dual lens design can handle 360-degree video at up to 5.2K (3K if you want 60 frames per second), and it includes light-waterproofing and GoPro's impressive digital video stabilization.
The unique "Overcapture" feature can convert a full 360-degree video in a forced perspective widescreen one perfect for sharing, no extra editing required. Like other GoPro cameras, it's easy to transfer video to your phone or PC for editing or sharing to social media.