Essential accessories for all 360° cameras

There are a range of 360 camera accessories that will help you take better photos and experience your 360 media in the best possible way. These are the top 360° camera accessories available right now


Suitable tripod

If you want to take stable photos with any type of camera a tri-pod is essential, however for 360° cameras you need a specific type of tripod and here’s why. 360 degree cameras capture the entire environment around it, including underneath. A normal tripod has large legs that stick out at an angle, these will be very obviously seen in 360 photo or video. In order to minimise this you need a tri-pod than ha shorter legs and nothing sticking out near the top

The best tripod for 360 cameras

360 camera accessories

This tripod is actually a light stand meant to hold studio lights, however the attachment is exactly the same as a tripod. Every 360 camera will be compatible with this tripod which is a perfect design for 360 photography. The legs are adjustable and can be tucked inwards so that they are not visible.

The top of the tripod is basic and there is nothing sticking out that will be visible in the 360 photos/videos. You can use any similar light stand but this is the one I use and I find it to be sturdy and durable.

StudioPro 7' Adjustable Light Stand
StudioPro 7' Adjustable Light Stand
An adjustable aluminium light stand that is compatible with all 360 cameras. Just screw the camera in at the top.


VR Headset

A VR headset will allow you to view your 360 pictures and photos the way they were meant to be seen, in the virtual world. The reason 360 cameras have become popular in the past year is due to the rise of virtual reality, so it makes sense to own a VR headset to be able to view your own work the way it’s supposed to be seen. Obviously you will also be able to play VR games and watch 3D movies as well.

If you own a Samsung Smartphone then I recommend the Samsung Gear VR, it’s a way cheaper option than other VR headsets and offers much of the same experience. It combines a range of sensors combined  with the power of your smartphone to create a great VR experience. You can watch a huge catelogue of 360 videos, photos and games and of course view your own. This is the recently updates version which has some cool new features.

Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
A cheap but powerful VR Headset, powered by Oculus technology. Required Samsung Smartphone


128gb SD card

360° cameras produce huge files, especially the ones that film in 4K. A 1 minute 4K 360 video can be several gigabytes in size and even the photos take up a large amount of memory. You are definitely going to need as much memory as possible if you plan on shooting a lot of 360° video. I recommend using at least a 128 gb micro SD card if you don’t want to run out of space fast.

I use this SD card and so far I’ve had no problems and haven’t run out of space. If you think you are going to be filming more than 40 minutes of footage at once then you may want an SD card with even more memory.

128GB Evo Plus Micro SD Card
128GB Evo Plus Micro SD Card
One of the cheapest 128GB SD cards I could find. Compatible with all 360° cameras.


Protective Carry Case for 360 Cameras

360 cameras are particularly vulnerable because they have multiple lenses which could become scratched. It’s important to properly protect the camera while you are not using it or transporting it. Most cameras come with a small bag, but if you are going on a long journey or tracking outside then a more robust option may be needed.

This adjustable case is designed to hold every type of action camera or 360° camera along with spare battery’s, tripods, chargers and straps. The foam in the centre is made out of removable squares, so regardless of the shape of your camera you will be able to fit it in the case. The outer shall is tough and durable so you know your camera will be safe.

TravelSafe Travel Camera Case
TravelSafe Travel Camera Case
Adjustable, tough camera case that can fit every 360° camera with accessories

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