Top Livestream Capable 360 Cameras – Livestream 360 video to the world

Thanks to recent advancement in camera software, it’s now possible to live stream 360 video instantly. Facebook, YouTube and Periscope have updated their platforms to allow people to live stream 360 video and have thousands watch instantly around the world. In fact, Facebook just updated their service to allow for 4K livestreaming and they even drew up a list of cameras compatible with their Facebook Live Ready service.

Not all 360 cameras can live stream, however, so if you want this feature in your 360 camera you need to choose the right one. On this post you’ll find the best 360 cameras that can live stream as well as a summary of their other features.

The best 360 Cameras that can live stream

In order for a 360 degree camera to live stream video, it needs to be able to stitch together 360 video instantly. This is a complicated process requiring powerful internal software, which is why you won’t find this feature on every 360 camera. Thankfully there are still some affordable 360 cameras that can live stream to a range of social networks.

Yi 360 VR – Highest Quality Livestream

The Yi 360 VR (See on Amazon) can shoot 5.7K 360 video and can livestream at 4K. It’s the best quality livestream you can get without spending thousands. What makes the Yi 360 VR particularly good for livestream is that it can be used when plugged into a power supply, so the length of your stream isn’t limited by battery. The Livestream feature is controlled by the Yi 360 phone app, which is very simple to use. You can connect to Wifi or use data to process the livestream and connect to Facebook and YouTube’s services to stream your video on their platforms

The Yi is one of my favorite 360 camera overall, with the ability to shoot 5K 360 video for a very reasonable price.

PROS:
  • Can shoot 5.7K 360 Video
  • 4K Livestream
  • Can Connect to External Power
  • Easy to Use
  • Available for Both iOS and Android

CONS:
  • 360 Photos are not as good
Yi 360 VR

Highest Quality Livestreaming 360 Camera. Wireless livestream and overall best value 360 camera.

Insta360 One – Cheaper 4K Livestream

The Insta360 One ($290) is one of only a few 360 cameras that can livestream at 4K resolution. This is an important number because 4K is considered to be the ideal resolution to view 360 video in. At 4K you’ll notice far more details and an overall better quality when viewing the livestream. On the other hand, there is a requirement for faster internet in order to maintain the connection.

You can start livestreaming with the Insta360 One using the official app, which is very easy to set up and connects automatically to Facebook and YouTube. You can either have you Insta360 attached to your phone or used as a stand alone with a selfie stick or tripod.

The Insta360 One is a great camera overall and can shoot excellent photos and videos, it’s also one of the cheaper 360 cameras with all these abilities.

Insta360 One

4K Livestreaming for the lowest price available. A great value camera overall.

PROS:
  • High Quality 4K Resolution
  • Easy to Set Up and Use
  • Great Value Camera
  • Available for Both iOS and Android

CONS:
  • Required Physical Connection to Phone

Giroptic iO

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The Giroptic iO is a tiny little camera that attached to your phone and turns it into a 360 camera. Not much bigger than a box of matched, this device packs more power that its size suggests. Compatible with both iOS and Android (just make sure you get the right version) the Giroptic iO can shoot 4K 360 stills and livestream wirelessly.

The livestream feature takes only a few seconds to set up and requires no external software ither than the offical Giroptic App. The livestream video quality is limited to 1980 x 1080, which is a little low for 360 video, however this is very much a pick up and play option.

PROS:
  • Very easy to use
  • Wireless
  • Tiny, portable camera
  • Available for both iOS and Android

CONS:
  • Livestream resolution isn’t high

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Samsung Gear 360 (2017 edition)

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Samsung’s second generation camera adds the one thing its predecessor as missing, the ability to live stream. The Gear 360 2017 can shoot full 4K 360 video and livestream in 2K. The quirky looking camera connects to your phone effortlessly, from there you can connect directly to Facebook or YouTube and begin your livestreaming session.

The Gear 360 can be used with a tripod or without and is also designed to be handheld. The major plus point of this camera is the high quality video it can shoot, with very accurate stitching and large resolution. At just over $200 this is probably the best value 360 camera on this list.

PROS:
  • High quality 2K livestream
  • Wireless
  • Very good value for money
  • Livestream in 360 anywhere by connecting to your phone

CONS:
  • Livestream feature only works with Samsung phones

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Insta360 Nano – Excellent value

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The Insta360 Nano is made by one of the top 360 camera makers and is their top selling device. The Insta360 Nano is a small accessory designed to be attached to an iPhone and turn it into a full 360 camera. The best thing about this camera is that it doesn’t need to be attached to a PC or laptop to live stream 360 video.

Once you plug the Insta360 Nano into the iPhone’s lightning port, the app will open automatically and your smartphone instantly becomes a 360 camera. You can shoot 2K quality video and photos and can live stream from anywhere you can find an internet connection. The price of the camera is pretty attractive too, much cheaper than most other 360 cameras.

PROS:
  • Live stream without PC or Laptop
  • Cheap
  • Small and compact
  • Designed to connect seamlessly to Facebook and YouTube
  • Includes stabilization software

CONS:
  • Lower resolution
  • Only compatible with iPhone’s

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Insta360 Air – Android Version

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The Android version of the Inta360 Nano. Has roughly equal capabilities regarding 360 video and livestreaming, the only major differences are the design of the camera and the fact that it does not have its own battery of memory; instead using the phone’s. The Nano can livestream wirelessly to Facebook and is also certified under Facebook’s Live Read program. This is the cheapest camera on this list, but its still a high quality product that will deliver excellent 360 video.

PROS:
  • Live stream without PC or Laptop
  • Cheap
  • Small and compact
  • Includes stabilization software

CONS:
  • Only compatible with Android

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Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S is one of the most popular 360 cameras to be released so far. It can shoot high quality 360 photos, film video in full 360 and live stream 360 video to YouTube. It’s pretty easy to live stream with the Ricoh Theta S, however you will need to connect the camera to a laptop or desktop computer.

Once you’ve installed the required software you will be able to live stream 360 footage to YouTube or Periscope. You can also use the camera as a webcam and stream video to Skype.

The Ricoh Theta S can live stream at a resolution of 1980 x 1080 which is on the lower side for 360 video, but you should also consider that this is one of the cheapest 360 cameras that can live stream.

PROS:
  • Cheap
  • Easy Live Stream Controls
  • Can be used as Webcam
  • Officially compatible with Facebook, YouTube and Periscope Live Stream Service

CONS:
  • Live Steam Limited to 1980 x 1080 Resolution
  • Need to Connect to Laptop or PC

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Allie Camera – 24 hour live streaming

The Allie Camera is a 360 camera that can plug into the mains power supply and live-stream 24 hours a day; currently there are no other cameras that can do this. The camera can shoot in full 360 degrees with no blind spots in 4K resolution. The Allie Camera is marketed partly as a piece of security equipment, useful for those who want to keep an eye on an entire room using just one camera. You can connect the camera to the internet and remotely view it from anywhere in the world.

Live stream footage is recorded to the cloud so you can go back and re watch the 360 video you recorded. You can also use the camera as a point and shoot without live streaming.

PROS:
  • Can Live Stream 24 hours a day
  • Can be plugged in to mains power
  • Can shoot 360 video in 4K

CONS:
  • A basic app
  • Live-stream video quality reduced
  • Connection issues

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Orah 4i – Professional 360 livestream camera

The Orah 4i is an amazing little camera with a pretty big price tag. This is a 360 camera designed for professional use at events, it’s not a consumer camera like the others on this list, but I though I would include it to show what is possible.

The Orah 4i can livestream 360 video in 4K resolution and most excitingly, it can do so for up to 48 hours constantly due to its heat dissipation technology. The Orah also comes with a slew of other features including advanced stabilization and abisonic sound. All of this doesn’t come cheap though, the Orah costs over $3000. But if you want a professional 360 camera that is designed for livestreaming, there is no better alternative!

 

So what is the best 360 camera to live stream with? If you are looking for the highest quality live stream for the lowest cost then the best option would be the Yi 360 VR. If you want a more professional option, then the Vuze Plus is an excellent choice, with dedicated live-streaming software.



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3 Comments
  1. Reply
    Daniele 21st January 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, my name Daniele from Italy.
    Is there a cam like orah but waterproof?
    Security cam 24/24 waterproof and hight resolution, with streaming youtube 360 vr.

    Thanks
    Daniele

  2. Reply
    Mcwilliam 22nd February 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Threesixtycameras,
    I am looking to start a Youtube channel and I am on a budget. I want to start with a less expensive camera to see if I keep up with the channel the way I intend to. What do you recommend? I will be filming a fashion clothing, “ballin’ on a budge” type series, so detailed images is crucial as well as some of the video’s need to have voice over’s and video’s within the main video. Please help!
    Thank you.

  3. Reply
    aaron 16th April 2018 at 6:24 am

    Hi, I own the INSTA360 AIR and also have owned the 360FLY HD but for some reason there is a big lag on the live streaming by around 10 seconds on both!!! I tried wifi and 4G network with the same results. My idea is to someone viewing the live streaming footage via a VR headset while controlling an RC car with it mounted on top, but with that lag it would be awkward and make an unpleasant experience. Is there any camera that you can recommend with almost no lag?? Thanks!

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