Nikon is releasing its first 360 degree camera, the Nikon Keymission 360, and it looks like its going to be a good one. The specs reveal its going to shoot video in 4K UHD resolution, will be fully waterproof and will be able to stitch 360 media inside the camera itself; but how does it compare to its closest rival, the Samsung Gear 360?
The table below compared the features of both the Samsung Gear 360 (see full review here) and the Nikon Keymission 360. You can decide for yourself which is the best for your needs:
Nikon Keymission 360 vs Samsung Gear 360 Comparison
|Features||Nikon Keymission 360||Samsung Gear 360|
|Number of lenses||2||2|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160 @ 24fps||3840 x 1920 @ 30fps|
|Photo Resolution||23.9 megapixels||30 megapixels|
|Stitching||Automatic in-camera||Requires Gear 360 phone app|
|Waterproof||Yes, up to 30 metres||Splash proof - cannot be taken underwater|
|Shockproof||Yes, from 2 metres||No|
|Compatibility||iOS, Android||Flagship Samsung Phones (iOS compatibility may arrive in the future)|
Samsung Gear 360
Nikon Keymission 360
By looking at the specifications of both cameras we can see that the Nikon Keymission 360 has the edge in terms on features. In camera stitching and the fact that it’s waterproof are two features no found in most other consumer 360 cameras.
The Nikon Keymission has clearly designed to be a rival to action cam maker GoPro as well as the Gear 360, however this is also reflected in the price. Both the Samsung Gear 360 and the Keymission 360 shoot in 4K resolution and the Gear 360 can actually shoot at t higher frame rate; the Gear 360 can also shoot still images at a higher resolution.
So which camera to choose? If you are not interested in using your 360 camera as an action cam, that is taking it underwater or attaching it to your bike as you cycle off road, then the Gear 360 will likely be the best option.
If you want a 360 camera with the maximum number of features and not have to worry about damaging it then the Nikon Keymission is clearly the front-runner. Regardless of what you decide, both cameras are excellent introductions to the world of 360 media and will allow you to create awesome videos and photos.