Top 360 Cameras for under $300

It wasn’t too long ago that taking a 360 degree photo required a very expensive rig along with a high-end DSRL camera and an advanced editing suite. Creating 360 videos was even harder, if not impossible for anyone not willing to spend days in editing and thousands on equipment. Thankfully, we’ve come very far in a very short amount of time and now you can shoot great quality 360 photos and videos instantly using technology costing under $300.

Even in the past year the price of 360 cameras has tumbled, with new devices coming onto the market all the time. Quality is rising and huge companies like YouTube and Facebook are backing the medium. If you are interested in buying your first 360 camera, but don’t want to spend more than $300, then there are already plenty of great options available.

Best 360 Cameras for Under $300

 


 

Samsung Gear 360 – Best Value For Money

The Samsung Gear 360 is probably the best 360 camera for under $300. This dual lens camera can shoot 4K quality full 360 video as well as 30-megapixel stills; it’s the only 360 camera that can shoot 4K video under $300The aperture of the lenses is a very good f2.0 and there is a range of manual controls. The video and photo quality is consistently bright and clear, beating many other 360 cameras that are hundreds of dollars more expensive.

The aperture of the lenses is a very good f2.0 and there is a range of manual controls. The video and photo quality is consistently bright and clear, beating many other 360 cameras that are hundreds of dollars more expensive.

One downside to this camera is that it’s dedicated app (required for manual controls) is only compatible with Samsung smartphones, meaning anyone else will not be able to use the camera to its maximum capability.

If you do own a Samsung smartphone and are looking for an affordable 360 camera, there really is no competition.

Price: If you are an Amazon Prime member you get a 35% discount off the standard price of a Samsung Gear 360 – an absolute bargain!

Feature Specs
Number of Lenses x2 f2.0 lenses
Video Resolution 4K Dual Cam: 3840 x 1920 at 30 fps Single Cam: 2560 x 1440 at 30 fps
Photo Resolution Dual Cam: 7776 x 3888 (30 MP) Single Cam: 3072 x 1728 (5 MP)
Memory 128GB external MicroSD
Battery Power 1350 mAh
Weight 5.4 oz (153 g)
Sensors Accelrometer, Gyroscope
Durability Splash proof, Dust proof
Other Features 360 Timelapse Tripod Mount
Price $349 $229 for Amazon Prime Members
Where to Buy Amazon

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Ricoh Theta S

If you don’t have a Samsung smartphone but are still looking for a great, cheap 360 camera, then the next best thing is the Ricoh Theta S. Officially the most popular 360 camera, the Ricoh Theta S has hundreds of positive reviews on Amazon. The 2 lens camera can shoot full 360 degree photo and video with no blind spots. People often comment on the quality of the photos being extremely good for such a small camera.

Video is where this camera is slightly lacking. Quality is limited to 1980 x1080, which is not good enough for HD when shooting in 360 degrees (360 video requires higher resolution that normal video).

The Ricoh Theta S is fully compatible with all android and iOS smartphones and the official app allows you to control all aspects of the camera. You can also share your 360 media on social media instantly using the app and you can even live stream 360 video to Facebook.

Ricoh Theta S Specs
Number of Lenses 2
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps/16 Mbps
Photo Resolution 5376 x 2688 (24 Megapixels)
Aperture f/2.0
Stitching Completed with App
Waterproof No
Shockproof No
Memory Internal 8GB (Not expandable)
Battery 260 photos in 1 charge
Compatibility Android/iOS
Other Points Video recording limit : 25 mins per recording Livestream capable

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Ricoh Theta SC

The sequel to the Ricoh Theta S, this even cheaper version keeps all the best bits of the original but ditches some of the extras.

Thet Ricoh Theta SC keeps the same video and photo resolution as its bigger brother, in fact it’s almost identical in every way! What you loose is the ability to live stream 360 video, as well as a shorter max recording time. If you are not interested in the lost features, then there is no reason you shouldn’t go for this cheaper version, which is again compatible with all types of smartphones.

Ricoh Theta SC Specs
Number of Lenses 2
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps/16 Mbps
Photo Resolution 5376 x 2688 (24 Megapixels)
Aperture f/2.0
Stitching Completed with App
Waterproof No
Shockproof No
Memory Internal 8GB (Not expandable)
Battery 260 photos in 1 charge
Compatibility Android/iOS
Other Points Video recording limit: 5mins per recording No livestream

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Insta360 Nano

This innovative device turns your iPhone into a 360 camera! The tiny Insta360 Nano utilises the power of the iPhone so that it doesn’t require any internal software itself, making it one of the cheapest 360 cameras available.

The Insta360 Nano plugs straight into your iPhone’s thunderbolt port.When turned on, the cameras dedicated app automatically opens and turns your iPhone into a fully fledged 360 camera. You can shoot 360 video and photo just like any other camera and instantly share it on social media.

The video resolution is lower than some other 360 cameras, but good enough for sharing on social media. You can also live-stream 360 video from anywhere you can get a signal (although you may want to use wifi).

If you have an iPhone and want to get into shooting 360 photos and video, I can’t think of a better or cheaper camera to help you test the waters.

Insta360 Nano Specs
Number of Lenses 2
Video Resolution 3040 x 1520 at 30 fps/16 Mbps
Photo Resolution 4096 x 2048 (8 Megapixels)
Aperture f/2.0
Stitching Instant Stitching
Waterproof No
Shockproof No
Memory MicroSD up to 64GB
Battery 800 mAh - 70 minutes continuous recording
Compatibility iOS
Other Points Livestream capable

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LG 360 Cam

The LG 360 Cam is a 2K 360 camera that is compatible with all android phones, it has 2 lenses and a dedicated app for manual control.

One of the cheapest 360 cameras available, the LG 360 cam packs a lot of punch. 2K video is good enough for sharing 360 videos on social media and the high-quality photos are colourful and sharp. The camera received generally positive reviews, particularly for its affordability.

While the LG 360 cam does not have quite the range of features as some other cameras on this page, it is the cheapest by some way and possibly the best value.

LG360 Cam Specs
Number of Lenses 2
Video Resolution 2560 x 1440
Photo Resolution 13 Megapixels
Aperture f/2.0
Stitching Stitching complete in app
Waterproof No
Shockproof No
Memory 4GB Inerntal, up to 2TB external MicroSD
Battery 1200 mAh
Compatibility iOS/Android
Other Points 6 Axis Accelerometer

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See Also: 360 Degree Camera Buying Guide 

 

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