Which is the best
360 camera under $1000? In this video, we’ll look
at the top contenders in mid 2019, figure out
which one is best for you, as well as rank them from best to worst. I’m also going to give
you three predictions for 360 cameras that I think will be out by the end of the year. I have no allegiance to
any of these cameras. I’m not being paid by any
companies to make this. I’m just a dude in the
front room of his apartment who you could say, has a
little bit of an obsession. And this obsession led
me to owning basically every single point and
shoot 360 camera ever made. I have made in-depth reviews
of most of these cameras, so if you have your eye
on one specific camera, do check out my in-depth review before you make that purchase. This video will be more of an overview of what’s good, and what’s not. So here are the top 17
contenders in mid-2019. Let’s do it. Now, I’m going to start
with the newest 360 camera of the lot, and that’s the Ricoh Theta Z1. This is a $999 360
camera with two in-built one inch sensors, which is
the very first 360 camera to ever have this. And as a result, the image
quality is incredible. This is the most DSLR-like
point and shoot 360 camera I’ve seen so far, and the manual control you can take over this, is insane. It does the best raw photos,
it has the best bracketing, with the most amount of
control over how you set your exposure and the
amount of brackets you use. But it’s not cheap. $999 is out of most people’s price range, so if you’re a professional
shooting virtual tours, you should consider this
and go watch my review. If you’re not, there are
other cameras on this list that will do a good enough job. I’m putting the Theta Z1
straight into the buy category. Next, is Ricoh’s other camera,
and that’s the Theta V. In my previous video, I knocked
the Theta V out entirely because I thought they
were going to release a new, updated version of the Theta V. They did release the Theta Z1, however, the Z1 is more for professionals. They’re not really in the same category, because of the massive price difference, which is why the Theta V is still a decent option for consumers. At $376 still, this is
still worth that much money, but it’s not a camera that screams ‘buy me’. And it used to be when it first came out, but the 360 camera market has
at least doubled since then, which is why it’s no
longer an obvious choice. I’m putting the Theta V in the cameras you should consider list, for
the excellent image quality and dynamic range at a decent-ish price. The Theta cameras have
always been amazing for in-built HDR, so if
you choose one of these, you won’t be disappointed. Next, are the two Gear
360s, the 2016 and the 2017. And the only thing these two have over the other cameras
right now, is price. They’ve been out-shined
in almost every way and they’re cameras of the past. Back when these came
out, there was only like, five cameras to choose from. So of course, they were the best. But now, in 2019, they belong in a museum. The prices are actually really good, and yes, I would say these
are the best acceptable 360 cameras for the
lowest amount of money. So if you only have
like 100 bucks to spend, I’d consider getting the Gear 360 2016, because the 2017 is now $165,
whereas the 2016’s $109. And by the way, this actually does shoot 30 megapixel photos,
so it’s good for that. But as I said before, it’s
outdated in every other way. Also, you’ll need a
Samsung phone to use it. So while it’s still an okay option, I feel kinda meh about it. So, I’m gonna put it on the meh list. With the 2017, I’m taking it off the list. Do not buy the 2017 version, because there are much better options now that are kind of
close to this price point. Like this one, the YI 360
VR, shoots 5.7K video, and it’s $199. I used this one for a few weeks, but as a Mac and iPhone
user, it was a no go. It was unusable because
there wasn’t enough software and app support. The footage didn’t stabilize, also I had massive dynamic range issues. This is probably the worst dynamic range I’ve ever seen from a 360 camera. But if you only have $200 to spend, and you’re on PC and Android,
this is an okay option. I didn’t end up making a review about it, but if you’re interested in the YI 360 VR, check out the reviews
of my fellow 360 guys, because I’m pretty sure they
all made in-depth reviews. So, I’m gonna put this on the cameras you should consider list,
purely for the price, but as a Mac user, you’re dead to me. (laughs) That’ll teach ya! A camera that I think would
be a much better option at this price point, is
the Xiaomi Mi Sphere. This has been the top of my
list for a long time now, and yet, it still stood the test of time. I can see heaps of people
in the Facebook groups are still using the Mi Sphere, and getting amazing
photos and videos from it. No wait a sec, just photos. For videos, it’s now really sub-standard, because it started as a 3.5K camera, and then they updated it to 4K, but it’s interpellated 4K, so it looks fake and it just, it doesn’t look great
compared to basically every other camera out there
that shoots 4K or above. But for photos, it’s used 23 megapixels, and I used this camera a lot
in my previous virtual tour videos and I got some
really good results with it. This is one of the sharpest 360 cameras you’ll find for photos. The dynamic range is okay,
and the raw kinda sucks, but if you’re shooting in an environment with controlled lighting,
like outside or inside, just avoid mixed lighting interiors. The camera’s gonna do just fine. In fact, it’s going to over-deliver for the $220 price
point it’s currently at. So if your budget is under
$250 for a 360 camera, the Xiaomi Mi Sphere is still
my 360 camera of choice. Yes, you should definitely
consider the Mi Sphere. But first, let’s look
at some better cameras at a slightly higher price point. One of the most exciting
ones, is the GoPro Fusion. This camera’s consistently made
the top three of this list, ever since it was released, and back then, it was way more expensive. I remember, I paid $1000
for my GoPro Fusion, and then it went down slowly to $900, then $800, then $700, which
is still kind of high, but the image quality from this thing has always been worth it. The 360 videos I’ve shot
with the GoPro Fusion around the world, have been incredible. It was one of the first
cameras ever to go above 5K video resolution, and as a result, it was one of the first 360
cameras to look like genuine high definition when reframed. Up until that point, 360
video from these cameras looked kind of blurry, and crap. And the Fusion really led the way for amazing 360 video quality. However, it also became
known as one of the most difficult 360 cameras to work with. You use two SD cards with the Fusion and importing your files,
stitching them, exporting them, editing them and reframing them, is like a week-long process
if you have a slow computer. And this made it difficult
for a lot of people to use the Fusion. If you have a computer
that’s spec’d out to the max, like I do, this won’t be an issue for you, and it is worth it to get
that amazing video quality. But if you’re someone that
prefers a mobile work flow, then the Fusion is
going to disappoint you, because the app is not that good. You still can’t download your 360 photos to the camera roll, and
reframing your 360 video in the app is almost impossible to do while keeping it smooth. It has nowhere near the reframing ability as some of the other cameras on this list. The good, is they’ve
updated the video resolution from 5.2K, to 5.6K, and
they’ve decreased the price. I saw this on Amazon for $299. That’s incredible! For what this camera can
do, damn, that’s cheap! And did I mention, it’s also waterproof? Look, no question, the
GoPro Fusion is still in the buy category in mid-2019. This is an amazing 360 camera
at an unbeatable price. If you can get around the
hurdle of having to edit on desktop, then this is
going to be one of the best options if you’re into shooting 360 video. But I’m warning you, you’ll
need a fast computer. Next, is a little camera
that used to be the Fusion’s main competitor and that’s the Rylo. When the Rylo came out, it
kinda changed the industry, with its game-changing
video stabilization. The six axis stabilization
was pretty much perfect. It didn’t matter how much
you shaked the camera, somehow, it found a way
to stabilize the footage, and look like a cinematic dolly shot. And us folk in the 360 world were like, damn, that’s impressive. And then a little company
came along called Insta360, and copied Rylo’s homework. This was one of their
leading cameras at the time, the Insta360 Nano, and they
found a way to replicate the stabilization from the Rylo and they put it in this little camera. And then suddenly, the secret was out, and Rylo lost its unique selling point. And while there have been
updates to Rylo in the past year, with their firmware, their software, and the most important one, they’ve up-scaled their
resolution from 4K to 5.8K, which is a massive jump. It’s still got a tiny little problem, and that is no unique selling point. When you and I go out to
buy ourselves a new camera, do we think, I wanna buy
a camera that’s just like all the other cameras, that
doesn’t have any unique features, it has the
same resolution or less, it has an inferior app, it
has inferior overall specs, and even the price is the
same as the other cameras. Is that what you’re thinking? No. You want a camera that’s
better than the other cameras, at least one thing, just one thing. And yeah, if there were
two or three or four or 10, or 50 things, that would be awesome too. But even one thing would be good. And if a camera doesn’t
have a unique selling point, it can at least be unique with the price. It can be cheaper than all the others. Well, I’m sorry to say
Rylo, but you have no things that are unique selling points. So therefore, Rylo, I’m sorry, but I’m putting you in the meh category, and you’re just on the cusp
of the do not buy list. And you’ll be there next
time if you keep this up. Next, is the KanDao Qoocam
which is a 180 camera, that also doubles as a 360 camera. It has two lenses on one
side, one on the other. This is also a camera
whose unique selling points are dwindling, but it
does still have a few. The first one is, it
has the longest battery life of the lot. On a single charge, this
thing can last three hours of continuous recording. That’s a long time. Looks weird though. Also, it’s the second best
camera for shooting raw, after the Theta Z1. It shoots incredible DNG8
photos, in both 360 and 180 mode. Here it is halfway
between 180 and 360 mode, so I’m gonna call that 240 mode. In 180 mode, it captures a depth map and that means it knows how far everything is from the camera, so it
can then simulate that later. If you’re uploading a photo to Facebook, you can upload a full on 3D
photo shot with the Qoocam. Then you just move your mouse around and the 3D effect comes to life. Yes, they’re low quality,
simulated 3D photos, but no other camera has this feature yet. I’d say the Qoocam is a good camera, but not a great camera. When I compared it to the
Vuze XR, and Insta360 EVO, it came third out of the three. So I’m going to put this on
the cameras you should consider list, with the main selling point being that incredible battery life. A better option for a
360/180 camera hybrid, is the Vuze XR. I think this is the best
designed 360/180 camera yet. Hee. Hee. Hee. Where this is an upgrade from the Qoocam, is it’s 5.7K, whereas
the Qoocam is only 4K. I really like the design of this camera, because since the lenses are on one side, you can easily hold the handle and your hand isn’t going
to show in your 180 shots. The Vuze XR is a good
choice for a 360/180 camera, but there’s something better. We’ll find out what that
camera is in a minute, but for now, I’m putting
the XR on the cameras you should consider list. Feel like a news presenter. (singing) This is 360 News, with
Ben Claremont, just in. Some idiot has just totaled
his 360 camera at Bondi Beach. His name is Ben Clare– wh-what? This leads me to the other Vuze camera and this is the Vuze+ 3D 360 camera. Yes, it has eight lenses total, and it shoots 3D in all directions, whereas a Vuze XR just
shoots 3D in one direction. It’s in 4K, the footage looks okay, and I don’t even know
if the app is finished a year after release,
but, this is the cheapest 3D 360 camera you can currently buy. Would I recommend it? Well, I’ll let the dust
on the top of the camera be an indicator of that. But if you ask someone
that wants to try 3D 360, then this is going to be your best option. So I’m gonna be generous, I
won’t put it on the meh list, I’ll put it on the cameras
you should consider list. But really, you wouldn’t
buy it for any other purpose than 3D 360 at 4K. Next, is the Ultracker Aleta S2C. I did make a video about
this, but since then, the price has changed. It’s gone back up to 1200
and something dollars. Which means, it’s not
eligible for this list. So, as much as I would like to include it, and if I did, I’d put
it in the meh category, but I can’t, so forget you even saw this. And the reason I would have
put it in the meh category, is because now with the Theta Z1, this is no longer the best
option in the $1000 price range for virtual tours. The Theta Z1 has incredible dynamic range, and the Aleta S2C has very average, if not below average dynamic range. Yes the resolution is 52 megapixels but that doesn’t matter
when the highlight’s completely blown out,
the shadows are crushed and there’s visible noise
in a lot of your shots, so yeah, sorry Aleta, there’s a new king that’s taken the throne. I don’t watch Game Of Thrones by the way. I think that’s how it works, right? The new person takes the throne after they defeat the old one? (imitates gun fire) That was a very expensive battle. Oh, hello. It’s the Garmin Virb. I’m afraid to say the Virb
has suffered the same fate as the Rylo, it has no
unique selling points really, other than I guess the replaceable lenses. That’s one thing, but it’s not enough, because the price hasn’t changed. It’s still at $560, and for that price, you could basically buy two Fusions, so, yeah, sorry Virb, it’s not me, it’s you. You did good, kid. You did good. But now, it’s time to
put you in retirement. You’re going on the do not buy list. I feel like there’s a
company whose cameras I haven’t mentioned. Who could it be? Mmm, oh. Yeah, that’s right, it was Insta360. I’ve got four cameras
here, the Nano S, the One, the One X and the EVO, and I’m gonna start by taking out the trash. The Nano and the Insta360
One are no longer cameras you should consider buying. They were good when they came out, but because Insta360 release
cameras so frequently, and the updates are quite significant, these cameras have no unique
selling points over these two. So yeah, don’t buy these cameras. Should you buy the One X and the EVO? Yes, of course you should, and here’s why. When the One X was released last year, it became known as the 360 camera killer. It absorbed all the best
features of its main competitors, making it the obvious choice. For anyone wanting
anything from a 360 camera, you could probably find it with the One X. The photo quality was great,
the video quality was great, and the amazing app was
the icing on the cake. Before this thing came
out, editing 5.7K video on a phone just wasn’t possible. But somehow they’ve found a way, and not only is it possible,
but it’s actually really easy. They designed the app
for the One X so good, that you simply tap, swipe, pinch and drag to create amazing
reframed 360 masterpieces. And you didn’t even need a cable, the download speeds were crazy fast. Well, since they released
it, they’ve added more, and more and more features,
making it the obvious choice for anyone looking for a 360 camera, for photo or video with
a budget of under $500. There’s so many features I
could talk about right now, with the One X, but I won’t do it here. Check out my other videos about the One X to find out exactly what they are. But I’ll just say this is
the most versatile 360 camera ever made, and I’ve
used it every single day since I got it. This is a $400 360 camera,
that gives $1000 worth of value, and it seems to
be getting better and better as time passes. Enter the Insta360 EVO, which
was released about six months after the One X and
has 99% of the features that the One X has, with an
added feature that it also doubles as a 180 camera. This is 180 mode. And this is 360 mode. In 360 mode, it makes
the design kind of clunky compared to the One X, but
I found the image quality to be identical. It’s got all of the One X’s insides in a newly designed body, but in 180 mode, it also doubles as the
best consumer 180 camera money can buy right now. So it’s two cameras in one. Whereas the One X is
obviously just one camera, so you need to decide
whether you like the idea of shooting 3D 180, or if
you’re a pure 360 shooter and you couldn’t care less about 180. Because if you only plan on shooting 360, then the One X is going
to be the better choice, because it’s designed
slightly better for 360. It’s just easier to put in your pocket, and use in everyday situations, because the design is really
simple and user-friendly. The EVO was $30 more, and
while the design isn’t as good, the 3D you can shoot with
this thing is incredible, and worth every cent. For a more detailed
breakdown of the differences between these two, check out my review of the Insta360 EVO. But I’ve got to say, I
get asked the question which 360 camera should
I buy several times day, and my answer 99% of the
time, is the Insta360 One X. The quality you get for the
price paid is just insane and I don’t think I’ve
come across a single person that has regretted buying this camera. The One X and EVO go right to the top of the cameras you should buy list. So, here are my four winners, and hey, this is just my opinion, you
might have a different one, so if you do, leave a comment
down there and let me know. Which is your favorite 360
camera in mid-2019 and why? And yeah, definitely check
out my in-depth reviews of these cameras, if any
of these or the others took your fancy. I’m going to remake
this exact video again, on New Years Day 2020. So hit that subscribe button to make sure you can be the first to see it. And now, I get to put my
clairvoyance skills to the test, and tell you three cameras
I think will be released by the end of 2019. The first one, is the
successor to the GoPro Fusion. Nick Woodman has already
confirmed that GoPro will be continuing with
their 360 camera development, and it seems like a
Fusion 2 is in the works. And yeah, that would kind
of explain the massive price drop out of nowhere. The challenge will definitely
be improving on the Fusion. The image quality and video
quality is already incredible, so for this to be a significant upgrade, it will have to be something
like six to 8K 360 video. Which is gonna be interesting,
because for that resolution, will probably come a higher price point, and to sell a camera
at a higher price point given where GoPro are at now, seems like a counterintuitive move. You know, since now they’ve
got a contender in town with the Osmo Action. So if they’re like, hey,
here’s a $2000 camera, no-one’s gonna buy it, which
is why I think it’s probably going to be closer to 6K resolution, and it’s going to be much
cheaper, and user friendly. This just ain’t workable
for so many people, so they need a much easier work flow with their new camera,
that hopefully makes it more consumer friendly and
more of a genuine competitor to the other action cameras out there, as well as the other 360 cameras. Release date is currently
scheduled for the end of the year. My second prediction
is a new Theta camera. I know they did just release the Theta Z1, but it wasn’t what we were expecting. We were expecting a Theta
V2, and didn’t get it. You know how two years ago
they released a Theta S, and then something like
six months to a year later they released the Theta
SC, which was a cheaper, simpler version of the original camera. Well, I’m predicting the
same thing for the Theta Z1. I feel like, or maybe
I’m just fantasizing, that they’re going to release
something more consumer friendly, and by consumer friendly, I mean the price is
more consumer friendly. They’ve already got an
excellent product here, but it’s just overpriced. Although Ricoh do seem
kinda slow with their camera releases, so I wouldn’t hold your breath. My final prediction is
for the Insta360 One X2. Or the One 2, or the One Y, or One Z. Let’s just call it the One X2 for now. But something I can say with
a good amount of certainty, is Insta360 have a patent
for their camera releases. They release at least
one major camera a year, as well as one secondary camera. First it was the Insta360
4K, then the Nano, then the One, then the
Nano S, then the One X, and then EVO. All those releases were
about six months apart. So will they be working on
their next 360 camera right now? Yes, of course they will be. When will it be released? I don’t know, probably before Christmas. How much of an improvement will it be? Well, that’s a tough
one, because they have an almost perfect camera already. And it’s hard to see them going
up too much in resolution, because it’s at 5.7K resolution right now. Yes, I guess, technically
they could go up to 8K, but that means it’s no longer
going to be a smartphone friendly camera, because
a lot of phones just can’t handle 8K video. So that’s gonna be a massive limitation for all 360 cameras
really, to go up to 8K. It will mean they become
desktop only cameras. So I’m thinking the video
resolution will be around 6K and the bigger improvement will be with the photo resolution. Hopefully we get up to
30 megapixels or more, and just better overall image quality. That way, we don’t have to
give up our mobile work flow, which is kind of what Insta360
cameras are all about. I’ve just started a rumor. (laughs) But I wouldn’t let that
stop you from buying the One X or EVO now,
because we just don’t know what they’re thinking. I could be completely
wrong, you know what? I probably am wrong. But, I hope I’m not. Whatever the next camera is, we’ll likely see it in the
next edition of this video, and by the way, I’m only
doing this video once every six months now, instead of three months. I just found there weren’t enough releases every three months to justify
doing it over and over and over and over and over, and yeah, you get the point. If you’re new to shooting
360 and you wanna speed up the learning curve,
I wrote an e-book called “A Beginner’s Guide to
Tiny Planet Photography” and I made a video course,
called “A Beginner’s Guide “to 360 Video.” And I made these specifically
with the intention of teaching you everything
you need to know to get started in under a day. So, after you’ve chosen yourself a camera, those two things will
show you how to use it. Now, if you’ll excuse me,
I’ve got a plane to catch. I’m gonna be on the road
for the next two months, with the aim of making
my best content yet, both tutorials, and 360 content. So be sure to follow me
on Instagram and Facebook to see what I’ll be up to. Which cameras will I be
packing you might be asking? Well I think it’s obvious
by now, these four. The four in the buy category and why? Well firstly, the One X for day-to-day 360 photos and videos. The EVO, when I want to
shoot a bit of 3D and 180. The GoPro Fusion when I’m in the water and want to shoot awesome
underwater content. And the Theta Z1 when I just
need incredible image quality. And I’m gonna be shooting
a few virtual tours while I’m away, so this is
the perfect camera to do so. All right, well my friends
and I best be going. So, yeah, see you in the next video. ♪ A little fox is on the hillside ♪ ♪ A little fox is named jiggy jaggy ♪ ♪ A little fox is on the hillside ♪ ♪ A little fox is on the same ♪ ♪ And a blue one ♪ ♪ And a pink one ♪ ♪ And a green one and a yellow one ♪


  • Ben Claremont

    June 6, 2019

    I need some other hobbies LOL

  • Tacos & Gold Chainz

    July 2, 2019


  • Marthinus Vorster

    July 2, 2019

    Morning, was well entertained with your review yesterday same as your previous reviews. Compliments for the presentation. I am buying a 360 action camera soon. Here is what made me reluctant to press the button on the purchase. I will choose between Rylo (was 1st choice) and Insta 360 (was 2nd choice). I still believe Rylo should be in "consider to buy" basket. I reason like this. If one purchased a Rylo in 2017 (think that was release date) one would have the same camera, with the same casing with all upgrades since then. Even today Rylo still compares favourably to Insta and GoPro. Bang for buck it would have been the best choice. How much do they still have in that little casing? What other hidden features? Is there still upgrade possibilities? Then, on the other hand. If I purchase Insta today. How many upgrades? How soon will they replace? Will a consumer be able to use the Insta for 7 years before considering a replacement? Why 7 years? If I purchased Rylo in Oct 2017 I could easily have used it for another 5 years and get great footage from it. Normally I'm an "early adopter". This time I am more hesitant for some reason. No matter. Seems the choice has been made for me. This morning as an Australian you can only purchase an Insta, Rylo out of stock due to 40% discount. Martin.

  • Simon Wright

    July 3, 2019

    The Best one for £70 is the Samsung gear 360. Its a great way of getting into 360 although you need a Samsung phone to get the most out of it.

  • OverlandTT

    July 4, 2019

    I still like my Nikon KeyMission 360 😊 – as long as you use it in stand alone as the app is a little awkward.

  • Martin Turner

    July 4, 2019

    Great reviews, BTW! I love my Insta360 One X; considering selling my GoPro Fusion as it is a pain in the ass to edit etc. (as you pointed out). No Fusion 2 for me unless they improve the Fusion app on the Mac.

  • Dazbobaby McMullen

    July 4, 2019

    The GoPro Fusion has just had a massive price drop. Mine's coming today and I got it for £375

  • Jason Kelley

    July 5, 2019

    Have you done any detailed vids on how easy/hard it is to create your edits from the raw footage for? I know you touched on it here but really unsure how time consuming it really is.

  • Jonathan Chippindall

    July 7, 2019

    Thanks for the video. Which would you suggest is the best 360 camera for live streaming? Thanks

  • ricardo

    July 8, 2019

    where could i get a lens replacement for insta 360 one x, i scratched it before i got the venture case, im trying to buff it out with meguiars compound restorer but i would prefer to get a lens, can you help?

  • Blackfirepdx

    July 8, 2019

    Does the Insta360 do well with moving 360 videos? How is the processing on a desktop? Does it require heavy lifting like the Fusion or is it way better? Great review and helped me:)

  • Thowadaburda

    July 9, 2019

    I appreciate the broad and thorough video. Thank you!


    July 10, 2019

    Can it upload 5.7k to YouTube from the app? I dont have a laptop but I want this so bad!
    Will the video look fuzzy if I upload from my phone?

  • Torben Hochfeld

    July 10, 2019

    Thanks for this video. I should have watched it before I bougt the Qoocam*, but I'll send it back and buy a Insta One X instead.

    *not recommendable

  • Maksim M

    July 10, 2019

    What is the song at the end ???

  • John Early

    July 12, 2019

    A feature of the Garmin Virb is that I can control it remotely from my Garmin Fenix 3 watch. Mount the Virb on the wing of my airplane and start/stop recording as I fly with just a tap on my watch, that’s a great feature. But I agree that the performance is “meh” at best.

  • Marc Jacobi Sailing

    July 12, 2019

    Waterproof One X!

  • Tom Knauer

    July 12, 2019

    Hi Ben, i cannot understand your conlclusion about the Insta360 One X. I own one, bought three weeks ago from our local Apple Store. The software to stitch photo and video is really great. The video quality is ok, the stabilization is superb, but there are significant stitching errors in the stitch line between the two lenses. But im badly disappointed about the photo quality. It is poor and there is no difference between RAW and JPG except the possibility to edit the RAW file a bit better then a JPG but not really good. I always used a stable tripod and the sharpness range goes from the lens up to roundabout 30cm – 40 cm. everything in the far is not sharp at all. It looks like being photographed with an 6MP camera. And there is a sharpness difference between the two lenses. The front lens (the display side) is unsharper the the back lens. And there is a brightness problem when stitching photos, because one side is brighter then the other. First i thought i have to change the direction of the camera but i made e few tests with different angles to the sun or other light sources and it is always the same. You see the transition on the stitching line between the two lenses. I guess that the two were not equal, maybe i bought a so called "monday product". In the meanwhile i gave the camera back und bought a Xiaomi Mi Sphere which has great photo quality even in JPG out of the box and it is possible to edit the RAW files properly (other than the ONE X RAW) to get a good looking result. The video quality ist not so good but i am not really interested in 360 video, so it is ok. For me the Inst360 One X is a don't buy!

  • épinards & caramel

    July 12, 2019

    I bought an insta360 one (after watching one of your reviews 😀). I guess I need to upgrade now 😅

  • Neil Roberts

    July 12, 2019

    Hi Ben … please review Xphase for us 🙂

  • Julian Langan-Fox

    July 12, 2019

    Great handclap transition at 47 sec!


    July 13, 2019

    With all those cameras, you must be the guru of 360 cameras. A 360 camera with a 1-inch sensor is what I would choose.

  • Dean Scholey

    July 13, 2019

    Ben great show and content. I purchased a Z1 and for the life of me I do not know how to clear the memory card. I am a Mac user so I believe this makes thing even more tricky. Can you assist please.

  • Richard

    July 15, 2019

    What about the newly introduced dynamic stitching which improves the stitching to perfection on the evo, because the oneX don't have this?

  • Brent

    July 16, 2019

    Thanks for the video. I'd like to record longer videos, about 100 minutes. Will some of these cameras support that?

  • Mohammad Ali Qorbani

    July 17, 2019

    WOW! nice review buddy.
    I want one of these cameras for .HDR photo shooting. Basically, I want to take several exposures of one scene and then convert them into .HDR later on my computer. (I already know some of these cameras create hdr on the go but that's a process I want to do on my computer with a certain app) Which one of these cameras has the best manual exposure setting?

  • Bennet Aladin

    July 17, 2019

    Can you review Huawei VR camera attachment?

  • Vladungu 56

    July 18, 2019

    Like if you’re also a fan!

  • Jakob

    July 18, 2019

    thx for delivering a great overview of this market.

  • Raphael Johnson

    July 19, 2019

    What stitching program would you suggest for 360 video… I just purchased the Monster Vision VR 360 Camera(DO NOT BUY) to test out. Company doesn't have any support and are extremely hard to contact.

  • IcyMidnight

    July 20, 2019

    5:30 – Don't throw me off a balcony without warning. Jeez! 😅

  • Warren walks NYC

    July 20, 2019

    Magnificent overview. As with all your YouTube videos, easy to understand and right to the point. Many thanks.

  • Alex Delacruz

    July 21, 2019

    Great video! Which camera would you recommend for ease of use if I want to just take a 360 photo on the move and then move it to my android photo gallery so I can create a 360meme with the app? I previously got the LG 360 CAM and that was terrible for transferring the 360 images to the phone to work with.

  • Paravision AVS

    July 23, 2019

    Hi Iam looking for 360 camera as small as the insta 360 one x which can give me a 4K video out through a hdmi or Sdi … any recommendation? thanks

  • Mark Harman-Smith

    July 24, 2019

    Curious to see your recommendations on 360 cameras above $1000

  • LifeSOS

    July 24, 2019

    The insta 360 does look to be the one to buy, but my challenge is most all of these are a terrible shape for adventure sports. I wingsuit, skydive and race cars, and most all of these are huge wind bricks with a large frontal area that is a snag hazard. Do you foresee any of these getting any better in design regarding their shape? I picked up the rylo due to a good deal and its small form factor. thanks for the great content!

  • Amit Kanpuriya

    July 24, 2019

    I like only one gopro action camera

  • MolaMestra

    July 24, 2019

    Thank you very much for work! Please, let me know if and how will the K resolution affect still photos.

    Which one is best for real estate virtual tours? I have a Mi Sphere but the lens broke and I haven't found a way to replace the damaged one.

    Cheers from Portugal!

  • Chrono Trigger

    July 26, 2019

    Ok it’s July has go pro fusion updated and made its app better or desktop faster yet?

    Or just get the insta one x.

  • Pisces Traits- Rule 373

    July 27, 2019

    Well I want the 361

    So I need to play this until it hits Straight in my lottery


  • Leo Productions

    July 27, 2019

    In your opinion, what's the maximum possible resolution for a 4K (each lens) 360 camera?
    4K + 4K minus the overlapped portion

  • Konor Sacks

    July 28, 2019

    Well the Garmin virb 360 has the GPS functions

  • Sword Bomber

    July 28, 2019

    I'm still hoping for Xiaomi Mi Sphere 2.
    And probably DJI will come out with DJI Osmo 360 😅

  • Stolen Coats

    July 29, 2019

    Picked up the fusion for $250 on sale at best buy last week. Couldn't say no at that price. I've heard complaints about the slow workflow but nothing will be slower than the way I used to have to do this before all these 2 lens 360 cams blew up. I had to use 6 gopros in my own custom designed 3d printed cube case manually stitched in kolor autopano software. That was an absolute nightmare workflow. The fusion is going to feel like a walk in the park. It's all about perspective!

  • Mother Daughter Date

    July 30, 2019

    Looking to use a 360 for recording a studio podcast. Insta looks to be best choice but difficult because FCPX doesn't have a plug in. What is your advice? Should I hold my breath for gopro or insta 2?


    July 30, 2019

    Nice overview. The Garmin Virb does have the telemetry embedding trick that others don't have.

  • Rizky Nugroho

    July 30, 2019

    How about Huawei Envision 360, can u review it?

  • Citizen World

    August 1, 2019

    funny you did not shoot in 360

  • Andreas Wiehe

    August 4, 2019

    Is GoPro Fusion the only waterproof camera? I like to make snorkeling and Diving videos….the other cameras may be an option if they have a acceptable underwater housing.

  • The 360 Biker

    August 5, 2019

    Awesome video Ben. I've been watching your vids for ages now, and am ready to upgrade to a full 360 experience (from the 270degreee 360Fly world I've been living in). This video has convinced me I need the Insta360 One X, but wondered if you'd done vids on accessories and mounting equipment? My main reason for shooting 360 video is to capture motorbike footage…

  • Rkid 4

    August 6, 2019

    Is the 360 one x waterproof?

  • Julie Drake

    August 6, 2019

    I'm thinking about a 360 camera. I fly a nanolight CAA exempt sub 70kg and want to mount a 360 but it needs to not vibrate. stabilised images are essential. I like the look of the Insta 360 1X. Will this do what I want?

  • Bacho Av

    August 7, 2019

    What about a 360 fly? i want to know how it records!

  • Andrew Lai

    August 7, 2019

    Awesome video. which of the top four buy category should I get for real estate virtual tours, mostly indoor tours

  • Aarón Cruz

    August 10, 2019

    for motorcycling which camera would you recommend? I would like a cammera which could be protected (the lens)

  • Jason Starnes

    August 10, 2019

    I thought this was a great video!

  • Neil Mathews

    August 10, 2019

    All GoPro need to do is improve the software, both laptop and app, and shorten render times. Fusion Studio sucks , really sucks.

  • Nabil Edelbi

    August 11, 2019

    Great video! Thanks!! I own the fusion since 3 weeks now and I love it. Except for two important reasons: First the mentioned super bad stitching workflow. And second it does no 360 video under water or even near water, because I cannot prevent the front lense from fogging up!! Somehow the front lense unlike the back lense is not hermetically closed against humidity from the battery slot or whatever. This destroys all my footage when the camera cools down in touch of water. If I cannot solve this issue, I would say as a result the Fusion cannot be considered water resistant.

  • HDscreenerX

    August 14, 2019

    I have both insta360 one X and GoPro Fusion.

    As for me, for what we do (jet skiing), the main advantage GoPro Fusion has is that the camera is waterproof without a case.

    In order to protect the camera from the splashing water Insta 360 one X needs to be used with the "bulky" case, it adds an extra unwanted weight to the slim

    and perfectly shaped camera and you have to use antifog inserts to get rid of the moisture inside the case.

    If for you there is no need for the camera to be waterproof I would recommend Insta 360 one X.

    The perfect slim form factor and if you are into mobile editing on the fly, Insta 360 one X takes the cake 100%.

    As of for me, I'm editing only on a desktop, so there is no difference, Fusion's workflow is fine for me on Adobe Premiere.

    When in comes to a video quality both of them are very similar but I would give an extra point to Insta 360 one X only because of the 3k 100fps slow mo option

    which GoPro Fusion doesn't have.

    Both of the camera's are really good, at the end of the day, it's just a metter of preference and the price.

  • George Tebutt

    August 14, 2019

    Who makes the Xiaomi Mi Sphere camera, please? Need replacement stand as the dog got hold of it! Thank you for your tutorial also!

  • CFD Images

    August 15, 2019

    Hi Ben! Just stumbled upon your channel. Great content! I'm a real estate photographer hoping to add 360 virtual tours to my clients and I had a quick question I was hoping you could help me with. How would I deliver the virtual tour to my clients (realtors) do i simply send them a link from whatever platform I use (e.g. cupix)? Hope to hear from you or your communiyt. Thanks!

  • Devon Wayne

    August 15, 2019

    5:34 – Freaking insane footage, I love it!

  • Devon Wayne

    August 15, 2019

    Winner – Theta Z1 – Best overall – Best 360 – $999

  • dougcjohn

    August 16, 2019

    Ben, you tossed the Virb360 stating no uniqueness and old. The Virb has G-matrix data, for sports or active. Provides GPS, Altitude, GLONASS, barometer, accelerometer, etc. That’s not unique? It is an older model, still over priced… due to G-matrix data, has decent image stabilization, but for the sports minded group it’s unique by offering features others lack… or do others offer the same at lower price

  • Claude Patrigeon

    August 16, 2019

    Is the insta one 360 X an improvement over the original one for photo despite having 18Mipx instead of 24Mpix ?

  • BarefootDrummer

    August 16, 2019

    I love your camera comparisons Ben! Simultaneously informative and entertaining!

  • Bad Max

    August 17, 2019

    ok 4k aside what about fullhd is xiami mi sphere still good?

  • tlsmoke23

    August 18, 2019

    Good to have you around to figure this mess out for me.

  • sythrax

    August 18, 2019

    17 360 cameras and the 360fly isn’t one? Is it that bad? I’m thinking of buying the 360fly over the Fusion because of (what I think is) a better design. I also like the fact that I can rig up a 360fly to my Mavic Pro drone. What are your thoughts on this?

  • Guylain Ramsay

    August 18, 2019

    As a realtor, my needs are always to shoot inside homes. I got a nikon D3100. What would be the best option?

  • Anders Uhrvik

    August 19, 2019

    Thanks for the video! What do you folks know about Forever SC-500 4K ????

  • StonedGamer5000

    August 19, 2019

    GoPro fusion all the way! It’s the best and my computer has no problem handling processing and editing at all.

  • Георгий Костюкевич

    August 20, 2019

    Just a splendid review! There you go!

  • Jet A1

    August 21, 2019

    Dude, your prices are a little deceptive and misleading…why are you capturing footage from Sydney beaches yet promoting prices in US$??? Are you Australian or wannbe septic? Apart from this, thanks for the solid camera advice

  • Manuel Reyes

    August 21, 2019

    when you see Bruxelles at 2:03

  • patdud1979

    August 22, 2019

    Biggest improvement for the one x….. mic jack 👍

  • Luzifer

    August 23, 2019

    Are there any rumors about any new Samsung 360 camera?

  • tcomshere

    August 24, 2019

    "If you have a computer that's spec'd out to the max, like I do" but 2mins earlier, "Mac user like I am." Great camera reviews but sorry had to point that out lol

  • Jose Renato Bergo

    August 24, 2019

    Maybe you could to try with DETU_MAX, an amanzing camera who imitate our eyes "setings". I hope see this piece in your next review. Tks for your great job.

  • nick beam

    August 24, 2019

    Never liked the kaleidoscope effect on a video its like a toy feature and these kind of video cameras are not worth wasting your money on but the true H D 1080 clear picture video cameras are if you can find it at a decent price !

  • C3 Studios

    August 24, 2019

    So well done. Thank you.

  • Laurent Laborde

    August 24, 2019

    i have 3 pro "normal" camera (jvc, blackmagic design, sony). I considered the Fusion 360 that could be helpful in some case. But all the video i saw are talking about 30~45mn of stitching for 1~2mn. it put it in the "unuseable do not buy" list for me ^^

  • cedrick samaniego

    August 25, 2019

    If the one x had a smaller spy version, waterproof and still in a good price point. Then it would sell very well in the action camera community that's always on the go.

  • Juan Otero

    August 25, 2019

    I really wanna upgrade from my Gear 360 v2 to the Fusion. However I like to be able to just stitch and edit on my mobile device and post right away. So I'm probably gonna go with the Insta OneX.

  • Drews Quick Fixes Ideas And Hacks

    August 27, 2019

    You.left.out the 360 fly relased in 2015…. it was terrible for the software and the support but it was one of the first 360 cams at $399 it's the green lodo.and the ball that looks like epcot spaceship earth

  • Nexus Seven

    August 27, 2019

    You sound like an aussie but you advertise US prices… where in Oz can i get a Insta360 one x for $399? Yeh i didnt think so

  • Meta11axis

    August 27, 2019

    Exhibit a) Mac user.
    Exhibit b) "I have a computer that is specd out to the max".
    Verdict: "LOL, just LOL"

  • fffrankk

    August 27, 2019

    insta needs to heavily improve their low light quality. other than that – perfect still. and your prediction missed it a bit: next release will be so small you can hide it under your thumb. can't wait to see that.

  • Bora Siman

    August 29, 2019

    Until now insta 360 one X is the best overall 360 cam

  • DJ NightKat

    August 30, 2019

    I love my Evo! Thank you for the video, You're one of the reviews that made me decide to buy it.

  • Jim Wallace alias Mr Graphic

    August 30, 2019

    You've done an awesome review of this complicated subject, but unfortunately I believe that all of these "better" cameras are just too expensive for most of us.

  • cmscms123456

    August 31, 2019

    This might be a dumb question since its so basic, but what is the record time, what is the battery life? Id think those would be primary in choosing

  • John Cena

    August 31, 2019

    what about the insta360 go?

  • GamingTV

    September 1, 2019

    why would you make 2 of the same video? did imagination of video ideas fail you?

  • highlanderes

    September 1, 2019

    Insta 360 one X2: Waterproof, good colour, decent sound. I need the mobile workflow without external sound recording, without needing to manually colour correcting the video and to film under water without a case.

  • emmteeceer

    September 2, 2019

    I returned the Insta 360 One X. I wanted it for skiing and while the video quality was incredible, I just couldn’t see the display in bright sunlight. Also, the battery life was abysmal. I got maybe 20 minutes in the cold? I was constantly worried about scratching the lenses. My Hero7 has great stabilization and higher resolution compared to the 1080p reframed Insta 360 One X video and obviously far more rugged.

    If the next Insta 360 One X could significantly improve battery life, display, and some sort of lens protection, I’d love to bring it skiing because reframing 360 is so great.

  • Mogen Cheng

    September 2, 2019

    why do people buy 360 cameras? I was thikning of getting one for converting 360 footage to flat footage for vlog-style trips. I feel the fusion would be ideal for it?

  • morgenmicha

    September 3, 2019

    Yes, i360 one x gets better and better every update. But: they don’t fix the battery drain prob since launch!

  • Rich M

    September 4, 2019

    I love your work but sad to see you did not like the Garmin. I think it is an amazing camera and allows .fit data logging so for action shooting you can get all kinds of data on top of the video. It also lets you process the video based on the data collected to make the video more stabilized or allow specific edits based on the camera GPS and IMU data. It's not cheap for sure but it is not for everyone. Just sad to see you shelf it like that.

  • Sharon Anne Photography

    September 5, 2019

    Between the Theta Z1 and the Insta360 oneX which has the easiest and fastest workflow for 360 images and virtual tours please?


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