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VR 360 Camera - How to choose the right model?

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  • The best 360 VR camera in every range
  • Entry level
  • Mid-range
  • Upscale
  • Custom Rigs

A virtual reality camera is very practical for filming the world around you in 360 degrees. This new market is booming, and is experiencing very rapid innovation. Today there are more VR cameras than ever before. Some models are intended for the general public, others for professionals. Here's how to choose the VR 360 camera that's right for you. 



If you want to make a virtual reality movie or video, it is important to ask yourself whether the experience you want to create really needs to be immersive, how the content will be delivered, and what the budget and production constraints will be. All of these factors can help you choose the VR 360 camera that suits your needs. Depending on the model, there are different advantages and disadvantages. Built-in cameras make post-production easier, but camera rings can have other benefits. To choose well, it is better to start by selecting a camera according to its price.

The best 360 VR camera in every range

Entry level

Among the best entry-level models are the Samsung Gear 360 and the Ricoh Theta S. These two models are priced at less than 400 euros. These dual-lens cameras are very accessible, compact, portable, intuitive, and come with smartphone apps to quickly review shoots. In addition, the Ricoh Theta S can also broadcast content in livestream.

The resolution offered by these devices is not very high, but for a first virtual reality shooting experience, these affordable and decent options are a very good choice. Thereafter, nothing prevents to make a larger investment in a better VR 360 camera if you are convinced.



Mid-range

For the mid-range, the $ 5400 GoPro Omni is a great choice. Made of Six HERO4 Black cameras, this portable spherical ring captures content in 8K resolution. Besides, GoPro Kolor software gives users a way to import, combine, view and publish content very easily.

However, the Omni does not allow live previewing or stitching together in real time. By using a Ricoh Theta S or a Samsung Gear VR in addition, this defect can easily be compensated for. Thanks to its small size and mobility, this camera offers a lot of freedom. This is why it is among the best in its price range.

Upscale

If you are looking for a professional quality camera, the Nokia OZO is arguably the best option. Designed specially for professional virtual reality productions, this spherical camera brings together eight synchronized sensors capable of filming in 6K. It works using Ozo software for preview and stitching. There is also an ambisonic sound recording, partial stereo, and a live stream in HD resolution.


Cette camera costs around $ 45000 to purchase, but can be rented for $ 3000 per day. It is indeed intended for cinema professionals looking for high-quality equipment and cutting-edge features.

Custom Rigs

The alternative is to assemble your own camera rings yourself for 360 ° filming. For example, a combination of five RED Weapon cameras can shoot content in 10K resolution at 60 FPS. The higher the resolution, the more enjoyable the content will be to watch in VR. Opting for a Custom Rig allows you to control exposure, change sensors, and make changes that are appropriate to achieve your goal.


However, such systems are generally more difficult to move and use than regular VR cameras. It is therefore necessary to weigh the pros and cons carefully.



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