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What is the best 360 camera? With the continued push and development of VR headsets, following close behind is consumer cameras ready to shoot immersive experiences for those headsets. The first 360 camera that achieved some consumer success was the Ricoh Theta, a handheld dual camera device that put out the first affordable, but terribly quality 360 footage for consumers. In 2016, seemingly every company is working on 360 cameras which is both exciting, but naturally confusing. We’ve sat down to look at the stats on to give you a list of the best 360 cameras that you can buy right now, or can buy sometime in 2016.

Best 360 Camera: 360fly (4K)

Best 360 Camera

Following in the footsteps of their first camera, the 360fly (which shot 1504×1504 resolution) their newest iteration offers nearly twice the pixel capture at 2880×2880, for 4K quality. The main problem withe 360fly 4K is that it still only shoots 240-degree video, meaning the bottom of the video ends up with blind spot.

Price: Estimated at $500
Quality: 4K (2880×2880), 240-degree
Battery Life: 2 Hours
Grade:  B+ (240-degree video)

Best 360 Camera: Six GoPro’s with 360 Mount

Best 360 Camera

If you want to do some serious quality 360, then the number one action camera is a good place to start – not only is their picture quality amazing for such a small device, but paired with 5 others, and the quality of video ends up being 8K. Granted, it’s not exactly easy to set up, and get right – and then you need to handle stitching yourself. But, if you want the highest quality immersive 360, this is the way to do it.

Price: $3000
Quality: 8K (7500×3750)
Battery Life: 1 Hour
Grade:  B- (Expensive)

Best 360 Camera: Samsung Gear 360

Best 360 Camera

Samsung continues to push into the VR space, so by extension it makes sense to release a camera along with it. The Samsung Gear 360 is a dual camera, pool ball sized camera that shoots 360 video with no blind spot. It will support a microSD card slot, has a small 0.5″ display and stitching is handled by your phone.

Price: Based on competitors, we estimate a price point in the $400 range.
Quality: 4K (3840×1920)
Battery Life: 2 Hours
Grade: B (Unproven)

Best 360 Camera: Ricoh Theta S

Best 360 Camera

The Ricoh Theta S is the updated model of their original camera, offering a simple handheld dual camera system that handles the stitching internally. The quality is recorded in HD, but naturally, looks less detailed than the 1080p we are used to. The stitching is also not the greatest, but price point is fantastic for an intro to 360 camera.

Price: $350
Quality: HD (1920×1080)
Battery Life: 1 Hour
Grade: C

Best 360 Camera: Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K

Best 360 Camera

The Kodak Pixpro SP360 was a solid introductory 360 camera designed to compete with 360fly, and no surprise they are releasing the updated model with 4K support. The resolution matches that of the 360fly, but the viewing angle is still short (235-degrees vs 240). That said, it still isn’t true 360 video, but being an action camera, maybe it doesn’t need to be to get the experience without the blindspot being an issue.

Price: $500
Quality: 4K (2880×2880)
Battery Life: 55 minutes
Grade: C+ (Battery Life/235-degree)

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