Virtual reality is going mainstream thanks to affordable consumer-grade cameras that shoot 360-degree video at 4K. If you’re a fan of action sports, you have an especially good reason to purchase a 4K VR-ready camera as it can bring your extreme adventures to life and make your friends, family, and fans experience what it really feels like to clear a huge jump on a bike, ski down a mountain, or solo-ascent a steep ice slope.
Best 360-Degree 4K VR Video Cameras
|Kodak||Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K||632.89|
|LucidCam||LucidCam 4K VR Camera||440.23|
|Ricoh||Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera||429.95|
|360fly||360fly 3604K VR Camera||338|
|Samsung||Samsung Gear 360 (2017 Edition)||94.23|
The Kodak PIXPRO SP360 is a 4K VR camera with a 360-degree x 235-degree lens. By joining two PIXPRO SP360 cameras together, it becomes possible to take full 360-degree x 360-degree photos and video, with the help of the PIXPRO Stitch Software. The software runs on both Mac and PC computers, and it supports direct sharing to Facebook and YouTube. Included with the PIXPRO SP360 camera is a large collection of accessories intended to help you capture every memorable scene you come across. You can purchase even more accessories for the PIXPRO SP360 camera on Amazon or on Kodak’s online store.
Designed to capture reality from your perspective, the LucidCam supports 4K VR video recording at 30 frames per second and with true stereo sound. The footage you capture with your LucidCam is meant to be watched in 3D on your smartphone with a VR headset, such as the ultra-affordable Google Cardboard. Because the LucidCam weighs only 8 ounces and fits into your pocket, you can take it with you everywhere you go and fill the 32 GB internal storage and the optional microSD (up to 32 GB) with memories that will last you forever.
The Samsung Gear 360 camera literally puts virtual reality in the palm of your hand. Samsung designed the Gear 360 to be extremely portable, durable, and easy to use. Being IP53-rated, the camera is protected from dust and water splashes, and the integrated 1,160 mAh battery ensures that you won’t miss any special moment. The Gear 360 sees the world through two 8.4 MP, f2.2 fisheye lenses, recording up to 4K video at 24 frames per second. You can instantly preview or edit everything you record on your Samsung smartphone, and then experience your recordings with the Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headset. If you decide to purchase the Gear 360 camera, we highly recommend the Aobelieve silicone case lens cover for extra protection against scratches.
The 360fly action camera is a pocketable thrill-seeker with 64 GB of internal memory, e-compass, gyroscope, and non-assisted GPS for performance tracking. Thanks to all the built-in sensors you can add a whole you dimension to your videos by overlaying the footage with ride or race data. The 360fly has a 16 MP sensor that captures a 2880 x 2880-pixel resolution. Editing and sharing of the footage recorded with the 360fly camera can be done on any capable Android or Apple smartphone, but the 360fly also supports Windows 7 and above as well as macOS 10.8 and above.
With its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and high-resolution 360-degree image sensor, the Ricoh Theta V can capture 3840 x 1920 video at 30 frames per second. Besides the high-end sensor, the Theta V also features four built-in microphones and support for the new Ricoh Theta TA-1 3D microphone. The Theta V doesn’t offer just unprecedented VR image quality; it’s also highly portable and built to last. When not used for recording, the Theta V has a Remote Playback function, allowing users to wirelessly play back their images taken with the Theta V onto a TV or projector.