Getting your hands on the perfect camera can be a nightmare. Especially when you look at the endless number of options in front of you.
But don’t worry. That’s exactly why I’ve compiled this buying guide for you. In it, you’ll find some of the most important factors to consider before buying a new camera.
So, here’s what you should look out for:
If you’re a new buyer, keep in mind that 360° media requires a pretty high resolution in order to match the HD quality of normal videos.
A good 360° camera should be able to produce images and videos of at least 15 MP and 4K respectively to give out an HD result.
The construction and overall built of the camera is highly important, especially if you’re going to use it outdoors.
If you’re going to use your camera during activities like water sports, mountain biking or other adventure sports, look for a product with at least an IP67 rating. This ensures your camera is waterproof.
Additionally, you could also consider cameras that are shock proof or dustproof. But that depends entirely on your usage.
Also, look out for whether your camera comes with additional accessories. Such as casings to increase protection or to make your camera fully waterproof.
A 360° camera typically comes with multiple lenses. Images captured by individual lenses are stitched together to form a single 360° image/video.
A good camera usually comes with a personalized software to edit/stitch videos, or an accompanying mobile app to help do so.
Moreover, do check the quality of the stitching before you make a purchase decision. If your final images/videos don’t have obvious lines where the two visuals meet, you are good to go.
A powerful battery life is one of the key features of a good 360° camera.
Consider if you’re going to use the camera for prolonged periods of time.
Like if you’re going out for an entire day and you need to keep a check on your living room. Or if you need to carry your camera with you outside for a long time.
This is where battery life matters a great deal.
Of course, you can also get a camera with a smaller battery life for cheaper than most other options. But in that case, make sure you opt for one with fully rechargeable batteries. That makes the product very convenient for long term usage.
Ideally, however, your 360° camera should last for at least 40 minutes to an hour of shooting.
This one is fairly simple. The more storage capacity your camera has, the more pictures and videos you’ll be able to save on it.
But typically for most cameras out there, the upgrade-able capacity is 256 GB. So that’s a good reference point to start.
If you thought this factor was too simple to even mention here, keep in mind the storage capacity of a device has the potential of being a deal breaker for many users out there.
Not everyone has the time to transfer their pictures/videos every now and then, especially when there is prolonged/repeated use. So getting hold of a camera that offers at least 128/256 GB of expandable storage is a good idea.