Have you ever wondered how all those 360-degree photos and videos you’ve seen on YouTube and Facebook are made? They look like they were shot with several cameras at the same time, but in reality, there are single, affordable cameras out there that can do everything — just ask LG.
LG’s 360 Cam is a fantastic entry point into the world of shooting virtual reality content. Using two 13-megapixel wide-angle cameras, you can take 180-degree or 360-degree shots with a press of a button.
Sounds all well and good, but there’s more to the 360 Cam than just its cute figure. Here are five legit reasons why we’d recommend getting one of your own.
It literally fits in the palm of your hand
Gone are the days when you had to stick numerous wide-angle cameras together to get a panorama photo. The LG 360 Cam is easy to grip, thanks to smooth curves and enough space below the lenses for your hands.
It also weighs only 75 grams, so it can easily fit in your jeans pocket or handbag. Just make sure to slide it into the bundled case first — that’ll keep the lenses in tip-top condition.
The case doubles as an extended grip
We simply love cases that serve two purposes. While shooting, you may attach the protective case to the bottom of the unit, in order to reach higher heights and peek around corners.
It’s also imperative to use the extended grip if you want to eliminate views of your hand or the floor during 360 shots. Trust us, our captures looked so much better after making this a habit.
Controls are very intuitive
With a total of two physical buttons on the 360 Cam — one power button and a shutter key — you can get the hang of the controls during your first run. How’s that for user-friendliness?
But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to only a couple of functions. For example, tapping or holding the shutter button provides two different commands, namely taking a photo or video, respectively.
It’s so easy to pair with
Something that worries us whenever we get a hold of a shiny new gadget is compatibility. There are times when a device would only work with a certain brand or operating system; this instance isn’t one of them.
We were able to pair the 360 Cam with a selection of different Android smartphones, including LG handsets of course. If you have an iPhone, that’ll work, too. Just download the LG 360 Cam Manager app and you’re good to go.
Shoot photos and videos shoot without a hitch
We’ve talked a lot about simplicity and ease of use, but how about actually shooting with it? Fortunately, all those positive qualities apply here, too. You can take a photo or video by pressing the shutter button on the camera itself, or the virtual key in the app.
Here’s a sample of a 180-degree photo:
Here’s a sample of a 360-degree photo:
Here’s a sample of a 360-degree video:
All files go straight to a microSD card you insert underneath. You can then plug that card into your computer, or download all your shots wirelessly to your phone through the proprietary app. Transfers are done through Wi-Fi, so it’s way faster than Bluetooth (although the latter is used for pairing with your device of choice).
Bonus: It’s really affordable
Best of all, you don’t have to rob a bank to afford an LG 360 Cam. It currently retails for $200, and you can find some sweet discounts this holiday season. That’s a great deal for a camera that captures and transfers with ease!