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 $200, and you can find some sweet discounts this holiday season. That’s a great deal for a camera that captures and transfers with ease!
GoPro HERO 7 goes official with plethora of video and imaging features
The best GoPro yet
After a rather quiet year, GoPro is back in the game! Well, they weren’t really gone but their presence in the action camera realm hasn’t been the same lately. To set off a great comeback, GoPro announced the HERO 7 action camera family. We not only have one or two new cameras to play with — we have three!
The main highlight is the HERO 7 Black which boasts in-camera HyperSmooth stabilization that’s said to rival those bulky gimbals. Then there’s the TimeWarp feature which will undeniably be popular for travel. The Black is also capable of online live streaming straight from the camera.
GoPro’s best camera is capable of shooting 4K at 60fps or 1080p at 240fps slow-mo, but it’s not just for videos. It can also capture photos with a new smart scene recognition that applies necessary settings to get the best shot possible. It has better audio capture and supports hands-free voice commands, as well.
If the Black is too much for you, there’s the HERO 7 Silver. It’s cheaper but it lacks the HyperSmooth stabilization and 4K 60fps video recording. No worries, because GoPro said it still has a “significantly improved” video stabilization and other important features from the Black.
The most of basic of the bunch is the HERO 7 White. It boasts more or less the same features as the Silver model but it maxes out at just 1080p at 60fps. If you really just want to have a high-quality action camera for your trips, you can’t go wrong with this.
Here’s a simple table to help you understand more about the differences between the three new HERO 7 cameras from GoPro:
All three HERO 7 models are now available for pre-order, with retail launches starting on September 27 internationally. The high-end HERO 7 Black goes for US$ 399, the mid-tier HERO 7 Silver is at US$ 299, and the entry-level HERO 7 White is available for US$ 199.
Polaroid OneStep+ puts a modern twist to old-school photography
Don’t judge a camera by its vintage appearance
As the throwback trend continues to be popular, print photos are coming back in style. And in a time where the Fujifilm Instax line has taken the world by storm, Polaroid jumps back in to take back the crown with their latest release, the Polaroid OneStep+.
Inspired by the 1977 OneStep model, the Polaroid OneStep+ takes the classic Polaroid camera and packs it with a bunch of cool features to pull it right into the late 2010s. You can still snap a photo instantly, just like old-school Polaroids, but now you can also use a new app that lets you do fancy stuff with your camera.
Remote Trigger, Self Timer, and Noise Trigger make it so that you can get the perfect group shot even without having to ask a stranger to take it. Give your photographs more character with Double Exposure and Light Painting. And enhance the quality of your captures with Portrait and Manual mode.
Just like that, your instant photography game just got much more elevated. And apart from the i-Type film that’s specially made for this line, you can use their 600 film which gives this new and innovative little machine even more of a vintage feel. For the price you pay, I think it’d be well worth it!
The Polariod OneStep+ is available now, and you can get it for US$ 159 on their website.
Snap’s new Spectacles are here
And they actually look real good!
The idea of having cameras built into eyeglasses has always been a great one. When Snap (creator of Snapchat) decided to make that a reality with Spectacles, it almost seemed like the greatest idea ever — except it only came in one style and it wasn’t a style I was particularly fond of.
When they released the Spectacles 2, the shades-camera combo came in more colors, but the same size. I still wasn’t sold.
But, Snap’s latest Spectacles release has me wanting the famed frames. Finally, the company has announced Specs I’m on board with. Introducing, the Nico specs:
There’s also the Veronica:
Now these glasses, I’d definitely wear! They feature the same 105-degree camera and the same LED light design found on previous Spectacles. Both are only available in black and retail for US$ 200 each.
BRB, getting these glasses!
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