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!
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Her Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for the different types of women in your life
Tis the season!
May it be a sister, a mother, a friend, or a lover, this holiday season is the perfect time to appreciate the women in your life. But, different women have different needs so I’ve rounded up a number of great gift ideas and the type of ladies they’d be perfect for.
For the skincare lover
Something to pamper her with! The Foreo UFO offers a home facial mask treatment like no other. Great skin has never been this attainable! This tiny thing is capable of LED light therapy, thermotherapy, and cryotherapy. There are also a number of great face sheets to choose from.
For the fitness buff
For those who aspire for a healthier life, the Fitbit Versa is the perfect gift. Doing what Fitbit does best, the Versa tracks all your health data plus it has smartwatch capabilities! It comes in rose gold and looks pretty with all the great-looking strap options.
For the stylish
Cutting-edge tech for hair styling comes in the form of Dyson’s Airwrap. It’s every girl’s mane dream (pun intended). This iron uses hot air and the British brand’s vacuum technology to make sure hair is curled and not damaged in the process. Oh, and it doesn’t only curl; there are different hair attachments for multiple hair types so you can achieve many looks.
For the sentimental
To help her capture priceless and fleeting moments, get her a Polaroid OneStep+. This pretty camera looks reminiscent of the original Polaroid OneStep; yes, it’s very pretty! Aside from taking great Polaroid photos, this instant camera can now connect to an app. Talk about added fun!
For the traveler
Make her feel safe and look good. Travelon anti-theft bags are perfect to bring on trips. Equipped with RFID-blocking tech, slash-proof material, and locking zippers, these are bags that will leave you with peace of mind without compromising your outfit.
For the homemaker
Make cleaning a breeze with Xiaomi’s Mi robot vacuum. This smart device will clean every inch of your home with a tap on your smartphone. With the Mi Home app, you’ll be able to check which areas the robot has vacuumed and you can even schedule cleaning sessions remotely. And no, this thing won’t fall down the stairs or run over your pets.
For the audiophile
iPods are not a thing anymore but this awesome music player is! The Mighty Music Player is a music streaming device — yes, that means you can listen to your Spotify sounds even without your phone. It comes in yummy colors, too.
For the woman on the go
These colorful Bluetooth earphones are not only wireless, but they’re also smart. Honor’s new Flypods look cool with the teal color option, plus it can answer calls, has wireless charging, and responds to touch control.
Tech for the strong, independent, and happily single woman
Because it’s Singles’ Day!
November 11, or 11.11, has been dubbed as Singles’ Day. While some may believe this to be a reminder of persistent loneliness and that dreaded single status, I believe otherwise. Singlehood is and should be a celebration of your independence. Being single is not necessarily a bad thing.
That being said, I’ve rounded up a number devices for the strong, independent, and happily single woman.
Google Pixel 3
In a sea of dual camera phones, the Pixel stands its ground with one shooter, proving that in a lot of instances, one is enough.
Sony H.ear On
To shut out the naysayers, and look good while doing so. Sony’s H.ear On headphones, aside from sounding amazing, are Bluetooth-enabled which means that you’re not tied to anything. If that isn’t symbolic, I don’t know what is.
GoPro Hero 7
To document your own adventures and tell your own story! With electronic image stabilization, your footage always comes out smooth AF. At least this camera is stable — more than I can say about those boys you dated.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
To remind you that it’s time to be your own woman and that you don’t and shouldn’t have time for other people’s crap. Consequently, it also looks cute and tells you the actual time.
So you can drive your own future! The CR-V is equipped with tech to make your drive a cinch. This thing will get you places.
Peak Design Everyday Tote
Because the only weight on your shoulders should be the weight of your stuff! Let go of excess/exes baggage. 😎
Joby Gorillapod 1K
Since you can stand on your own, like this tripod. Big plus for shooting your own IG photos with this — no need for IG boyfriends!
Happy 11.11, ladies! Always remember that the only person who can complete yourself is you. 💁🏽♀️✨
3 reasons why you don’t need an expensive action camera
Especially if you’re not a professional
Every guy out there wants to have an expensive action camera. It’s like a status symbol for adventurers and travelers alike.
Yes, action cameras are a great addition to your gear when traveling, but it’s not essential — not unless you’re into epic and picture-worthy adventures.
If you’re a traveler — like me — who’s fond of doing physical activities like hiking, surfing, trail running, and riding ATVs, let me tell you frankly: You don’t need an expensive action camera. Here are some reasons why.
1. You’ll need mounts and other accessories
If you think an action camera is the only thing you need for your adventures, you’re wrong, kiddo. Accessories are just as important as your camera. How are you going to capture that epic ATV ride without a mount on your helmet or chest?
Most action cameras don’t bundle mounts and other accessories in the package, so your purchase can potentially become even more expensive.
2. You’re not a content creator
Okay, let’s face the truth: You’re not a content creator in need of high-end equipment. Even worse: You’re bound to break or lose your camera while practicing more daring shoots. Yes, they’re marketed as unbreakable, but accidents happen in most outdoor situations.
I recently went on a hike during a rainy month, and while the weather was unpredictable and the slopes proved to be dangerous, I managed to take videos during the times I felt it was safe to record. Times like these are what make me appreciate having a camera that doesn’t cost a fortune, because at the end of the day, I’d drop these gadgets to make sure I survive during accidents.
If you want to capture your adventures and share them to the world, you’re better off with a more affordable action camera. Be practical!
3. You’re not always on an adventure
We buy action cameras because we want to capture moments that our smartphones or point-and-shoot cameras can’t take. However, if you seldom go outdoors and participate in daring activities, you don’t need to shell out US$ 400 worth of equipment.
The rise of action cameras means we have a lot of options to choose from for all kinds of budgets. Being as practical and money-savvy as I am, I’ll always choose a gadget that has excellent value for money. One that I enjoy is the Apeman Action Camera A80, which is a solid budget offering.
The Apeman Action Camera A80
This action camera shoots 4K at 25fps, 2K at 30fps, or 1080p at 60fps. It also shoots 20-megapixel photos and smooth videos at a wide angle of 170 degrees.
The A80 has a built-in 2-inch HD LCD (which I didn’t bother using) and comes with built-in Wi-Fi so you can view, share, and edit your footage once you connect the camera through the CamKing app on your smartphone.
It also comes with a case to protect your camera from scratches, dents, and dust. It’s waterproof and can be submerged up to 30 meters deep, perfect for water sports like swimming and surfing.
Other features include time-lapse recording, loop recording, and support for 64GB microSD cards. Best of all, this action camera also comes in a bundled kit of mounts and accessories, with two rechargeable 1050mAh batteries that can record up to 120 minutes.
Apeman’s Action Camera A80 is pretty convincing and offers excellent value for its price of US$ 69 with mounts and accessories.
What’s the best action camera for you?
Of course, we’ll always opt for higher-end cameras because we want the best photos and videos to show off, but if you think having an expensive action camera guarantees stunning output, well, you’re wrong again, kiddo. It’s always the person behind the camera creating the magic.
Honestly, an expensive camera isn’t worth the money if it’s left to accumulate dust while there’s no action in your life. Sometimes, we want the best of the best, but all we need is what’s practical to capture all our experiences, whenever those may be.
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