Best 360 cameras: How to capture every angle

Need one more shot to spice up your content creation? From panoramas to 360 selfies and videos, we shortlist eight of the best 360 cameras trending right now.

One of the Insta360 products shot mid-air on a wooden table

by Emily Farquhar |

It’s not every day you can say that you have a super-hot camera that captures it all. And, quite literally, IT ALL. Your good side, your bad side, and your cheeky side. These 360 cameras have not only revolutionised how photographers create content but have provided a fresh take on new environments, scenes and action shots.

So if you like choice, well, you’ve come to the right place. Never again will you be disappointed with your creative direction with a 360 camera in your toolkit.

The best 360 cameras can capture scenes, environments and action sequences in a way that no other camera can match, and with amazing editing options too. These are the first cameras in the world where it doesn't matter where you point them!

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Whatever the angle, all you need to do it point it in any direction, and click the button. Whether you are interested in creating a scene for virtual reality or maybe just a standard flat video as captured on a video camera, the 360 shooting options are endless.

Not only have we shortlisted the best 360 cameras, but we've also provided a variety of different styles. From the GoPro Max to Vuze and Insta360 products, you’ve got a whole heap of choice coming your way.

How does 360 imaging work?

Let’s go back to virtual reality as an example. Picture having one of those 360-degree virtual reality headpieces on. Now take a step back and imagine you are looking down at yourself in the middle from above. It’s a sphere. This is exactly how 360 imaging works. Through the use of two back-to-back 180-degree fisheye lenses (which are flat sensors) on either side of the device, all you need to physically worry about is pointing the camera in one direction and it will handle the rest.

The camera then merges these two angles together and create a 360-degree image of your surroundings. It is even more straightforward when capturing stills as what you see on the screen is what you will get and can crop it afterwards. Video is a little different, whereby the action captured in the video will continue no matter your perspective.

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Emily Farquhar is a Commercial Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, and also writes for Yours.co.uk, heatworld and Closer across beauty, tech, and lifestyle.

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