360 Camera - Day 24 of #31DaysofARVRinEDU
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My first 360 camera purchase took quite some time and research. I used Google Street View for several years before making the purchase, and it was challenging to find the right camera for my needs and interests.
There were specific features I was looking to have in a 360 camera. Since 360 cameras were relatively limited, I evaluated what the current qualities were most important for the way I use the device. I mainly planned to use the camera while traveling to new areas and when sharing immersive technology with educators at conferences. Below were the most important factors in my purchase and why the Insta360 One met my needs.
The quality of the 360 photos and videos will always be relevant. I don't expect to have professional quality, but I don't want to frustrate the viewer. The images and videos load on the memory card in the camera and can be exported to your iPhone/iPad. The photo resolution is 24 MP (6912 x 3456), and the video resolution is 4K at 30 fps (frames per second), but the camera can record at 240 fps in the app (iOS and Android).
Compatibility with iPhone & iPad / Bluetooth
I was looking for a 360 camera that worked with my iPhone. The Insta360 One will plug directly to the iPhone or classroom iPad's lightning port. If you're using the camera with an Android device, connect it by Bluetooth to take 360 photos and videos.
When the camera is attached to the iPhone/iPad, the option for live streaming in 360 is available. Many other 360 cameras require you to connect your device to a computer to stream live, and it takes some work. The streaming option with the Insta360 One includes YouTube, Facebook Live, Periscope (also streamed on Twitter) and Weibo. While the quality of the video is reduced when streaming live, I needed the option to have it available without loading it from the memory card to an online website each time.
Price / Bundles / Waterproof
I was able to purchase my Insta360 One through Amazon at $299. Now that the new Insta360 One X is available, that price has continued to drop.
I've had a few districts reach out about making a 360 camera purchase, and I've recommended this camera on a few occasions. Many districts have a difficult time making purchases on Amazon, but a bundle with this camera is available through Apple. Add some variety and purchase the waterproof case to capture underwater adventures.
While I've only mentioned this particular 360 camera, there are more available. I hope these features support you to make the best 360 camera purchase for your district.
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