Collection of 360° Video Rigs

360-video-rig-collection

360° video is growing by leaps and bounds. No doubt about it.

And it’s fascinating to see all the different approaches to capturing 360° video. So I surveyed the current 360° video rigs being offered and then organized every serious option into this epic listing. The results are telling…

If you’re new to 360 video, then you have much to wrap your mind around. I suggest checking out my blog post: 360 Video Fundamentals. Or to gain a comprehensive understanding check out the Making360 open source book.

CATEGORIES
Comparison of 360° Video Rig Categories
360° Map Projection
360° Video Rigs: Multi Camera
360° Video Rigs: Single Camera Body
360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic
360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic / Single Camera Body
360° Video Rigs: Scuba
360° Video Rigs: Scuba Stereoscopic
360° Video Rigs: Invisible Drone
360° Video Rigs: First-Person POV
360° Camera Motion: Remote Control Cars
360° Camera Motion: Gyro Stabilization
360° Video Streaming Hardware
Partial 360° Video Rigs
Partial 360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic
Cylindrical Video Rigs
Cylindrical Video Rigs: Stereoscopic
Cylindrical Video Rigs: Parabolic Mirror
360° Light Field Rigs
360° Photography Rigs
Fisheye Video Rigs
Fisheye Video Rigs: Stereoscopic
Fisheye Lens: GoPro or MFT Cameras
360° Video Rigs: Less than 30fps
360° Video Rigs: Wild and Unique
360° Video Rigs: DIY 3D Printing
Unsuccessful Kickstarter Projects
History of 360° Film

Updated with latest 360° cameras on March 5, 2017


Comparison of 360° Video Rig Categories

There are many different types of 360° video rigs, but not all of them capture the full 360×180° field of view (FOV). And so I’ve placed each rig into a specific category. Sometimes you don’t need to capture absolutely everything. It all depends on how you’re going to use the footage.

For instance, if you’re using a tripod then perhaps you could ignore that footage zone (partial 360°). Maybe the main focus is happening along the horizon, then you might not need to capture the sky and immediate ground (cylindrical). Or maybe you just need to capture the events happening directly in front of you (fisheye). Or maybe you want the big challenge, capturing 3D depth (stereoscopic).

Below I’ve outlined the typical FOV coverage of each rig category: 360°, partial 360°, cylindrical, and fisheye. But these are just averaged examples of each category, sometimes there are outliers which have much higher or lower FOV.

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Source Image by Andrey Salnikov: “Climbing Volcano Teide”


360° Map Projection

Equirectangular, LatLong, Spherical, 360°… All of these terms refer to the same exact format: the Equidistant Cylindrical Projection. It is currently the most widely used format for stitched 360° video.

So how does it work? This is a precise geometric method for converting a sphere into a flat image with a 2:1 ratio. So this format can be seamlessly wrapped onto a sphere and back again.

360×180° is the standard for expressing a complete spherical capture. But why not 360×360°? Because we are measuring an arc for the latitude, not a complete circle.

360x180_explanation


360° Video Rigs: Multi Camera

These multi camera rigs capture monoscopic 360° video. A majority of producers are currently shooting with these type of rigs.

GoPro: Omni
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— genlocked
Tutorial: the full workflow
GoPro-Omni

Freedom360: Freedom360 Classic Mount
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
Freedom360-Freedom360-Mount

Freedom360: F360 Explorer
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— all weather
Freedom360-F360-Explorer

360Rize: Uni360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 cameras (compatible with: GoPro Hero2, Hero3, Hero4, Hero5 Black, Hero5 Session, YI 4K Action Camera)
— all weather
360rize-uni360

360Rize: 360H6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— all weather
360heros-360h6-rig

WetHot360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro Hero Session cameras
— all weather

360Rize: PRO6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
360Heros-Pro6

Varavon: VR-GH6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 8 GoPro cameras
varavon-vr-gh6

360Rize: PRO7
— full coverage: 360×180°, 7 GoPro cameras
360Heros-Pro7

360Rize: PRO10HD
— full coverage:  360×180°, 10 GoPro cameras
360Heros-H3Pro10HD

Varavon: VR-GH12
— full coverage: 360×180°, 16 GoPro cameras
varavon-vr-gh12-rig

SimplifyVR
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— all weather option
SimplifyVR-Rigs

iZugar: Z2X
— full coverage: 360×180°, 2 GoPro cameras with custom 194° fisheye lens
izugar-z2x-armor

iZugar: Z3X
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 GoPro cameras with custom 185° fisheye lens
iZugar-Z3X

Freedom360: Freedom360 Trio
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 GoPro cameras with Back-Bone Ribcage to allow for custom fisheye lens
freedom360-broadcaster-3x

Radiant Images: VR 360 GoPro Periscope
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 modified GoPro cameras with 220° fisheye lens

iZugar: Z4XC
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 GoPro cameras with custom 185° fisheye lens
izugar-z4x-armor

iZugar: Z4XL
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 Z-Cam E1 cameras (with 220° fisheye lens)
izugar-z4xl

Back-Bone: 360 VR Mounts
— full coverage: 360×180°, GoPro cameras with Back-Bone Ribcage to allow for custom fisheye lens
BackBone-360-VR-Mounts

360 Designs: Mini EYE 4
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360-Designs_Mini-EYE-4

360 Designs: Mini EYE 3
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360-Designs_Mini-EYE-3

Radiant Images: Blackmagic Micro VR 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with fisheye lens)

360Rize: 360Helios 3
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with 190° fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360helios-3

360Rize: 360Helios 6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with 190° fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360helios-6

360Rize: 360Helios 7
— full coverage: 360×180°, 7 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with 190° fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360helios-7

360Rize: 360Helios 8
— full coverage: 360×180°, 8 Blackmagic Micro Cinema cameras or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with 190° fisheye lens)
— can be genlocked
360helios-8

Radiant Images: AXA 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 10 digital cinema cameras

Radiant Images: Sense 9
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 7 Canon C300 Mark II cameras (also supports many digital cinema cameras)

Mooovrig
— full coverage: 360×180°, 5 Canon mirrorless cameras (with 180° fisheye lens)
Mooovrig

Rig 360 for A01
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 7 Olympus Air A01 cameras (with fisheye lens)

Bonsai 360° / Cutlass 360° / Excalibur 360°
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 DSLR or MILC cameras (with fisheye lens)

Kodak: PIXPRO SP360 4k – Dual Pro Pack
— full coverage: 360×180°, 2 Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4k cameras
Kodak-PIXPRO-SP360-4k-Dual-Pro-Pack

Elmo: QBiC Panorama
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 Elmo QBiC MS-1 cameras
— all weather
Elmo-QBiC-Panorama

Freedom360: Elmo360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 4 Elmo QBiC MS-1 cameras
— all weather
Freedom360-Elmo360

Casio: Exilim EX-FR200 – (using the 360 mount: EAM-8)
— full coverage: 360×180°, 2 detachable lens modules (185° fisheye lens)
— all weather
Casio-Exilim-EX-FR200-360-rig-using-EAM8

Embrace Cinema Gear: VR 360° Camera Rigs
— full coverage: 360×180°, various camera rigs
embrace-cinema-gear_vr-360-camera-rigs


360° Video Rigs: Single Camera Body

These cameras capture monoscopic 360° video through the use of a single camera body with multiple sensors/lenses. Since it behaves as a single unit there are less problems that can arise. But they cannot currently obtain the same high resolution as a multi camera rig.

Sphericam 2
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 6 sensors
— global shutter, genlocked
sphericam-2-camera

Samsung: Gear 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (195° fisheye lens)
— underwater depth rating: 40m or 131ft (with case accessory)
Samsung-Gear-360

Samsung: Gear 360 (2017)
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 9 sensors (fisheye lenses)
— 4k resolution limited to 24fps

Nikon: KeyMission 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
— 4k & 1080 resolutions limited to 24fps
— underwater depth rating: 30m or 100ft
Nikon-KeyMission360

Kodak: PIXPRO Orbit360 4k
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (with lens covers: 235° & 155° fisheye lenses / without lens covers: 244° & 163° fisheye lenses)
— 4k resolution limited to 24fps
kodak-pixpro-orbit360-4k

GoPro: Fusion
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 2 sensors

Ricoh: Theta S
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
teardown of camera
Ricoh-Theta-S

Ricoh: R Development Kit
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
ricoh-r-development-kit

Ricoh: Theta SC
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
— limited to 5 minutes of video recording
ricoh-theta-sc

LG: 360 Cam
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (200° fisheye lens)
LG-360-Cam

Insta360: 4k
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (230° fisheye lens)
Insta360-4k

YI 360 VR Camera
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (220° fisheye lens)

Detu: Twin
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
detu-twin

Idealoeye: C2
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
idealoeye-c2

Luna
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
Luna-360-camera

Indiecam: nakedEYE
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
Indiecam-nakedEYE

Zmer: Sports Camera
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
zmer-sports-camera

Orah: 4i
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
— genlocked?
Orah-4i

Bublcam
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
Bublcam-Rig

Vantrix: PRO4-DUAL
—full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (182° panomorph lens)

GO6D: Trie
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 3 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
GO6D-Trie

Z-Cam S1
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
z-cam-s1

Z-Cam Radius
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (FOV of MFT fisheye lens unknown)
z-cam-s1-pro

Idealoeye: C4
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (185° fisheye lens)
idealoeye-c4-camera

Detu: F4
— full coverage: 360×170°, single camera body with 4 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
detu-f4

Sphericam: Beast
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 4 sensors (190° fisheye lens)
— genlocked?
sphericam-beast

Absolute Zero
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 12 sensors
— genlocked
absolute-zero

SoniCam
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 9 sensors (fisheye lenses)

Insta360: Air
— full coverage: 360×180°, Android attachment with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
insta360-air

Insta360: Nano
— full coverage: 360×180°, iPhone attachment with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
Insta360-Nano-iPhone-attachment

Giroptic: iO
— full coverage: 360×180°, iPhone attachment with 2 sensors (195° fisheye lens)
giroptic-io

Dunkam
— full coverage: 360×180°, Android attachment with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
dunkam

Zmer: Live
— full coverage: 360×180°, Android attachment with 2 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
zmer-live


360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic

Stereoscopic rigs allow for 360° video to be captured for both your left and right eyes, so a true sense of depth can be achieved in VR. 360-3D is the ultimate dream, but there are many challenges that make it difficult to shoot in 360-3D and not give the viewer a very frustrating experience. (Example problems include: parallax error differences between eyes, exposure differences between eyes, genlocking cameras, getting complete stereo coverage without ignoring the poles, and such big headaches.) The terms stereoscopic, 3D, and S-3D can be used interchangeably.

Facebook: Surround 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 17 Point Grey cameras (one 185° fisheye lens facing up and two 185° fisheye lenses facing down)
— global shutter, genlocked
open source stitching softwaremore info
Facebook-Surround-360

Facebook: Surround 360 x24 / Surround 360 x6
—full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 6 or 24 sensors

360Rize: 360Orb
— full coverage:  360×180°, 24 GoPro cameras
360Heros-360Orb

360Rize: 3DPRO12
— full coverage: 360×180°, 12 GoPro cameras
360Heros-3DH3Pro12

360Rize: 3DPRO12H
— full coverage: 360×180°, 12 GoPro cameras
360Heros-3DH3Pro12H

360Rize: 3DPRO14H
— full coverage: 360×180°, 14 GoPro cameras
360Heros-3DH3Pro14H

iZugar: Z6X3D
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras with custom 194° fisheye lens
iZugar-Z6X3D

NextVR
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 6 EPIC-M RED Dragon cameras
— global shutter, can be genlocked
NextVR-Digital-Cinema-Camera

HypeVR
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 14 EPIC-M RED Dragon cameras
— collects LiDAR data with the Velodyne HDL-32E
— global shutter, can be genlocked
HypeVR-Rig

Cinegears: Hex VR Rig
— coverage: FOV varies based on setup, 6 to 14 digital cinema cameras
cinegears-hex-vr-rig

Radiant Images: Codex ActionCam VR 360 Blossom
— full coverage: 360×180°, 17 Codex ActionCam cameras
— global shutter, genlocked?
Radiant-Images-Codex-ActionCam-VR-360-Blossom

360 Designs: EYE
— full coverage: 360×180°, 8 to 42 cameras depending on configuration: Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema Camera (self-contained) or Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4k (wired operation)
— can be genlocked
360-Designs-EYE

WeMakeVR: Falcon VR Camera
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 14 sensors
WeMakeVR-Falcon-VR-Camera

Panocam3D: POD
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 18 sensors
Panocam-HMC


360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic / Single Camera Body

These cameras capture stereoscopic 360° video through the use of a single camera body with multiple sensors/lenses. Since it behaves as a single unit there are less problems that can arise. Stereoscopic rigs allow for 360° video to be captured for both your left and right eyes, so a true sense of depth can be achieved in VR. 360-3D is the ultimate dream, but there are many challenges that make it difficult to shoot in 360-3D and not give the viewer a very frustrating experience. (Example problems include: parallax error differences between eyes, exposure differences between eyes, genlocking cameras, getting complete stereo coverage without ignoring the poles, and such big headaches.) The terms stereoscopic, 3D, and S-3D can be used interchangeably.

Jaunt: ONE – J1-24G
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 24 sensors
— 24G: global shutter, 24R: rolling shutter, genlocked
The Cinematic VR Field Guide
Jaunt-ONE

Nokia: OZO+
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 8 sensors (195° fisheye lens)
— global shutter, genlocked
Nokia-OZO

Insta360: Pro
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 6 sensors (200° fisheye lens)
insta360-pro-camera

Vuze
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 8 sensors
vuze-camera-on-tripod

Samsung: Project Beyond
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 18 sensors

KanDao: Obsidian R / Obsidian S
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 6 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
— genlocked?

Live Planet
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 16 sensors (180° fisheye lens)
— genlocked

Hubblo
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 6 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
hubblo-camera

Z-Cam V1 Pro
—full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 9 sensors

Idealoeye: P21
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 21 sensors
idealoeye-p21

DKVision Aura
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with unknown amount of sensors


360° Video Rigs: Scuba

To take a 360° video rig underwater, you can’t simply put it within a glass box… The lens optics would be affected by the refraction of the water. So these rigs have built-in compensation and allow you to capture 360° without any problems.

360Rize: 360Abyss
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— underwater depth rating: 1000m or 3280ft, negative/positive/neutral buoyancy (anodized or poly carbonate versions)
overview of the v4 redesign
360Heros-360Abyss

Kolor: Abyss
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— underwater depth rating: 150m or 492ft
Kolor-Abyss-Rig

Varavon: VR-MARINE 6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras with Entaniya 220° fisheye lenses and Back-Bone Ribcage
— underwater depth rating: 300m or 984ft
varavon-vr-marine-6

360Rize: H3ScubaH6
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
— underwater depth rating: 61m or 200ft
360Heros-H3ScubaH6

360Rize: 360SeaDak
— full coverage: 360×180°, 2 Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4k cameras
— underwater depth rating: 130m or 426ft
360rize-360seadak

Boxfish 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 Z-Cam E1 cameras (185° fisheye lens)
— underwater depth rating: 300m or 984ft
boxfish-360

Varavon: VR-MARINE 3
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 GoPro cameras with Entaniya 220° fisheye lenses and Back-Bone Ribcage
— underwater depth rating: 300m or 984ft
varavon-vr-marine-3

360bubble
— polycarbonate globe for suitable for Ricoh Theta S, Samsung Gear 360, Nikon Keymission 360, LG 360 CA
— underwater depth rating varies based on model: 4m (13ft) / 10m (33ft)
360bubble-underwater-housing


360° Video Rigs: Scuba Stereoscopic

Taking a 360° video rig underwater is a serious endeavor. And shooting in stereoscopic makes it even more difficult.

VRTUL 1
— full coverage: 360×180°, 9 Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with fisheye lens)
— underwater depth rating: 30m or 100ft, slightly positive buoyancy

VRTUL: AquaTerra
— full coverage: 360×180°, 30 GoPro cameras
— underwater depth rating: 40m or 131ft, neutral buoyancy
vrtul-aquaterra-rig-underwater


360° Video Rigs: Invisible Drone

Attaching a 360° video rig to a drone is easy. But allowing the drone itself to be hidden within the shot is a special trick.

3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter: 360 Mount for the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4k
— full coverage: 360×180°, 2 PIXPRO SP360 4k cameras
3DR-Solo-Drone-Quadcopter-and-360-Mount-for-the-Kodak-PIXPRO-SP360-4k

Drone Volt: Drone Janus 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 10 GoPro cameras
DroneVolt_Drone-Janus-360

360Rize: 360 Orb
— full coverage: 360×180°, 12 GoPro cameras
360Heros-360Orb

Spherie
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
Spherie-Drone

Queen B Robotics: Exo360
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 5 sensors (210° fisheye lens)
Queen-B-Robotics-Exo360

Flying EYE
— full coverage: 360×180°, 3 Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras (with fisheye lens)

Custom Drone Rigs
Gimbal-Guard: Kodak 360 rig
Fly 360°
Helicopter 360 Rig
Panono Drone
Pictures Fabryc: Alta8 VR 360 Drone with stabilization
NS VR Gimbal
Ammergauer Alpen: 360 video droneexample footage
Intel Realsense Drone
VR-Eye Cam – Drone Camera
Viooa – Drone Camera
Thanics: Halo
DJI Mavic Pro: Dual Gear 360 / DJI Mavic Pro: Gear 360 & Kodak SP360 4k

Stabilize 360 footage from a drone
How to Stabilize 360 Drone Footage in After Effects using the SkyBox Studio plugin


360° Video Rigs: First-Person POV

To tell the story from a first-person point of view, you have to be within their head. These rigs allow you to see though the actors eyes and capture their body movements too.

Radiant Images: Mobius POV VR 360
— full coverage: 360×180°, 17 GoPro cameras
Radiant-Images-Mobius-POV-VR-360

Varavon: VR Helmet
— full coverage: 360×180°, 17 GoPro cameras
varavon-vr-helmet

ADAPA: Nimbus VR
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, amount of GoPro cameras unknown
adapa-nimbus-vr

ADAPA: Pulsar VR
— full coverage: 360×180°, 23 GoPro cameras
adapa-pulsar-vr

Panocam3D: HMC
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 24 sensors
— stereoscopic
Panocam3D-HMC

Custom Helmet Rigs
360 Video Helmet Rig
Homemade Helmet Rig
Making a POV 360 Camera Rig


360° Camera Motion: Remote Control Cars

By using an R/C car, you can be hidden from the shot and also capture smooth motion. These options specifically include 360 video rigs.

Motion Impossible: Mantis 360°in the field photos
VRoomCam
Fly Through Films: Freefly Tero R/C Carvideo of rig
Miami 360 VR: Freefly Tero R/C Carphoto of rig
— 360 Virtual Tourist: HPI Savage Flux HP R/C Car – photo of rig
10 Camera Canon Vixia – Freefly Tero R/C Car
Dolly360
RigRoverphoto of rig


360° Camera Motion: Gyro Stabilization

Relying on a gyroscopic stabilizer is the best way to capture smooth motion while walking, driving, or flying. These active and passive stabilizers are specifically designed for 360 video rigs.

Kenyon Gyro Stabilizer
WenPod Tarzan-G & Tarzan-Aelectronic stabilization demo
Varavon Birdycam VR 360
TG20 360VR Stabilizer Gimbal
OwlDolly: Guru Air 360° Camera Stabilizer
OwlDolly: Guru 360° Camera Stabilizer
FeiyuTech G360 Panoramic Camera Gimbal
SkyEdge 360: active stabilization system
Ricoh Theta S and The Beholder gimbal rigexample footage
Polar Effect: Philon 360 stabilized camera rig (working prototype)video
Custom rig for skiing
Kodak PIXPRO Orbit360 gimball rig (Prototype)
Zhiyun Smooth-II hack


360° Video Streaming Hardware

Streaming live 360 video is a tricky challenge and requires special hardware to make it reliable. But with these specialized boxes you can easily monitor the video feeds, stitch, and stream to the web.

Teradek: Sphere
— Monitoring and streaming solution for up to 8 GoPro cameras
teradek-sphere


Partial 360° Video Rigs

These rigs are definitely thought of as 360° video because they capture the entire sky and horizon, but the ground isn’t captured (often the tripod).

Freedom360: F360 Broadcaster
— partial coverage: 360×140°, 6 GoPro cameras
Freedom360-F360-Broadcaster

360Rize: PRO6L
— partial coverage: 360×120°, 6 GoPro cameras
360Heros-H3Pro6N

Radiant Images: Dark Corner
— partial coverage: 360×155°, 4 Sony A7S MKII cameras (180° fisheye lens)
radiant-images-dark-corner

Totavision: Fulldome Camera
— partial coverage: 360×110°, 11 Toshiba IK-HD1 cameras
— cameras are placed around a virtual center. This arrangement allows parallax-free image stitching of distances larger than ~3 meters.
Totavision-Fulldome-Camera

Sphericam 1
— partial coverage: 360×138°, single camera body with 4 sensors (170° fisheye lens)
Sphericam-1

Immersive Media: Hex
— partial coverage: 360×144°, single camera body with 6 sensors
— 15fps at full resolution / 25fps at half resolution
Immersive-Media-Hex

Giroptic: 360cam
— partial coverage: 360×150°, single camera body with 3 sensors (185° fisheye lens)
Giroptic-360-Cam

PanoptikonVR
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 14 GoPro cameras
— stereoscopic
PanoptikonVR


Partial 360° Video Rigs: Stereoscopic

These stereoscopic rigs are definitely thought of as 360° video because they capture the entire sky and horizon, but the ground isn’t captured (often the tripod).

YI HALO VR Camera
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 17 YI 4k+ Action cameras

Varavon: VR-GS3D
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 8 GoPro cameras
varavon-vr-gs3d


Cylindrical Video Rigs

These rigs only capture the horizon. So the sky and the ground are not captured. (But there are some tricks to fill in these empty areas, such as heavily blurring some of footage and stretching into this zone. Or taking a still photo prior to the shoot and patching it in later.)

360Rize: H3Pro7HD
— partial coverage: 360×120°, 7 GoPro cameras
360Heros-H3Pro7HD

Immersive Media: Quattro
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 4 sensors
— 15fps max
Immersive-Media-Quattro

Fraunhofer HHI: OmniCam-360
— partial coverage: 360×60°, 10 Micro HD cameras
— global shutter, genlocked?
— cameras are placed around a virtual center. This arrangement allows parallax-free image stitching of distances larger than 1 meter.
Fraunhofer-HHI-OmniCam360

Totavision: Cylindrical Camera
— partial coverage: 360×37°, 8 Toshiba IK-HD1 cameras
— cameras are placed around a virtual center. This arrangement allows parallax-free image stitching of distances larger than ~3 meters.
Totavision-Cylindrical-CameraPalace of Versailles footage / making-of


Cylindrical Video Rigs: Stereoscopic

These rigs only capture the horizon in stereo. So the sky and the ground are not captured. This approach makes dealing with stereo challenges much easier to swallow.

GoPro: Odyssey / Google Jump
— partial coverage: 360×120°, 16 GoPro cameras
— genlocked
— custom stitching service in the Google cloud: The Assembler
GoPro-Odyssey_Google-Jump

Intel: Voke VR
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, 12 custom cameras
— global shutter? genlocked?
voke-vr-camera-rig

Fraunhofer HHI: 3D OmniCam-360
— partial coverage: 360×60°, 20 Micro HD cameras
— global shutter, genlocked?
— cameras are placed around a virtual center. This arrangement allows parallax-free image stitching of distances larger than 2 meters.
Fraunhofer-HHI-3D-OmniCam360


Cylindrical Video Rigs: Parabolic Mirror

This technique has been around for a while. Basically one camera is precisely aimed at a specially crafted parabolic mirror. And so the mirror warps the whole horizon into the camera lens. But the sky and the ground are not captured. Since it only uses one camera, your end resolution is limited… But you don’t have to do any stitching. (Other major problems include: dust magnet, mirror surface quality, irregularly warping of image, image sharpness, and flares.)

(sphere) Pro
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, lens for a digital cinema camera or DSLR
sphere-pro

VSN Mobil: V.360
— partial coverage: 360×60°, single camera body with 1 sensor
VSN-Mobil-V360

Pano Pro MKII
— partial coverage: 360×120°, lens for a DSLR
Pano-Pro-MKII

0-360 Panoramic Optic
— partial coverage: 360×115°, lens for a DSLR
0-360-Panoramic-Optic

Eye Mirror
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, lens for a DSLR
Eye-Mirror

GoPano: Plus
— partial coverage: 360×100°, lens for a DSLR
GoPano-Plus

Eye Mirror: Wet Lens
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, lens for a DSLR
— underwater depth rating unknown
eyemirror-wet-lens

ActionCam360
— partial coverage: 360×90°, attachment for GoPro housing
— all weather
ActionCam360

Eye Mirror: GP 360
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, attachment for GoPro housing
— can go underwater up to 50m or 165ft
eye-mirror-gp360

Kogeto: Joey
— partial coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 1 sensor
Kogeto-Jo

Kogeto: Lucy
— partial coverage: 360×100°, single camera body with 1 sensor
in-depth experimentation
Kogeto-Lucy

Kogeto: Dot
— partial coverage: 360×63°, attachment for iPhone
Kogeto-Dot

BubbleScope
— partial coverage: 360×62°, attachment for iPhone
BubbleScope

GoPano: Micro
— partial coverage: 360×82°, attachment for iPhone
GoPano-micro

Remote Reality: Hummingbird360
— partial coverage: 360×70°, attachment for PointGrey Flea3 or Grasshopper
Remote-Reality-Hummingbird360

Interesting Research
Panoramic Stereo Videos Using a Single Camera and a 3D printed coffee-filter style mirror


360° Light Field Rigs

A 360° light field camera enables virtual views to be generated from any point, facing any direction, with any field of view. Meaning that you can experience Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF), and you can actually lean into the shot and change your perspective. It is the holy grail of VR.

Lytro: Immerge
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, dense light field camera array
presentation by Jon Karafin (Head of Light Field Video for Lytro)
Lytro-Immerge

Interesting Research
OTOY 360 light field experiment
Axial-Cones: Modeling Spherical Catadioptric Cameras for Wide-Angle Light Field Rendering


360° Photography Rigs

There are a bunch of techniques to capture a 360° photo. But here are some photography rigs which automate or simplify the process.

Panono
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 36 sensors
Panono

NCTech: LASiris VR
— full coverage: 360×150°, single camera body
— photo camera and LiDAR scanner

NCTech: iSTAR Fusion
— partial coverage: 360×137°, single camera body with 4 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
nctech-istar-fusion

NCTech: iris360 Pro
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 4 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)

NCTech: iris360
— partial coverage: 360×137.5°, single camera body with 4 sensors (FOV of fisheye lens unknown)
NCTech-iris360

Tesseract: Methane
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 1 sensor

Ocam: Staro
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 17 sensors
ocam-staro

PanoHero
— full coverage: 360×180°, 1 GoPro camera
— stereo version available
panohero-pro-h

Squito
— coverage: exact FOV unknown, single camera body with 3 sensors
Squito

GigaPan: Epic
— motorized drive which automatically captures multi-gigapixel panoramas
GigaPan-Epic

Roundshot: VR Drive
— motorized drive which automatically captures multi-gigapixel panoramas
Roundshot-VR-Drive

BubblePod
— motorized turntable for smartphones, optional clip-on 120° lens
BubblePod

Pivotsphere
— tripod mount for manually shooting 360 photos with smartphone
pivotsphere-tripod-mount

Lomography: Spinner 360° / Motorizer
— 35mm still film camera for slit-scan photography
Spinner-360

Lomography: Fisheye One / Fisheye Submarine
— 35mm still film camera with built-in 170° fisheye lens (cropped fisheye image)
— underwater depth rating: 20m or 65ft
lomography-fisheye-one-camera

Fisheye lens attachments for iPhone/Android
photo mode: partially cropped fisheye image
video mode: mostly cropped fisheye image (video crop amount differs between iPhone & Android)
— lenses such as: Beastgrip, CamKix, iPro, iZZi Gadgets, Mobi-Lens, Olloclip, Optrix, Photojojo, Ztylus

And then there is this!
Guinness-2003-Worlds-Most-Useless-Invention


Fisheye Video Rigs

Shooting with a fisheye lens means that you’re capturing at least 180° and it’s being projected onto the camera sensor in a circular format. Fisheye footage can be projected directly into a dome and be instantly immersive. But the footage can easily be warped into the spherical format too.

Kodak: PIXPRO SP360 4k / PIXPRO SP360
— PIXPRO SP360 4k has built-in 235° fisheye lens
— PIXPRO SP360 has built-in 214° fisheye lens
— underwater depth rating: 60m or 197ft (with case accessory)
kodak-pixpro-sp360-4k-camera

360Fly 4k / 360Fly HD
— camera with built-in 240° fisheye lens
— 360Fly 4k – underwater depth rating: 10m or 33ft
— 360Fly HD – underwater depth rating: 50m or 165ft
360Fly-4k

iZugar: Z-Can E1 using MKX22 Lens
— Z-Cam E1 with a 220° fisheye lens
izugar-zcam-e1-using-mkx22-lens

Vantrix: PRO25 / AQUA Horizontal / AQUA Vertical / PRO4
— camera with built-in 182° panomorph lens
— underwater version has depth rating: 100m or 328ft

Casio: Exilim EX-FR200
— camera with detachable 185° fisheye lens
— all weather
Casio-Exilim-EX-FR200

Dome3D: GP185
— GoPro camera with custom 185° fisheye lens
Dome3D-GP185

Beon
— camera with built-in fisheye lens (FOV unknown)
beon-wrist-camera

MySight360
— camera with built-in 240° fisheye lens
— all weather
mysight360

CyclopsGear: Cyclops 360°
— camera with built-in 220° fisheye lens
— underwater depth rating: 50m or 165ft
cyclopsgear-cyclops360

Tamaggo
— camera with built-in 240° fisheye lens
Tamaggo-camera

Entaniya: Entapano C-01
— camera with built-in 183° fisheye lens
— all weather (with case accessory)
Entaniya-Entapano-C-01

Entaniya: Entapano2
— camera with built-in 250° fisheye lens
Entaniya-Entapano2

Camorama
— camera with built-in 230° fisheye lens
Camorama

Detu: Sphere S / Sphere 800
— camera with built-in 236° fisheye lens
detu-sphere-s

Oncam Evolution-12 Outdoor
— camera with built-in 185° fisheye lens
— 12fps at 9.6MP / 30fps at 2MP
— all weather (typically used as a security camera)
Oncam-Evolution12-Outdoor

Digital Cinema Camera Options
— RED Scarlet with fisheye lens experiments: Paul Bourke & Home Run Pictures
— below is a slide from the presentation: “Seeking the Ideal Fulldome Camera” by Jim Arthurs – (IMERSA Summit 2013)
IMERSA2013-SeekingTheIdealFulldomeCamera-JimArthurs

Cheap but Unproven Fisheye Cameras
Eken H8 – 170° fisheye lens
AMKOV AMK-100S – 220° fisheye lens / underwater depth rating: 30m or 100ft
CUBE360 GVT100M – 190° fisheye lens / max 28fps
Sunchip Panorama XDV360 – 220° fisheye lens
HDKing V1 Pro – 220° fisheye lens
X360 camera – 190° fisheye lens


Fisheye Video Rigs: Stereoscopic

Shooting with a fisheye lens means that you’re capturing at least 180° and it’s being projected onto the camera sensor in a circular format. But if you shoot with fisheye lenses that are higher than 180°, then you will see the lens itself within the edges of the shots. There are tricks to deal with this, but it’s an interesting challenge.

TwoEyes VR
— single camera body with 4 sensors (180° fisheye lens)
Kickstarter project
twoeyes-vr

Lucid Cam
— single camera body with 2 sensors (180° fisheye lens)
prototype adapter allows for 360° stereoscopic video
Lucid-Cam

IX Image: Omnipolar Camera Rig
— 3 cameras with fisheye lens
custom stitching solution to enable stereo stitching without pole region issues
— potential to create 360° video (3 cams facing up, 3 cams facing down)
IX-Image-Omnipolar-Camera-Rig

Tutorial
Building a 3D Camera: Wide-Angle Stereoscopic Video for Cinematic VR


Fisheye Lens: GoPro or MFT Cameras

360 video rigs can greatly benefit from using a fisheye lens to increase the amount of footage overlap, which allows the seams to be better hidden when stitched. A fisheye lens captures at least 180° and is projected onto the camera sensor in a circular format. Due to the necessary compact nature of 360 video rigs, only lenses which support GoPro cameras or MFT cameras (Micro Four Thirds) are listed below.

Entaniya: GoPro Fisheye Lenses
— 220°, 250°, 280° fisheye lenses for GoPro cameras using Back-Bone Ribcage
entaniya-gopro-fisheye-lenses

Entaniya: Fisheye Lens for MFT Cameras
— 250° fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras
entaniya-fisheye-250-lens-mft-mount

iZugar: MKX22 Fisheye Lens for MFT Cameras
— 220° fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras
izugar-zcam-e1-using-mkx22-lens

iZugar: Fisheye Lenses for GoPro Cameras
MKX13: 185° fisheye lens
MKX19: 194° fisheye lens
izugar-rigs-using-mkx13-and-mkx19-fisheye-lenses


360° Video Rigs: Less than 30fps

For VR and domes, a capture rate of at least 30 frames per seconds is an absolute requirement. Anything less and it’s simply too hard of an experience for the viewer.

ALLie
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (188° fisheye lens)
— 20fps
allie_camera

Ricoh: Theta m15
— full coverage: 360×180°, single camera body with 2 sensors (180° fisheye lens)
— 15fps, 5 minutes max of video recording
teardown of camera
Ricoh-Theta-m15

Point Grey: Ladybug5
— partial coverage: 360×162°, single camera body with 6 sensors
— 5fps uncompressed / 10fps compressed
— global shutter, genlocked?
in-depth experimentation
Point-Grey-Ladybug5

Point Grey: Ladybug3
— partial coverage: 360×144°, single camera body with 6 sensors
— 6.5fps uncompressed / 16fps compressed
— global shutter, genlocked?
Point-Grey-Ladybug3

Point Grey: Ladybug2
— partial coverage: 360×135°, single camera body with 6 sensors
— 15fps uncompressed / 30fps compressed
— global shutter, genlocked?
Point-Grey-Ladybug2

VideoPanoramas
— partial coverage: 360×162°, single camera body with 3 sensors
— 10 FPS at 5MP / 15 FPS at 3MP / 30 FPS at 1.3MP
VideoPanoramas


360° Video Rigs: Wild and Unique

In my research I’ve stumbled across many unique camera systems. Many of which are fascinating but are either not being used anymore, defy categorization, currently a prototype, or perhaps was a singular creation.

Immersive Media: Mapping Presentation 2012
Immersive Media: Dodeca 2360more info
The original cube from Freedom360
Elphel Eyesis4Pi
Canon Vixia / 24 camera rig
Overview One
Panoptic Camera
FullView Camera Rig
The Mill – Custom Red Dragon Camera Rig
FascinatE’s Omnicam ARRI Alexa M Rig
IC720
Social Animal: SA9
Sensocto
IPIX Media360
Occam Omni Stereo
Panasonic Dive
Pentax Prototype
Live Capture Using Panoramic Photography with One Camera
6 GoPro Cameras with six Entaniya fisheye lenses
360 video using five Canon M cameras
Calibration of Omnidirectional Cameras in Practice
TENGO2VR Q-1 Mark II
Pi Of Sauron – 3D Printed, Raspberry Pi 360 Video Rig
Making VR Video with the Kodak PIXPRO SP360
Spherecam
GoPro Session Rig
Aposematic Jacket
Nodal Ninja Multi-Cam Pano bracket system
3D printed Xiaomi Yi Rig
GoPro Session: 3D printed rig
Shooting 360° Video in 48K Using 12 Sony Xperia Z5 Smartphones
Nikon Multi-Ball (prototype)
Custom 3D 360 Rig using 13 Xiaomi Cameras
360 rig using six Flare 4KSDI cameras
Tripletcam
ALLie Go
Genlocked GoPro Rig – tested with fast moving footage
GoPro Omni announcement
Handmade 360 rig using SJ400 cameras (x13)
Brahma 360
Fisheye lens rig
Quantum Leap Pro
Shuoying PDV3600
GO6D: nine new 360 cameras planned
Insta360 Nano – 360 camera attachment
Handmade 360VR 2D/3D Rig
Condition One Reveal ‘Bison’ Cinematic VR Camera
The Open 360 Camera Hardware Repository
Ricoh WG-M1: 360 rig
Prototype Back-Bone GoPro with sensor & fisheye lens attached via ribbon cable extension
Prototype iZugar GoPro rig with sensors & fisheye lens attached via ribbon cable extensions
Using the iPhone front and rear cameras to capture 360 video (with fisheye lenses)example footage
Yezz announces Sfera smartphone with a 360-degree camera
Android phone owners can record 360-degree VR video with NeoEye
— Visual Effects Society: VR Post Production (includes camera discussions) – p1, p2, p3
Open-Source Panoramic Video: Bloggie + OpenFrameworks & Processing
LV2 rocket 360 camera
Bivrost 360 rig
SmartPano 360
Water cooled GoPro blocks for battery compartment
UCVR Eye: 3D 180 video or fold camera to capture 360 video
I-mmersive VEYE
Nico360
Orb VR
TwoEyes VR
Back-Bone Modulus Sensor Housing – enables you to use a sensor extension ribbon and place the image sensor away from the camera body
Canon 360 rig using five ME200S-SH super35mm CMOS cameras
Alcatel 360
Yi Jump rig
— UW Guerrilla: Rigs 1 & Rigs 2
Kodak SP360 4k with Entaniya 280° lens installed
Google Jump rig using Xiaomi cameras
GoPro Omni teardown and used to create a genlocked custom rig
Go!PanoS1
Briskeye
Panasonic Prototype 360 Camera Rig
Aleta S2
Kandao Obsidian
360 light stick concept
DKvision Aura: Cinematic VR Camera
Hacking Samsung Gear 360 for 8K 360 timelapse
Cinegears: Helius 6Intervideo: Helius rigs
Drexel Digital Media Department: 360° Studio Camera Rig
GoXtreme WVR20, VR27, WVR21, VR40 Live
GoPro is developing a consumer spherical camera
VantaVR – Red Epic Dragon 360 rig
XL Catlin Seaview SVII camera
Boxfish 360 rig with clever underwater lighting system
PMast – rig using spherical lens with fiber-optic strands – more info
iZugar Z8XL prototype
Iliad Syncbox Dual GoPro Fisheye Rig
Interesting combinations of 360 video cameras to enable dailies previewing
Polaroid R360
Occly – wearable personal safety device
Ebeeii PE-1 & Ebeeii ME-1
TE720
Custom GoPro with sensor extension, fisheye lens, aluminum cooling faceplate, and genlock box
Custom GoPro rig with sensor extensions and fisheye lens
Kodak SP360 4k with custom 280° fisheye lens
FirstLook360 – rescue operations camera
Leica BLK360 – 360 LiDAR scanner
Lighting ring for ZCAM S-Series
Drivers perspective 360 rig – extremely unwise and dangerous
Digital Domain’s proprietary 360 camera


360° Video Rigs: DIY 3D Printing

So 360° video isn’t hard enough for you? You want to 3D print your own rig too?

YI Build VR Camera
Purple Pill VR – 3D models for 360 mono, 360 stereo, Google Jump
Thingiverse: Cylindrical Stereo Mobius Rigin-depth experimentation
Thingiverse: Collection of 360 video rigs
Thingiverse: search for 360 video rigs
Shapeways: search for 360 video rigs
Sumo360 Rig
SJ4000 360 Rig
IncreDesigns
Cardboard 360 video rig
Mirrored light bulb for super cheap cylindrical video capture

Custom Mounting Base for the Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4k rig
Stereoscopic 360 Mounting Base
Dual mounting base & bracket (includes USB & HDMI access port)
Dual mounting base (includes USB & HDMI access port, tripod mount)
SP360 to GoPro mount converter
3 Camera Mount for Underwater Housings


Unsuccessful Kickstarter Projects

Sadly these Kickstarter projects weren’t funded since they didn’t reach their goal. But they are unique and deserve to be recognized.

Blocks Camera
— modular camera rig with 4 sensors
Blocks-Camera

Centr Cam
— partial coverage: 360×56°, single camera body with 4 sensors
Centr-Cam

Shot
— iPhone attachment with dual 235° fisheye lenses
Shot-iPhone-attachment

Occube
— full coverage: 360×180°, 6 GoPro cameras
Occube

Lensbaby Circular 180+ for GoPro camera
— GoPro housing attachment with 185° fisheye lens
— plug and play (no camera modding required)
Lensbaby-Circular-180-for-GoPro-Camera


History of 360° Film

The concept of capturing a huge panoramic perspective isn’t a new one. There are been some fascinating projects early in film history. And only now is that dream being fully realized.

Early Cylindrical Film History
Cinéorama (1900 Paris Exposition)
Lumière Photorama (1902)
Circarama (Disneyland)

Early 360° Video
Page of Omnidirectional Vision
Dynamic Surround Video
Shooting 360-degree video with four GoPro HD Hero cameras
Canon 5D Mark II fisheye rig

Spherecam
— Dual 35mm film fisheye rig – More info

360Heros-HungryShark
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51 thoughts on “Collection of 360° Video Rigs

  1. A world first from Germany is the PanoHero, a small panoramic head for the GoPro Hero 3 White – Silver – Black, Hero 3+ Silver & Black, Hero 4 Silver & Black. Create a sphere with 6 images in about one minute.
    A great product for many adventure tours with fascinating panoramas.

  2. Great post, Jason! It might be useful to some of the dome folks to add screen resolution possibilities to the cameras. For instance, some of the cameras may have full coverage and can get roughly 4K x 4K but others can’t get that many pixels.

    • Indeed, this was originally part of the plan but proved to be too difficult to find the necessary details for all the rigs. Plus I would have to update it with every new GoPro camera release…

  3. Amazing list, I hope you keep updating it for a while!
    The LucidCam now also features a 3-camera option to enable 360° 3D video.

    • Indeed I will be updating the list as new camera options become available.

      Interesting to hear! Can you email me a photo of the 3D printed mount? (as mentioned in the Indiegogo rewards.) Please no CG renders, only an actual photo with the 3 cameras installed.

  4. Thanks for all the hard work that went in to this post. I am ready to pull the trigger on a 360 rig. Can someone help me with a few a questions?

    -What is best rig for live broadcast?
    -what is best software for live broadcast
    -which streaming sites will support 360 broadcasting?

  5. Hi, thanks for the extensive list! Are all these rigs suited to stitch the video with Kolor Autopano Video?
    I am still choosing between the Freedom 360 (360×180) and the Freedom 360 Broadcaster (360×140). I will be using a tripod or attach the rig to a drone and I would like to use the rig with Vahana VR for live streaming in the near future.
    Vahana recommends the Broadcaster, but I would like to be sure if I’d be able to stitch the video from the Broadcaster rig with Kolor Autopano Video (for regular video, not live).
    I’m leaning towards the broadcaster, since it hides the tripod (who would want to see that..?).
    Any suggestions?

  6. Please remove the ‘eye-mirror’ link/camera… bunch of assholes who didn’t deliver anything after the kickstarter campaign. Lot’s of guys lost the 400 bucks it sold for , me included.

  7. Very impressive list, but I don’t find what I am looking for.
    Would any of you know of any waterproof stereoscopic rig in 360° (cylindrical or spherical) ?
    The purpose would be to shoot on board of a sailing ship, including during hard sea conditions.
    Thanks for any feedback.

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  9. It would be great to get an idea of how close each rig can capture. I have the 360Rize Pro7 and I really want something that can film much closer, even at the expense of quality.
    Any ideas?

    • Filming 360 video at close proximity to actors is tricky business. As you probably well know, within about 10 feet parallax errors becomes a huge issue and leads to visible stitch seams. This is because each of the cameras are capturing a slightly different perspective. Analogous to holding out your hand in front of you: look at your fingertips from only your left eye; and now your right eye… Notice how each eye is seeing a different perspective? Same problem, but for 360 video.

      But what can help to alleviate this issue is to use fisheye lenses within the 360 camera rig. This increases the amount of overlap zones between what each of the cameras are capturing. So it gives you much more leeway to decide of how the footage will is stitched together, especially since there is more room to apply feathering.

      The 360 Designs Mini EYE 3 & Mini EYE 4 rigs have some of the best quality recordings and seamless stitches that I’ve seen yet. This is a fairly high end solution, though now I’m curious to do a price comparison between this rig and a 6 camera GoPro rig… Here is a very busy example of a stitch from this exact rig.

      For the next tier down, there are GoPro camera rigs which have custom fisheye lens installed. Such examples are the Freedom360 Broadcaster 3x, iZugar Z3X, iZugar Z4X

      And for the entry market tier, there are dual fisheye rigs. Although there isn’t much overlap between the capture footage, if you properly plan then you can have subject try and stay within the front of the lenses, instead of the sides where the seams will be. The upcoming Nikon KeyMission 360 looks pretty interested. But the Ricoh Theta S has pretty minimal parallax when very close to a subject, probably since the sensors are so close together (through the use of a very clever prism), though the capture resolution is limited. Also the iZugar Z2X is an option.

      Cheers!

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