If the major tech breakthrough for last year was virtual reality, then the new tech trend for 2017 is 360 degrees videos. These type of videos let you see the world from all angles—not just where the camera is pointing. You don’t see the world around you in square or rectangle, so why limit yourself to that view in photos and videos. To capture 360 degrees video, you need a good 360 degrees cameras. So imagine how great 360 degrees videos would look underwater.
Thankfully, the first wave of 360 degrees underwater cameras have arrived, and they record everything going on around at the same time. And since major content platforms such as YouTube and Facebook already have support for 360 degrees videos, it’s a good time to start looking for a camera that can capture 360 degrees video. We have compiled a list of the best 360 degrees underwater cameras that are worth buying.
The best 360 degrees underwater cameras
360fly 4K (recommended)
Dubbed as the world’s smartest 360 degrees 4K camera, the 360fly comes with an array of attractive features that qualifies it on the list of the best 360 degrees underwater cameras. First, it’s waterproof to a depth of 30m, which makes it perfect for 3600 underwater videos. It’s also shockproof, dustproof and comes with a generous internal storage capacity of 64GB.
Sharing of videos to YouTube and Facebook is super easy, thanks to the 360fly mobile app. You can easily capture, edit, and share your 360 degrees video using the mobile app. It also has a built-in GPS and advanced editing capabilities. However, the 360fly 4K camera has only one lens, which limits the field of view to 360 x 270 degrees.
Campark 360 Waterproof Action Camera
The Campark 360 is one of the very few cameras that feature a dedicated waterproof housing. This makes it a perfect fit for those who want to shoot 360 degrees video under water. The IP67 protection keeps the camera dry up to 30m/100ft while the 3600/2350 wide lens delivers immersive 3600 HD video. It comes with 7 surround and multiple view modes that give you a 360 degrees panoramic view of the surroundings.
This camera delivers super clear images at 2448 x 2448 (3K) resolution, thanks to the industry-leading 16MP camera. One striking feature about the Campark 360 cam is the built-in Wi-Fi feature. Once you download the XDV360 camera app, you can seamlessly watch your footage via smartphone. It also has a customized XDV360 software for PC that allows you to customize the views and apply multiple playback options.
Hailed as the world’s most powerful underwater gear, this innovatively designed camera from 360Heroes is capable of capturing 3600 panoramic videos to a depth as low as 1000 meters. The 360 Abyss is capable of capturing videos to a depth previously unattainable. It boasts of incredibly high resolutions of up to 12,000 x 6,000 pixels. Under the hood, you’ll find 6 GoPro cameras compatible with Hero 3, Hero 3 Plus, and Hero 4 series cameras.
The 360Abyss V4 is the most innovative underwater camera to date. It comes with exclusive 360Heroes Bullet 360—a control board system that enables users to simultaneously control all the 6 GoPro cameras. The system is triggered magnetically and has options to turn the camera on/off, switch modes, and more. The 360Abyss V4 is revolutionary, and definitely one of the best 360 degrees video cameras around.
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