The Samsung Gear 360 camera is one of the best out there for creating amateur and semi-professional content for VR. However, not everyone likes the Samsung brand, and even more so due to the company's recent woes.
It should be noted that the Gear 360 only works with Samsung smartphones, and the design of the camera is not small enough to fit in a pocket. These are legitimate reasons for not wanting to purchase the camera.
For those looking for something different, there are several alternatives to the Gear 360, and many of them are just as good, some even better. To make your life easier, we're going to look at three of the best alternatives to the Gear 360.
LG 360 CAM
Everywhere we look there's an LG-branded device these days, so we were not surprised to learn of the LG 360. Do you know what's surprising? The price. This camera is being retailed for $199.99, so don't go in expecting the work here.
We understand the camera connects to either Android or iOS devices using an app. It can easily fit in pockets, but bear in mind: there are only two cameras on this device.
Now, there are a few problems that might turn off some potential buyers. The camera requires a microSD card to work, but it doesn't come with one. If users do not have one on hand, they'll need to go out and seek it. Furthermore, content must first be transferred to the phone before they can be viewed.
Ricoh Theta S
Here we have another affordable 360-degree camera that should do a pretty decent job. Like the LG 360 CAM, it comes packed with two cameras, and it's small enough to fit in a pocket. When it comes down to taking videos and pictures, a single button does everything, which is kind of cool.
The Ricoh Theta S has an app for your phone and can livestream by using a micro-HDMI cord. The price? Only $350, so it won't require the robbing of banks or the selling of organs.
This is a tough camera, obviously. Just look at the design, and it should be clear what the 360fly is all about. It's shockproof, dustproof and waterproof. For all we know, the camera could be everything-proof. A camera like this is ideal for outdoor use, and guess what? It only cost $500 to own.
There are also apps for iOS and Android devices, but no word of any Windows Phone.