Virtual tours have become a new standard in the real estate industry. Professional real estate agents use 360° virtual real estate tours along with home maps, floor plans, room dimensions, and various interactive elements on their websites, their listing, and their social channels. This helps them sell their listings more quickly.
If you want to spruce up your sales strategies, you will have to invest in a 360° camera for creating super-high quality 360° virtual tours. There are many 360° cameras out there that you can choose from, and we'll tell you what to look for when buying a 360° camera; and we'll also talk about the best eight cameras in the market today.
3 Factors to Consider When Buying a 360° Camera for Virtual Tours
- Image quality
The first thing to consider is the image resolution; the higher the resolution, the better is the image. A 360° camera equipped with the ability to shoot images in High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode gives your real estate photos a more vibrant look.
- Ease of workflow
If you have no photography experience, you'll need a 360° camera with an easy workflow and requires minimal user intervention. If you want to take up an active role in post-processing, you may want to invest in post-processing software like Adobe Lightroom.
- Stitching quality
The stitching quality of the 360° camera makes it all worth it or none at all. Sadly, the technical specs do not tell you how good the stitching quality of the camera is. You will have to check out the examples of their output. If you see distorted features, inconsistent lighting, and discontinuous lines, the 360° camera is not a worthy investment.
The below list features the best 360° cameras for virtual tours:
- GoPro Max
GoPro Max takes amazing videos, and the stitching quality is exceptional. It is one of the best 360° cameras on the market right now. With GoPro Max, you can hit record and forget about framing (of course, within reasons), then edit your video footage in the app.
- Video Resolution: 5376×2688
- Megapixels: 16.6
- Price: $399.98 to $499.99
- Insta360 ONE X
Insta360 ONE X is slim enough for a shirt pocket, but it has excellent stabilization and an app that offers advanced video editing on your smartphone. With its 6-axis gyro system and 'FlowState' stabilization, the Insta360 ONE X is an excellent buy for people looking for a high-end GoPro alternative.
- Video Resolution: 5760×2880 pixels
- Megapixels: 18
- Price: $429.99
- Ricoh Theta Z1
This flagship model offers the highest image quality of the THETA series. It has various modes that support various shooting scenarios. It produces incredibly realistic spherical videos and provides highly accurate photo stitching.
- Video Resolution: 4K 3840×1920/29.97fps/56Mbps
- Megapixels: 23
- Price: $999.99 - $1049.99
- Ricoh Theta V
If you are not looking for a rugged action camera, you'll instantly like Theta V. It has a classy design with simple controls. You don't need the smartphone app to start. All you have to do is set the Theta V to the desired mode and press the shutter-release button to capture the image or video. The smartphone app is equally simple for viewing and editing.
- Video Resolution: K (3840×1920, 56Mbps), 30 fps
- Megapixels: 14
- Price: From $339.99
- Xiaomi Mijia 360° camera
Although not as popular as the other cameras on the list, Xiaomi has some of the best features. Xiaomi Mijia Mi allows you to capture both high-quality photos and videos with ease.
- Video Resolution: 3456×1728 pixels
- Megapixels: 23.88
- Price: $220.00
- Aleta S2C 360 camera
Aleta S2C is designed to capture 360° high-resolution photos rapidly. It's an excellent choice for people who need to capture super high-quality panorama still images.
- Video Resolution: 11520 x 5760, 12K
- Megapixels: 66
- Price: $1,210.00
- Kandao QooCam 8K 360°
Kandao QooCam 8K is the world's first 8K consumer 360° camera. It has the ability to capture great-looking photos from a 360° video while maintaining the detail, sharpness, and smoothness of the video.
- Video Resolution: 7680x3840 at 30 fps
- Megapixels: 20
- Price: $599.00
- Insta360 One X2
Insta360 One X2 is a clever and seriously impressive action 360° camera with easy AI editing. It creates beautiful, dynamic clips that scream of endless creativity.
- Video Resolution: 5.7K@30fps, 25fps, 24fps 4K@50fps, 30fps 3K@100fps
- Megapixels: 18.5
- Price: $429.99
There are tons of 360° cameras out there, but the above mentioned eight are currently the best digital 360° cameras worth buying. However, make sure you make a buying decision based on your requirements and affordability. That said, you can use any 360° camera to quickly create a 3D virtual tour. Your output may not be perfect, but Styldod can help you achieve perfection. Just send us your real estate images and allow us to create beautiful 360° real estate virtual tours for you. Reach out to us at https://support.styldod.com to know more.