360 Cameras vs. ILCs: Comparison of 360 Photos from the Latest Generation of 360 Cameras and from Interchangeable Lens Cameras

As we know, the highest quality 360 panoramas are shot with panoramic heads and interchangeable lens cameras. However, in recent years, one-shot 360 cameras have improved significantly. Are there now 360 cameras that can produce 360 photos comparable to those shot with a panoramic head and ILC? In this presentation at the IVRPA Tokyo 2018 Conference, Mic Ty from 360 Rumors examines several of the best one-shot 360 cameras for photography as of 2018 and makes an informal comparison of their 360 photos against 360 panoramas from interchangeable lens cameras, with the goal of informing the audience about the capabilities of current 360 cameras. He will also introduce a brand new 360 camera designed for photographers.

For interchangeable lens cameras, Mic took samples with the following cameras and lenses:
Sony a6000: a popular 24mp APS-C camera
Samsung NX500: according to DXO, this 28mp camera has the highest quality sensor among mirrorless cameras with APS-C size sensors.
Samyang / Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 (full frame fisheye) for Sony E-mount
Meike 6.5mm f/2 (circular fisheye) for Sony E-mount
Samsung 10mm f/3.5 (full frame fisheye) for Samsung NX mount
Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 (circular fisheye) for Samsung NX mount

Mic then tested some of the best 360 cameras for photography as of May 2018:
Ricoh Theta V (5376 x 2688)
GoPro Fusion (5760 x 2880)
Insta360 One (6912 x 3456)
Xiaomi Mi Sphere (6912 x 3456)
Insta360 Pro (7680 x 7680 3D)
Panono (16384 x 8192)
• And the newest member of this group, the Ultracker Aleta S2C (11520 x 5760), a brand new 360 camera designed for photographers that will be making its global debut at IVRPA2018.

He compared these 360 cameras against 360 panoramas from the ILCs and lenses above, and will present the results of his informal comparison in this presentation.



Michael Ty 360 Rumors


Mic has written over 1,900 articles about 360 cameras and VR in 360rumors.com, a website known for its in-depth reviews and tutorials for 360 cameras. He has served as a consultant for 360 camera manufacturers, software developers, and 360 camera accessory manufacturers.

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