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How 360° Cameras Are Making Virtual Reality Popular

By Jeffersongraham - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0


Information technology is constantly evolving and with the changes in information technology the video camera industry infrastructure is also changing. We have started seeing spy camera pens for security surveillance and 3D recording glasses. However, pen cameras are not the only thing new in the photography industry, another interesting thing which is getting increasingly popular around the world is the concept of virtual reality videos.

Virtual reality commonly known as VR is a sort of video which provided with a first-person visual experience to the person watching the video. So, if you watch a virtual reality video, you will feel like you are actually at the scene.

Virtual reality cannot be created from a normal camera because you cannot look around in every direction, but if you use a 360° camera and record all directions, you will be able to capture the moment in a very realistic way. A virtual reality video is recorded to provide a real-time experience of the moment. We have seen virtual reality games before but virtual reality videos are a fairly new concept, and now with the introduction of different virtual reality recording devices both professional and personal VR videos are recorded.

Virtual reality can be created with 360° cameras that are available in the form of HD sunglasses and also using rigs which allow the videographers to hold the camera in a spherical shape. A camera can be fixed at a specific angle and will cover the entire surroundings. Cameras can be mounted at different angles depending on the needs of the shot.

One of the reasons why virtual reality with a 360° camera can be created is because it allows the whole environment to be captured, and there is no behind the camera scenes. Although, this allows the flexibility of recording the entire field, at the same time it requires the videographers to be extremely careful. Therefore, it is recommended to clear any clutter around the camera before recording to record a realistic VR film.

360° cameras are built with unique techniques and are enabling people to experience places they haven't even visited in real-time. 360° cameras are helping in generating VR not only because they allow a view from all sides, but also because they come with additional features such as headsets and microphones which assist in capturing the real essence of a place or an event. Therefore, 360-degree cameras are enabling videographers to create VR because of their refined technology and experiences they generate.

Currently, the VR cameras available are for sophisticated use as any clutter can become an obstacle in recording a video. However, with Google launching VR cameras by the end of this year, we are going to see common usage of VR cameras.


- PC Magazine's list of the best 360° cameras of 2017: https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/354276/the-best-360-cameras

- Adorama's excellent info article on 360° cameras and a list of good ones to consider buying: https://www.adorama.com/alc/best-360-cameras

Rachel Stinson

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Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an frank, engaging manner for all matters.

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