I love gadgets. Kitchen gadgets, organizing gadgets, all kinds of gadgets. I especially like tech gadgets. About a year ago I bought one of those VR headsets you can watch immersive 360° videos for less than $15. It’s great fun and cheap entertainment. I can swim with the fish in the ocean without a fear of being in the water. I can go into outer space and view stars and planets without a fear of heights. I can tour New York, walk in the forest, visit caves, ride a roller coaster and car race. I can go on any adventure I want all from the comfort and safety of my living room. I also love spending time on Yellowtail Dam on the Big Horn River on my houseboat. Yeah, I know, I said I have a fear of being in the water, but it is really beautiful there and I share a lot of still shots and a few videos of it with friends. Yesterday, it suddenly dawned on me I don’t have to watch just the videos the “professionals” make with “special” 360° cameras. I can buy my own 360° camera and make my own video of the lake. So off to one of my favorite learning tools-YouTube! Whenever I need to learn something, I YouTube it. I’m a visual learner and YouTube is a great tool for viewing how to do something. I love the fact that several people have already done the research and the comparisons and are willing to impart this great and important information to me. I spent at least a couple hours watching some neat YouTube videos (and playing with my VR headset some more when my ADD got the better of me). Then I went shopping online to compare prices and decide which one I really want.
So, what did I learn about 360° cameras?
1. I learned there are a lot of them out there.
2. Prices range from under $200 to over $20,000. Some are easy to use, some are basic.
3. You can take videos and still 3D pictures.
4. There are fancy ones, cool looking ones, strange looking ones. And some come with awesome features. It all depends on what you want to do with your video.
5. I learned, that for what I want to do and know I’m not going to publish it or go viral, I don’t need a really cool gadget with lots of special features even though that’s the one I want.
6. And most important, I learned what my husband is going to be getting me for Christmas!
So, what or where would you video if you had your own 360° camera? And if you already do have a 360° camera do you have any tips for me? Please like and leave your comments below!