Monday, August 1, 2016

Compare sample videos from Samsung Gear 360, Insta360 Nano, and Ricoh Theta S




The Insta360 Nano (reviewed here) is a new 360-degree camera for the iPhone.  It competes with other consumer 360-degree cameras, such as the popular Ricoh Theta S (reviewed here), and the Samsung Gear 360 (reviewed here).






Here are a couple of sample videos showing their image quality (be sure to switch to 4k first).  The first set is with cloudy skies.  The second set is with sunny skies.  Click on the playlist icon to switch between the two videos.



The videos also show the effect of the Nano's calibration.  The Nano's stitching on one side wasn't perfect, but it was remedied by the calibration.  In the first set of videos, I didn't calibrate the stitching on the Nano.  The children's slide shows a slight stitching error.  In the second set, I calibrated the Nano.  The slide has no stitching error.

Here's how they look in a headset (Samsung Gear VR).  In this case, I copied the video into my Samsung S6 then played them with MoonPlayer.  Here are snapshots showing how they look in the headset (click on them to see the full size):
Samsung Gear 360


Insta360 Nano

Ricoh Theta S
Samsung Gear 360
Insta360 Nano (before calibration)
Ricoh Theta S
In my opinion, the Nano did better than I expected.  To be honest, I had a little difficulty picking out the Nano from the first set of snapshots because it showed almost as much detail as the Gear 360.  Considering that the Nano is only $199, while the Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S are around $350 each, the Nano shows very good value for its video quality, not to mention its other capabilities such as wireless livestreaming.