Tuesday, November 1, 2016

360 Photo Quality Comparison: Nikon Keymission 360 vs. Ricoh Theta S vs. Samsung Gear 360 vs. Insta360 Nano vs. LG 360 Cam


Yesterday, I posted a 5-way video quality comparison between the new Nikon Keymission 360 camera and other 360 cameras: the Samsung Gear 360, Insta360 Nano, LG 360 Cam and Ricoh Theta S.  Now here are sample photos from these cameras.

I took these photos in sunny weather, which gives us a chance to look at flare and chromatic aberration.  I then uploaded them to Kuula.co for ease of comparison.  There were clouds overhead but I tried to do my best to wait until the sun was not covered with clouds before taking the photos.

Here are the photos:

Ricoh Theta S (5376×2688):


LG 360 Cam (5660 x 2830):


Insta360 Nano (3040 x 1520):


Samsung Gear 360 (7776 x 3888):


Nikon Keymission 360 (7744 x 3872):


I also received complaints about chromatic aberration / purple fringing in the Keymission, so I took some more shots with palm trees (sorry I forgot to take one with the LG 360 Cam):

Ricoh Theta S:


Insta360 Nano:


Samsung Gear 360:


Nikon Keymission 360:



The Keymission 360 photos look pretty good, but I think the Ricoh Theta S and Samsung Gear 360 still look better.

Here are their strengths and weaknesses for photos, in my opinion and in no particular order:

RICOH THETA S
+ best in class stitching
+ photos are very detailed despite having lower nominal resolution
+ best exposure controls (full manual controls + ISO priority + shutter speed priority)
+ shutter speed as slow as 30 seconds
+ excellent dynamic range
+ true multi-shot HDR
- susceptible to chromatic aberration
- less sharp near the stitch line
- temperamental Wi-Fi connection

SAMSUNG GEAR 360
+ highest nominal resolution
+ best edge-to-edge sharpness
+ best resistance chromatic aberration
+ excellent dynamic range
+ excellent stitching despite large distance between lenses
- susceptible to flare
- if you use it for a while, it warms up and it causes the sensor to become blurry (I've dubbed this issue "blurgate")
- sometimes, there is a difference in color / tint between the images from the two lenses
- limited exposure controls (only exposure compensation)
- compatible only with the latest flagship Samsung phones.

LG 360 CAM:
+ excellent white balance and color
+ full manual controls
+ excellent resistance to chromatic aberration
+ best Wi-Fi connectivity (most reliable)
+ remote activation (can be turned on wirelessly)
+ costs much less than other cameras in this group
- limited dynamic range
- stitching is only average for this group

INSTA360 NANO:
+ sharper than expected for its resolution
+ best in class resistance to flare
+ pretty good stitching
+ convenient and reliable connection to iPhone
+ costs much less than other cameras in this group
- lower resolution than other cameras in this group
- prone to chromatic aberration (purple fringing)
- limited dynamic range compared to the other cameras in this group
- compatible only with iPhone

NIKON KEYMISSION 360:
+ very high resolution (almost the same resolution as the Samsung Gear 360)
+ excellent sharpness toward the middle of the lenses
+ excellent dynamic range
+ excellent resistance to chromatic aberration (although there is some purple fringing close to the stitch line)
+ waterproof
+ shockproof and has replaceable front element for the lenses
- less sharp near stitch line
- limited exposure controls (exposure compensation only)
- stitching is only average (similar to the LG 360 Cam). 
- vertical correction doesn't seem to work for photos

This comparison is only for their photo quality.  It is only one aspect of the camera.  Here is a preliminary review of the Keymission 360.  I will also be posting a more detailed review of the Keymission 360, and an overall comparison between these cameras.


What do you think so far?  Do you agree?  Post your thoughts in the comments!

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