LG 360 Cam Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • Dual 13 megapixel CMOS sensors
  • Dual fisheye lenses for 360 degree view
  • Fixed focus
  • Maximum video resolution 2560x1440
  • 4 GB flash storage
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Rechargeable battery rated at 1.17 hours
  • Weighs 2.65 ounces
  • Release Date: 2016-05-01
  • Final Grade: 80 4.0 Star Rating: Recommended


LG 360 Cam is an affordable, fun VR option
Priced at $200, the LG 360 Cam is one of the most affordable options for recording virtual reality.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 7/23/2016

New tech trends tend to be pretty pricey, but the LG 360 Cam is sitting pretty at just $200. Capturing a 360 view, the LG 360 Cam isn't the best 360 camera on the market, but it is the most affordable and has a set of specs good enough for many shooters.

Unlike some cameras, the LG 360 Cam uses two sensors and two lenses for better quality than a single lens. Along with shooting 2K video in clips up to 20 minutes, the cam can take 16 megapixel still photos. Shutting off one lens turns it into a 180-degree panorama camera. Despite being a budget camera, the LG 360 Cam still allows users to adjust the exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO and white balance, or simply stick with auto.

While the dual lenses are a perk, it's still a $200 camera. Early users have complained that the camera doesn't do so well in limited light. While the specs don't list a sensor size, the camera's tiny profile means a small sensor is likely to blame.

The camera's body resembles an oversized thumb drive more than a camera. Holding the bulk of the camera serves as a large handle with a few simple controls. Of course, the camera's odd shape and size means there's no room for a screen so you can't preview or review your photos without a smartphone or computer.

While the LG 360 Cam offers dual lenses and pretty good value, the biggest complaint is the software. The area where the footage from two different cameras is stitched together is sometimes noticeable. The app is also very basic, with no editing options and no choices to upload directly to social media outlets.

The $200 LG 360 Cam certainly isn't perfect, but it's a fun way for consumers to get into 360 video without digging too deep into their pockets -- there are relatively few consumer 360 options on the market and the LG is pretty much sitting by itself as the most budget-friendly option.


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