As a relatively new technology, 360 cameras are still pretty pricey, but budget brand Yi Technologies has a new option that lists for around $400. The Yi 360 VR is a 5.7K resolution 360 camera that uses 12 megapixel Sony-made sensors.
The final stitched videos from the Yi 360 VR have a 5.7K resolution, that resolution that's a bit higher than 4K will help, since 4K stretched around a 360 view doesn't have the same level of detail as standard 4K. For still images, the resolution is about 5760 pixels wide. Those shots are captured using a pair of f/2 lenses.
The view from the two separate cameras is stitched together into a 360 shot in-camera. Using the app and Wi-Fi connection, users can also live-stream from the camera at resolutions up to 4K.
All those features are wrapped up in a compact body with a small LED screen and a simple two-button control interface.
While the Yi camera has a good set of specifications including that 5.7K resolution, it doesn't have the same level of features as pricier models in this category. The Garmin Virb 360, for example, includes a number of different sensors and stabilization, while GoPro's new 360 camera, the GoPro Fusion, also has stabilization, Overcapture and multiple shooting modes, including one that will eliminate an extension pole from the shot. Both options are pricier, however, so if video quality holds up to the specs, the Yi 360 VR looks like a decent budget 360 camera.