Today’s smartphones have succeeded in making amateur photographers of most of us. But as smartphone photography became ubiquitous, a more intriguing version of instant photography came into vogue — the 360-degree spherical panorama. A 360-degree photo lets you observe a scene in any direction from a single point of view and smartphone apps make it incredibly easy to accomplish, as you don’t have to do anything except use a specialized app and move your smartphone around to capture and view a scene.
Before modern smartphones, the only way you could capture a genuine spherical panorama was to use a special camera designed for the task and employ stitching software to bind multiple shots together. You can still do that, but today’s photo apps make it possible not only to shoot 360-degree images, videos, and panos, but to instantly share them privately or via social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Here are some of the best 360-degree camera apps currently available for iOS and Android.
When you’re in the middle of nowhere or maybe somewhere grand, and you need to show the world what it looks like, the free Google Street View app, with its built-in 360-degree camera, is where it’s at. The app is a viewer that lets you see public 360-degree scenes from photographers all over the world, but the best part is that you can create spherical images of your own to share on Google Maps. Create 360-degree photos using your phone’s camera, then position them and add connections on the map with the Street View app. Just choose the Camera and the interface will guide you through the recommended series of shots to create your pano. Then, using the app’s built-in GPS, you can pinpoint your exact location. You will have to upload with Wi-Fi so if you’re not in a place with a hotspot or at home, your images stay private until you can upload them.
With 360 Pro, you can do 360-degree video recording and 360-degree photo shooting from your tablet or smartphone. The app supports VR format, and is compatible with all VR devices. You can also view live video streams from your camera, record 360-degree videos, take 360-degree pictures, download the videos or pictures to your smart device, and share them with friends.
Vizo360 lets you to shoot modern 360-degree photos and selfies — complete with filters — for a whole new look. With its easy to use interface, you can choose either Panorama or Free style for your image capture, and then share the results on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.
With either your iPhone or Android smartphone, Panorama 360 lets you capture the view around you. The app stitches shots quickly and lets you view in its own 360-degree viewer. The app also supports Google Street View photos and iPhone panos and includes automatic geotagging. After reviewing your shot, you can upload your panos to share with your friends and family or embed them in your website or blog. You can also directly upload images to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The app also connects you with other users for sharing their collections and you can view panos via a 3D viewer or as flat images. An in-app purchase of $3 gives you an HD option for high-resolution panoramas although newer versions have increased native pano resolution. While this app is not as highly rated as some others, it is still available, still works as advertised, and is regu