Looking for the best cheap 360 camera or your smartphone that could take 360˚ photos and ‘Tiny Planets’ from your phone? If so, the new PanoClip that has just been released is going to be perfect for you.
A Little About Panoclip
Let’s begin by taking a look at the company behind PanoClip.
The revolutionary PanoClip is made by Arashi Vision, the same company that also created Insta360 cameras.
But the PanoClip focuses more on making 360˚ photography accessible and fun for everyone, at the same time being affordable.
How It Works
The PanoClip isn’t really a 360 camera I’d say but it’s a lens which transforms the already great camera on your phone to be capable of taking 360 photos.
A traditional 360 camera uses 2 or more cameras to capture the entirety of a scene before digitally stitching them together using software algorithms into a single 360˚ image.
Hence, from this, we know that in order to create a 360˚ image, hardware wise, all we need are 2 cameras (plus a bit of software for stitching).
And this whole time, this unused technology that is probably in your pocket or on your table is wasted, until the Panoclip came about.
The Panoclip is completely electronics free and contains 2 fisheye lens, one at the front and another at the back, which turns the 2 front and rear cameras on your phone into a 360 degree photo taking machine.
However, as close as it resembles to a 360 cam, one thing you must bear in mind is that it’s only capable of taking photos, because your phone isn’t technologically strong enough to record videos using both front and rear cameras simultaneously.
Using The Panoclip
Using the Panoclip can’t get any simpler. All you have to do is snap it on the top of your phone, which will align its wide angle lenses with the phone’s front and rear camera. What’s left to do is to open up the companion app<> and start taking 360˚ photos.
Let’s now talk about the companion app, which is one of the main factors that allows the Panoclip to be so user-friendly and easy to use.
There are 3 main tabs within the app, social, album and settings.
The social tab allows you to be part of the Insta360 Community, a place where you can share your 360 photos and videos and browse through the plethora of footages made by Insta360 and Panoclip camera users.
After you take a photo using the Panoclip, the photos will be stored on the album, which is the second tab in the app.
This is where the fun begins because here, you can convert your 360 photo into a tiny planet, which gives you a perspective that no other phone is capable of.
Furthermore, Panoclip’s Spin View feature also lets you to showcase your 360˚ photos on any sort of social media platform, even those that don’t natively support 360˚ content.
Spin View essentially converts your 360˚ snapshot into a short, dynamic video clip that showcases the entire scene, which you can easily post it up to whatever social media you use, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, you name it!
In case Spin View wasn’t enough to wow your friends, there’s another feature called the SkyWarp effect, that completely up your game, especially if your shots are taken outdoors.
SkyWarp automatically detects the horizon and then swaps out the sky with a variety of preset skyscapes that dynamically shift and flow in time!
It’s so good that after giving it a try and posting it onto Facebook, I got so many of my friends thinking I’ve got crazy editing skills! 😛
To top it off, there are a full range of colour filters & stickers to add a creative touch to your 360˚ photos!
Give It A Try – Even Without the PanoClip!
What if I told you you can try these features out even without the Panoclip?
All you need to do is to download the app which comes with a few samples and give the Spin View, SkyWarp effects out! Seriously mind blowing :O.
Overall, the app, currently available only on IOS, Panoclip, is one of the best companion apps I’ve used so far.
What it Comes With
The Panoclip comes with a quick start guide and a protective pouch, which is really all you really need to start taking 360 photos.
As of the time of this writing, the PanoClip is available from iPhone 6, 6 Plus, all the way to iPhone X, model is specific and not interchangeable, in case you were wondering.
Android versions are on the way. 🙂
Where To Get It
My Final Thoughts…
At first, I did not think something this simple could be this good but turns out I was wrong. The PanoClip proved to be otherwise.
From the beginning concept of using the dual cameras on your phone to form a 360 camera, to the sharing options and later on to the editing of your 360 photos, I think the PanoClip is simply brilliant from start to end.
Moreover, it doesn’t cost a bomb and if you’re looking for a simple way to take 360 photos, the PanoClip is what you’re looking for
The only limitations I thought is that its made to only work with one specific phone model. Although the Android versions are coming soon, it doesn’t guarantee they’ll manufacture one for your phone because there are so many different phones with varying dimensions in the Android realm and that may prove to be a problem for many Android users.
Other than that, I think that the PanoClip is truly exceptional and is the best cheap 360 camera under $50 right now.
That’s all I have for now!
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If not, thanks for dropping by and have a great day!