Nobody is left immune to the magic of 360° photography. The fascination is tremendous and the curiosity is child-like amongst us all. We are ready to go any length to click such gorgeous images and shoot equally stunning videos with our own hands, even if it requires trading our treasured gadget to a cousin sitting in the United States. But, hey, not any more. The 360° cameras are in India now. Thanks to AuraVR, the most trusted brand in Indian VR market, it has brought the LG 360 cam and Ricoh Theta S in India. (Follow the link towards the end of blogpost to lay hands on yours.)
LG 360 cam can be a great springboard for you to help you fly in the limitless sky of coming of age technology in still and video photography.
Let’s assess its technical specifications and learn to use it for some spectacular shots and videos.
Much like Ricoh Theta S in design and working, LG 360 cam also comes equipped with two lens, one on each side, microphone and the resolution also being almost same at 13-megapixel. But, video quality, at least as its specifications say, is better than Ricoh Theta S. It has no inbuilt memory, instead offers a microSD card slot with support capacity up to 1TB!
Read More: LG 360 cam Tech Specs
How to Click an image and a video?
The camera has just the on/off and a click button on its body, rest everything is to be handled by the app (for both Android and iOS) in your smartphone. Download the app and it connects instantaneously to your smartphone via bluetooth (eternally switched on), and then connect it via Wi-Fi. The app offers you endless options to play around as you enjoy the 360° world. You can choose both or single lens (much like a regular camera) to click. The four scenes modes are available in auto mode: night, indoor, landscape and sports. Additionally the manual option of course, with which you can vary the white balance, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed and exposure compensation. You can turn on or off location tagging and use a 3- or 10-second self-timer too.
Place the camera on a tripod or in its case itself, use a selfie stick or your hand itself, say cheese and quick tap the click button on the face of your camera for still photography and if shooting a video, press the same button for more than a second or use your app (there’s a green light blinking above the click button that shows recording is in process), if done remotely. And yes, don’t forget to insert the SD card before using the camera.
Imagine The Taj Mahal Palace and the iconic Gateway of India, with flock of pigeons, you and your buddies (yes, that too many) in a single shot! No, I’m not talking it from your ferry to Elephanta Caves, but right from the P J Ramchandani Marg in the centre.
With LG 360 cam it’s possible!
How To View the Images and Videos?
The images and videos are stored in your app gallery, to view them or share them you need to transfer them to your phone gallery. This you can do by simply pressing the image or video for about 3 seconds and download will start or tap the download icon. Once in your gallery, pan and zoom to enjoy your photography.
How To Share Images and Videos?
When it comes to sharing them, a bit of disappointment for share-a-holics! Facebook, Google Plus do not recognise them as 360°. If you try doing directly from your phone, the images will be mangled beyond recognition. Better take resort of third party platform like 2vr.in . Upload it there and then simply share directly to Facebook, Twitter, whatspp or use a code to embed in any post you’re writing. You can also use Google Street View.
However, videos are relatively easier to share (when done from phone, desktop is a bit tedious to handle here). Both, Facebook and YouTube recognise the 360° format and your friends also enjoy the immersive experience.
There’s no way to edit clips or photos in the app before you upload them. You need an additional software or app to tweak them (eg. LG’s desktop viewer). Then, edited shots have their stitching pretty obvious, then use another software to smoothen the lines. Put them back in your phone and share.
This may sound quite a handful job, but as they say ‘practice makes man perfect’, explore and play around. Click and share your spectacular shots and clips on social sites.
GetVR suggests you to try viewing these videos and images through your VR headset if you really want to enjoy the ‘being there’ experience.
Don’t forget to carry your LG 360 cam when you next trek in the majestic Himalayas. Imagine the overwhelming surreal view in a single shot and you, of course, in same shot. Grab your LG 360 cam from AuraVR or Amazon.
Related: LG 360 Cam Takes On Ricoh Theta S
Image Credits: Google Images