CNET First Look
Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K a more versatile 360-degree cameraThough it has its shortcomings -- including the bundled editing software -- the SP360 4K's single lens offers flexibility and room to grow that multilens cameras don't.
[MUSIC] There are basically two types of 350 degree cameras. Ones with two or more lens, and one with a single lens like this, the KODAK PIXPRO SP360 4K. The single lens is able to capture a 235 degree angle of view, and the complete 360 degree horizontal axis creating immersive photos and videos. The thing is, if you want fully spherical video to capture everything you'll still need another camera. So, Kodak sells a dual pack that comes with a little remote to simultaneously start them recording, and a special mount to hold them back-to-back. Unfortunately, the mount is a bit of a pain to use because of the screws. And the lack of access to the ports and card slots but it does get the job done and once you've got your recording you can feed them into the basic auto stitching software that Kodak include and the emphasis there is on basic. So if you're looking for a lot of control over results, you're going to need better software. As for playback correct software allows you to upload straight to YouTube, or it can export and upload to Facebook. And for times when you don't want 360 video, you can use the SP360 to capture flat, wide screen clips, in ultra HD resolution, like a regular action cam. And with built in wi-fi and NFC you can use a mobile app to control the camera and see what you're shooting with your smartphone. These cameras do require more effort than the point and shoot type 360 cameras like those from Rico and LG. But in the end the SP 364K is more versatile. And the video quality is pretty good too.