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360fly Camera Review

360fly Camera Review

Want to know about the performance, features and pros and cons of the 360fly 4K camera? The 360fly Camera review will give you the relevant facts to help you decide whether it is right for you.

 

Our Review of the 360fly 4K Camera

The 360fly 4K is the second iteration of the brand’s flagship 360 camera. In this upgrade, the resolution has gone up from 1K to the more vibrant 4K.

 

Although there is a massive boost in pixels, videos don’t look as sharp as they should. The quality does not feel as robust as the Samsung Gear 360.

 

The truth is that there are certain issues that the company needs to take care of before the 360 camera is finally ready for serious buyers. The 360fly suffers serious drawbacks like the highly visible purple fringe, low audio quality and dim imagery under low lights.

 

To its credit, 360fly does have a good mobile app.

 

Pros

  • Shoots 360 videos in 4K
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support
  • Intuitive and streamlined app
  • Water resistant up to 30 ft
  • Internal memory is 64 GB

 

Cons

  • Purple fringe can be seen
  • Audio lacks depth
  • Low light clips look dull
  • Videos lack sharpness at the edges
  • Desktop software needs some functions

 

Design

The black spheroid contour of the 360fly indeed looks fascinating. The 6-ounce camera has a width of 2.6 inches. It sports a prominent glass lens, angled edges and a flat bottom. The exterior feels soft, and so the camera is comfortable to hold.

 

The build quality is quite solid and robust. Since this is meant to be an action camera, it is designed to dust resistant as well as water resistant. The camera is also shockproof.

 

The 360fly has in its base a standard tripod mount. An adapter is also included in the package to use GoPro mounts.

 

The model does not have conventional data ports. You will find data connectors on the flat magnetized base instead.

 

The camera is mounted on a desktop dock which can connect with a computer through USB. Included within the package is a micro USB cable.

 

Recording and powering the device on or off is done using a single button. With short presses, you can start and stop recording. With long presses, you can switch the device on or off. The camera provides vibration feedback to let you know that a command has been activated.

 

2 LED lights help you to know what’s going on. The blue indicator lights show that the camera is ready to link with a smartphone. The green light indicates that the device is connected to a phone. Red indicates recording in progress, while yellow indicates a USB connection with a computer.

 

To its credit, the device has plenty of space with 64 GB of built-in memory. With this memory, you can store around 3 hours of 360 degrees 4K videos. In addition, the battery works nicely and can last about an hour and a half on a single charge which is better on average than most rivals.

 

Software

The 360fly 4K app is also one of its strong points. The mobile app is available for both iOS and Android and mobile software can work with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The app shows a live feed from the camera lens on your phone. In addition, a set of editing tools are available for you to make changes as required.

 

You can transfer recordings through Wi-Fi from the camera to your phone. You can mark them in green within the playback timeline for video segments that you intend to share. These green segments will blend into one clip for you to share with a click of a button. This is much like the conventional editing tools of yore. Using the editing software is fairly straightforward. Thus, you can share select video segments easily even if you have no prior experience with editing software.

 

After you are done editing your video clips, you can share them on YouTube or Facebook. A mode is available on the app so that you can see your videos in your VR headset straight out of your smartphone.

 

Video Quality

Although the app is decent, the same cannot be said for video quality. It is quite sharp in the center, and blurred around the periphery.

 

You can capture 4K videos at either 24 fps or 30 fps. For a higher frame rate, you will have to lower the resolution. So for 60 frames per second, you will have to bring the video resolution down to 2K.

 

The trouble is that purple fringe is easily visible in the periphery and in the center wherever there is higher contrast.

 

The dynamic range is not too extensive. Also, under dim lighting, the video quality appears rather grainy.

 

When 360 clips are played on 360-degree video players, then the video quality becomes noticeably dull. Details just don’t appear vivid enough.

 

Audio is another major weak point as the camera does not support external microphones. The trouble is that the internal microphone is not too good. As a result, the audio sounds hollow, and there is no way to connect an external mic.

 

Our Final Thoughts

If you really want the camera to work, you will have to play its videos on small screens where purple fringe and other defects can be somewhat obscured.

 

If you have a casual interest in 360 cameras and want a tenacious action camera that is dust, water and shock-resistant, then the 360fly can suit you, provided you don’t mind the somewhat subpar picture quality. But if picture quality is paramount, then you are better off looking elsewhere.

 

Since picture quality is where the 360fly suffers the most, you may buy one with better visual quality, like the Samsung Gear 360 or the Ricoh line of 360 cameras.