Are you interested in knowing about the pioneering Rylo 360 camera? Find out about the main features, performance, pros, and cons in the Rylo 360 Camera review.
Our Review of the Rylo 360 Camera
The Rylo 360 is capable of shooting 360 videos and converting them into the traditional format. However, the camera will need a better resolution for clear videos.
360 cameras can record the world around you with dual lenses. The Rylo 360 takes it a step further by making 16:9 conventional format videos from 360 videos. The camera boasts features like exceptional stabilization, subject tracking, and smooth panning. Although it is quite versatile, the low resolution is a key drawback. The resultant videos are a bit hazy, and defects are visible.
- Good app
- Can swap battery
- Automatic image stabilization
- Cable is required to transfer file to the phone
- Less editing options
- Finished video, not the best looking
You can export the video in portrait or landscape mode at 1K. Depending on how you hold the phone, the app will decide for you. With landscape mode, your videos will suit the wide-format YouTube. With portrait mode, your videos are better for Instagram Stories. You can also export videos in a square format. If you are willing to display your video in 360 mode, the software will first stitch and export the clip in the equirectangular form at 4K resolution, which you may upload on Facebook or YouTube.
The screen with which you are viewing the clip has a strong bearing on the video quality. On the iPhone 8 Plus, the video may look rather immaculate. But flaws come to light when you see the video in the higher resolution display of the 27 inch iMac.
The Rylo produces videos at 1080p resolution with a compression rate of 24 Mbps. However, visual defects are apparent. The video is overall rather blurred. These videos won’t look sharp on larger screens.
Camera stabilization is very good. This is something that Rylo has strongly promoted. Hence you get steady-looking videos. While other cameras struggle to record videos in tough environments, the Rylo fares well and generates jerk-free videos.
Stitching is decent most of the time, although you will notice the occasional seam. This happens when the subject is at the side of the lens. This can also happen due to mixed lighting. So when you record the sunset, the lens facing the sun will have more exposure, while the lens not facing the sun will show a different exposure. Despite this, the Rylo is ahead of other cameras on average in terms of results for mixed lighting.
Video playback is fixed at 30 frames per second. Therefore, you cannot play at the cinematic 24 fps, and you cannot bump up the speed to 60 fps.
If you choose the 360 video setting from the app, the bit rate will go up to 90 Mbps. The quality of videos is similar to its contemporaries. When the subject is close to the lens, you have sharp results. When distant, the subject looks fuzzy.
The app converts the video format to the conventional 16:9. The app can crop the 360 videos to square format.
The app is intuitive and easy to use. You can easily zoom in and out using pinches and hand gestures.
You don’t have to pan manually. Instead, the app can identify and track the subject. And this automatic tracking is quite smooth. Sometimes, the subject can go out of view, after which you may have to identify it once more. But it works well most of the time.
There are a lot of viewing modes that you can switch to, like the picture-in-picture. You can see all parts of the 360 frame video using the split view mode. The Little Planet view is quite interesting. But you cannot move in or out in the animated way like you do with the Premiere Pro CC editing app in the GoPro Fusion. This would be an interesting effect to add.
There are a few other limitations to the app. First, the editing tools are very barebones and basic. For instance, suppose you are shooting a long clip and intend to delete parts of it later on. Although you can trim parts of the video, you cannot mark multiple points between which the clip can be trimmed. This can create inconvenience during editing.
One plus point, though, is that you can control exposure to some extent. For example, you can modify the exposure, tone, color depth, contrast, shadows, and highlights.
The Rylo 360 is designed to be a standalone device. You don’t have to connect it with a smartphone to operate it. Moreover, you can see the video recording mode on the camera screen itself and other information as well.
The two lenses are placed side by side. Each lens covers a 208-degree viewing field. This means that each lens can cover part of the region behind it. Since there is some overlap in region coverage, it can help keep the seam out most of the time.
The tripod socket is unavailable. However, a mounting cage is available as an accessory. In addition, there is a standard GoPro mount with a short column that can hold the device.
Videos are recorded in the 16 GB microSD card provided in the box. You may charge the removable battery using the micro USB port. The camera lasts an hour on battery power when fully charged.
A big drawback is that you cannot use Wi-Fi. You will have to make do with a cable to transfer footage to your smartphone.
Our Final Thoughts
Although the app is quite slick, videos are not up to par, especially compared to cheaper options like the Samsung Gear 360.
If you want decent video quality together with other advantages, then the cheaper Samsung Gear 360 may be a better choice for you.