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Review: Nikon KeyMission 360

The photography market is ripe with new technology, currently in the form of 3D cameras. With so many options to choose from it’s important to understand key strengths and weakness of the current markets leading products. The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a 3D camera that boasts durability, a common weakness of most competitors. Let’s dig into the details and find out what else it has to offer.


The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a high-end 3D camera that offers quality 4K video wrapped tightly inside a very robust frame. The strength and durability of the KeyMission is a major selling point of this 3d camera. Shooting video is reported to be smooth and of high quality, with good playback and ample fps. The KeyMission 360 is a package deal that includes some important yet specialized accessories right from the start, like a replacement lens cover, an underwater lens, and a silicone case that extends drop protection even further.

Strength and Durability

The KeyMission 360 is arguably one of the more durable 3D cameras available on the market today. It boasts being immune to freezing and shock while remaining water-proof down to 30m. It also has options for underwater shooting accessories making it an ideal 3D dive partner. This camera is designed for the adventurer, leaving one more able to focus on important matters, instead of fussing over delicate and damage prone hardware. Batteries are located on the external frame of the camera and allow for easy replacement, while still retaining quality, water-tight protection. Buttons are large and easy to manipulate, though the robust build leaves no room for an LCD screen which can be a problem for some.

Drawbacks of the KeyMission 360

As stated above, the lack of a built-in LCD screen is a deal breaker for some. Users find the settings hard to manipulate and cumbersome. Surprise recording is also a common issue that deals a hefty blow to the limited 1-hour battery. Most users feel the need to disconnect the battery when not being used to help prevent this problem. The software is also clunky, poorly set-up and poses numerous problems, which seems to be a common theme among almost all 3D cameras. Traditional 2D capture is also reported as being hard to navigate and operate. The KeyMission 360 also has complaints of running hot at times, which can be a bit scary for a precious piece of equipment.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 is a very capable camera that provides quality 360 videos from a durable, strong and weather resistant package. It has many options that cater specifically to adventurers and is designed to keep your travels alive and public. While some difficulties exist with operation and functionality, you win some and you lose some with all products alike. It all really comes down to what users need from a 3D camera and the KeyMission 360 definitely has some major strengths that just can’t be overlooked.

Review: Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K

Photography took a step in a new and exciting direction, due to the introduction of 3D cameras in the mainstream market. There are a surprising number of options to choose from which can be disorienting when trying to make an intelligent purchase. In this article, we will be reviewing one of the leading cameras for serious 3D photographers, the Kodak Pixpro SP360 4K.

Kodak SP360 4K

The SP360 4K is an updated version of the original Sp360. With the addition of 4K resolution and a wider view angle, Kodak has essentially taken the original strong foundation and made it better. The SP360 utilizes a “box-construction” that allows it to be placed on flat surfaces in a manner that fits the desired application. A horizontal 360 video is achieved by placing the camera on its back, with the bulbous lens facing upwards. Placing the camera on its side and facing the lens towards the action works well, if you intend to use the SP360 4K as a normal 2D camera. The SP360 4K features buttons to control shutter and camera settings on one of its square sides, and an LCD display on the neighboring side, is used to navigate settings. The 3rd flat side is used as a docking bay for USB ports, power and other forms of connection.


The SP360 4K is riddled with accessories and this is one of its strongest attributes. Many different types of mounts are available that allow you to be really creative in your filming endeavors including a suction cup, hardware mount, and a dual camera mount. A key element of the SP360 4K is the unique ability to place 2 SP360 4K’s back to back in order to truly create a 360 video with no dead space. A wrist strap remote is also included that allows the user to control up to 5 cameras simultaneously.

Short-Comings of the SP360 4K

While the SP360 has many strengths in its design, there are also flaws. Many complaints stem from the cumbersome menu options that are manipulated on the side of the camera with a series of small buttons. Too many menus and hidden options confuse or elude most users. Also related to menu options is the inability to control the settings of multiple cameras at the same time, which as a result can be tedious and time-consuming. Users also complain that the software is difficult to navigate, cumbersome and poorly put together. Unfortunately, the plastic frame of the camera hasn’t been built for tough environments which leave people concerned about the durability of their precious gear.

All in all, Kodak’s SP360 4K is a specialized 3D camera that has many strengths and the benefit of being trialed in a previous model. There are areas where the SP360 comes up short, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to what you’re looking for in a camera that decides if Kodak’s SP360 4K is a good fit for you.

The Best 11 3D Cameras in 2018 Short

3D cameras are all the rave as we march steadily through the spring of 2018. This technology is still relatively young in the marketplace, yet there are still so many options to choose from. That’s why we compiled a list. Here are the top 11 3D cameras of 2018, what they do, how much they cost, and why you should consider one of them to capture the events of this exciting year.

11 – Insta 360 Air

The Insta 360 Air is an Android accessory that attaches directly to your cell phone. The 360 Air, just like the name states, offers the ability to capture a full 360 degrees. The price is very agreeable, at around 129.00. Some users, however, complain of battery drain and low resolution. At the end of the day, it all really depends on what you’re looking for.

10 – Insta 360 Nano

The 360 Nano is a hand-held 360 camera that offers the benefits of shoot-and-spin technology, from the palm of your hand. The 360 Nano captures decent footage and can shoot with or without the presence of your iPhone. User complaints stated that an iPhone version 6 or later is required to cut and crop video. All in all, the Insta 360 Nano is a nice package, at an affordable price of around $200.00.

9 – Samsung Gear 360

Samsung has released its second and refined version of its original shoot-and-spin camera, the Samsung Gear 360. The Gear 360 is compatible with iOS and MacOS operating systems. This camera is ‘liked’ for its clear 4K video capabilities, smooth live streaming, and small size. Users have frowned upon the non-removable battery, large file sizes and limited frame rates of 24fps. MSRP is $229.00, which makes it an affordable camera, with good reviews capable of capturing good images in most environments.

8 – Ricoh Theta S

The Theta S is a compact 360 cam that boasts positive and balanced reviews across the board. A smooth video is shot at a decent frame rate in high resolution. Some users wish that construction was more hardy for some of those ‘trying’ environments. The MSRP of the Ricoh Theta S sits at $350.00 which makes it a quality camera at a competitive price.

7 – Vuze VR

The Vuze VR is a beast of a camera. Unlike our earlier models, the Vuze is a tripod based, multi-lens, 3D 360 cam with great resolution, and a solid build. This is a specialized camera designed for niche work, unlike some smaller handheld models. The price is heavy-handed at $700 MSRP, but if you have a special project, it may be well worth the green for this cutting edge camera.

6 – 360 Fly 4K

The 360 Fly is a high quality 360 cam that offers high resolution, good frame rates and a solid construction. MSRP is asking $500, which, for one of the high-end models is a fair request.

5 – Sony A58K DSLR

The Sony A58K is a handheld, conventional 3D camera. Still shots are captured at a whopping 20.2 megapixels, while 3D video and photography boast quality resolution and clear images. MSRP is reported a $500.

4 – Panasonic Lumix 3D1

The Lumix 3D1 has been praised in some circles as the best Compact 3D camera of 2018. It features a dual lens design that allows it to shoot video and pictures in quality 3D while still being able to fit easily in your pocket. MSRP for the Lumix 3D1 sits at $600.

3 – Kodak Pixpro SP360 4k

The Pixpro SP360 offers high-quality video, in a water-resistant frame, in high-resolution 4K quality. Users have reported difficulties with the phone and desktop software. Regardless, the Pixpro SP360 is an excellent camera with an MSRP of $345.

2 – Fujifilm Real 3D W3

The Real 3D W3 is a heck of a camera due to its pristine images, dual-lens, and dual-sensors, which provide quality film and picture in 3D. To top it all off, the 3D W3 comes equipped with a 3D LCD display. MSRP is reported at $600.

1 – Nikon Key Mission

The Key Mission is a very solid product. Reviews boast easy to use handling, great video, powerful software and durable construction. The durability of this product is astounding and is ideal for adventurers, divers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. MSRP sits at $500 for one of the leading 3D cameras in 2018.


We have successfully navigated the crowd of 3D cameras for 2018 and singled out the 11 top-picks. We have reviewed the best price, to the highest quality, and even acknowledged the needs of the special niche photographer. It’s a vast market and there is definitely a little something for everyone out there.

Review: Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Series

Fujifilm is another well-known camera manufacturer that produces well known three dimensional cameras, and their three-dimensional cameras are actually a bit cheaper than those available from Panasonic. In fact, you can get some from the Fujifilm. – FinePix Real 3D Series for less than six hundred dollars.

Using It in Low Lighting Conditions

While some of the specs aren’t quite as advanced as the 3D cameras from Panasonic, they are still good enough to make this an excellent camera. There is a three-power zoom feature with the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Series. The ISO of the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D is only 1600, which is significantly lower than the ISO of the Panasonic Lumix 3D Series. However, this is still sufficient to capture images and videos in a wide range of environments.

The aperture of the camera is larger. This allows more light to enter through the lens, and this results in a better-quality image in low lighting conditions.

Unique Features of The Device

Something that’s unique about the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Series is that it doesn’t just have one lens. Not only that, but its two lenses work properly to ensure that both photographs are taken at the same time. Both lenses use high quality sensors to gauge the depth of the photograph or video, resulting in stunning three dimensional images. The spacing of the lens is also unique. In fact, the lenses are spaced the same distance apart as the distance between the average person’s eyes. This leads to a unique and accurate image quality.

Not only are the three-dimensional images available when you watch them on a computer or television set, but you can see the three-dimensional image through the screen of the camera itself. This is the only camera ever made that allows you to watch your three-dimensional creation right from the camera itself.

While there are plenty of cameras out there that can capture some three-dimensional images, shoot three dimensional videos, or shoot in high definition, there are few that can shoot in both three dimensions and high definition at the same time. However, the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Series can do just that. In addition, there are very few settings that you’ll likely need to adjust with this one. It automatically adjusts to changes in lighting conditions, movement, and it even takes red eye out of photographs by itself.

Memory Space

While there is less memory than on the Panasonic Lumix 3D Series, it still has quite a lot of memory space with 34 MB of storage. This is sufficient to store a large volume of three dimensional photographs and videos.

Ease of Use

It also is especially easy to use the three-dimensional feature of the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D Series. In fact, all you need to do to activate the three-dimensional feature is to hit the 3D button. Many other three dimensional cameras are much more complicated to use.

Review: Samsung Gear 360 Camera

This camera is a bit different than the others on this list. Not only is it able to capture three dimensional images and videos, but it can capture a 360-degree panoramic view. In a sense, this three-dimensional view is similar to a virtual reality. In fact, the videos and images captured with this device can be used with virtual reality headsets.

Direct Connection with Your Phone

Another important difference between this camera and the others is that it can be installed directly on to your phone, if you have a Galaxy device. It also is exceptionally easy to use. It goes particularly well with the S7/S7 Edge and the Gear VR, but the range of devices it can be used in conjunction with is limited. So, one drawback is that you won’t be able to simply hook it up to your television set.

Low Lighting Conditions

If you are looking to film in low lighting conditions, the Samsung Gear 360 is good. It has an f/2 lens. This is the largest aperture of any of the cameras featured. In addition, it has a high ISO that allows it to capture images in a variety of lighting conditions.

Transportability of The Camera

While the camera comes with its own tripod, it’s possible to attach it to a variety of other tripods. This makes it easy to film scenes in a variety of settings. In addition, the camera is waterproof. This also can greatly increase the versatility of the device.

There are some downsides to this camera though. For one, the image that is captured tends to have very apparent stitch lines. This can be difficult to edit out. The microphone also isn’t that good, and it may even necessitate having a separate microphone to capture the sound. In addition, it is not easy to transport this device. It can’t be carried in one’s pocket. Therefore, it is typically necessary to carry it in a case or backpack of some kind.

In addition, it is a bit heavier than some of the other 360 degree cameras that are on the market. In fact, it weighs in at double the weight of LG’s 360-degree camera. Still, it weighs about the same as a cue ball for pool. Too heavy to be carried in a pocket, but it can easily be transported in a backpack or duffle bag.

Speed of The Camera

One downside is that you can’t do burst shooting, and it isn’t a very fast camera. It also can be a bit slow to transfer photos and videos to other devices. To shoot and finalize a one minute video with Bluetooth, it will take you a bit over three minutes. Still, this isn’t too bad. It only takes around five seconds with a photograph. This is fast enough that it can be used quite effectively for most photography purposes.


However, the pricing of this camera is good. It’s easy to get good deals on it used. Of course, you can also get a new one off the internet. The price on a Samsung Gear 360 new tends to be around 300 – 350 dollars, but it’s possible to get one even cheaper.

Review: The Panasonic Lumix 3D Series

Panasonic is one of the most widely known camera manufacturers, and they make excellent three dimensional cameras. Panasonic Lumix 3D cameras have been reviewed extremely well, and they are available for the reasonable price of $699.98. When you photograph something with their three-dimensional cameras, they don’t just take a singular photograph. It takes two photographs and then automatically puts them together in a manner to create a three-dimensional image.

Simultaneous Shooting of Two Images

With some three-dimensional cameras that take two images, the two images are taken at different times. This can result in problems, if there is movement in them at the time. However, the Panasonic Lumix 3d series takes both photographs at the same time. Therefore, the danger of movement ruining the photo is much smaller.

The Zoom Feature

In addition to producing a three-dimensional image, it also offers a zoom feature. While the zoom on the camera is only four power, it makes a significant difference in terms of what you can see in the image.

Use in Low Lighting Conditions

If you are going to be taking photographs in a dark space, this is a good camera to choose. It has a large F3.9 to F13 aperture. This is significantly larger than the standard 35 mm lens. The ISO sensitivity is 3200, which is quite high compared to many digital cameras on the market. This makes it much more likely that the image will be crystal clear despite the lighting conditions.

Other Features of The Device

Not only can it shoot three dimensional photographs, but they are clear and in high definition. If you ever would like to take a two-dimensional photograph instead of a three dimensional one, it’s possible to do that with this camera too.

It is important to note that images are not shown in 3D on the screen for the camera. To see the three-dimensional image, you will need to connect the camera to another device. Luckily, this is extremely easy to do. It can be easily connected to a computer or a television set.

If you are interested in uploading your film to YouTube, that’s very easy to do. In fact, it can upload your movie in high definition! However, it may or may not be possible to watch your three-dimensional video on YouTube. Some viewers may not be able to watch three dimensional videos from their browser, but it still would be possible to watch it in two dimensions.

Even though the screen does not show three dimensional images, it shows the image on the camera is quite high quality. In fact, it is a touchscreen LCD screen.

Three dimensional images and videos do take up more space than two dimensional images and videos. However, there is quite a lot of space on this camera. In fact, there is 70 megabytes of it. That’s enough to fit quite a lot of movies and photographs. While it’s able to store a lot of photographs and videos, it is quite compact. This makes it exceptionally easy to transport.

Built in Internet Connection

Not only does this camera have all the bells and whistles that you’ll need for filming, but you can connect it to the internet directly. Yes, you read that right; this digital camera can be connected to the internet. That makes it exceptionally easy to share movies and photos online. Not only can you share directly using common video streaming platforms, but it is possible to put your videos anywhere that you choose. In addition, the camera can also be used for other purposes online.

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