Best 360 Camera for Real Estate VIRTUAL TOURS (+ Comparison with DSLR)

hi again my name is Daniel and if you are interested in 360 cameras and I am the guy to speak to today I'm gonna be talking about virtual tours and the best cameras to use to create them now virtual tours are probably the easiest and the fastest way to start making money with your 360 camera it's probably the most popular question I'm asked which a camera show used to create virtual tours a lot the time it's to do a real estate which is the title of this video but to be honest this comparison will apply to regardless of with you doing real estate you're doing it outdoors you're doing it in a restaurant you're creating an art museum whatever I've done all these kind of different virtual tours in different places and the comparison applies to all of them so yeah like I say I have been doing virtual tours kind of professionally for like a year or so now I've done a few places and like gyms museums I have done some flats and big houses I've done some events all kinds of different stuff and I've used a few different cameras depending on the budget and how long I've got and how much time I have to do it basically I've calmed down to using three different types of cameras you may have seen some other comparisons where there's just been like loads of different cameras but to be honest I've tried a lot of them and there's only really three that I use now and the others are just really not worth it and I'll tell you why the reason I use these three is because they have bracketing as an option I think bracketing is the most important feature you need to create virtual tours to create that look to create that kind of HDR feel it makes the virtual tour look so much better so much more professional and clients really really like it so I think that is kind of very important so the cameras can do that in terms of cheaper 360 all-in-one 360 cameras are the Ricoh theta V and the chamois medium II sphere these are the two cameras that can do bracketed photos this can do it automatically combined it will in one this you need to use some software to combine the money so yeah they both have their strengths and weaknesses this has a high resolution this ya can do automatically like I said however need a super high quality virtual tour for a client who really really wants high quality then I don't use either of these cameras instead I use a wide-angle lens with a DSLR which is what I'm filming with now and a panoramic tripod head so this may look really scary to you if you've never seen one basically just attached to a tripod and spins around and it allows you to basically take a 360 photo using like six or seven different photos and then you have to stitch them together basically what I tend to think about when I'm choosing a camera for a virtual tour is these four different aspects one time how long is it gonna take me to do this how long do I have to do it to workflow how complicated is workflow what software does it require three price how much does the camera how much does the rig cost how much does all the software cost and how much money am I being paid because is it gonna be worth my time and for quality obviously quality is very important is it got high enough quality for the environment I'm shooting has got high enough quality for the client that once it hasn't gotten a higher quality for the people who are going to view it on and directed depending on what device they're gonna view on it so these are the four things I consider for choosing a virtual tour camera time workflow price quality I think these are the four things really need to consider so I've done a virtual tour of this room behind me using these three cameras all in the same place so we're gonna have a look and compare them and see what the difference is or the strengths and weaknesses of each one are and kind of which ones are best suited for which kind of environments and the types of virtual tours you want to create and hopefully you'll be able to choose between them and decide which one is best for you and after I've done that I'll come back and tell you kind of how much they cost what software you need to use and kind of what I would recommend based on the virtual tour that we've seen so yeah let's get going let's do that now okay so for this comparison I have basically created four virtual tours in the same place in this room here and I used the me sphere the theta V and the DSLR rig so the me sphere has been used twice once with bracketing and once with just raw so the bracketing features you know combining three photos different a different exposure levels and the raw photo is just on its own so we can see the difference between the two and like I say then I did one with the theta V and the DSLR so what we're going to look out for now is basically the quality of the photos and the tour that you can get from different methods of creating them so we're gonna look for noise we're gonna look for overexposure with quality detailing and what have a look at the colors the HDR whether that has a much of an effect so let's start here with the bracketed me sphere tall which as you can see here it's just been highlighted so this is a shot with the me sphere bracketed saw so let's look at first the detail the detail is not that great really it's 23 megapixels so you would expect it to be quite good but if you zoom in it does get slightly blurry if you zoom out then it's fine because and that's fine because this is a small room so you don't really need to zoom in because you can pretty much see anything everything anyway but if you were shooting a larger area a larger room a large virtual tour then that could be an issue if you needed to see things in the distance but the details close up are fairly good there are some you know blurriness to the edges but that's the same with most 360 cameras and most virtual tours stitching is pretty accurate apart from here which it's a bit blurry this is where the stitching line is but apart from that it's it does quite well with detail as long as it's closed up otherwise the detail kind of veers off very quickly as you zoom in now what about noise the noise is not too bad if you look at this black area there isn't that much to be seen it's done pretty well the software I used to create the HDR photo photomatix Pro has a noise reduction option which does really really help otherwise it is quite noisy but yeah as you can see there's not too much noise it's it could be better but it's not it's not horrendous so what about overexposure so or exposure in general I say overexposure because it is quite overexposed you can see outside which is a good start but you know it's quite bright brighter than I would like for virtual tours you really want to have decent exposure or it doesn't look that professional so that's why I kind of highlight it quite a lot so yeah the me sphere bracketed is is average it's it I like the look I like the color I like the color depth and I mean it's fairly attractive but you need to really edit quite a lot to get the best out of the bracketed me sphere photos there are plenty of people who could you better than me with editing and could make this look a lot better but I'm just again saying that that will take a lot of time and a lot more editing and the workflow will be much longer so I would explain why I don't really think it's worth it later but for now I think this is kind of average quality right so this is the raw misfit photo taken with the raw setting and it's just one photo not not HDR not any exposure and as you can see it is different if we just compare the two quickly the look of the two quite different for a start the detail in the raw photo is a lot more apparent you can zoom in and you can see a lot more detail so compare as you can see here in the bracketed version it's blurry whereas in the raw that's kind of slightly more sharp in the distance so this would be better for larger rooms there is also not that much noise which is good I mean I would say it's roughly the same as the bracketed version now the difference really is in exposure so you can see it's even worse here there is pretty much just a lot like big bright square which is not ideal at all you can see the difference between the two here exposure I think is really important I personally find it one of the most important things so this is why I would not use just a single exposure this is why use bracketed for all of my virtual tours even though I think it is slightly sharper there are more details I just don't think the look is as good it doesn't give that kind of HDR cool effect which I really like and I think works well with virtual tours but you know it's up to you if you want a very quick way of shooting a virtual tour then the me sphere in using raw will give you a good detail give you large images but I just I think it looks quite good right let's move on to the third tour now which is the Ricoh theta V and this is what it looks like now to be honest I really really like the theta V and especially using it for virtual tours mostly because you can create HDR photos with just a single click you don't need any other software it does it all within the camera within about 4 seconds and it creates this and it looks really good the colors are great the exposure is very good you can see a lot more detail outside and you could put the others and it just is flow so quick the workflow is almost non-existent the camera is so easy to use and you crepe can create very good looking 360 photos for your virtual tour now if you zoom in it is does lose detail in the distance the resolution is limited which is why it's not perfect but if you're shooting for a very small area that's so like for example to flat a house then this could be ideal because it's so quick so easy to use and it's very cheap and it creates very good-looking photos I think so if we can compare from between the raw and the theta V I think basically looks better the colors are better the exposures better the blacks are better yeah just about color balance in general compared to the bracketed me sphere it's more detailed it's less blurry the colors are more accurate you can see more details yeah the theta V really really good I think I'm probably gonna recommend this as the better one out of the two between the meter fit and the theta V but finally let's go on to the final example which is shot with the DSLR and you're about to see how much better it can get and yeah it's by far the best quality here it is this is the DSLR example using the panoramic tripod head and a wide-angle lens now you can immediately see the detail is a lot better the colors are a lot more dynamic a lot more dramatic I think it looks great it looks a lot better than any of the other examples but it does take a long time to get right now look outside the exposure is so much better than any of the others so if we compare it to the worst one which is the the me sphere shot with raw look how much better it is it's you can actually see outside you can actually see very far into the distance outside just like you would in reality that's why it's important for a virtual tour to have good exposure to get that effect now the issue with shooting in DSLR is that it takes a long time you can get stitching errors as you can see here and it takes a while to correct those you can correct them and but you just need to learn how to do it with the proper software and you also need a lot of software to do it properly so if you want the absolute best quality then this is how you do it and yeah we will scroll through the difference between them if we zoom in all the way for all of them see how much more detail to the DSLRs you can pretty much make help so many more details then you can with the others so we'll just scroll through yeah DSLR is way way better than the others but locks a it's a lot more expensive takes a lot longer and it's a lot more complicated but sometimes that's worth it right let's just go through the rest of the tour a little bit and I'll show you just it's just basically continuing example of what I just said so the exposure here is quite bad but you can do a lot better than I've done here if you are practiced with using the software but as you can see here look I didn't even do the bottom area because I just didn't at the time didn't think it was worth it but this is what happens you need to sit you need to shoot every quadrant like do six or seven or eight photos stitch them all together and you know that can be quite complicated so you can see there's some stitching errors here which I would need to go back if I wanted to do a professional vet retard need to go back into my stitching software and correct that but it looks good I think it looks very good so we can do the same with a theta V exposure is actually very good see the the theta view really deals with the overexposure very well and I still think it looks very good and doesn't have any stitching issues for this small environment the theta V is pretty much perfect and that's what I would probably use to to make a virtual tour of this house well my house yeah so look how overexposed to me sphere is it's just ridiculous so I really wouldn't recommend that this doesn't a very professional at all and yeah let's check outside because I did one outside just to show you the difference so yeah here's the outside shot using the DSLR looks great very detailed even in the distance I like the kind of glowy effects the contrast the sky looks dramatic everything that's pretty good the theta V manages pretty much the same thing on a much lower budget and much less time but if you zoom in it just goes a bit blurry so that's why that's the payoff you get there nice very sharp there's got some quality there you can see some details if you zoom in it doesn't lose how much but it just looks a bit bland doesn't that attractive yeah I I'm losing faith in the me sphere when you bracket it it looks more attractive but it just goes with blurry so yeah you would need to spend a lot of time getting the most out of that to really get the most out of the me sphere you need to do a lot of editing and the reason why I wouldn't recommend that is just because because if you're gonna spend a lot of time editing if you're gonna spend a lot of time in post-production you may as well just use a DSLR and get much better quality so yeah that's what I chose to do I've used all these cameras before and I've just found that but at the end of the day you might as well just bend a little bit more time to get twice the quality so that's what I do yes so that's basically it guys that's my kind of example of virtual tour using all these different cameras different methods so as you can see there is a big difference between them and I'll discuss a bit more what I think of each camera and what you need to and kind of how they score based on what I said time workflow price and quality because sometimes you don't need the best quality sometimes you need a lower budget and sometimes you need to work quickly so each of these cameras is suited for a different different thing so yeah back to the studio where I will continue to explain what I think of these cameras in terms of shooting with virtual tours so I hope you found that useful I hope that comparison kind of cleared up some details as to strengthen witnesses of all these different cameras so I'm gonna go through each camera and kind of go through how they score on those four points that I mentioned time workflow price and quality so let's start with it means fear the mess if it is an awesome camera probably the best for photos all round because you can shoot them raw and bracketing and you can change a lot of stuff and yeah it's all in one it's very quick stitching is fairly good so let's talk about time how long does it take to create versions forward atmosphere in terms of using just the bracketed feature I obviously showed you the raw feature and the practi feature you can treat both at the same time unfortunately but you can do either or they were different as you can see you could probably decide which one you prefer but let's try with a bracket feature it doesn't take too long to actually shoot the time taken is in editing you need to combine them together you need to kind of find the right balance you may need to try shooting again you may want to you may find out like I did that just one stop below and above isn't enough to get rid of the bright spots was enough to create a kind of very good HDR effect so you may then it and then need to do a two stops you may need to do two sets of virtual tours almost just two just in case because you never really know what its gonna look like until you edit it to get the absolute best quality does take quite a while it does take you need to use Lightroom Photoshop so for time I probably score it like a 5 out of 10 it's not best not worse roughly in the middle workflow like I say workflow can either be long or short depending on what you want to achieve so again I would five out of ten for workflow so what about price the actual camera itself it's very cheap like two hundred and sixty dollars two hundred fifty dollars depends sometimes there's a sale if just two hundred dollars so the camera self is very cheap but if you want to do all this editing if you want to get the maximum out of it you need to get Photoshop Lightroom this HDR combines some software to combine HDR's yeah so that does add up and it then isn't that cheap anymore so I would give it like a four out of ten for price because if you want to do it properly you need to spend money on these software and finally for quality again it's a middle of the range again it's maybe it's not nowhere near as good as the DSLR I don't think but it's pretty good if you just want to use it in a smaller environment and for a lower budget so I'll give it a six out of ten because you can't do better than what I showed you some people are much better editing than me and they'll be able to get much more out of the cameras than I can so six out of ten in terms of quality HP in terms of time it's by far the quickest I've seen nine out of ten for that because you just literally select it press the shutter move out the way it combines HDR's just how to take out the computer and upload it and that's all I did didn't even edit anything and it still turned out very well workflow again nine out of ten because it's so easy so so easy there basically wasn't no workflow I mean you can obviously edit it if you want if you want to just kind of adjust things you can actually put it through Photoshop Lightroom and you probably have to get slightly better quality out of it's the easiest in terms of workflow easiest in terms of the time it takes in terms of price the camera it's it's about 450 or $400 I think no Corum ever how much is it's $400 I just checked the theta V it's four hundred dollars or about three hundred and forty pounds if you are this side of the Atlantic so the camera itself is reasonably inexpensive especially compared to a DSLR and it's very easy you don't really need to buy any other software you may need to buy how Photoshop and Lightroom just in case if you want to do some minor edits but I don't think it's really that necessary so for price I would give it say eight out of ten just because I mean the itself is fairly cheap it's not super cheap not cheap as atmosphere but still fairly cheap in terms of quality now the quality is good if you are in a small room in a small environment like I was like in this flat if you are in a huge area if you're in a ground museum or concert hall or outside in a big open space this probably isn't gonna do you that well because the detail does go down if you zoom in and in the distance the Jeep gets very blurry but in a smaller environment it's great but in a yeah in a large environment the resolution just isn't high enough at 15 megapixels so yeah I did it five out of ten for quality but as you saw I think it turned out very well in that comparison I did so yeah still good if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to guess a lot speaking of which so yes the DSLR the with the panoramic scary looking tripod head so time oh my god it takes so long it takes so long to create these things if you want to do it super super properly you can spend so much time on the skin and perfect and most time they never will be if you're a perfectionist then it's a nightmare because you there's always little things that you can see that probably no one else will ever see so yeah it can take a long time to create just even one one panorama let alone a whole virtual tour I've spent hours and hours and hours doing so on some of my other projects yeah this takes a long time I would give it like a 2 out of 10 so yeah not great for time also workflow it's very complicated very I mean it's not very complicated I learnt it very quickly but compared to the all-in-one cameras it's a lot more complicated and it takes a long with more time so I'm gonna three item four workflow because you do need to learn a lot price again the price is the most expensive option if you already have a DSLR then it's better but you'll need to have a wide-angle lens and this is one of the cheapest that you can get it's still not that cheap like 300 dollars or something but you can go up to like a thousand dollars for these things and the quality we were a lot better but yeah it's not expensive I mean it's not cheap one of these things can cost you anything from $100 to you can get automatic ones for like five six hundred dollars they need to get all the pro you need PT GUI will go in ptgui or some kind of stitching program HDR program by dearly Lightroom and yeah Photoshop so the probably all adds up so the price again like one hour turn because it's the most expensive the quality however 10 out of 10 like 12 out of 10 because you can get some amazing quality out of a DSLR rig if you want a virtual tour its if you are looking to get serious if you want to provide the best quality and stand out from the crowd this is by far the best and no matter what anyone says the me sphere or the fate of you or any other holding one 360 camera cannot cannot to beat it but that doesn't necessarily mean you need this if you are just going into something that's much smaller scale just for your own for your own restaurant for your own business for your own real estate kind of smaller flats smaller houses then the all-in-one cameras will be fine if you are looking to get into the big game the larger more grand houses then I think this is necessary unfortunate but it's fun I like playing with it it's it's fun to do and you can create some amazing images create some amazing tours so just to drive my point home let's have a quick comparison between the four images the four tours I've shown you I'm just gonna zoom in on the same photo for each camera for each rig and we'll see the comparison the difference and you can see here that the DSLR wins outright it's much more detailed I think it looks a lot better you can just see much more detail here the theta V isn't as detailed the neither is the me sphere when you use bracketing some reason it just makes it very blurry the me sphere bracketed is actually the worst in terms of distance like detail detail and a distance which is a shame the raw mode of the me sphere is sharper but it's just less attractive less deep less impressive less colorful and you can change that in a library in Photoshop but you know it's just another thing you need to do and it will be good if it just works straight at the camera but it doesn't so yeah that's the details I think that's important I hope this has been useful if you have any questions feel free to let me know and I will get back to you like I said I've been making virtual tools now for about a year so I do know a little bit about it there are other cameras out there like the GoPro fusion the insta 361 and the Yi 360 the reason I didn't include because they don't have the bracketing feature and trust me I tried it it just doesn't work as well bracketing always just looks better if you want to check out my other virtual tours there's links below to my cooler account and you can see some of the virtual tours I've done there and yeah I hope you'll enjoy that and if you have any questions again feel free to comment if you have any comments reviews comment and if you want to subscribe I suggest you do so because I've got a lot of videos coming up that is going to tell you how to improve the quality of your 360 videos to 360 photos using some of the programs I've managed to now so I'm gonna show you basic how to get the best out of your 360 imagery 360 media and it does make a huge difference so yeah and also be testing some cameras and I've got some cool virtual tours coming up of London so yeah if you'd like three-sixty stuff then stick around and subscribe but until next time I'll see you around bye

24 thoughts on “Best 360 Camera for Real Estate VIRTUAL TOURS (+ Comparison with DSLR)

  1. How is the Theta V and different than a Matterport for real estate virtual tours? Please help looking forward to clicking that subscribe button and bell. Thumbs up on this video great content and information.

  2. I do a ton of attic and basement/crawl space work and was looking at the YI 360 VR for showing before and after jobs for homeowners. What do you think?

  3. so we take photos, and upload to kulla and its already 360? I didnt really understand what you mean by stiching. Do we have to do post prod work after capturing the 360 image?

  4. How about a tutorial on HOW to do 360 VIDEO (not pictures) for real estate… that would be awesome. Thanks!

  5. I have seen the gopro fusion raw photo. The quality to be pretty close to dslr. But I am not sure if it can do raw photo bracket or only jpg bracket.

  6. I used both, Saldy the Xiaomi is hard to used compare with the Theta V. Also Xiaomi don't have a compleate manual and no support from the manufacture. The App for the Theta V is more complete and need less steps to create a panorama.

  7. Thanks for the insight Daniel, another great video!
    Do you always use Kuula for creating virtual tours? And how do you share from there with clients/clients customers?

  8. Very nice videos!congrats. Im new to this but waited a long time until i got good gear. Any wide angle should do? Tilt and shift 17mm cqnon is what i have with a 6d. I follow you with intrest. Congrats again on a great job.

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