Review: Kodak Pixpro SP360 – an affordable 360 degree camera

It seems that 360 degree videos are the big craze, a more immersive version of video that allows you to look all around as if you were really there. The Kodak Pixpro SP360 is an affordable 360 degree camera if you want to try out shooting 360 video and makes a great gift for anyone that’s already into video and wants to try something new. I was sent a Kodak Pixpro SP360 to try out and here’s my review with some tips to get you started.

Unboxing the Kodak Pixpro SP360

The Kodak Pixpro 360 camera fits easily in the palm of the hand, with a square body and a domed lens on the top. There’s a black cap and under that a clear cap to protect the video lens, a great idea since you can set up the shots with the clear lens cap on then take it off just for the filming. It’s really important to keep the video lens free of smudges and finger prints to give the best quality for your video.

Kodak Pixpro SP360 Photo:

Kodak Pixpro SP360 Video camera

I received the “Extreme” box of accessories which would enable you to use the camera when cycling or attached to a helmet if climbing or kayaking. A waterproof housing allows you to use the camera for watersports such as surfing or snorkelling and the camera on its own is splash proof.

Kodak Pixpro SP360 Photo:

Kodak Pixpro SP360 video camera

With the camera there were some other necessities such as a battery charger, cleaning cloth and padded protective case.

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Accessories for Kodak Pixpro SP360

Accessories for Kodak Pixpro SP360

Bristol Harbourside Video with Kodak Pixpro SP360

To give you a feel for the kind of video that you can shoot with this camera take a look at my video below, shot around Bristol Harbourside and on SS Great Britain, a location which I thought would provide plenty of interest to show off the 360 degree views.

The video below was converted to show the full 360 effect (more about how to do this later in the article). Bear in mind that the 360 degree playback on YouTube is only available on certain browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Opera. If you try to playback in Safari on your laptop you won’t get the full 360 degree effect. If you are viewing in 360 on a laptop there will be a circle with navigation arrows on the top left of the video, but it’s even more fun to view on mobile as you can move around the shot just by tilting the phone.