GoPro Fusion vs. SIX Top 360 Cameras- Best Overall Look?

Hey guys welcome to the first of a
series of comparisons between 7 of the top 360 cameras of 2018 there’s so
much I could talk about with these cameras that it really is best that I
break it up into different episodes and focus on one specific thing per video in
this video I’m going to focus on the look what do the photos look like what
the videos look like how does the overall look of each camera compared to
the six others and which ultimately has the best most realistic and picturesque
look my name’s Ben by the way I’m the guy in the photo see the guy there yeah
that’s me nope not the guy in the background the
guy in the foreground yeah that guy so I want to start with photos and these
seven photos were taken on auto-exposure and these are taken straight out of the
camera no color correction has been done here is the natural look a lot of you
guys out there don’t include color correction as part of your workflow so
it’s important you’re able to choose a camera that has a good look straight out
of the camera so you can go straight from camera to social media I’m going to
put a link in the description to all 7 of these photos if you want to
download them and pixel peep them yourself you’re more than welcome to i’m
not displaying this as a 360 video because there’s just too many cameras
you need to be able to take a step back and look at all the nuances between the
7 cameras and from looking at it myself
it’s really really hard when it’s zoomed in so I’m gonna go through them 1 by
1 we’ll go from worst to best and we’re starting with the Yi 360 VR I’d
probably say it’s the worst of these photos look at the clearly overexposed a
bit however this was on auto exposure I’ve been experiencing a lot of
overexposure when using the Yi with both photo and video and it’s a completely
unreliable camera right now I’ve shot some okay images but this is not
something you can rely on just yet for photo with the VirB as you guys might
have seen in my review it’s an amazing 360 video camera not so good at photos
it’s looking quite flat and desaturated here and straight out of the camera this
is just not something you’d want to upload to your social media channels
next we have the Rylo and this is a camera that’s been much hyped about the
stabilization but not much else has been talked about looking at this photo here
it’s better than the previous photos however you’ll notice there’s a strong
orange cast over it almost like sepia and it is quite hard to color correct
I’ve noticed this with both photos and videos it’s just covered in orange and
don’t get me wrong I normally like orange in my photos
warm is always nice it makes the photo more inviting but here it just seems
kind of more brown the color of poo and that’s not the color that you want
people to associate to your photos look I’m sure they’re gonna fix this in the
future I’m just poking fun but at the moment it’s orangey Brown and that is
not a good color to have smeared all over your 360 photos next we have the
Theta V, Xiaomi Mi Sphere and Insta 360 One and they’re all doing a really good job
I’m not going to go into much detail here because I’ve already done a 20
minute in-depth photo comparison between these three check it out on my youtube
channel it’ll answer all of your questions but for now or say these are
really really good not perfect but extremely good next is the camera we’ve
all been waiting for it’s the GoPro Fusion look at this photo
it’s looking excellent all around I’m really really happy with this image the
dynamic range is good the sharpness is good I like the colors it’s pretty well
balanced when I uploaded these sample photos to the life–and 360 Facebook
page the GoPro Fusion was the most popular photo that I uploaded well it
was actually pretty close between the Fusion and the Mi Sphere those were by
far the two most popular photos of the photos you’ve just seen so straight out
of the camera I’m going to give first place the Fusion followed by the Mi
Sphere, Theta V comes in a close third Insta 360 one fourth Rylo fifth VirB
sixth Yi seventh but what happens when a master color corrector goes to work on
these 7 photos well they look exactly the same now I’m
just kidding but they do look a lot more similar don’t they I would say all of
these photos are now usable maybe other than the Yi but all six of the others
I’d be happy to post on my social media feeds so after color correction does the
order from before remain the same no it doesn’t firstly the Fusion Mi Sphere and
Theta V are still the best three images they have the best overall dynamic range
and this is exemplified by the highlight at the top of each image you can see it
captures the sky and the clouds harmoniously
there’s no overexposure there so good job to those three cameras the Theta V
is just a tad soft for it to move up the spot so it’s down to the Xiaomi and
the Fusion and they’re looking almost identical I can’t really pick these 2
apart so I’m going to award the Mi Sphere the number one place purely because it
has more resolution than me sphere is 6912 by 3456 whereas the fusion is only
5760 by 2880 good job Mi Sphere defying the odds yet again Theta V third
Insta 360 One fourth VirB fifth yes the VirB has gone up a place I’m noticing
significantly more detail in the VirBs image when you look at the opera house
and the detail in the sales it seems a bit blotchy on the Rylo whereas the VirB
it seems much crisper so VirB fifth Rylo sixth Yi seventh and you know what’s crazy the Yi image is actually super sharp it’s just the exposure that looks so bad this is
why I say it time and time again resolution isn’t everything you can have
all the resolution in the world but if your image is way overexposed then it’s
still unusable if we looked at these cameras purely in terms of resolution
the standings change just a little bit here are the numbers for both photo and
video no need to get your calculator out I’ve already done the maths combining
both photo and video the camera with the most amount of overall resolution is
[drumroll boom] the Yi 360 VR weighing in with 5.7 K video and 5.7 K photo
well-done Yi and although I say resolution doesn’t always matter in
terms of look it does matter a bit it’s not the number one factor but it is a
factor and the Yi has the highest out of the bunch perhaps it’s only redeeming
feature coming in second place for resolution we have a three-way tie
between the GoPro Fusion the Insta 360 One and the Xiaomi Mi Sphere yes that’s
right the Mi Sphere has been upgraded to 4k
recently and that brings it to the same combined overall resolution as the One
and the Fusion in third place we have the Rylo fourth is Garmin VirB and
bringing up the rear we have good old Faithful Theta V it’s great in lots of
areas but photo resolution isn’t really one of them taking it over to video now
and I was going for a walk and I found some dingy old bridge and I figured this
was the perfect lighting situation to test because you do have lots of shadows
and highlights in the same image and looking at these six here I’m seeing a
lot of the same things I talked about earlier with the photos.
-Hang on Mr. Benn did you say six there were seven cameras before what
happened to the the Yi 360 VR huh yeah about that unfortunately this footage
completely screwed up one big flaw of the camera right now is it locks in
exposure settings so each time we turn on your camera it will automatically
over expose even if you change the settings back and turn the camera off
it’ll over expose when your next turn the camera on so while I was sure this
was on auto exposure is still by default overexposed all the sample videos from
this point on making it unusable I will place more about the Yi in the future
but it would just be unfair of me to keep commenting on this camera when a
lot of these issues are going to be fixed eventually I think back to the
Harbour Bridge and all this footage is looking decent at first looking a little
closer some points of differentiation are the Theta V has the worst chromatic
aberration that means the purple bits around the palm tree there also the
Xiaomi is fringing a little bit the other four were doing pretty good in
this regard I noticed with both the Fusion and the One the top of the frame
is really bright it seems like their way of handling that extreme sun is to
overcompensate and make it too bright whereas all four others seem to get the
contrast just right if you haven’t gone into full screen yet I would suggest you
do so now because I want to talk about sharpness looking at the Harbour Bridge
the Fusion is clearly the sharpest of the six followed by the Theta V the rest
are quite hard to differentiate you could argue that any of the four is the
sharpest however I’ll say from personal experience that the Xiaomi and the VirB
have been better performers in terms of sharpness than the One and the Rylo the
One is absolutely not known for its sharpness most of the videos I’ve shot
with the One have ended up really soft when you zoom in even just a tad so I’m
gonna put the Mi Sphere and the VirB equal third the One fourth and Rylo goes fifth because of the limited colors it causes blotchiness you’ll see
that in the grass and just all over that image it’s looking blotchy like I said
don’t have you with all six images and really I’m just being picky here after
color correction this order doesn’t change Fusion one Theta V two Xiaomi and
VirB three with the One and the Rylo they’re actually much closer this time
you’ll notice that the Harbour Bridge is significantly sharper on the Rylo
whereas the grass in the foreground on the One
is sharper this tells me that the One is sharp at close distance and the Rylo is
sharp at far distance so I’ll give them equal fourth here we are at nighttime and
I tested the cameras for three things one how a subject looks to how a bright
light source looks and three how night time or darkness looks without
hesitation I’m instantly going to put One in last place because that extreme
noise is not good to look at and it’s not a camera you can use at night
without your footage being covered in a blanket of ugly grain the Rylo is not
great either it’s going straight into fifth with the remaining fall when we
look at the subject aka that big hairy ape do an Instagram live session the
Fusion comes first VirB second Theta V third and Mi Sphere fourth this one
was really obvious for me when you look at the sharpness around my face as well
as the sharpness of the tennis court at the bottom of frame looking at noise it
goes Fusion one Mi Sphere two Theta V three and VirB four these are all acceptable
levels of noise but there still is a big difference between the four finally with
the way they handled direct light sources again the Fusion wins Theta V
comes second Xiaomi comes third and look the Xiaomi and Theta V were really
close but I noticed a light source on the right-hand side of frame was seeping
its way in on the Mi Sphere whereas it wasn’t on the Theta V with the VirB you
can see all kinds of light distortions both lens flares and spots while it’s
decent it’s not as good as the other three so telling it up Fusion wins by a
country mile Theta V seconds Xiaomi third VirB fourth after color correction
there’s one change the VirB and the Xiaomi switch places the VirB as you guys
will know from my review is a camera that usually grades really well it’s
among the best cameras for color correction and I was able to bring it
back to life and help it overtake the Mi Sphere the Mi Sphere didn’t color
correct well at all and while it’s still acceptable the VirB clearly beats it
after color correction finally let’s see how they compare for stabilization and
the Theta V is looking pretty ordinary isn’t it yeah I wouldn’t really walk
around with this camera it’s not good for handheld shots no question it’s a
massive contender when you’re shooting video and the camera is stationary but
when it’s moving forget about it do not consider the Theta V if you like moving
around a lot with your 360 videos the Mi Sphere takes it to the next level and
you’ll notice this is much smoother it has six axis stabilization and it’s
doing a good job here the horizon is relatively stable however I still am
noticing micro shakes almost like there’s an earthquake not a big
earthquake but a small earthquake and while I’d happily use this footage if
this was a really long clip it would get irritating after a while I never thought
I’d say it but the Insta 360 One and Garmin VirB are surprisingly close they both
take it to the next level and this is almost gimbal like stabilization believe
it or not the One is actually doing a better job a camera half the price of
the VirB is looking silky smooth so much so that it draws attention to the
shakiness in the cloud area of the VirB video even a confused tourist bumping into me
does not faze the Insta 360 One Insta 360 have updated their firmware recently and
I can see they’re vastly improving their stabilization and I know for a fact
after the Rylo came out Insta 360 suddenly caught on and realized how good
stabilization could be so they’ve been upping their game really fast here’s the
order as I see it so far the question remained
who will take number one spot and who will take number two looking at the Rylo
and Fusion there they’re both looking worthy contenders of taking number one
spot and they are off [Ben talking super fast, describing a competition]
Rylo and Fusion Fusion and Rylo which camera will win
which will be smoother which be smoother Oooh Rylo is looking good Fusion is looking good I can’t really tell much
difference between them uh they’re looking pretty identical to me are
they’re basically mirror image Ooooh which one is gonna win I can’r tell, I cant tell. okay so clearly both these cameras
have outstanding stabilization no shake it all in the cloud area no shake on the
ground no shake on the horizon they’re both amazing cameras for sports and
action and moving the camera around a lot the only way to determine the winner
is to turn up the speed there we have it the Rylo is the winner
it’s noticeably smoother the Fusion does seem a little bit shaky especially in
the cloud area when sped up to 500% if you get excited by the idea of hyper
lapses which are moving time lapses and the Rylo was a camera that was made for
you so here we have the overall standings for stabilization for some
people this is going to make the world of difference if you’re into sports
documentary moving around a lot this factor alone could be what determines
you buying a camera or not if you consider yourself more of a photographer
and you couldn’t care less about moving around then this factor means Jack cool guys I hope this was helpful I know
I barely scratched the surface but I am planning on doing many more videos
comparing these cameras I’d be curious to know which was your winner these are
my thoughts but you might think I’m the entirely different leave a comment in
the box below and let me know here’s where you can find me on social media I
already have reviews of four of these seven cameras on my youtube channel so
go check them out and the remaining three are coming as soon as I can
possibly make them and by that I mean a few weeks until next time don’t forget
to capture your world in 360 this has been Ben Claremont and I will see you in
the next video

100 thoughts on “GoPro Fusion vs. SIX Top 360 Cameras- Best Overall Look?

  1. Thanks for the review!!
    It was really helpful and I've decided to buy Xiaomi Mi Sphere.
    I tried to purchase it thru the link but the coupon code has expired.
    Do you have another one?

  2. My Theta a S has been good to me, but it clearly wasn't even on the list. I just ordered the Fusion. It seemed to be the top or near the top in almost every category. I feel like I made the right choice….

  3. I consider you an expert so I would like to consult you before purchasing my camera and I would be grateful if you advise me which is better GoPro or Rylo 360. Thank you in advance for your help because I always prefer the best.

  4. Great review Ben , just a very minor observation 12:23 you appear to have the fusion v rylo labels around the wrong away .

  5. MI Sphere camera at $199 seriously? It is so fair for you to use the discounted price other than normal price $299 to compare with other cameras, well done Ben!

  6. Good job. Informative and entertaining. I have a lot of musician friends and they perform sitting in a circle. Naturally, I think a 360 view would be fun. I've been considering the Theta V considering it's optional mic attachment. It's low light performance is encouraging.

  7. Hey man, love your comparisons and always ref. your stuff before buying. Q: want to buy the fusion and when I go to link, its $999, thought they where $699?

  8. Thanks Ben, great work as always. Did you use your smartphone for the THETA video?? I get much better results with my THETA using the mobile app. which has stabilization builtin. You should definitely retry because in my opinion it will push THETA into third position. It ain't going to match Rylo or Fusion!! 🙂

  9. Great comparisons Ben, thanks for your time and effort. Bought a Xiaomi a week ago, and with the latest firmware update and MAdventure PC Software I am 100% pleased. Value for money first class.

  10. Thanks again for another great comparison video Ben. I can’t wait for your in-depth review of the Fusion so I broke down and bought it intending to use it at our youth group fundraising event tomorrow.

    However I didn’t open it yet. After all these days testing the Fusion, do you still think it’s a great camera at that price point?

  11. Great video but you didn't address one very important aspect… their respective editing software!! That's the most important question for me personally. Is there another video that you talk more about that?

  12. Awesome video ! Too bad for the YI though, I never had that problem with the camera, and I think it could potentially be a very good contender against the Fusion for twice less the price.

  13. Hi Ben! How about Xiaomi mi 360 vs Madventure? What is the bottom line? Is there any hardware differences like lenses, chip?
    Is there any benefits with Madventure over Xiaomi?
    I’m about to order one…
    Thank you!

  14. Hi Ben, thank You for the great effort in highlighting the differences.
    I was looking for any reference on replacement parts, such as battery and lens.
    I haven’t find if there is a way to buy lens or battery for the Insta360 One. Could You give us a hint on this?

  15. VERY helpful, thank you for this comparison.
    I'm in the market for a 360 camera and can't decide … one thing that I'm sure going to be using is the option to shoot everything now and then edit footage later, outputting a flat 2k or 4k video, not 360. (GoPro calls this overcapture)
    If you could address this feature in one of your future videos I'd be very grateful.
    Oh … subbed!

  16. Great job! Thanks for all the in depth hard work. I have not had your exposure problem with the Yi. Perhaps you have a defective unit.

  17. Hi Ben, I really really enjoy your videos. Your video "How To Make A Virtual Tour For FREE With ANY 360 Camera" inspired me to buy a MiSphere and try to make some money with 360 virtual tours and maybe one day quit my boring job but one step at the time.

    Anyway my MiSphere arrived 2 days ago and I hope a pro like you can help me with the settings. I have watched some videos about the ISO and Shutter speed settings and my head hurts from all the testing trying to make the best 360 picture I can. So I decided to ask for help…

    I have purchased the $12 MiSphere convertor app from the Android app store and I am quite happy with the stitching. I have a few questions:

    1. Do I need to shoot in .dng format or let the MiSphere shoot directly in .jpeg. As I see when I shoot a .dng and convert it to a .jpeg, the .jpeg is 8-9-10mb but when I soot in .jpeg directly, the picture is about 6mb+. What would you suggest?

    2. I want to make the best possible pictures, what ISO and Shutter speed do you suggest for indoor office pictures and outside – daylight pictures?

    3. To make the best pictures – do you suggest making HDR pictures by taking 5 pictures with exposures -3, -1.5, 0 ,+1.5, +3 or maybe just -1.5,0,+1.5. Also to make a HDR do I do it with LightRoom or Photoshop because I have tested EVERYTHING and I get different results. Is there a 3rd HDR program you would suggest?

    P.S. I know MiSphere can't make PERFECT pictures and I understand if I want to invest my time into this one day I will have to purchase a better camera but I believe MiSphere is a good device to start. I want to make the best 360 pictures MiSphere can do with the minimum of noise and grain.

    I hope you can help me or give me some pointers so I stop the blind poking and continue my testing with the pointers you provide.

    Thanks for all the videos and keep up the good work dude 🙂
    All the best!

  18. Thanks for all this info!11 One BIG downside of the Fusion is that it ONLY allows you to export pictures and videos to Facebook. It does not allow any other mobil app to open the picture for editing. The post production is a nightmare. I am so disappointed.

  19. @8:44 no way the fusion is number one, look at the top half it looks the worst. The Verb is the best in this. You seem biased.

  20. Thanks for this awesome comparison , i was gonna buy the theta v to make a video of our wedding for the low light performance ( first dance ) but it seems now that it would be better to chose the gopro fusion for more sharper video , in the dance there will be almost nog lights or little lights so i needed the best camera in very low light conditions

  21. 12:21 For the Rylo vs Fusion comparison videos, did you get the labels mixed up? The left image looks like a Rylo and the right a Fusion.

  22. Nice video, thank you Ben.

    It seems that theta v (firmware 1.20.1+) has achieved stabilization feature by post movie correction with PC/MAC app (3.3.0+) released on 2/1/2018.

    Here is the test for your reference:

    Firmware download:

    PC/MAC app download:


  23. Really good video as always, however I still don’t know if I should buy the Theta V or Mi sphere. I want it for pictures only and they both are great.

  24. Hi Ben! … The quality of audio recording is a very important factor for vloggers. So, I suggest you to integrate your review with the comparison of audio quality. It would also be nice to know which cameras allow you to connect an external microphone with a jack and, better still, which accept a blutooth microphone. I would greatly appreciate your effort to do this. Thanks from Italy. Ruggero

  25. Hey Ben, what's your experience with Fusion Studio? I read that it crashes a lot besides being super slow. Thanks

  26. My opinion:
    Photos: Xiaomi wins with Gopro.
    On the Bridgeshot: 1. Vibb, 2. Gopro, 3. Xiaomi. the Theta has horrific purple fringe.
    Nightshot: 1. Vibb, 2. Fusion, 3. Xiaomi. Theta V just kills the image with noise blur, look at the ground!
    In the stabilization shots: Xiaomi looks the sharpest and most fun to watch. However Fusion is clearly best on stabilization!

  27. what is the resolution of the Overcapture Output from Gopro. In a Gopro Trailer video i heard its 2.7k, is that true?

  28. Another Question. Does the GoPro Fusion do stitch the Video inside the Camera on maximum Resolution 5.2k? Or only 4k like the Yi 360?

  29. Hi Ben! …A key factor to consider, to me, is the ability to run the videos' stitching directly in the phone, given that when I travel I do not always take my mackbook pro with me.

    More generally, satisfaction in using of a 360 camera is also greatly influenced by the software.

    I think, for example, that the RYLO 360 allows you to edit videos with the phone and with really amazing features for cinematic shooting (e.g. object tracking in postprocessing ..).

    I'd like you to focus on comparing apps in one of your next videos. Thanks from Italy

  30. Hey again,

    does the 4k stitching of the fusion stabilize the video already? Or do you have to stabilize later on pc with fusion studio?

  31. The cheapest camera looks (for me) like the best for the bucks, I think it would be good for me that not do sports but rather want to make short clips and photos to share with other people that want to see how different areas look like. So if I get a camera this year I may go for that one that with the name I can't spell (Xiaomi Mi Sphere).

  32. Great video! And what if you want a more cinematic look, to make vr short films, which camera would you recommend? Im thinking about making a vr film with 5 DSLR cameras, but is there any cinematic vr camera?

  33. hey there, I can't watch my 5.2k stitched Gopro Fusion video. I have a galaxy s8 and a high end Windows 10 pc with 32gb ram and newest GeForce.I have no clue what's wrong. Any idea?

  34. Downloaded your Photos. XIAOMI photo looks awesome as compared to price range. Have you used third party stitching software for Xiaomi? As Google Photos ,Google Maps and Street View does not recognize the photo as 360 image after upload. However Facebook Recognized it. I think the metadata is erased while editing.

  35. I Ben, thanks for the video:) Which cameras have slow motion? (fusion + ?). Theta V hasn't I think, but do you think it can appear in the near future with a firmware update? What about hacks for that?

  36. Exceptional Video Ben…and…Subscribed!! You're videos are well thought out and can tell you spent a lot of time on this. It's much appreciated!

  37. Hi Ben, would you recommend GoPro Fusion for motorcycle ride recording for a startup? We've heard there were some major bugs and the stitching is very time-consuming? Any thoughts?

  38. Awesome! But, looking at the 'photo finish' of the neck and neck race between Rylo and Fusion for video stabilization, it looks like you're holding the Fusion in the clip on the right and Rylo on the left… which is opposite of the titles/explanation. So who's the real winner!

    Any videos about the software/easy of use?

  39. No mention of G Metrix off the Garmin Virb actual GPS and ABC metrics??? No mention of Garmins Ecosystem??? no mention that Virb can interact with a multitude of devices? Audio quality is better on the Virb and 4 K stiched in camera and 5.7 K as opposed to Fusions 5.4 the rest just make cameras…. possibly why Gopro is nearly broke

  40. Hello Ben, as you know I'm always checking your videos and for me you are the most reliable source of 360 content on YT. This way I was wondering if you could help me out. I'm think about upgrading from my current Nikon Keymission 360 to a better camera for PRO videos, however I'm going to be filming mostly hiking and mountain biking videos, which means a lot of action. So my struggle is whether to decide between Garmin Virb or Gopro Fusion. Keep in mind that I need a water/shock/dust proof camera, cuz it's going to be put to the most extreme and challenging environments so it gotta be resistant/resilient instead it might get doomed after its first fall/impact. As far as I can tell by all your videos the fusion is superior footage quality wise however is it as "action ready" as the virb? In another words could fusion make the virb's job as good as well or I should give up from better quality and accept "less pro" images in order to have a camera that gonna last longer? Sorry for the huge text, would be very glad for some enlightenment from you and anybody else. Like always thank you so much for the awesome job, you rock.
    Best Regards

  41. I am going to Bali in a few months and want something not to expsive I like insta360 bullet mode(where u spin it around your head and it looks like the matrix) (I also been looking at rylo but I don't thank it has the bullet type matrix things? but I also like GoPro hero 6 voice control for taking selfies! (( But I don't want to pay high price for the bulky GoPro fusion)) I will prob edit it on a PC or Apple iPad (my phone is to slow to edit videos) I do want something rather simple and might could make it look like drone footage! What camera should I get? (I already have a GoPro hero 4 for water proof type things) does the 360 cames even have waterproof? Any recommends???

  42. Hi Ben, now that the Fusion is $599.00, does that change it's standings at all? I know you have said it's a better camera than the others but not worth 3x the $$$

  43. i wish GoPro Fusion wasn't so big and clunky looking. I love Rylo's image stabilization but goddamn every other score is so low.

  44. Great review but I've got the Hero 7 Black and its a great camera and the software isn't too bad and the app. Recently got an insta360 one x and the app is pretty much perfect other than the annoying slash screen on first load, the 360 photo resolution is a bit shit though, when you zoom in the detail is rubbish. I also have a fusion and the image quality is great but the effort I have to go through to retrieve it or edit it is shocking, I am so pissed at GoPro, it makes the camera not worth using and I'll be selling it and getting a Garmin Virb

  45. Kinda wish you'd included a "Seam-management" test focusing on where the two spheres merge for each of them. but other than that freaking amazing video!

  46. I am headed to Europe on a motorcycle trip June 15, 19' It looks like the Fusion is the best. I looked at Nikon which I love there glass, but your in-depth comparison was perfect. The Rylo my have better stabilization but the fusion over all was great & now its 1/2 the price.. Thx so much for you time in this. It's what I needed.

  47. How come Yi 360 vr shown by you that bad but other youtube shown better video? look here .

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