Drones can be great tools for capturing 360 degree images, today we want to find drones with dedicated 360 degree cameras. These are the drones that forgo stitching multiple images together through software, instead using hardware to capture the shot.
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Believe it or not, this is going to be a short list. A very short list. Update: We haven’t been searching all that hard, but we do keep our eye out for drones with 360 degree cameras, thing is, it’s now July of 2020 and we know of no current, viable drone with an official 360 camera. There are some out there, but this tech is proving to not be popular from the sky. We will update this article again when a new drone shows up on radar, but for now, this is our last frequent update to this list.
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Autel Robotics X-Star Premium
Autel Robotics has been flying around with one base drone for a while now. The X-Star Premium is a great machine, and they’ve been adding accessories, such as additional cameras, to enhance your experience. One such camera is a 360 degree shooter.
You’re looking at an orange drone that could be confused for a DJI Phantom drone, if you’re not familiar with the differences. You can fly it for fun, or for commercial purposes with the higher-end cameras.
Check out the Autel Robotics X-Star Premium for $1179 today. Watch for sales as low as $799 though. (Currently unavailable.)
Not 360, but fakes it
We said we wouldn’t talk about drones that create panoramic images out of multiple stitched shots, but we wanted to give you something to read here today. Many modern drones offer panoramic photos now, and some of those are full sphere shots. Here is a 180 degree shot from the DJI Mavic Air 2, for example: