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Rylo 360 Camera In-Depth Review

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Our first review of 2018 is the new 360 camera from Rylo. To be blunt I love this camera, it has really blown me away and really it has inspired me to get out and film and create interesting content. It’s always nice when your hardware inspires you to create. The Rylo was released to the public about 3 weeks before Christmas and it had a lot of hype built up around it due to is ground breaking built-in stabilization and mobile app that allows you to frame traditional 1080 HD videos out of the 360 video in a new and easy way.

Rylo 360 Camera: http://amzn.to/2AuBsFx

Watch our YouTube Unboxing, Review and Mini Tutorial Video.


I am not a huge fan of traditional 360 videos, they can be interesting to watch but the novelty wears off very quickly and your left with content that you really can’t use. But the way 360 cameras are now embracing the “shoot everything and re-frame later” model is really compelling and has changed the way I look at 360 cameras to a point were I look at them as an essential part of my photo/video arsenal.

The Rylo 360 is a small yet powerful camera, it has a beautiful brushed aluminum exterior with a simple and elegant design. Rylo wanted to make the camera simple and user-friendly where as anyone can shoot and edited 360 and edit/share right from their smart phone and they very much accomplish this. The camera has a small LCD screen for displaying basic information such as battery life, remaining space on memory card and what mode the camera is currently in. The Rylo 360 uses a simple 2 button design to control the camera, a power/shutter button and a mode selection button.

Whats In The Rylo 360 Box

Inside the box your will find the Rylo Camera, battery, a protective camera pouch, 2 cables, camera housing/frame, handle and a 16GB memory card that is pre-installed in the camera. Now the first thing I would recommend is to purchase some large memory, even a 64 GB card. I believe they decided to include a memory card so users won’t try to use old memory cards that just are not fast enough for 360 cameras. The 16 GB will get you up and going but you will find they fill up very quickly. Here is my recommendation for a memory card for the Rylo 360 Camera.

SanDisk Extreme Pro (USA) http://amzn.to/2lVSqHR
SanDisk Extreme Pro (CAN) http://amzn.to/2lVTsnd

Now I would also recommend picking up a good handle/extension pole. The handle included with the Rylo 360 is fairly small. It works good if you just want a nice small unit to carry around. But a nice extension pole can get you those nice dynamic shoots were the camera looks to be out floating in front of you (handle/pole is erased in stitching). Here are two poles I recommend that I really like.

Manfrotto Compact Extreme (USA) http://amzn.to/2CuH9Fm
Manfrotto Compact Extreme (CAN) http://amzn.to/2CtOB3G

Luxebell Adjustable Pole (USA) http://amzn.to/2E8F1n9
Luxebell Adjustable Pole (CAN) http://amzn.to/2CutQVw

 

Here is all the contents include inside the Rylo 360 box

 

I really like the approach that Rylo has taken for transferring media from the Rylo 360 camera to your smart phone. Most cameras use WiFi which is okay but can be problematic at times as well as slow and cumbersome. Rylo has included a Lightning to Micro USB cable to transfer all the media. It work very well and the 360 photos and videos and transferred quickly and easily. In all honesty I wish more camera makers would adopt this method. The Rylo 360 is built for smartphones. You do not need a powerhouse computer to edit and manipulate your 360 videos unlike some other 360 cameras on the market.

This is the Rylo 360 sync cable used to transfer media from the camera to your iPhone

 

As I mentioned the included handle is a little small for me personally, but it does have a trick up its sleeve. The bottom can be unscrewed to reveal a 1/4″ tripod mount and can be easily attached to existing extension poles or selfie sticks to give you the nice reach that you want.

Unscrewing the bottom of the Rylo 360 handle reveals a 1/4 tripod thread.

 

The Magic Is In The Software

The image and stitching quality of the Rylo 360 is quite amazing, and the built-in stabilization is simply stunning. Who needs a gimbal! Now really it’s the software that make the Rylo 360 stand out from some of its competitors. The 360 market and competition is really heating up and Rylo has taken a different approach to editing. The insta360 One has a feature called FreeCapture and the GoPro Fusion has a forthcoming feature called OverCapture.  Instead of free capture style framing were you move the camera to punch out traditional linear video, Rylo uses something that is similar to key-frames. Now for a new user that can sound a bit confusing and overwhelming but it truly is a breeze to use. You basically touch the screen and add points were you want the camera to look. You can also select an object or person in your video and have the camera follow it. It works very well and you can easily create a nicely edited video in minutes. One of the main reasons I like this approach is that it gives you more control and precision. It also allows you to go in later and edit/change camera angles and delete/add new look points. That can not be done with FreeCapture style editing that some other 360 cameras use.

A look at the editing interface of the Rylo 360 on an iPhone

 

The rylo 360 has some other handy editing features built into their mobile app. In the editing mode you can crop the image to many common sizes including: Portrait, Square, Wide and a new cinema style. There is a tuning section were you can adjust the light, contrast, shadows ect. This can really help bring out the best in your videos and photos. When editing videos it gives you a few extra tools such as speed for making time-lapse or hyperlapse style videos. A trim tool to select the beginning and end of your video and a level tool to adjust the horizon if needed.

A list of the Rylo 360 editing tools.

 

In a recent firmware update Rylo has added a feature to create little planet style photos and videos. It is as simple as pinching the video or photo. There is a button located on the bottom left to then switch it to an inverted little planet. The little planet feature is very limited at this point when it comes to manipulation. Other 360 cameras allow for different zoom levels, but unfortunately the Rylo 360 does not support that yet, however I am sure we will see more little planet tools coming in future updates. One feature I hope they add is the ability to zoom out to a little planet in the timeline while editing.

Rylo 360 now supports exporting little planet style videos and photos.

 

Now with the good there is always some bad, however with the Rylo the bad is not to bad at all. Some things that I would like to see worked on as mention earlier is the ability to manipulate the tiny planets a bit more. I would also like to see the ability to transition from traditional framing to a tiny planet in the timeline. Another area that needs a little work is the dynamic range. It’s not horrible but some areas of the scene can be a little dark. Now in all fairness this is across the board for most 360 cameras. It’s really hard to expose an entire 360 scene correctly. I would also like to see the adition of royalty free music being added to the edit for those who want to upload directly to Facebook or Instagram without having to use 3rd party editing software. Also a way to merge and edit several 360 spherical VR videos into one timeline would be amazing.

In closing I would just like to say that I have really enjoyed this camera so far. It really is fun to use. This camera has more than earned a permanent spot in my camera bag. If you’re looking to purchase your first consumer level 360 camera I would definitely recommend the Rylo 360.

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New FlowState Update For The Insta360 One

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So Insta360 has done something incredible that has just turned the Insta360 One camera into a whole new device. Last week Insta360 released a new update for Insta360 One version 3.0 for the iPhone app and a new firmware update for the camera itself version 2.0. This update introduced a new stabilization technology that they call FlowState and it is just amazing. I have done many test with the new update and I would almost go as far as to call it magic. Even with the camera moving quite dramatically the software was able to stabilize it and make it look nice and smooth.

The new Insta360 update also introduced new editing features such as PivotPoints and SmartTracking. With these new editing features you are able to create smooth videos and re-position the view-point to any angle you so wish.. The points that are created on the timeline can be edited if you wish to make changes which is a very welcome feature. Once you have your points of interested selected you can export the video as a traditional 16×9 video. The smart tracking feature will keep a subject or object in the main viewing area even if the camera is moving. They have also added some new split screen views so you can get a feel of what is happening from both lenses.

This new technology is allowing photographers and cinematographers to capture footage and shots that were not even possible a year or two ago. The Insta360 one is a great alternative to the traditional action camera such as a GoPro. You don’t have to worry about lining up your shots and the footage is just as smooth or if not smother that if you have an action camera mounted in a mechanical gimbal. The real benefit is you can stabilize your shots doing activities that you just cant use a gimbal. Try doing cartwheels with a gimbal…it just doesn’t work, now try it with the Insta360 One and be amazed. One area that really needs to be improved however is the resolution! Most 360 cameras don’t have the sharpest image, but am sure that will improve with time.

Insta360 One: https://amzn.to/2GGeiTP

Accessories for the Insta360 One.

Extra Long Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2J78MIv
Manfrotto Selfie Stick: https://amzn.to/2GXVgpT
Water Proof Housing: https://amzn.to/2J92Bnc

Here is our video review of the new Insta360 One FlowState software update with video samples.

 

A screen shot of the Insta360 One iPhone app feature FlowState stabilization and new PivotPoints.

 

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Stabilization Comparison Of The GoPro Fusion vs Hero 6 Black Mounted In Karma Grip

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I thought it would be interesting to do a stabilization test of the GoPro Fusion versus the Hero 6 Black mounted in the Karma Grip. So basically a test of a mechanical gimbal verses 360 software stabilized video. There are pro’s and con’s to both setups. First off importing and editing the footage of the Hero 6 Black is very simple as the video recorded is already stabilized and ready to be edited. The video files on the GoPro Fusion have to be imported, stitched and then rendered to a 16:9 video which can take quite some time depending on the length of the clip. So when it comes to ease of use the mechanical stabilizer is the winner. Another thing to consider is using an action camera such as the Hero 6 Black will produce higher quality videos.

However when it comes to usability, ease of mounting, a 360 camera such as the GoPro Fusion or the Rylo 360 definitely has the advantage and sometimes that is the deciding factor. Of course we all want the best quality video we can get but there are those situation were using a mechanical gimbal such as the Karma Grip just isn’t practical or even possible. Using a 360 camera opens up a whole new avenue to capture stabilized video during activities that used to be impossible. When you also factor in that many 360 cameras are waterproof such as the Fusion or have a waterproof housing that can also be a deciding factor. Most mechanical gimbals are not waterproof with the exception of a few and they are extremely delicate and can not be used in some situations.

I think we are just at the tip of the iceberg on what 360 technology will bring us in the future and I can really see it becoming a mainstream way to capture action video over the traditional action camera and gimbal setup. What are your thoughts? Watch our video as we show a side by side stabilization comparison of the GoPro Fusion and the Hero 6 Black mounted in the Karma Grip.

GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2FxIqko
Karma Grip: http://amzn.to/2FB1HgQ
Hero 6 Black: http://amzn.to/2tDGvWa

 

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