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Rylo 360 Camera In-Depth Review



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 groundbreaking 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:

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 you’re 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 where 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 whereas anyone can shoot and edited 360 and edit/share right from their smartphone and they very much accomplish this. The camera has a small LCD screen for displaying basic information such as battery life, remaining space on a 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, you 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)
SanDisk Extreme Pro (CAN)

Now I would also recommend picking up a good handle/extension pole. The handle included with the Rylo 360 is fairly small. It works well if you just want a nice small unit to carry around. But a nice extension pole can get you those nice dynamic shoots where 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)
Manfrotto Compact Extreme (CAN)

Luxebell Adjustable Pole (USA)
Luxebell Adjustable Pole (CAN)


Here are 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 smartphone. 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 works 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 makes 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 a 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 where 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 mod,e you can crop the image to many common sizes including Portrait, Square, Wide and a new cinema style. There is a tuning section where 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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Insta360 One X Review and Thoughts



It has been a couple of months since I made my “First Impressions” and unboxing video of insta360’s latest consumer 360 camera the Insta360 One X. This 360 camera is the succsesser to the original Insta360 One which, for the most part, was a pretty good camera for its price point. The folks at Insta360 have bumped up the spec’s and improved every aspect of this camera to make it one of my favorite 360 cameras now on the market. All these new improvements did come at a cost, the original 360 one retailed for $299 and the new One X now retails for $399. I guess price increases are inevitable in life.

I don’t want to make this article all about specs and numbers, but more about my user experience with this camera. I figure if your reading this you have already done your research about what the camera is capable of and are just looking for a review of its performance. I have been filming almost daily with this camera since I have purchased it and I must say I could not be happier. The quality of the new 5.7K video is pretty good, as are the 18MP photos. I must say however that I do find some of the videos a little soft sometimes but definitely a huge improvement over the original Insta360 one.  The new wireless capability is very handy. It makes controlling you 360 camera remotely quite easy, and being able to transfer your media to your smartphone wirelessly is way more convenient than having to plug the camera into a smartphone every time. The new higher frame rate is a nice touch as well, you are able to get a slow-motion video with decent quality.  Now slow motion is not something I do very often with my 360 camera, I usually save that for my GoPro, but it is nice to have it when needed.

One of the things I like best about the Insta360 One X is the software, the intuitive mobile app is what really brings out the power of 360 videos. Personally, I am not one to film in 360 to share as 360 spherical videos. I like to reframe and export tradition 16:9 aspect videos. The insta360 app for smartphone makes this as easy as can be and they offer several ways in which to do it depending on how you like to edit. The flowstate stabilization really is some kind of magic, its crazy to watch back the video and see just how smooth it is, even when you know just how much the camera was actually moving. This can make the Insta360 One X even better than a GoPro in some situations. GoPros are more durable but when you factor in you no longer need a gimbal to get a silky smooth shot definitely gives the Insta360 One X the edge. The new timeshift feature in the software is definitely a welcome addition. This new feature allows you to easily create beautiful hyperlapses and they even take it a step further by allowing you to add some speed ramping effects which takes your hyperlapse to a whole new level.

The Insta360 One X has a brand new look, it’s sleek and modern with a new LCD screen which you to change setting right on the camera without having to plug it into your phone. The ability to now swap out batteries is definitely a nice touch too, no more having to stop filming because the battery dies. All in all, this is definitely my favorite 360 camera going into 2019, I look forward to seeing what new software features will be introduced as we move forward, insta360 is always good at innovating and making an existing product even better with software updates.

If you are in the market for a  360 camera definitely take a look at the Insta360 One X!

Insta360 One X (Amazon)
Insta360 One X (Website):

Watch my unboxing and first impressions video below.



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Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick | Review & Sample Footage



Why on earth would you ever need a 118 inch (almost 10 feet) extension pole, watch our video review to find out! In this review, we are taking a closer look at the new 118 extended edition selfie stick from Insta360. This super long selfie stick is intended to be used with small 360 cameras such as the Insta360 One or Rylo 360 camera. I even mounted my GoPro Hero 6 Black on it and was able to get some interesting photos.

When you mount your 360 Camera on a long extension pole such as this, it really gives you an interesting perspective. It can really make it look as if there is a camera floating quite a ways out in front of you or above you, almost similar to the view a drone would give. When used in conjunction with a tripod base you can also get some really stunning 360 photos.

One downfall due to the length of the selfie stick, there can be some flex in the pole which can sometimes be visible in the shot, any wobble or shake, however, is removed by the 360 cameras stabilization software. Heavy cameras such as the GoPro Fusion cannot be used with this extension pole, they are too heavy and cause too much of a curve in the stick.

If you will be mounting the Rylo 360 camera you will need to get a GoPro tripod adapter, I recommend the one by Smatree due to the fact it doesn’t have the extreme curve that most similar GoPro tripod adapters have. When filming with 360 cameras keeping you camera exactly center over the extension pole is extremely important in order to have the pole invisible in the video.

Alternatively, you may want to take a look at the super long extension pole from Telesin. It is very similar to the Insta360 Extended selfie stick but comes in at only 106 inches. A tiny bit shorter but quite a bit cheaper. Long extension poles like this are one of those accessories you will not use every day but can really enhance your videos and photos from time to time and I think makes a perfect compliment to you 360 camera bag.

Insta360 Extension Pole:
Telesin Extension Pole:
Smatree GoPro Mount:
Tripod Base:
Rylo 360 Camera:
Insta360 One Camera:



Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick


Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick has a 1/4 inch tripod thread for mounting cameras.


The bottom of the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick contains a 1/4 inch tripod thread.


You can add a tripod base to the bottom of the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick to help get interesting 360 photos.


The Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick compared to the Telesin extra long extension pole.


I recommend using the Smatree Tripod adapter with 360 extension poles as the mount lines up with the center of the pole unlike may similar mounts. This is very important to make the pole invisible.


If using the Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick with a Rylo 360 camera or GoPro you will need to use a tripod GoPro adapter.


Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick with a GoPro Hero 6 Black mounted.


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