360-degree cameras have become more affordable than ever, now you can easily grab one for just over $100. The Dokicam 360 camera comes from a Kickstarter project and it was brought to life by 354 backers pledging over $53,000. Let’s see how the budget camera performs.
Design & Features
I’m very impressed with the design and build quality of the Dokicam. It is somewhat similar to the older generation of Samsung Gear 360 as it comes in a round body and a small removable tripod. All ports and the microSD card slot are located on the 2 sides while buttons are placed on top. Using the camera is quite simple as it only has 3 buttons which are power, capture, and Wi-Fi buttons. You can totally use the camera without installing the Dokicam app on your smartphone.
The app is useful when you want to see the live view or when you want to trigger the shutter remotely. It will also help you share 360 photos or videos to Youtube or Facebook easier. You can switch among different views like VR mode, Fisheye mode, Hemisphere mode, Planet mode, and 360° mode.
The camera is capable of capturing 3K videos (2880 x 1440 resolution) and 4K still images (4896 x 2448 resolution), unfortunately, this seems not enough when stretching across a 360-degree sphere. Both images and videos look blurry, pixelated, overexposed, and a lot of details are lost. You can check out some sample images and videos below.
And here is the 3K sample video at 100Mbps.
Obviously, the Dokicam 360 camera still has a lot of limitations and it can be used for fun only. The image quality is unacceptable for most photographers.