Wunder360 C1 is a 360-degree camera that lets you record video and take photos that show everything around the camera (up and down, right and left, front and back). It is an affordable camera aimed at people who don’t want to dive deep into 360 details, but just want to snap images, perhaps apply a special effect to the image and share it. We wanted to find out how the Wunder360 could assist us in travel photography.
Travel photography requires photography gear because images have to be taken in so many different environments and situations. A 360-degree camera can be helpful in certain situations. For instance, taking images in small spaces like a room in a museum, recording moments during road trips, and recording events that are difficult to capture with one camera (like a sports event or a parade). We used the Wunder360 C1 camera in many different situations and places, and here are the results.
Framing a limited space like a room
The camera is good at capturing a space around it, especially if there is enough light in the room or in another space. We tested this in a castle, and it is fascinating to find out how much information it is possible to discover in the space when viewing 360-degree photos or videos afterwards. Also a park with plenty of objects can be easily captured with the camera. The camera must be mounted on a tripod.
Recording moments during road trips
We mounted the camera on a tripod that we set on the dashboard. The purpose was to take advantage of the image stabilization and camera direction features. The result: it is not worth trying to film from the moving vehicle with the Wunder360. The stabilization was not good enough for us and directing the camera doesn’t work well when the camera itself is moving with the car.
Filming village life
We got excellent results in this experiment. The idea was to leave the camera in a central place, like on a statue, on a tree or on a bench, and let it film life on the street or on a square. The camera is so small that only few, if any, passing person noticed it (we were hiding behind the statue so that we could see the camera).
We also tried walking with the camera, letting it record crowds on a busy street and people in cafes, but it didn’t produce good results. The image stabilization can’t correct movement caused by walking.
Events, like parades, races (such as bicycle races, motor races, triathlon) have a lot of movement because many things are happening at the same time. A 360-degree camera can capture everything, and the Wunder360 has a feature that lets you direct the camera where you want after recording the video. This was exactly what we wanted, and this was exactly what we got.
We got good results, although the video quality after exporting the material to MP4 is not good. Also audio sounds strange. The camera was standing still on a tripod in our tests at the Tour of France road cycling race.
The street price of the Wunder360 C1 varies between 150-190 euros/dollars. It is available at online stores, and also at the vendor’s homepage.
In addition to the camera, you must have a smartphone or tablet that is new and powerful enough so that it can run and edit 360 videos.
The steps required to edit, download and share Wunder360 videos
A 360-degree camera is very different from ordinary cameras, and naturally, the resulting images are different from images or videos taken on an ordinary camera. These are the required tasks for recording a video on the Wunder360 and sharing it in social media.
- Specify a Wi-Fi name for the Wunder360.
- Choose the recording mode in Wunder360. We used high-resolution 30fps mode.
- Download the Wunder app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Record videos and photos in Wunder360.
- Start the Wunder360 app on your smartphone or tablet and connect it to the Wunder360 camera via Wi-Fi.
- You should see a list of photos and videos on your mobile app that are stored in the camera.
- You can view the images in the camera and download them to your mobile device. All photos and videos are 360-degree images.
- Downloaded videos can be edited (such as camera direction) in the mobile device app and exported as ordinary MP4 files (that can be further edited in a PC video editing application). Exported files are not 360-degree videos, but only show the areas you selected in the camera direction feature.
Conclusion for travel photography
For our travel photography needs, the Wunder360 C1 has just enough functionality so that we will carry it along on our trips. The small camera has a specific task in our camera bag.
There is a learning curve in 360-degree photography. It was a surprise how different it is compared to shooting on an ordinary camera. Fortunately, we had a specific need for 360-degree camera, and knew what we wanted from it. That’s the key thing for anyone planning to buy a 360-degree camera: it is essential to consider the applications for the 360-degree camera and then check if it has those features.
Specifications and features of Wunder360 C1 360-degree camera
- 2 lenses. In-camera image stitching in real-time (when you view a video or photo, it is already a 360-degree image).
- Focal length/aperture f=0.94 F2.4. CMOS sensor.
- Photo resolution: 4096 x 2048.
- Video resolution: 3040 x 1520 at 30fps, or 2176×1088 at 60fps.
- Exposure and white balance settings manually.
- Status display 32 x 64 pixels (shows battery, Wi-Fi, recording status).
- Micro USB 2.0 port.
- Tripod mount at the bottom.
- Microphone .
- MicroSD memory card slot.
- Battery 1000mAh.
- Weight 95 gr.
- Dimensions 109.3 x 45 x 35 mm.
- Free application for Apple iOS and Android devices. The app is required for viewing, editing, and sharing images. Connection via Wi-Fi.
- Livestream possible to Facebook and YouTube.
- Key features in the app: image stabilization and ability to direct the camera movement before exporting the video to MP4 format.