With the 360º selfies and panoramas taken over your social media timeline, it might be time to invest in a 360º camera. The Giroptic iO does not shoot 4K, but it does capture video in 1920 x 960px resolution at 30 frames per second and snaps pictures with an impressive, light-slurping f/1.9 aperture.
The end result of the snaps is crisp spherical images, with no apparent stitch line other than where your hand holds the camera.
Before you can start using the camera, you must download the Giroptic iO app to your phone. Since the camera is quite bulky and plugs into your phone's charging port, you will probably need to remove the case protecting your phone. The iOS version plugs into the Lightning port, and the Android version works with phones that use USB-C or micro USB charging ports.
Once you plug in the camera, the app launches straight to the camera's omnidirectional feed. You will see three icons at the bottom of the screen – photo, videos, and live – which will allow you to stream to Facebook, Periscope, YouTube or a custom server.
The only downfold of the iO is that it has some shortcomings; it lacks touch exposure, so you won't be able to tap on part of the scenes to set the exposure like you can when taking conventional photos. When capturing indoors, windows and computer screen remain blown out, making it look like portals to another universe. The iO also lacks a time-lapse option and image filters.
All in all, it is a super nifty gadget to have, so be sure to have a look at the video below to see the Giroptic iO in action.