A 360-degree camera functions like a normal digital camera – it can take pictures and video and store them on a small memory card. However, the lens arrangement is such that it captures still and moving images (and audio) from an entire “sphere” around its center. Thus, when holding it front of you, it captures not only the space that you see with your eyes but also all of the surrounding (360 degree spherical) space. Sometimes referred to as an “omnidirectional” camera, the viewer can manipulate the perspective of the resulting image with a mouse or screen touch – looking up, down, to the side, or even completely “behind” the standard viewpoint.
The video above was made with a 360-degree camera by Laura Kohl, Director of Library Services, during the recent SIE to Budapest with Professor Kevin Pearce.