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ConstructionVideos private msg quote post Address this user
New to the threads, but have been searching some recent (and older) posts in search for a similar question but haven't exactly come across it yet, so thanks in advance.

I am looking to purchase a 360 camera for construction projects, and plan on using the video for A) progress updates and B) future marketing videos.

For the progress videos, the field staff historically have a hard time taking photos (or video) that is wide enough to show what is being looked at and then also close enough to show enough detail for other off-site professionals to fully engage (architect, engineer, etc). This is why I have been looking at purchasing a 360 camera for a slow-ish walkthrough of the project, then during editing have the [limited] ability to zoom into particular details. These are residential homes, not commercial projects so the largest room would only be ~8' away from the camera lens.

What is important is:
1) Price under $1K
2) Decent video quality, likely going into lowlight scenarios
3) Easy editing.

From initial research, it appears the cost can be kept below $1K and have narrowed the search down to two main players.
#1: Insta360 ONE X
#2: GoPro Fusion or Max

Questions: When editing a video, is there a zoom option? If so will I be able to sell what style of door trim (for example) is being used when standing ~6' away?
I envision my field staff taking the video, data dumping it into a shared folder and I will edit the video into a 360 video. Am I overcomplicating the situation by trying to take work off their plate?

Much appreciated!
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For 360 video the Insta360 one x has flowstate stabilization which makes for a much better video (less Blair witch) the down side is the Insta360 has a small sensor & small sensors do not perform well in low light.

The Ricoh Theta Z1 comes in at just under $1000 and has good image quality it is capable of recording 360 video though I haven’t played with it’s video capabilities as of yet
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This is a new construction RicohTour while a home was still under construction shot with the Ricoh Theta Z1

https://view.ricohtours.com/33488db1-da48-4b4e-a803-87d148a99038/3a265083-3b6e-4906-90a6-483a84757dd1


RicohTours you can also add a floor plan so, you can see where you are in a home. Unfortunately, though on larger homes the floor plan becomes really small. Currently, it works well for single level homes probably best for 3,500 SqFt or less if using a floor plan

https://view.ricohtours.com/58d4ad90-d240-4de8-9655-ab8fe52a2e99/

RicohTours runs about $500-600 a year but, is "all you can eat" so, you can shoot the "Smith" job as many times as needed. Also, the capture of the tour can be shot with a smart phone connected to a Ricoh Camera the RicohTours app is available for android & iOS

https://www.ricohtours.com
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@ConstructionVideos - I concur! I've been very happy using the Insta360 One X for a huge construction project her in LA. Mostly I use it on the end of their "extended selfing stick" to put the camera in all sorts of places otherwise impossible, and then I extract HD video in edit, aiming the view where I see most value.

However, I'd probably buy the new Insta360 One R today, due to greater flexibility, longer battery life and multiple configurations. It also has better compression (according to one video I watched, maybe Ben Claremont) which yields slightly higher sharpness despite the same pixel resolution.

I've posted this before, but watch this :60 video I did of a home which includes about 6 shots (including the impossible gazebo shot) done with the One X on this long pole. All the "drone-looking shots" here below 20' elevation were done with the Insta. It's a game changer.

(in one shot toward the end the camera swings down toward a patio table. Here you can see the shadow from the Insta360 One X and the long pole)

Here is a Ricoh link with more info on their fabulous Z1, which I did not yet have when this video was shot.
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