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Elephone Elecam 360 Review

We review the budget 360 action camera, the Elecam 360, that can take 360 photos and video, and has built-in Wi-Fi.


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Elecam 360

The Elephone Elecam 360 is a budget action camera with two cameras to provide a full 360x360 view of the world. The camera can be used for video or photos, and has built-in Wi-Fi so that you can connect it to a compatible smartphone. The Elecam 360 is available for buy for around £105 from Gearbest, making it one of the cheapest full 360 cameras available. 

Elephone Elecam 360 Handling and Features

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The camera has a basic design with easy to use controls consisting of a power button, Wi-Fi button and a photo button. There's a top LCD screen so that you know what mode the camera is in and how much space is available on the card. The camera takes MicroSD cards, and there's a tripod socket on the bottom.

The camera uses 2x 4 megapixel OmniVision OV4689 BSI CMOS sensors with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and there are 2x 220 degree ultra wide-angle fisheye lenses with an aperture of f/2.0. The camera is compact and weighs only 104g. 

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The camera has built-in Wi-Fi so that you can control it with your smartphone, and the EleCam360 app is available for both Android and iOS devices. 

Key Features

  • 2x 4mp 16:9 BSI 1/3inch sensor (2micron)
  • 2x 220 degree 1.1mm f/2.0 fixed focus lens
  • 0.96inch LCD screen
  • 1920x1080p video at 30fps
  • 4.5mp photos, 3008x1504pixels
  • Auto exposure
  • MicroSD slot (upto 32GB)
  • ISO100 to ISO800 (Auto)
  • Built-in 1500mAh Li-ion battery
  • MicroUSB socket

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There's a built-in rechargeable battery, which can't be removed, and a microSD memory card slot under a rubber cover. You'll also find a MicroUSB socket, and this is used for charging the camera as well as connecting the camera to your computer. 

Underneath the camera is a fairly standard tripod socket - I say fairly standard, as it's not as deep as your normal tripod socket - however, the camera does come with a number of accessories, including a Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Joint buckle (Go Pro compatible Adapter), 3M Sticker, and USB Cable.

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The camera is extremely easy to use, switch it on with the power button by holding the button for just over a second. Press the button again, when it is on, and the camera will switch between photo and video modes. You then press the red shutter release button to take a photo or start/stop video recording. The screen on top tells you what mode the camera is in, how much space is left, as well as the battery life, and the date and time set on the camera. 

To connect the camera to your smartphone you press the Wi-Fi button, and this will switch on Wi-Fi, and display the connection settings on screen, with this you can use the EleCam360 app on your smartphone to connect to the camera. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices. 

Live View Photo Browser Camera Settings
Live View Photo Browser Camera Settings


Using the app you get a live view of what the camera sees. You can use the touch-screen of your smartphone to move where the camera is looking, and there are display options so you can change the view between globe (round), dome (flat), and VR Goggles. 

Photos are taken at a resolution of 4.5 megapixels (3008x1504), and videos are recorded at a resolution of 1920x960 at 30fps. There are white balance options, (auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent, incandescent), but no underwater option. You can view photos on the camera, and switch between photo and video modes. When recording videos, the display on your phone doesn't blank out.

The photos are stored in folders in the root of the MicroSD card, with photos stored in a JPG folder, and videos stored in the VIDEO folder, instead of the more normal DCIM folder.

The camera feels quite solid, although you can tell that it's made out of fairly cheap plastic, and there is no "soft-touch" finish to the plastic. There's also a slight flex in the plastic around the lens if you give it a squeeze. No case is provided, and there are no lens caps, so a case is recommended so that you don't accidentally scratch the lenses. It's also a good idea to keep these clean.

The LCD display is backlit so you can clearly see it in the dark. The built-in battery is said to give over an hours recording before going flat. 

Elecam 360 Video Converter
Elecam 360 Video Converter

There's a desktop app available for your computer, called EleCam 360 Video Converter, it is needed to convert videos so that they are ready to upload videos to YouTube or Facebook. You can add one video, or a selection of videos, and you can choose from low, medium or high quality. 

Original View Grab
Original video (before processing)
Processed Video
Processed video

 

Elephone Elecam 360 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Elephone Elecam 360 Sample Photos

Camera Performance - Colour is good, with bright saturated images. The lenses are quite bright, at f/2 although the camera will struggle in low-light due to the highest ISO speed being ISO800. We were generally happy with the camera, although occasionally it crashed, and we had to use the reset button to get it working again. The photos produced show two circular fisheye images, and there doesn't appear to be a way to convert these images into anything else.

Exposure is reasonably good, and the camera copes fairly well with bright and dark areas of the image, which is very likely to be seen due to the full 360x360 view of the camera. There aren't any options for time-lapse shooting, or a self-timer option. As with all ultra-wide angle cameras and lenses, and particularly with 360 cameras, you'll need to take care to avoid getting your hand or fingers in the shot. 

 

Video - Video is recorded at a resolution of 1920 x 960, at 30fps, and is recorded onto the MicroSD card at 11mbps with mono sound. Video is converted with an output of 20Mbps when High is selected in the conversion software. The longest you can record a video for is around 23 minutes, and a file size of 2GB, after this the camera will continue recording but create a new file. You can find additional videos on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel

Value For Money

The Elephone Elecam 360 is available for around £105 from Gearbest which makes it excellent value for money as one of the cheapest dual camera devices available capable of producing FullHD video resolution. 

Other 360 VR dual cameras available:

Nikon KeyMission 360, 4K video, 30mp stills, £419
Ricoh Theta S - FullHD video resolution, 14mp stills, £299
Samsung Gear 360 - 4K (UHD) video, 30mp stills, £349 (Nb. Samsung phones only!)
LG 360 Camera, 2K video, 16mp stills, £175 

Have a look at more action cameras in our 10 Best Action Cameras 2016. You'll also need to buy a MicroSD memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

 

Elephone Elecam 360 Verdict

The Elephone Elecam 360 offers a dual camera solution for producing full 360x360 FullHD video for a very reasonable price of around £105. This makes it excellent value for money, considering that you need to spend at least 3 times as much to get a 4K solution. The camera is easy to use and produces bright colourful results. You will need to process the video with software on your computer for the best results, but once this is done it's easy to upload video to YouTube. The stills camera side of the Elecam 360 isn't as straightforward, as you are given two images side by side, and no software is provided to create different images. If you want to give 360 video a go, and have a limited budget, then this would be a great starter camera. 

Elephone Elecam 360 Pros

  • Low price
  • Good colour (bright saturated results)
  • Wi-Fi works well for remote recording
  • Compact and light

Elephone Elecam 360 Cons

  • 4.5mp photos
  • Low-resolution video
  • Doesn't stitch video together in camera
  • No lens protection or case provided

Features3.5/5
Handling3.5/5
Performance3.5/5
Value5/5
Overall Verdict

Elephone Elecam 360 Specifications

ManufacturerElephone
Lens
Max Aperturef/2
35mm equivalentNo Data
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels4Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)No Data
Pixels (H)No Data
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/3inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor0.96in
Screen resolution128x64
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min FocusNo Data
Focusing modes
  • Fixed
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
Shutter speeds longestNo Data
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
Metering
    ISO sensitivity100 - 800
    White balance
    • Auto
    • Outdoors/Daylight
    • Cloudy
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
    Exposure CompNo Data
    Shooting Options
    Continuous shootingNo Data
    Video
    Movie modeYes
    Video Resolution
    • 1920x1080 FullHD
    Video FPS30
    Stereo SoundYes
    Optical Zoom with VideoNo
    Other Features
    Image StabilisationNo
    Interface
    HDMIYes
    USBUSB 2
    Wi-FiYes
    Storage
    Card Type
    • Micro SD
    • Micro SDHC
    File Type
    • JPG
    Power Source
    Battery Type1500mAh Lithium-Ion
    Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
    Box Contents
    Box ContentsCamera, Bicycle mount, Helmet mount, Joint buckle, 3M Sticker, USB Cable
    Dimensions
    Weight104g
    Width60mm
    Height49.4mm
    Depth32.7mm

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