Best equipment for shooting virtual tours

To create virtual tours with Panomic you will need a 360° camera and a stand to mount it on

Supported 360° cameras

Ricoh Theta V

Affordable compact 360° camera. Captures 360-degree images in one tap. Can record and stream video and sound.

Photo resolution 5376×2688 px
Video resolution 3840×1920 px
Size 4.5×13×2.3 cm  (1.8×5×1 in)
Weight 120 g  (0.3 lb)
Memory 19 GB
Mount hole 1/4 in
From $379
or Ricoh's website, or stores in your area

Ricoh Theta Z1

Professional 360° camera. Captures high-quality 360-degree images in one tap. Can record and stream video and sound.

Photo resolution 6720×3360 px
Video resolution 3840×1920 px
Size 4.8×13×3 cm  (2×5×1.2 in)
Weight 180 g  (0.4 lb)
Memory 19 GB
Mount hole 1/4 in
From $999
or Ricoh's website, or stores in your area

We highly recommend using the Z1 camera for optimal image quality, if your budget allows. You can compare the quality on the main page.

Other cameras are not supported at this time.

Recommended stands

Manfrotto 5001B Nano Stand

A versatile, sturdy stand from a well-known photography equipment brand. The footprint can be narrowed for indoor shooting and widened for outdoor shooting.

Collapsed height 49 cm  (19 in)
Maximum height 190 cm  (75 in)
Weight 1 kg  (2 lb)
From $55
or Manfrotto's website, or photography equipment stores in your area

Insta360 Selfie Stick + Tripod

An extremely light and compact stand. Great option if you need to shoot mostly indoors.

Collapsed height 28 cm  (11 in)
Maximum height 135 cm  (53 in)
Weight 0.4 kg  (1 lb)

The stick and tripod are sold separately.

If you need additional height, consider buying two sticks. They have a screw on the top and a mount hole on the bottom, so they can be connected. However, stability may not be ideal.

From $50
or Insta360's website (stick, tripod), or stores in your area

Bushman Monopod

A high-quality monopod designed specifically for panoramic shooting. It is easy to collapse and expand, is compact, has a small footprint, and includes an optional counterweight for added stability.

Collapsed height 40 cm  (15.5 in)
Maximum height 166 cm  (65 in)
Weight 0.9 kg  (2 lb)
From $170
The stand is shipped from Europe, so buyers in other areas may see a delay in delivery.

Nissin LS-55C

A more compact, lighter, and taller alternative to the Manfrotto Nano Stand. The footprint can be made narrower for indoor shooting and wider for outdoor shooting.

Collapsed height 49 cm  (19 in)
Maximum height 200 cm  (80 in)
Weight 0.6 kg  (1.3 lb)
From $170
or photography equipment stores in your area

Frequently asked questions

The equipment is quite expensive. Can I try Panomic without investing that much?

You can rent a camera and stand for a fraction of the price from your local photography equipment rental stores. Also, you can try online rental services, like Kitsplit or Sharegrid.

What if I can't buy recommended stands?

Don't worry. You can use any monopod, tripod, or light stand with a 1/4" screw on the top. They are easy to find in photography equipment stores online and offline. The following are popular options - Altura monopod-tripod kit, Impact LS-RL7 stand, Promaster LS-CT stand, Theta Stand TM-1, Kodak Pixpro Monopod.

Generally speaking, here are the main differences between the stand types:

  • Monopods are compact, light, and have a small footprint. But they often lack stability and length. The mount is mostly invisible to the camera. If a monopod doesn't have legs but has a mounting hole on the bottom, legs can be bought separately and attached.
  • Tripods are medium size, medium weight, have a medium to large footprint, and good stability. The mount is mostly visible to the camera.
  • Light stands are medium to large size, have a medium to large footprint, great stability, and length. The mount is invisible to the camera.

Although there are many compatible stands, keep in mind that they are mostly designed for use with big cameras. So they have large base mounts and a wide footprint, which makes them visible on the bottom of your panoramas. For ideal results, use the narrowest stand you can find.

What if I have problems with my Ricoh camera?

Please use Ricoh's support website for any problems with the camera unrelated to the Panomic app.