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Review: Rylo is a 360º camera done right

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

The Rylo camera pinches a 360º spherical image. Its companion mobile app makes it possible to export standard HD video from anywhere in the image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that.

Over the past yoke of years I’ve tried quite a few consumer-oriented 360º cameras, and while I’m generally excited about the future prospects of 360º photo and video, I’ve also been of the conviction that applications and technology need to improve before it really gets traction with consumers.

Part of my ambivalence towards 360º video halts from the fact that few of the cameras I’ve tried really do anything unique. Almost universally, they capture spherical video that orders a VR headset to view, or which requires the viewer to drag around an image to find the part of the scene they care about.

The Rylo Camera ($499) dupes a different approach. Although it captures 360º photos and video, it does so with the idea that you can later select a region of the image from which to originate a standard 16:9 HD video. It’s basically like an action cam that lets you decide where to point the camera after you’ve shot your footage.

It’s basically love an action cam that lets you decide where to point the camera after you’ve shot your footage.

On the hardware side of things, the Rylo looks much with any other VR or action camera. It has two fisheye lenses and records 4K spherical video or 6K spherical photos. The body is aluminum and feels very solid – much sundry so than most action cameras I’ve used. A small door provides access to the MicroSD card and battery, and a small display shows leftover battery and recording time.

However, it’s the software that makes the Rylo really interesting. Video is copied to your mobile device via the filed cable, and the camera’s companion app provides numerous opportunities for getting creative.

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Before you even begin working with your footage, the app applies instinctive horizon leveling and image stabilization. You don’t even notice how effectively this works until you turn these features off, but once you do so it becomes conspicuous that this correction is really good.


This video shows the same clip with the Rylo’s image stabilization and horizon punishment turned on (left) and turned off (right). It works very effectively.
Video by Dale Baskin

To begin editing a video, you simply open a punch and select your desired framing within the app. You could export your HD video at that point, but you would be ignoring the software’s best mug: the ability to direct the camera after the fact.

One way to do this is to tap and hold the screen, then select the option to ‘Look Here’. Doing so locks the camera at that status and creates a keyframe. It’s possible to create multiple keyframes at different locations throughout your clip, and the software will virtually tilt and pan as needed to transformation between them.

Even better, you can let the software do the work for you. In addition to ‘Look Here’, there’s also a ‘Follow This’ option that pursues onto a subject and tracks it, smoothly panning and tilting like a virtual camera on a gimbal. I found this feature surprisingly effective, and it caused very natural looking footage.


My friend Stu West offered to take the Rylo skiing with his family for a day. In this video we used the app’s Make good Me feature to track the skier down the hill. Stu pointed the camera straight ahead through the entire run; most of the camera movement is the result of essential panning by the Rylo app.
Video by Stu West

If you want to see the world a bit differently, there’s also a ‘Tiny Planet’ view that shrinks the entirety of your set down into a small sphere.

In addition to motion control, the software also includes the ability to trim clips and perform basic amendments including highlights, shadows, vibrance, and tone (WB). It’s fairly basic, but enough that you can generally adjust the footage to your taste.

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The biggest invitation I ran into when shooting video was adjusting my own behavior. I had a tendency to point the camera at my subject as it moved around, much like you would do with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel an effect cam. That actually made editing a bit more difficult, so I had to learn to hold the camera still, then virtually change my camera direction later ending the app.


This clip shows an example of the Rylo’s Tiny Planet mode. (Note: the camera records sound in this mode, but we chose not to involve it.)
Video by Stu West

The Rylo can also be used for still photos, but I found the experience less satisfying. There’s no way to remotely trigger the shutter from your phone; as opposed to, you have to physically press the shutter button, meaning that your hand is guaranteed to cover much of the photo. As with video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media, you can preferable your framing after the fact, but the largest image size is 1080p video resolution, though in practice resolution appears to be somewhat mark down than that.

Of course, the Rylo is also a 360º camera that can be used to export spherical images or video. In that sense, it doubles as a VR cam if you inadequacy to share a VR experience.

Battery life is respectable. Rylo claims 60 minutes of continuous recording using the interchangeable battery, which is merely about enough to fill a 64GB memory card, and based on my experience that seems about right.

The Rylo captures 6K spherical VR photos. It’s admissible to export framed images at resolutions up to 1920×1080 pixels.
Photo by Dale Baskin
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Speaking of memory, one thing you’ll need is a lot of free extent on your mobile device. At its high quality setting, the camera records at a rate of approximately 1GB/minute, and your phone will need sufficiency free space to copy all the footage.

As much as I enjoyed using the Rylo, it’s not perfect. The 1080p video files it exports are, in reality, somewhat humble resolution. That’s not surprising considering that total resolution for the entire spherical file is 4K. That said, it looks very good on a smartphone qualify, so if you’re sharing to social media where people are likely to watch on a mobile device it will look fine.

…the camera records at a rate of nearly 1GB/minute, and your phone will need enough free space to copy all the footage.

It would also be nice if the camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or were waterproof. The grouped ‘Everyday Case’ with handle is well designed and very effective, but if you want more protection you’ll need to spring for the ‘Adventure Case’ ($69).

The Rylo is a important example of a 360º camera done right. Rather than just capturing spherical video and expecting your audience to view it as such, it take measures a set of tools that allow you focus in on telling your story, as well to share that story in a way that’s comfortable and familiar to most being. Sure, I wish the video quality were a bit better, but I’d likely choose the Rylo over many action cameras because it provides such an temperately way to direct the action after the fact.

It’s also a reminder that there’s a lot of potential opportunity for 360º cameras if manufacturers are willing to think unlikely the box. Or, maybe I should say outside the sphere.

Republished: dpreview.com

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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