My 360° photo journey - Part 2

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Published: 16 January 2024
Length: 5 minutes (1009 words)

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Quite a few things happened since my last 360° photography related post.

First of all I open-sourced KUK360. Distribution via Microsoft Store did not meet my expectations. I paid 90 € store registration fee and received just 46 € from sales in almost 4 years. Money aside, I found Microsoft Store to be very limiting. My family and friends could not install the app easily, they needed Microsoft account, promo codes etc. Heck, even I did not use the store version myself, I was using local development version instead 🙃. I had zero motivation to enhance the app and add new features. So after a thorough consideration, I unlisted the app from Microsoft Store and released it as open source on GitHub. It is completely free now so if you’d like to use it, just run Next-Next-Finish installer and enjoy 😉

I also started a new hobby - climbing - and my 360° camera climbs with me (safely stored in a second chalk bag attached to my harness). When it comes to 360° photos I still prefer my t/rusty Xiaomi Mi Sphere. Its highly reliable AUTO mode and mechanical shutter button on the selfie stick form an unbeatable combo for extreme conditions. I cannot imagine adjusting camera settings or using any other shutter option during my climbs. But I bought this camera in July 2018, and now, it is more than five years old. It still has original battery installed and I am terrified of the day when it stops working.

So I kind of started to look for a replacement camera and I decided to give Insta360 X3 a try. I bought it in January 2023, and after a year of use, I feel qualified to put together a list of its pros and cons:

To sum it up, I found Insta360 X3 to be a very good tool for 360° videography and a very bad tool for 360° photography. And I cannot agree with the statement it is an action cam. It is NOT. Otherwise I wouldn’t be still climbing with Xiaomi Mi Sphere 😉

OK, that’s enough of ranting for now 🙃. I’ll end this post with a few photos taken last year with Xiaomi Mi Sphere on via ferratas (climbing routes that employs steel cables fixed to the rock).

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