Moto 360 Camera – Comprehensive Review

It makes panoramic video fun, but at a price of $300. Is it really worth it?

Motorola has finally snooped in to the 360 camera region by launching its very own Moto 360 Camera. This time, it’s a Moto Mod that records 360-degree video at 4K resolution using two 12-megapixel cameras and captures 3D audio thanks to its four built-in microphones. This is completely different from the other 360 camera gadgets such as the Insta360 Air, Samsung’s Gear 360, and the Giroptic IO. Being a Moto Mod, it magnetically snaps onto the back of a compatible Moto Z smartphone, and well, you’re good to go.

The Moto Mod is compatible with a very few selection of Moto Z phones, namely, Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play, Moto Z2 Play and the latest Moto Z2 Force. Although this is compatible directly with the Moto Z2 Force, the older Moto Z devices is required to install a software for this to work smoothly!

Being thin, the Moto 360 Moto Mod is a pleasure to look at, but it does add a little weight to the Moto Z2 Force. After the Moto Mod has been attached, the whole device is still handy enough to fit in our pockets. Well done Motorola!

The Moto Mod does not require any charge as it is powered by the phone. There is a button on it, though, specifically where the dimple of the Motorola logo sits. Tap it, and you can take a photograph while holding it in one hand. What’s neat is it still works as a shutter button if you swap to the phone’s camera, instead of the 360 camera.

Coming to the various modes, the Moto 360 camera has three viewing modes. Although none of them change the way the way in which the image or video  is being captured, they just provide different ways of handing the camera. You can swipe around, zoom in, and easily focus in on whatever you want in the scene. That’s a good way of checking how you look in the shot, but just remember that when you hit the shutter, you’re taking a still or video clip of everything around you!

Will the Moto 360 Moto Mod make a difference? Only time will tell!