Kandao QooCam 3 review – a cheaper 360-degree camera?

The Qoocam 360-degree camera is back with better low-light performance — can it take on the Insta360?

Kandao Qoocam 3
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The QooCam 3, especially taking into account the price, has impressive image quality even in low light, and the 5.7K image resolution makes it a solid competitor for the leading 360-degree consumer camera. It was a bit of a shame that the app tied me to my phone, despite keeping the review open a while in the hope of some updates.


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    Convincing build quality

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    1/1.55-inch sensors and large f/1.6 apertures

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    A price which makes experimenting

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    Straightforward menu system


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    The QooCam FUN is cheaper if you just want to experiment

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    The software is patchy (and there is no Mac app)

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    Less than ideal battery life

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For many photographers, the very idea of a 360-degree camera is still something of a curiosity but, in reality, in the last few years they have already moved through the quirky experimental stage into mature products. The fact this is the QooCam 3 is all the evidence that statement needs – there have been two previous efforts from Kandao alone.

Kandao Qoocam 3 Specs

Video resolutions: 5.7K at 30fps, 4K at 60fps
Still: 62 MP
Sensors: 1/1.55-inch sensors
Apertures: f/1.6 apertures
Ingress: IP68
Weight: 201g / 7oz


The Insta360 X3 costs a bit more for the same resolution (OK, slightly higher on the stills) but boasts more fully-featured software on Mac, PC, and phone. It even has a FCPX plugin. The prices is also not so far ahead any more since the X4 came along...


The Insta360 X4 is more expensive, for sure, but the software is better, the performance is better, and the resolution – at a total of 8K (across both cameras) is much sharper. It also works pretty well as a standard action camera. If you find yourself liking 360-degree photography (and why wouldn't you), you won't need to upgrade for a bit!

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

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