Recently on reddit user thewiseal shared his experience building a 360 camera on a budget! We all know that getting a bunch of GoPro’s is very costly. His rig is based on Xiaomi Yi Cameras and seems to be working quite well. Take a look at the footage he was able to capture:
Some information about the camera rig (post taken from reddit):
I use 18 Xiaomi Yi cameras shooting 1600×1200 @ 60fps.
12 cameras are arranged in a hexagonal configuration, in pairs of 2 separated by 55mm. The other 6 cameras are arranged in triangular configuration, 3 capturing zenith and 3 capturing nadir. I use this configuration to get a much better 3D effect at the zenith than with 2 cameras, and it also helps with nadir patching. The rig itself is an Adobe Illustrator file that I 3D printed for $20. I’ll be uploading the file along with my comprehensive guide.
You can learn more about this project at VRColony.net