Compare and pick the best 360 photo viewer suitable to your needs
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Have you created a beautiful image and now looking for the best tool to
convert your image to 360° view? There are plenty of good viewers and one of
them most likely would suite your needs. Let's compare their functionality and
pricing (yes, some of them are not free). We will only test simple viewers
that you can embed on your website, with basic or no VR functionality.
This photo and video viewer offers virtual tours and albums creation and has integration with multiple CMS and blogging platforms. Links created by Momento 360 are shareable, meaning you can send them to your friends and they will be able to interact with your 360° content on Momento's website. Generic iframe integration is also available. Free tier is limited to 2GB storage with Momento360 branding. Cheapest plan is $4.99 a month (when billed annually), but surprise, it will also have Momento's branding enforced ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. You'd need to pay at least $15 per month to turn that off.
Powerful and sophisticated 360° Virtual Tour building platform. Includes VR Editor Features, Embed & Customization Options, Advanced Embed Options, Security & Performance, and more.
A-Frame is a web framework for building virtual reality (VR) experiences. A-Frame is based on top of HTML, making it simple to get started. But A-Frame is not just a 3D scene graph or a markup language; the core is a powerful entity-component framework that provides a declarative, extensible, and composable structure to three.js. Works on Vive, Rift, Daydream, GearVR, desktop.
Kuula positions their viewer as a tool for creating 360° virtual tours. It means your can add labels, hotspots, audio (and more) to your images. Mobile browsers are supported. Free tier is limited to 100 uploads per month, and they are public (actually displayed on their website), so be careful with what you upload.
Commercial 360° photo viewer with a free plan for personal use. And you don't have to register to try it. You would have to register only if you need it for commercial use or want to manage your photos and customize viewers. Please note that the plan also defines your bandwidth limit, so make sure you choose one appropriate for your needs. Integration is done with an iframe.
Well-known high quality video site. To get your video's embed code, go to its video page and click the "Share" button. Then click the "+Show options" link that appears above the embed code field to reveal a preview of your embedded video with the Basic customization options. Once you've made your adjustments, you can copy the embed code and paste it wherever you'd like to embed your video. New 360 embed options - Once your upload is complete, head to the Embed tab on your video settings. There, you’ll see two brand-new, pre-ticked boxes: the 360 badge and compass. The 360 badge means that a sleek 360 icon will appear beside your video title everywhere it appears on vimeo.com — letting the world know at a glance that your video’s got something special going on. The 360 compass appears in-player, helping to orient your viewers and get them engaged.
An embeddable, lightweight, dependency-free 360º image and video viewer. Works in all modern browsers. Some basic options and methods available for custom integrations. Check out video demo on their demo page.
It's a basic panorama viewer that doesn't have lots of features, but it still can work for you depending on your needs as it does the job. Some settings include: field of view, rotation speed, damping and that's pretty much all. It provides ability to set a callback function on frame change, so some customization is possible. Please note that its navigation mode is different from some other viewers: it uses what is called QTVR style when to navigate the image you need to press mouse button and move the cursor (and it can't be changed to "drag" style). Check it out below or on their demo page to see if you are comfortable with it.
Pannellum is a free open source panorama and 360° viewer. It's small, fast, easy to use. Though pretty basic, it has an interesting feature — multires panoramas (ability to use images with different resolution depending on zoom for single panorama). It claims to work in all modern browsers with WebGL support. Mobile browsers are not officially supported, so they may or may not work properly.
Most of the paid viewers (including this one) offer integration with your website with an iframe. That means no coding/installation required, all configuration is done with their online tools and you only need to embed add iframe to your pages. 360player.io offers a nice looking easy to use viewer that works in all modern (supporting WebGL) and most legacy and mobile browsers. Automatic image recognition, labeling and geo-tagging included. Prices start at $12/month (no free tier).
Google VR View for the Web is a solid choice for web sites that need an embedded 360 image. Separate SDKs are available for Android and iOS. If you’re focused on Daydream or Cardboard for a VR experience, there is a VR Entry Flow. If you’re looking for a wide market of full VR headsets, A-Frame is a better choice.
You can tell your clients you’re using Google VR technology and they’ll nod their heads. Google has a significant investment in VR and 360 image technologies.
If you have a Facebook app for a client as a proof of concept or a flashy marketing concept, this is a good choice. If you like React, then it’s a great choice. It’s probably fairly stable in a browser, but doesn’t have as many control features as Photo Sphere Viewer when used as an embedded 360 image viewer in a web page.