- Small, compact design
- Good stitching software with impressive video quality
- Very affordable price with several extras in the box
- Dual lens for full spherical video
- Charges via MicroUSB
- Not waterproof
- Subpar microphone
- Poor battery life (~1 hour)
Pretty awesome budget-level VR camera.
The Monster Vision VR is an action camera that shoots full spherical video (i.e. no blind spots). It has dual lenses and shoots stereoscopic footage, which looks better than you’d expect from Monster considering the price point ($250) and the fact that Monster Digital isn’t known for camera tech.
Also, in the box you get a number of accessories and mounts, which makes that price tag feel even better. In any case, the Monster VR camera shoots with surprising clarity and the software does a great job of stitching the footage together to where I actually use this camera, whereas in the past a lot of 360 cameras have been more of a gimmick. As an FYI, it’s shooting at 30 frames per second, which is fine, but I’d love to have 60 fps in gen-2. Also, in the future, hopefully audio quality gets better, the overall stability of the image improves, and the battery life expands (right now it’s 1 hour basically). As it is currently though, it’s surprisingly nice and very simple to use.
Monster has also developed a desktop and mobile app to import, watch, and share your footage. It works with both YouTube and Facebook Video, but I’d really like to be able to merge various clips together rather than have only single clips.
So here’s the deal with Monster VR camera: it’s good, but it is budget-level. It’s for someone that wants to try out their first spherical video camera, but I wouldn’t run out and buy it thinking it’s top-tier. I will continue to use it, but we also need VR to become more ubiquitous so we can share more content 🙂