So far I’ve been using either the Photo Sphere mode on an Android phone or an old Ricoh Theta (M15) on long term loan to create my 360 panos.
However I am thinking it’s high time to get a new model: the Photo Spheres are good quality but long-winded to take and the old Theta doesn’t take great quality photos. That said, I would prefer to avoid spending too much and not exceeding more than £300/EUR 300 or thereabouts. I don’t need ultra-high quality, just something like for instance https://opentrailview.org/?id=12105, with a clear view of the nearby surroundings even if distant objects are a little blurred.
This suggests something like the Theta SC(2), basically an updated version of the Theta I am currently long-term borrowing.
However I have heard of some issues with connecting to the Theta from the Android app used to take photos. Also I believe it doesn’t do auto-stitching on the device, only in the app, so I’d then have to manually stitch using e.g. Hugin which could introduce inaccuracies.
So any tips for a reasonable low-end device which takes acceptable panos similar in quality to the example I gave?