Coupon code RAN09 for 5% off. No tax for most.
Yi store has it for $159 - 5% + free shipping + no tax apparently for most for a net of $152 shipped ground - Code RAN09 dead, now $159.99
New Code YIFANS live!, now $152 again
Why this cam? Key stuff:
-5.7k: 360 video needs lots of res since the capture is spread across a full circle
-120Mbps encoding: same thing. more detail the better. This does mean you need a fast microsdxc card.
-removable battery: high res cameras use lots of battery
-removable memory card: some have only fixed memory. 5.7k uses lots or must be compressed to reduce res.
-really good stabilization
-decent desktop software
-external mic (with a dongle)
-manual camera controls for metering, white balance, exposure, ISO, etc.
Take old reviews with a grain of salt; Yi had major upgrades released through firmware and software and significantly improved the performance.
Warning: the 5.7k takes a long time to stitch and stabilize and must be done outside the cam. This seems to be true for many if not all 360 cams at >5k res. Expect to be patient.
Warning: the OEM SW only works on PC. There is a profile on Mistika VR that would work on Mac but you might consider the Rylo deal at BB instead if you are a Mac user. If you use iOS you have to turn off the mobile data or the phone won't connect. otherwise apparently iOS is OK.
Yi's page: https://www.yitechnology.com/yi-360-vr-camera
Review comparing to GoPro and Xiaomi, mostly about stitching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZspwHmyOhJc
Comparison of stabilization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpuBVjOVpII
Amazon has this for $159+tax which netted me at $169 with Prime. Amazon for reference: https://www.amazon.com/YI-Dual-Le...B01CW4C2HU
Rylo deal (which only has Mac desktop SW): https://slickdeals.net/f/13414867-rylo-5-8k-360-degree-action-video-camera-200-or-180-for-new-google-shopping-customers-free-shipping?v=1&src=SiteSearch