RYLO REVIEW: Perfect stabilization and amazing editor, but is it worth buying?



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I’ve been testing the Rylo for a few weeks now and have uploaded a few videos shot with the camera to this channel. This review of the Rylo sets out my thoughts, both positive and negative, on the cameras capabilities and whether its worth the $500 price tag.

The Rylo has managed to set itself apart from the deluge of 360 cameras released recently. It has two distinct video modes, both of which work well. The app functions flawlessly and the stabilization is without doubt the best I’ve used. It’s not a perfect camera however and it might be hard to justify the high price if you aren’t going to take full advantage of all its features.

If you have any questions about the Rylo let me know in the comments section

hi guys my name is Daniel and I run the 360 guy YouTube channel and basically I test and review 360 cameras and shoot with them as much as possible so today I'm going to be doing a review of the Rilo a 360 camera which is one of the most exciting 360 cameras of kind of unique I guess that I've ever tested so like I say I've been using the Rilo for a few weeks I've done some more videos that you'll see on this channel if you want to check out those but this is gonna be a review I'm gonna go into the details of what I think the cameras good at what I don't think is good at why you should get it and maybe why you shouldn't get it I'm going to try and be as details as possible but not kind of overload you in the information I don't really like reviews that go on forever and ever so without further ado let's get started so let me give you a bit of background information on this camera it's been designed and developed by a start-up and the guys who made the startup used to work for Instagram and they created apps for them and I believe they also used to work for Apple at some point or at least one of them did so they have a pedigree in you know the technology sector so when they developed this camera according to their website they wanted to focus on the software they really thought that 360 and the software was lacking the hardware was there but no one was really taking advantage of it so this camera is very much focused on software and how to utilize that to shoot kind of more immersive video but saying that the hardware isn't bad either it's can shoot 4k at 360 video which is kind of standard these days but it has its own optics it can shoot 18 megapixel photos and has internal stabilization no no that sounds particularly amazing or different from anything else but the thing that is amazing about this camera is the stabilization which I will go into a lot more detail in a bit but just keep that in mind so that the stabilization is probably the one thing the one reason you will buy this camera what this camera lacks compared to some of its competitors is that cannot live stream so you won't be up to the live stream 360 video to Facebook or YouTube and there is no wireless connection to your phone so you cannot live preview what you shoot which I'll go into also in a bit later why that is and why I don't really think it's that big of a deal okay so firstly I'm gonna talk about the design of the camera the kind of build quality what it's made out of if it's good if it's bad basically to summarize its really good all the other 360 cameras are own this is probably the most high spec in terms of materials use is the only one that uses metal but essentially the build quality is very very good feels like almost like the iPhone of the 360 camera world I mean it feels expensive looks expensive now when you get your camera you'll also get a free case which is what I'm holding it in right now and so it basically just pops open and kind of flies out like that so you can't really use the camera in this mode because there's nowhere to touch a selfie stick or a or a tripod there's no adapter there so you need to use this which has the the port for a selfie stick or a tripod but you get this for free so this is also very well built so on an everyday basis you would use this to hold your camera in so it just literally pops in like that and there we go I've been using it on bikes I've been running with it and it's never for now it's never come loose the controls on the camera are really quite basic but also quite intuitive I mean there's one single button at the top which is the shutter and the power button and there is another button next to the LCD screen which allows you to cycle between video and photo modes and that's pretty much it I mean that's all you really need to get started with this camera I really do like the design of this camera I think it looks really cool and it's definitely made of high quality materials especially like the metal and it also vibrates which is something that I've not encountered before in a camera but it vibrates to let you know when it's on when it's often it's shooting something when it's finished shooting something another good thing about this camera is that the battery is removable so if you think you may need extra batteries extra power you can go out and buy some and have them as spares so you can just replace them very simply okay so that's enough about what it looks like let's get on to the bit that everyone cares about most and that is that the quality of the video does the Rilo shoot good 360 video and the answer is yes it does it shoots pretty good 360 video that isn't really what it's designed to do however ok yeah it's a 360 camera so obviously is designed to shoot 360 video but the kind of video that you really should be creating is the over capture the reframe video but I will go into that a bit later so now I will just focus on the 360 video because I mean a lot of people are gonna want to use it for that as well so I shot some 360 video with this in various situations and I can show you some here obvious not on the 360 format because this review isn't in a 360 format and my opinion of the quality of this video is that it is above average for a 360 camera the over quality that details it captures have the way it handles light the way the stitching has managed you can barely see any lines you can barely see any errors and overall it does a good job now bearing in mind that this is a slightly more expensive camera than most other it's not absolutely amazing it's certainly not the best compared to the cameras such as the insta 361 and the Samsung gear 360 the rila shoots better video than those first up for example that Garmin veer 360 and the GoPro fusion are going to shoot better 360 video because they have a high resolution the Riley scene is particularly good at dealing with direct light in some ways that other 360 cameras aren't usually they overexposed light and everything kind of looks too bright and it kinda ruins the image of it but the Riley seems to deal with it very well and that means it can capture more details what it does not do well is a low-light video you really need to use this camera in daylight or at least in very bright conditions and otherwise it's not gonna perform its best the camera struggled to capture details and there was a lot of noise and grain in the final image compared to other 360 cameras it's about average I'd say for low-light video most 360 cameras do not handle low-light well at the only one that does really is the theta V so I went out and shot some 360 video with the Rilo the Institut 61 and the Garmin 360 all at the same time or just one off together in the same place at the same time so I could compare now the veer 360 probably perform the best because it can shoot in 5.7 K which obviously is a much higher resolution so everything looks more detailed but the Rilo was I think quite a lot better than the insta 361 just because of the level of detail of the capture and how I handled different kind of lighting conditions but the most interesting comparison was when I did a moving video and I went cycling I cycled down a hill in High Park and it was very bumpy it was very gravely I mean the cameras were shaking and you know I kind of assumed that all the footage would be unusable and really unwashed the Rilo the insufficiency on the VIP claimed to have very good stabilization technology and I applied that stabilization technology the the settings in the Apple whatever the huge camera and this is the result and you can immediately see which one performed the best by far the Rilo was the best a stabilizing this footage and to be honest I was really really really surprised how good it was I mean it's basically like using a gimbal it's almost as if the road was completely smooth and trust me it was not if you can see the other footage you can see it's shaking violently and that's really what the rider should have looked like but it didn't it managed to stabilize this video and it looks pretty pretty damn smooth so guys that is what this camera is best are creating smooth video no matter what you're doing with it if you're running with it if you're walking if you're cycling if you're skiing snowboarding it's gonna be able to create that smooth footage that you want not the violently shaking footage that was the other cameras were shooting the software stabilization is by far the best feature in this camera and I've tested it a few times it wasn't a fluke or the footage I've seen shot with this camera including my own has been really really smooth in a way that was usually only possible if you used you know an electronic gimbal which costs several hundred dollars you don't even need to do anything to get this you just it happens automatically you connect it to your phone upload the footage and it's already done the stabilization is there you don't need to do any post-production editing or anything and just to make the point even clearer I did a before and after test of the stabilization and this is what it looked like so basically in the app you can turn the stabilization off just to see the difference so I exported one video with stabilization on and then exported the same exact same video with a stabilization off and then just combine them together for the next to each other so this is what it looks like this is the difference and you'll see immediately that well there is a big difference I mean it looks so much smoother in the stabilized version so that's pretty much all I have to say about the 360 video that this camera can shoot it does a decent job above average when you shoot in daylight it does below average when you shoot during low light conditions but if you're moving this camera is better than any other 360 camera or any other action camera really that I've ever seen or used so you may think that's all I have to say about the video but no because the writer has a whole other video mode that is completely different really unique and really quite amazing and I think this is one of the reasons that this camera is gonna do so well I believe they have what is called a reframing feature technically not unique to this camera the Institut 61 has something some of that and so just the fusion the GoPro fusion now basically what reframing 360 video means is that you shoot your 360 video you go into an app or into an editing software and then you choose what the camera looks at later and then you export that in a normal flat HD video so basically what is is shoot now and point later you don't need to worry about where to point it you don't need to move you just leave it wherever you want and then later on once you've done shooting you just our what – lookout so you will never miss anything you will never need to point your camera you never need to touch your camera really that is the point of this kind of video and this is I mean this is what it looks like you can see kind of what the idea is and I think is the future of 360 cameras in general and possibly all cameras in distant future but yeah this is the best camera for that right now as well I do think for this one reason is that the software works flawlessly and it's so easy to use so in order to use the rylos reframing the feature all you need to do is download the app choose from 360 video connect your camera to your phone and then you can edit away and you can create this video and this is what the app looks like when you edit the video so I'm just gonna give you a quick rundown of what the well the app can do what some of the options are and then you kind of get an understanding of what how this works and how its created so you start off with your video you're just looking at your video and at the top you'll see you have some options so let's just take a look at that so the first option has to cut to change the speed to level which means to level the horizon so if you shot and the horizon is not quite level then you can just make it so that it's straight and a crop feature so just to crop the start and end of your video when you want to start it so we need to just look around your image and think about where you want the camera to look at that moment so let's say you just want it to look at one specific point you hold your finger down and the options will come up and you can say look here if you just select to look here then the camera will you know add a keyframe so and then when you play that video back the camera will be looking at at that point you can also select something to follow so if you wanted to follow a car person you hold down your finger on that point where that person or object is and you select follow there and then the camera will follow that object for as long as you choose now those are the two main options really and you may think that that's quite basic and it can't really achieve much but you can actually do surprisingly a lot with it what you need to do is think about where you want your come to look and how quickly you want it to look there so if you put two keyframes close together the camera will move very quickly if you put them far apart the camera will move a lot slower so there are plenty of options you can do and and once you play with it once you've played around with it for a half an hour or so you'll really get a sense of how this is done there are also a few options for a superimposing an image one lens on top of the other so this is what this looks like and you can do even half and half the half the screen is from one layers and half the trees looking to the other which is the first camera I've seen that can do this the first 360 camera and you can manually control where the camera is pointing for both of them which is awesome so yeah what makes this feature really awesome isn't because it's super advanced or that it's super complicated because it's not it's this is a mobile experience so you can use it on your iPhone your iPad there is no desktop software for this I did not use any desktop editing software to create these videos but I just think they look really good and I think this is an awesome way of using a 360 camera and even for people not interested in 360 video at all if you just want to not bother to point your camera if you just want to put it there and not have to worry about what is looking out and if you're gonna miss something exciting if you're gonna miss something that you won't have time to point your camera out you're never gonna miss anything shooting this way and you can always just choose to look at it later now like I said there are other cameras can do this and they do it in slightly different ways and they do it in slightly you know do using different programs etc but I think what makes this one the best is again this stabilization because it is super smooth it makes using this type of video actually achievable whereas with other cameras there shaking vibrations and it kind of just makes the experience more difficult and more harder to achieve a good looking video the Rilo reframing feature i am super super stoked about i think is awesome so easy to achieve so it's use i will say that it's it's supposed to render at 1080p and the resolution is a HD but it doesn't quite look it because basically what it's doing is zooming in on this 4k footage and then just taking a snapshot of it and that lose makes it lose a lot of quality the resolution is as good as you could even get on your mobile phone but that's the sacrifice you have to make from the stabilization if this camera shot 5.7 k resolution footage then I think the reframed videos would look much better and because they would just be more pixels there to play with okay so what about the other features does this camera do anything else of course it takes photos so if you're into photography then this camera will take photos but that's not what its strengths is it can shoot 18 megapixel photos and this is one I took and it looks good if you view it on a smartphone or a tablet it's gonna look great anything bigger any biggest you're gonna notice some pixelization and you know that it's not really that sharp it's not the best it's just average really so if you were thinking of but getting a 360 camera and you were primarily going to use it for photography then this isn't for you and actually one of the downsides of this camera is that there are so few options for controlling your image you can't change brightest you can't change ISO there is not even a timer so when I was shooting photos I would literally have a second before I press the shutter to get it into a place where I my face isn't the way my body is in a way and it took a few times to do that and you have to be really quick so for a 500-dollar camera for it to not to have a timer feature is really really like a basic thing so I'm really hoping that they update the software to add one I mean it's just kind of an obvious thing that every camera should have so I compared to the photo quality of the Royo against the in Surrey 61 which can shoot much larger photos I think 23 megapixels so this is the result you can also see at Lycia the difference in size and you can also see that in the rail shot I seem to be in a really awkward position that's because I had one second to move from pressing the timer to kind of get out of the way so this is a result of not having a time at right oh you really really need one overall the NSS 361 was the winner in this comparison it the quality was better the light was more natural however the stitching in the rail was much more accurate the interview 61 did not stitch it's the right photos particularly well there was a lot of errors but the overall quality was much greater now how about the app because the app is a very important feature in every 360 camera it's what's used to set it up it's what's often used to control it in this case you can't control the camera with the app because there's no wireless connection but it's still important so I've shown you the reframing software and that's part of the app as well that's basically what the app is for it's a glorified video editing program so I mean it doesn't really do much else what it does it works well it connects very quickly it transfers very quickly and it's never crashed on me it's never you know slowed down it's never lost the connection with almost every other 360 camera I've had problems with the app that it doesn't work that it just works really slowly that it needs ten updates for it to finally connect to the camera for more than five minutes apart from the fact that they kind of missed out on some basic things like the time it should be there but these can be added later and I really hope there will be video stable and it works so that's pretty much it really in terms of a review I mean there's not much more I can say I don't want to go on and on and on about things that aren't really that important I will say a few things that you might be a curious about interested in the camera is not waterproof so do not take it underwater do not take it into water at all however there is a another case that you can buy the creates a waterproof seal so you can then take it on the water but you need to buy the case separately and it's kind of like an adventure adventure case I think it's called will also provide some protection from shock like from dropping or something because the camera like all three of these cameras are very vulnerable because of these huge bulging lenses as I mentioned before you cannot live stream on this camera because the the video is not stitched automatically it needs to be searched in the in the app so you can't live stream and the battery the battery is actually quite bad because well I'm not sure why but it lasts about an hour but I expected it to be better because there isn't that connection with the phone which is usually what drains batteries in 360 cameras okay so I think that that's about all I have to say of this camera I'm just going to kind of go through the positives and negatives of what I think this this camera can do so the positives number one stabilization best 360 camera for creating smooth stabilized video ever BarNone not even a close competition number two the the reframing app-v of the over capture reframing feature is great really easy to use and works very well and number three the 360 video is good it's decent it's very detailed deal hood lightens of the Calavera and stitches very accurately so it's above average in that regard some of the downsides of this camera is that it doesn't work when and lowlights and i've not seen any video shot with his camera that's at nighttime where it's really done a very good job the other annoying thing is that this has very little control of the image of the video quality of basically any options there are hardly any options in the app to control anything to do this camera you basically turn it on select if you want high quality video or medium quality video why you use ever want medium who knows but basically that's what we have any other general lack of customization or any kind of options available and then I guess the only other thing to say about this camera is kind of the elephant in the room that it is quite expensive it's $500 so is the camera worth that is it worth $500 you know there are not a cheaper 360 cameras out there that can do some similar things I would say that this is worth five hundred dollars but you need to think about if you're gonna use you know what you're paying for are you going to be using this reframing app are you going to be using the stabilization because are you gonna be moving with the camera are you gonna be you know attaching it to your bike your skateboard your skis are you gonna be running with it how many people that's going to apply to I don't know and whether it's gonna be enough for the next version is camera to be released I really hope so because I think that onto something really good here the software so good so really to summarize there is a lot to be excited about this camera I do think it's one of the most unique cameras to come out this year and certainly one of the best and one of my favorite now there are some things that annoy me there are some basic things that are missing and it is expensive there's no really going over that if I was to choose a 360 camera to go on holiday with right now and use I would probably choose this one and I own like ten so the Rhino some great software some court innovations and as I kind of 360 camera nerd I like it and I would recommend it so I will actually continue to shoot with this camera as much as I can and upload some more footage so stay tuned if you want to keep an eye out for that if you want to see more video show where this camera then check out my channel I uploaded like four or five now and if you want more information on the specs and more detail you know intricate detail then check out my website 360 cameras comm I've got all the specs there all the videos are used and like you know kind of went into a lot of detail about this camera if you want see even more videos from this camera in different scenarios different environments then subscribe because I'm gonna be uploading some more over the next few days and also from various other 360 cameras that are coming out got some more reviews coming yay okay so that's it I hope you enjoyed this I hope this was useful and I hope it's provided some insight into this camera so until next time bye

24 thoughts on “RYLO REVIEW: Perfect stabilization and amazing editor, but is it worth buying?

  1. Did you have to get this imported from America as I understand they aren’t available in the UK yet.
    I really like the look of this and think it’ll bring a great new perspective to my biking videos.

  2. At what bitrate is the 1080p video generated by the app? Their website claims normal/default quality is 60mbps and High is 110-130mbps. But maybe that's just what the camera records and not what the app outputs. In all the uploaded videos, I am noticing very high amount of compression artifacts. Can this be avoided somehow? Thanks.

  3. I don’t get it! Why do you want to make this camera look good, come what may. Are you getting payed? Actually, I don’t think so, but if you want to keep a good reputation for being an unbiased tech-reviewer you’d better have a second thought on how you approach things!

    The CONS

    All the CONS and complaints you assembled had to do with the camera itself. High price but bad image quality (photos is not what its strength is), mediocre video quality, horrible low light performance, bad battery performance even without offering a WiFi connection to your phone, not waterproof, lack of the most basic features any camera must have, like timer, exposure settings, ISO settings etc. you name it.

    You can not even live-preview your bad image quality! You can’t use the camera without the mounting case that you have to carry around and are very likely going to lose or break when not attached to the camera. Why should it be detachable in the first place if there is no obvious use for the camera when it is detached. That’s simply bad design!

    The PROS

    Beside the built materials and the removable battery all the PROS you mentioned had to do with software: stitching, over-capture or re-framing, image stabilization – which is obviously also done in software and not in the camera itself as you can switch it off and on for the downloaded footage in the software…

    My COMPLAINTS

    You are basically proposing or recommending your followers to buy a software for 500 dollars – because the camera itself is obviously yesterday’s news compared to the VIRB, Theta-V or GoPro Fusion. What is so exciting and unique about the hardware? Your own words at the very beginning of your review…

    And just in case you were talking about the 2!!! exciting software features ($250 each 😉 that the application offers?!?
    Well, when you demonstrated the follow-a-person-in-the-yard feature it actually didn’t work…

    It also sounds pretty incompetent stating that:

    -a power button and a mode switch between photo and video is the only thing you really need on a 360 camera
    -it shoots pretty good video but that’s not what it is actually designed to do
    -the over-capture feature is what makes this camera so good
    -the kind of video you really should be creating is a flattened out over-captured 1080p video
    -if this camera shot 5.7k videos it would look…

    Wow – that’s bad news for the still very young 360 community if people started to take your words seriously! A 360 VR experience has nothing to do with flattening out your whole content to a narrow old school ‚ready for facebook’ video. There is way more in the concept of 360 than that. If you even consider to glorify an application whose main focus is doing just this, and only this – than you are definitely on the wrong train.

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    A concrete definition about how even basic storytelling in 360 could possibly work is yet to be discovered and will probably never happen if statements like yours above will become the reference for many 360 newbies when it comes to calibrating their compasses for this new medium. As a tech-reviewer that people are listening to you do have a considerable responsibility – so better weigh your words very carefully and be well informed. Strive for quality and not for blah-blah!

    Also your words:
    …former software developers of Instagram and Apple that – when they developed their camera – wanted to focus mainly on the software…
    -> Well, then they better should be focusing on writing software and not on producing and selling outdated hardware!!! Leave that to Apple – they know best how to sell their last generation technology to their customers…
    …the app is a very important part of any 360 camera because it is used to manually control the camera and set it up…
    -> The Rylo app does nothing the camera itself could actually benefit from. It offers strictly post-production features.

    STATE OF THE UNION

    I am totally with you and the Rylo guys when it comes to the software vs. hardware discussion. For quite some years now mobile software does not keep up with the advances in mobile hardware development, for whatever reason this might be. And that‘s the main reason why e.g. the market for tablets is not performing very well. Functional circumcised poorly designed desktop application clones (with a few exceptions only) on very powerful and rather pricey hardware like iPads.

    CONCLUSION

    We don’t need no more mediocre cameras or other hardware because there are enough very acceptable options out there. And for sure we don’t need no more half baked software hacked together by engineers rather than by creative minds who understand the field they are working in and really try hard to create tools to accommodate the needs of their fellow creative filmmakers out there.

    So when you’re recommending the Rylo camera/app bundle for $500 that is simply ridiculous. There is mobile 360 editing/composition software in development – already reaching the early beta stages – that will let pretty all other glorified video editors look like useless gimmicks, including the Rylo app.

    And then all your followers that have bought the Rylo on your advice will ask themselves what they actually spend 500 bucks on. If not for the software and pretty sure not for the hardware, well…

    But what can you expect from a world where quality control apparently barely exists anymore – not for hardware and damn sure not for software!

    What can you expect from a start-up of Apple drop outs when even the engineers that stayed in Cupertino are doing such a mediocre job these days with their recent iOSes – making us end-users their constant beta testers for phones and tablets we paid $1000 and more…

    FAZIT / BOTTOM LINE

    The 360 world has a different mindset, different rules have to be applied, many of them yet to be discovered and defined. The way we think about interactivity between user and device in a 360 domain has to change drastically and also the way we think about facilitating and effectively implementing user interfaces into applications for 360 storytelling, even for the apparently more secondary things like music, sound design and providing of additional information as well as the user interface for navigating the 360 world in general.

    I don’t wanna be harsh or rude at all, but try to be a little more objective and selective when talking to a bigger crowd who trusts you and relies on your advice. Excitement is a good thing but don‘t let it take over and blur your impartiality.

    Keep up your ambitious work! See you in your next one …

  4. Nice review thanks.
    Was it slow to export the video on the phone? 
    And is there any way to do in-camera stitching and have the stabilisation enabled at the same time? 
    Thanks.

  5. OK… got my Rylo, but could you please do a proper detailed TUTORIAL on editing / using the software (you'd think the company would have a few online already) 
    I cant seem to get a "glitch or twitch free" video after I edit. Its all jumpy and sometimes the footage "slow drifts to the right" after I edit the footage on my iPhone X.
    I know its supposed to be a simple process to edit footage, but all my footage seems to be jumpy and twitchy after I edit. Please make a tutorial using the software.
    I cant wait for them to do a major updated version of the software. Seems to have a few bugs still. Other than that, love the camera. Thank you!

  6. The Rylo is the perfect camera for anything action oriented. I'm about to take mine snowboarding in about a week. When I'm on the mountain I don't want to think about where the camera is pointed or look at view screen or worry about how stable the footage will be. I just want to have fun in the moment and not spend hours editing something afterwards. I also don't want to publish "360 video" and expect people to scroll around with there fingers looking at stuff. I've always hated that experience with 360 videos. Don't make me look for interesting things in your video, just show it to me. I truly think that the Rylo is the future for 360 cameras and this is probably the precursor for integrating 360 cameras into phones. When it comes to cameras there are always varying degrees between the high end professional market and the "point & shoot" market. Eventually the "point & shoot" market pretty much takes over because that's what 98%% of the people are mostly interested in, even professionals want a simple experience every so often. I do wish the resolution was higher and the low light performance was a bit better, but I doubt I will use it at night. The vibration feature is nice, but yeah it's curious why they don't allow you to extend the timer, hopefully that will come in a firmware update through the app. This is really good for a version 1 product, but I think version 2 will definitely be the camera to beat once they've had some real world feedback.

  7. This is the video I was waiting for! Thanks for posting.
    I don’t know when they will ship to the UK, will have to keep an eye on their website/social media page.

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