Apply to the Street View Camera Loan Program

Interested in 360 cameras? Wondering what all the fuss is about? Interested in testing a 360 camera and discovering how you can create your own Street View 360 images? Read on!

Google announced an expansion of the Street View camera loan program to include 360 cameras. Currently available to loan in the Netherlands, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Apply to borrow a Street View camera, by filling out the form and explain a bit about any projects you have in mind. If you participate in the Local Guides program they will fast-track your application. If you are selected, you will be able to retain the camera for 45 days, with the possibility of an extension.

After I had applied, it took around 3-4 weeks to receive a reply that my application was accepted 🙂 You then have to use another form to confirm you still want to participate and proceed with the program.

Once they receive your response, they will proceed with the loan and ship the equipment in 2 weeks time. I received the item shipped email after 11 days.

This is the equipment that I was sent.

  • 1 Ricoh Theta S
  • 1 Camera Pouch
  • 1 USB Cable
  • 1 Monopod
  • 1 Mini Tripod
  • 1 Helmet Mount
  • Disposable adhesive strips (for helmet mount)

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Stitch Samsung Gear 360 Photos Online for Free

You can now stitch Samsung Gear 360 photos online for free with NadirPatch.com, a web-based service that offers several tools for editing 360 photos.

All you have to do is simply upload an unstitched photo in double circular fisheye format and it will stitch it into standard equirectangular form. This could mean there’s no longer any need to have high end Samsung phone to work the Gear 360. Considering it’s currently priced ridiculously cheap (less than £170) for a 30mp camera, this is a great opportunity for beginners to try out 360 photography.

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