Purchasing hardware for AVATOUR hosting

We recommend buying a complete Avatour kit from us, but if you plan to buy your own hardware, here's what you need.

For ease-of-use and quick deployment, pre-assembled and tested Avatour kits are available directly from us (contact sales@avatour.live for more information). However if you want to acquire your own hardware, here's a list of the components you'll need.

1. Camera and required accessories

Hosting a real-time Avatour session requires a 360° camera. As of June 2021 we recommend two options: either the Insta360 One R - which requires a compatible mobile device - or the Labpano Pilot One for higher quality and better ease of use. (Visit our comparison article for more details on the pros and cons of these cameras.)

The Insta360 One R comes with a GoPro-style mount and a cold-shoe adapter, but nowhere to put your phone; along with the connecting cable, a phone/camera mount as listed below is required for use with the One R. 

Option One: Insta360 One R

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Insta360 One R 360° Action Camera OEM, Amazon Amazon Amazon Amazon
Transfer Cable for Android OEM, Amazon Contact Support Contact Support Amazon
Transfer Cable for iOS OEM, Amazon Amazon Contact Support Contact Support
Phone/Camera mount with coldshoe Amazon Amazon Amazon Amazon

The Labpano Pilot One is a single standalone device, running the Android app directly. It's a bit more expensive but provides higher quality and is much easier to use.

Option Two: Labpano Pilot One

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Labpano Pilot One Professional 360° Camera Adorama Not certified for use in India OEM OEM

2. Recommended Mounting Hardware

Most users will require a stand and mount for the camera. A good option is the combination of a mini tripod base and an extendable selfie stick, as linked below. However, any standard 1/4"-20 mount will work. See our article on alternate mounting options for alternatives.

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Mini Tripod base Amazon Amazon Amazon Amazon
Extendable Selfie Stick (70cm)  Amazon Amazon Amazon Amazon

3. Bluetooth Audio Device

While both camera systems permit speakerphone-style communication, the volume is low and quality is not great. For all but the quietest environments we recommend an external headset or speakerphone. We have tested dozens of different Bluetooth audio devices and we recommend the following:

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Office-style headset:
Jabra Evolve2 65 Mono
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Speakerphone: Jabra Speak 570        

4. Charging & Battery

You'll need to manage power for these devices. If you intend to operate longer than the ~80 min provided by either camera's standard battery, we recommend the combination of a tripod-mounted powerbank with a USB-C splitter. Alternatively, for the One R camera, you can order a backup battery, but be advised that swapping batteries requires a full disassembly of the camera mount, which will interrupt your session significantly.

It's also convenient to have a multiport USB AC adapter to power the individual devices, rather than to use separate charging blocks.

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Multiport USB AC adapter Amazon Contact Support Contact Support Amazon
USB-C Splitter (option 1) Amazon Amazon Amazon Amazon
Tripod-mounted Powerbank Amazon Contact Support Amazon Amazon
Backup Battery & charging hub for Insta360 One R only OEM Amazon Amazon Amazon