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multi lens, single shot panoramic cameras are awesome. You can get the 2016 or 217 Samsung Gear 360 for less than $100. Make taking photosheres so much easier.
What Niantic needs to do. And is is on their ToDo list is allow additional photos for portal submission. That way you can submit the detail up close image of the portal and additional photos that show the location. This can be done with out anyone needing any additional camera or much time.
360 cameras are getting cheaper, less than $200 for the latest Samsung one (which is also compatible with iPhones and most Android). [link]
360 tours are going to be different than a VR tour. You would want stereoscopic 3D 360 or 180 degree videos to take advantage of VR. A regular 360 video won't give any depth perception. If you wanted to show homes in VR it wouldn't be too complicated. They offer 180 stereoscopic cameras, but even the cheaper amazon ones are somewhat expensive, and don't have many good reviews. If it was me, I'd probably start with two of these:
Then I would make a setup like this:
I would then pair that with an HP Reverb:
This would be the perfect setting for that headset. The pro version uses a leather face pad that will easily wipe down, the controller tracking would be a none issue for this use case, there isn't a headset with higher PPD or a clearer image on the market, and you wouldn't need very serious hardware just to play videos. A high to mid level gaming laptop would probably be adequate, which would be helpful if you wanted to meet clients instead of having to bring them to your office. Everything you would need could fit in a backpack.
You would have to learn how to stitch the two 360 videos together. This won't be a point and shoot like taking a video on your phone. You would need to be at least somewhat technically proficient. It does sound like a good idea though. You could show houses in a fraction of the time.
You could probably have this up and running for around $2k-$3k including laptop, headset, and cameras, but this still wouldn't be a true walk around VR experience, as you won't have the freedom to explore. That would technically be possible, but the cost for something like that is pretty steep. You would need something like this $30k laser scanner:
If you are dealing with a lot of people, I could actually see it being worth it.