Ricoh might have taken the lead in the 360° camera vertical with its Theta S. Samsung sidled up to MWC with the Gear 360 with a built-in tripod holding the the device up. But for extreme portability, we ought to give the crown to the LG 360 CAM. The Google Street View team has.
It has certified the 360 CAM and has given it API access on the Google Street View app to be able to upload raw images and movies straight into the app — no need to convert the file. The product is first to get the accreditation.
With the 16-megapixel 360° images and 5.1 surround sound recording for spherical video coming from a device only twice the size of a USB thumb drive, it seems like a great fit for consumer-izing Google Street View.