Cars with a 360 degree camera

They make your car safer and easier to park. But how does a 360 camera work?

BuyaCar team
Jan 4, 2022

Cars are getting bigger and bigger - nowhere is this more apparent than with the modern Mini Hatchback and Volkswagen Golf, which are notoriously much larger than their original counterparts.

Generally, the trend has moved towards crossovers - smaller SUV-esque cars based on hatchback models. Examples include the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq; bulky cars which are popular given their raised height and commanding feel on the road.

In the past, big cars like crossovers and SUVs would suffer with limited visibility and could be hard to manoeuvre with such vast dimensions. Thankfully, in modern times, the SUVs with the best visibility tend to be the ones making use of impressive technology.

The majority of new cars come with sensors that beep to let you know how close you are to objects when parking, and many also come with reversing cameras to allow you to see behind. But despite seeming like a gadget from a Bond film, 360-degree cameras allowing the driver to see around the entire car from above are becoming increasingly common.

Cars with a 360-degree camera

What is a 360-degree camera?

To help increase visibility around you when manoeuvring, a 360-degree car camera produces a useful bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. This gives you a clearer view of where objects are in relation to the car and helps to avoid accidents in tight spaces.

These systems are really only intended for use at low speeds when parking, so at normal speeds you won’t be able to access them.

How does a 360-degree camera work?

Live video from four or more cameras positioned around the car is stitched together digitally to create a top-down view of the car on the media screen. It’s also possible to get a view of the front/rear and sides of the car at the same time.

1. Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai front three quarters view

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Nissan was an early adopter of the 360-degree camera, so it’s fitting that the company was also an early adopter of the crossover. The Qashqai started the craze and has been a huge hit since the first version came out in 2007.

People love how it blends a high-driving position with car-like fuel economy, all wrapped up in a sharp-suited body. Nissan’s 360-degree camera system is called Around View Monitor and has four cameras, none of which are easy to see to the untrained eye. For instance, the front camera is neatly integrated into the Nissan’s front grille.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Peugeot 3008

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The 3008 has been a huge surprise. It’s Peugeot’s attempt at a premium car, and it offers levels of technology, quality, and style not found in its class. It was even a winner of Auto Express’ ‘Car of the Year’ award in its 2018 Driver Power survey.

Peugeot calls its system Enhanced Park Assist, and it uses cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye view, which works in conjunction with the car’s touchscreen media system.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volvo S90

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Monthly finance from £279*

Volvo’s large family saloon forgoes promises of rapid performance and smoking tyres in favour of a more relaxed atmosphere. The interior is a prime example of minimalism, as it has a nine-inch touchscreen display and very little else.  

Volvo’s Park Assist Pilot is only available as an optional extra via the Xenium package. It includes a 360-degree camera, and a system that will parallel park the car for you.

VOLVO S90 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Kia Stinger

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Monthly finance from £326*

Kia’s sporty Stinger goes up against the Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and Volkswagen Arteon. It can be optioned with a 370hp top-of-the-range 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine which is extremely quick, and will go from 0-62mph in just 4.7 seconds.

You’ll need to pick a GT-Line S model car to get a 360-degree camera, although, this will also get you a powered bootlid and blind-spot monitoring.

KIA STINGER BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Range Rover

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Monthly finance from £648*

The Range Rover is well known as the luxury car you can take anywhere. It comes with a range of strong diesel engines, plus a powerful V8 petrol if running costs aren’t too much of a concern.

Inside, it has one of the finest interiors of any car on sale. There are plenty of expensive-feeling materials which include leather, metal and wood. It has loads of tech too - but you’ll have to stump up for a top-of-the-range SVAutobiography model to get a 360-degree camera.

RANGE ROVER BUYERS' GUIDE

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