In Short

It's a big world out there — you're going to want to share it. And not just in two dimensions, either. The good news is that 360-degree cameras don't have to be these huge, hulking rigs that look more like giant fly eyes than something you'd ever want to use, let along lug around.

And 2016 is the year in which 360-degree cameras are really going to take off. These little hand-held cameras see and hear everything that's going on around you, giving new clarity and detail into your everyday life. They're smaller than ever. More portable. And sharing 360-degree photos and video is as simple as uploading to Facebook or YouTube or Flickr — and we're just getting started.

Check back here for the latest on 360-degree photography. The best 360-degree cameras. The best ways to share your pictures and video. And the best ways to explore the world around you.