Mark LaBoyteaux from Hawkeye Media posted a spectacular example of one of his aerial 360s in a comment on one of my previous posts on shooting aerial 360s. Note that this example is using FPP flash that can be displayed full-screen. Click the full-screen control at the bottom right control bar to go into full-screen mode.
Mark uses an electric helicopter. It's called a Maxi-Joker2 and they're made in Germany. Mark says:
"I'm using a Rebel XTi with a Sigma 8mm lens. Typically we'll get around 12 frames for a 360 along with a nadir. More than we really need, but it ensures plenty of coverage. We also shoot some images from the ground to use for the zenith. The camera mount is carried underneath the helicopter, and once airborne, the skids retract giving the camera a clear 360 degree view. The helicopter has a gps receiver which helps us to hold an accurate position."
I can't help it, I'm blown away by this kind of photography. I was looking forward to using some low altitude aerial photography like Marks for a Lake Washington waterfront home we were going to list last year but we didn't get the listing. Maybe next time.