Insta360 ONE R
from $300 | Insta360

The Insta360 One R is a modular motion and 360 digicam that snaps collectively like Lego bricks. It permits customers to decide on between three cameras or mods, relying on a very powerful options. A ‘1-Inch Version’ ($550) makes use of a big 1″-type sensor, includes a Leica-branded lens, and captures 5.3K video and 19MP photos, a ‘360 Version’ ($430) captures 5.7K spherical video, and a ‘4K Version’ ($300) features a 12MP sensor that shoots 4K video. The primary choice is considerably distinctive, given that almost all motion cameras have smaller sensors.

To make use of any of the cameras, one connects them to a second cube-shaped unit Insta360 calls the core module, which incorporates an LCD touchscreen, buttons and ports. The digicam + core combo then snaps onto a battery base for operation.

The Insta360 One R has a modular design that snaps collectively. Left to proper: The core module with touchscreen, the 1-Inch digicam module, the battery base, and the 360 digicam module.

For customers who need a number of digicam models, Insta360 sells varied mixture packages as much as, and together with, the Trio Version, which incorporates all three cameras for $780. Moreover, there are all method of use case-specific equipment similar to a motorbike equipment, an expedition equipment, a snow equipment and extra.


Key specs (shared)

  • Reversible touchscreen
  • Uncooked and JPEG pictures
  • HDR, Evening Shot, and Time-lapse
  • H.264/H.265 video codecs (100 Mbps)
  • FlowState picture stabilization
  • Waterproof to 5m (16.4ft)
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB-C charging

1-Inch Version

  • 1″-type sensor
  • 14mm equiv. F3.2 lens
  • Video: 5.3K/30p, 4K/60p, 2.7K/60p, HD/120p
  • Photograph: 19MP decision

360 Version

  • Twin-7.2mm equiv. F2.zero lenses
  • Video: 5.7K/30p, 4K/50p, 3K/100p
  • Photograph: 18MP decision (2:1 facet ratio)

4K Version

  • 16.4mm equiv. F2.eight lens
  • Video: 4K/30p (4000×3000), 4K/60p, 2.7K/100p, HD/200p
  • Photograph: 12MP decision

For this overview I principally targeted on the 1-Inch Version with some further feedback concerning the 360 Version.


Overview

The Insta360 One R’s modular system clicks collectively simply and is made up of a battery, a lens mod and the core module. There is a micro SD card slot and a USB-C port for charging on the facet of the core module. Bodily controls sit on prime of the touchscreen and embrace an influence button and a file button—all different settings are modified by way of the touchscreen or the app.

The Insta360 One R assembled with the 1-Inch module, core module and battery base (L), together with the 360 module (R).

Earlier than you begin capturing, you will want to attach the digicam to the Insta360 app, which is finished by way of the digicam’s Wi-Fi. The method is quick and simple, and the app doesn’t have any bother remembering the digicam between makes use of. Contained in the app, you possibly can view footage from the SD card, save information to your telephone for straightforward sharing, entry tutorials, change digicam settings and edit footage.

One neat characteristic: the core module will be connected in both course, permitting you to position the display in the back of the digicam or going through ahead (helpful for selfie mode).

The touchscreen on the Insta360 One R will be connected going through both the entrance or the again of the digicam.

When you’ve set the Insta360 One R up on a tripod and need to seize video footage or a time-lapse, working by way of the app, reasonably than the tiny touchscreen, can be preferrred for many customers.

Though the modular system feels sturdy when it’s all clicked collectively, the CPU that powers the digicam appeared to have points from the beginning; each time I turned the digicam on, it struggled to acknowledge that the micro SD card was within the digicam.


What it is like to make use of

Though the modular system clicks collectively simply and feels substantial, it shortly turned clear that not all parts are sturdy. Inside a number of days of utilizing it, the door overlaying the Micro SD slot and USB-C port snapped off. With out the duvet, the digicam had a better time recognizing {that a} Micro SD card was contained in the digicam, however the lacking cowl additionally meant the digicam wasn’t waterproof both.

The One R is mostly well-built, nevertheless it did not take lengthy for the duvet for the Micro SD slot and USB-C port to interrupt off, compromising the waterproof seal.

The menu system is tough to navigate shortly. The touchscreen is not significantly responsive, the person interface isn’t intuitive, and altering settings requires a good quantity of labor. Nonetheless, as soon as you’ve got labored by way of the menus and configured the digicam to your liking it is easy to make use of—simply hit the massive file button on the highest to shoot stills or to start out recording video. Throughout my time with the digicam, Insta360 launched two firmware updates, so optimistically, the person expertise will proceed to enhance.

The 1″-type sensor is considerably distinctive, given that almost all motion cameras have smaller sensors.

For video capturing, you will doubtless wish to use the Insta360 all-purpose tripod or the selfie-stick. The digicam consists of Insta360’s FlowState picture stabilization, and you may shoot with out it and nonetheless get secure footage, however I discovered it extra snug to have a grip to carry onto whereas capturing.

Utilizing the all-purpose tripod or the selfie-stick additionally helps offer you a wider view of a scene—particularly vital in case you are capturing with the dual-lens 360 mod and seeking to keep away from unattractive below the chin angles. For capturing stills, I discovered that I most popular to simply carry the digicam in-hand; it’s fairly small, which makes it preferrred for road images.

The 1-Inch module is sufficiently small to maintain in your pocket for road images, however its extensive 14.4mm equal lens has sufficient distortion to create a little bit of a fisheye impact.

Though the digicam has the flexibility to shoot Uncooked pictures, there is a noticeable lag time between hitting the file button and the picture being saved to the cardboard. The JPEG photos on the 1-Inch mod produced file sizes that averaged round 6 MB with none noticeable lag.

I additionally had an opportunity to check the 360 mod. Though the One R is aimed toward fanatics, I believe the 360 mod may very well be used as an attention-grabbing inventive software by professionals for capturing BTS footage or distinctive views at massive occasions like commerce reveals, festivals, or parades—every time these high-density occasions come again. The 360 mod can be used as a webcam, though its habits is usually a bit unpredictable; it is intriguing tech contemplating the elevated demand for high quality dwell streaming content material.

The digicam is sort of small, which makes it preferrred for road images.

When you’re capturing 360 video and never dwell streaming, you should utilize the app to do issues like reframe your footage, add music, create a multi-view and make colour and publicity changes. Inside the app, you may as well export footage to platforms like YouTube and Fb.

I took the the One R’s dual-lens 360 digicam on a drive by way of Brooklyn to see the way it carried out on New York’s potholed streets.

The digicam hides itself in 360 footage, however there’ll often be some distortion of the person’s fingers when the footage is stitched collectively, not an unusual drawback with these kinds of units. The app makes the method of capturing and modifying in 360 rather a lot simpler, nevertheless it’s additionally your solely choice—you gained’t be capable of do something with the 360 information with out working them by way of the Insta360 app first.

The battery is rated at 1190mAh, and in case you are capturing numerous video, that can get used up shortly.


Picture and Video High quality

Though the UI on the Insta360 One R leaves one thing to be desired, I used to be impressed by the standard of the footage that this digicam may seize.

I used the One R’s 1-Inch mod to seize this band in tough lighting.

On the video facet of issues, I loved setting it up as a BTS digicam. The preamps have been ok to seize first rate audio throughout a band’s livestream efficiency, and the 1″-type sensor on the 1-Inch Version made for visuals that held up even in a tough lighting state of affairs. Throughout my time utilizing the 1-inch module, I did not discover any points with rolling shutter.

I additionally used the 1-Inch Version to seize BTS footage throughout a portrait shoot. The extensive 14.4mm (equiv.) lens made it straightforward to seize all the studio arrange in a single body whereas conserving the digicam shut by. Though you possibly can pull footage instantly off of the playing cards, it appears greatest to make use of the app to course of it. Fortunately, there’s an choice within the app to revive footage again to its unique seize state, so the method stays non-destructive.

I captured this behind the scenes time-lapse of a photoshoot utilizing the 1-Inch Version. The extensive lens made it straightforward to seize all the studio house.

360 video must be processed contained in the app and will be exported at 3K, 4K or 5.7K, or for a a lot quicker export at 960P. Take into account that 360 footage could seem unusual in case you view it exterior of the Insta 360 app, however when you add it to a platform that may deal with 360 video (like YouTube), you can view the scene in 360. Though the digicam can shoot and course of 5.7K video, when you add the footage to a platform like YouTube, it will likely be viewable as 4K.

On the stills facet, the Insta360 One R does a really good job—the extensive 14.4mm lens on the 1-Inch mod gained’t be for everybody because it’s virtually a fish-eye view, however I appreciated the distinctive perspective. I beloved the colourful colours that I obtained whereas capturing with the Insta360 One R. Its small measurement makes it helpful for discrete road images as nicely.


Who’s it for?

If you will get previous the clumsiness of the Insta360 One R’s person interface and menu system, it’s a flexible software for content material creators. The construct high quality is usually good, however we want the microSD card slot’s door had been sturdier. Swapping out digicam modules was straightforward to do.

We’re hopeful that future firmware upgrades will make the menu and touchscreen on the digicam simpler to make use of. Finally, the video footage and stills that we have been in a position to create with the Insta360 One R have been fairly good. The 360 module has some attention-grabbing inventive capabilities, and we preferred the wide-angle on the 1-Inch module. The mic high quality was ok to obviously seize audio throughout a dwell efficiency too. At $550 for the 1-Inch module, it’s definitely not the most affordable motion cam in the marketplace, nevertheless it does have one of many nicer lenses, and in case you put money into the opposite mods, it is a very versatile software.

What we like:

  • Modular system is versatile and versatile
  • 1″-type sensor on an motion digicam is exclusive
  • Nicely-designed app
  • Good in tough lighting conditions (for an motion digicam)

What we would prefer to see improved:

  • Micro SD/USB-C cowl breaks simply
  • Menu system is tough to navigate shortly
  • Restricted battery life
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