As you probably know by now, NASA’s Perseverance rover made a successful landing on Mars yesterday. And if you wish you could have been in the Mission Control and share the joy – Insta360 takes you there. Virtually, of course. NASA used Insta360 Pro 2 to live stream the entire event and bring it closer to you than ever.
‘Tis the season to give gifts to the photographers and filmmakers in your life. Or, if you’re the photographer or filmmaker in your life, to treat yourself to something special. But what to do get? Well, in 2020’s DIYP Gift Guides, we’re going to show you some of our favourite new releases over the last year that could make for ideal gifts, as well as a few old favourites that still make the cut as classic holiday gift recommendations.
In this post, we’re going to be taking a look at cameras, but keep an eye out for upcoming guides featuring Lenses, Lighting, Tripods, Sliders & Gimbals, and other accessories and gadgets!
When Insta360 released the original Insta360 ONE X in 2018 (review here), it kind of shook things up for the pocket-sized 360 camera market. It shot 5.7K footage with pretty revolutionary, almost gimbal-like stabilisation with better dynamic range and more features through its smartphone app than just about any of its contemporaries at the time.
Well, today, Inta360 has announced an update with the launch of the new Insta360 ONE X2. I’ve been having a bit of play with one for the last couple of weeks, so let’s take a look at some of the changes, see how it differs from its predecessor and what I love about the new ONE X2.
Insta360 has released a teaser website and video for an upcoming camera to be announced on October 28th. While the company has not yet said anything else about the new camera, there are some things about it that we might be able to glean from the teaser.
Insta360 has posted a massive feature update today for the Insta360 ONE R. It expands the camera’s capabilities with several new features to offer new shooting modes, speed up your workflow and improve image quality and colour. Today’s update also comes with two very big (constantly asked for) features, too. You can now use the Insta360 ONE R as a USB webcam, and you can also live stream 360° video to YouTube and Facebook.
Amongst the tiny form factor cameras, the Insta360 ONE R is pretty unique. It’s the first modular action camera that lets you easily swap out different lens modules and even a 360° module. But what makes them tick? That’s what one of our favourite YouTubers, Strange Parts wanted to find out when he decided to dismantle his.
We’ve seen action cameras torn apart before, and they’re usually pretty basic with everything just on a single board. But given the modular nature of the Insta360 ONE R, we know this isn’t going to be your average internal action camera design. And as the video shows, it certainly isn’t.
Cablecams are a lot of fun, but they’re not inexpensive, even if you need just something small for your action camera. There are commercial solutions out there, like the Wiral Lite, but they’re pretty expensive for what they are. Perhaps even more so than the camera you’re mounting to it.
When Kasper at MAKESOME was asked by his friend Mick if he could help design and build one for his Insta360 ONE R, though, he jumped at the chance, and did take some inspiration from the Wiral Lite, but based the electronics off a cheap radio controlled car, to brilliant effect.
360° cameras have become much more readily available over the last couple of years and most of us own or can get our hands on at least one of those these days. Both types of camera offer a lot of versatility, but they’re not always that easy to film with, especially if you’re used to bigger cameras. But they both can offer some great advantages.
In this video, Jordy at Cinecom takes the Insta360 ONE R out for a spin with both the 4K action camera module and the 360° module, to show us nine creative filmmaking techniques you can use to step up your game when shooting with small cameras.
360° cameras have come far in the last couple of years. I remember trying out the first version of the Ricoh Theta and thinking that it was a cool idea, but the quality and feature set just wasn’t there. When the YI 360 VR was released, offering 5.7K resolution, I felt they were finally starting to hit that point. But the tech that goes into 360° cameras has come much further since then.
But what are the top consumer picks when it comes to 360° cameras? In this video, Daniel The 360 Guy shows us his top five 360° cameras that you can get today. Daniel points out the good, the bad and the “ok” for each of the cameras. Possibly not surprisingly, there isn’t really a single “best” camera that’s good for all uses, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages over the others for different needs.
Action cameras seem to come out with alarming regularity, and more players are jumping into the field every year. But there’s been very little real innovation in action cameras beyond improving on what already exists. Insta360, though has taken a very different approach with their entry into the world of action cameras.
Announced today, the Insta360 ONE R sees Insta360 team up with Leica to develop a modular action camera that offers three different ways to shoot. A dual-lens “Super 5.7K” 360° module, a 4K wide-angle module, and a 1″ 5.3K wide-angle module developed in partnership with Leica. And there’s even an Aerial Edition which lets you mount it to a drone.