The Insta360 EVO is a 2″ cube 360° camera that unfolds into a stereoscopic 3D 180° camera

Mar 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Insta360 EVO is a 2″ cube 360° camera that unfolds into a stereoscopic 3D 180° camera

Mar 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Teased last week, Insta360 has today launched the new Insta360 EVO, a 360° camera that also turns into a stereoscopic 3D 180° camera. Like the Insta360 ONE X, the Insta360 EVO shoots 5.7K 360° video, and 18-megapixel 360° still photos.

What’s very cool, though, is that the stereo 3D 180° view comes with the same FlowState stabilization afforded to the Insta360 ONE X camera. From personal experience, I can say that on ONE X footage, you’d swear it was shot from a gimbal. If the EVO maintains this level of stability, it will be something of a breakthrough for small stereo 180° cameras.

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So, let’s take a quick look at the specs…

  • Aperture: f/2.2
  • Stabilisation: Built-in 6-axis gyroscopic stabilisation
  • Exposure modes: Auto, manual, shutter priority, ISO priority
  • Photo resolution: 6080*3040 (18-megapixel)
  • Photo format: insp, jpg (via app export), DNG raw
  • Photo modes: Standard, timed, interval, raw and HDR
  • Video resolution: 5760×2880@30fps, 3840×1920@30/50fps, 3008×1504@100fps
  • Video format: insv, mp4 (via app export), LOG
  • Video codec: h.264
  • Video bitrate: Up to 100Mbps
  • Video modes: Standard, timelapse, log, HDR
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth BLE 4.0, 5G WiFi up to 20 metres
  • Storage: microSD card slot, max storage 128GB
  • Charge time: 90 mins
  • Run time: 65 mins
  • Dimensions: 50.3 x 49 x 52.54mm (folded) / 98.4 x 49 x 26.27mm (unfolded)
  • Weight: 113g

Looking at the specs, it seems very similar to the Insta360 ONE X on paper, although I wouldn’t see this as an upgrade to or direct replacement for the ONE X. I think if you’re going to be using a 360° camera in more challenging environments where you might otherwise use an action camera, then the Insta360 ONE X is still almost certainly the way to go.

If you need a more casual take-anywhere 360° camera that you can also use to create immersive 3D content, then the Insta360 EVO could be the best option available today. At least for the price. I mean, look how happy this guy is!

One thing to note is that the Insta360 EVO doesn’t appear to have an LCD on it. Anywhere.

There’s nothing on the top or the sides to indicate much of anything, really. You’ve got what appears to be a couple of buttons, presumably to power the unit on and off, switch between photo & video modes and then either shoot a photo or start/stop recording video. On the side, we simply see the microSD card slot and micro USB (why no Type-C?) socket for charging.

Presumably, the lack of LCD means the control and operating is almost 100% from your phone screen, save for the couple of quick buttons on the top of the Insta360 EVO unit itself.

Along with the new camera, Insta360 has also released Insta360 VR, a new app for Oculus Go, HTC VIVE Focus and Samsung Gear VR which allows you to connect the EVO directly to a headset for streamlined wireless playback and transfer.

There’s also a new Insta360 HoloFrame, designed specifically for your phone’s display. It claims to allow you to watch 3D photos and video with the naked eye. “It’s simple, mind-blowing and feels like magic” their press release says. We plan to visit Insta360 on their stand at NAB next month, so we’ll put that claim to the test!

Immersive 3D video is something I’ve been following and interested in for a while now. I was very disappointed when YI told me that the YI VR180 wasn’t actually going to be coming to market as a retail product. It’s also why I was so excited about the Weeview SID camera just a few months ago, despite having some issues, and only shooting flat footage and photos, not 180° content that you can move your head around in.

The Insta360 EVO is available to pre-order now for $419.99, and we are told it will be shipping very soon. You can find out more on the Insta360 website.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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5 responses to “The Insta360 EVO is a 2″ cube 360° camera that unfolds into a stereoscopic 3D 180° camera”

  1. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    If you take the main image as the leading example…

    The guy is wearing a VR headset with his camera sat beside him so he can see things in VR? :)

    1. jrb Avatar
      jrb

      it has 180 degrees field of view when in stereoscopic mode. So in theory he should be able to tilt his head to that extent and still be seeing what the camera sees.

      I’m just not sure it’s possible to get THAT much excitement out of a slightly different camera position.. especially in THAT room! ;-) Maybe he’s streaming video / photos from the camera?

      1. Awkn Star Avatar
        Awkn Star

        Because it’s stereoscopic! That is, true 3D, just like real vision. Normal 360 videos are *not* stereoscopic. You need two cameras side by side to get stereoscopic.

  2. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    Stereo 3d is fun until it gives you a headache and 360 video is cool but the software never perfectly erases the camera and gimbal.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Yeah, the headaches can be a pain, but I find that’s mostly due to lack of stabilisation. Even with a gimbal it can be a bit iffy sometimes, so I’m curious to see how well the FlowState stabilisation holds up (if at all) in this regard.