Insta360 is on a roll right now with great little cameras. Since the launch of the Insta360 ONE X, we’ve seen the Insta360 EVO and now they’ve announced the tiny new Insta360 GO which, despite the name, isn’t actually a 360° camera. It’s a 180° camera, but it features the same Flowstate stabilisation found in its larger siblings for gimbal-free but gimbal-like stabilisation.
It’s designed to be super small, super lightweight and wearable for capturing your daily life or anything you might want to record while wearing a camera. This tiny little camera weighs in at only 18.3 grams and is so small that it looks unlikely to ever get in your way.
As with Insta360’s other cameras, the Insta360 GO features FlowState Stabilisation. And if you read my review of the Insta360 ONE X from earlier in the year, you’ll realise just how good it is. It pretty much completely eliminates the need for a gimbal and is much better than the electronic stabilisation found in most action cameras.
It supports filming regular video and stills as one would expect, but the Insta360 GO also offers stabilised timelapse and hyperlapse features, too. A new AI-powered FlashCut engine integrated into the Insta360 GO software for smartphones automatically goes looking for your best clips and edits them together for you, too. Of course, if you want to be a little more hands-on, the app does also offer full-featured editing that allows you to tweak everything from transitions to colour and playback speed.
The Insta360 GO is IPX4 water-resistant, which means you’re good for rain, splashes and submersion in water for up to 10 seconds. It supports frame rates from 30fps up to 100fps slow motion at various resolutions up to 1080p. The camera does actually shoot 2.7K video (just like the individual cameras on the ONE X and EVO), but remember, it stabilises and crops a wider 180° field of view. So, the final output is 1080p.
This stabilisation and cropping, though, allows the Insta360 GO to offer some features that traditional action cameras cannot achieve. Like perfectly stabilised hyperlapse and the Insta360 GO’s unique “Barrel Roll” feature, which works similarly to the Vortex Mode found on many larger gimbals for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
For storage, the Insta360 GO has 8GB of internal storage, and includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity for talking to your Android device, iPhone, PC or Mac. The battery charges in about 20 minutes, and there’s a “Charge Case” which offers a further 2.5 charges out in the field. The case takes around an hour to charge. Each full charge of the camera allows for around 200 clips with 20-second average clip duration. Ideal for those action junkies who want to film a bunch of tricks.
Included with the Insta360 GO, you get the charge case, a magnetic pendant, “Easy Clip”, “Angle Wedge” and “Sticky Base” mounts, a pivoting stand and base, charge cable, MicroUSB to Type-C cable and the quick start guide.
If this works even half as well as the Insta360 EVO (see what I did there?) then it’ll be a killer little camera. Insta360 will be at IBC next month, so we’ll be sure to pay them a visit to see one in person and let you know what we think.
You can find out more about the Insta360 GO on the Insta360 website, and if you want to buy one, they’re available to pre-order now for $199 and should start shipping any day.
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