Insta360 Pro Camera Review


Intro to Insta360 Pro

At CES 2017, the Insta360 Pro made a strong impression, immediately. The first thing we’ll note is that the price-tag takes this out of the realm of possibility (or practicality) for hobbyists or beginners: at $3,000, this high-quality 8K 360 camera is built for professionals, and it has the features to prove it. Sometimes “Pro” is used lightly, but, in this case, this is absolutely a professional quality piece of equipment.

Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Dual 3K lens VR Video Camera Real Time Seamless Stitching for iPhone/Silver/6S/6SP/6/6P - Silver
  • Compatible with iPhone 7, 7 plus, and iPhone 6/6S, 6 plus/6S plus, or used alone
  • 3040x1520 resolution @ 30fps
  • Dual 210 Degree Fisheye Lenses, Portable size
  • Real-time 360 video/photo sharing on Facebook/WeChat, Live streaming
  • Free app, 360 player/studio/plugin, VR cardboard box

I’ve been very impressed by a lot of the 4K cameras I’ve come across, and even had great feedback for many 2K cameras. So, needless to say, being exposed to an 8K (7,680 x 3,840 resolution) device was absolutely stunning. The various video capabilities are exciting: 360-video at 8K can be shot at 30 frames per second (fps), whereas 4K video can be recorded at 100 fps, which actually makes it suitable for slow motion.

Even more jaw-droppingly, 3D 360 video can be shot with 6K resolution at 30 fps. To accomplish these amazing feats of video technology, six 200-degree fisheye lenses are used. The Insta360 Studio software will automatically stitch the extremely high-quality footage for you at an impressive level. This software will run on Mac computers, Windows, and iPads.

Harmoniously compatible with iOS and Android, live stitching and broadcasting at 4K can be done on social media and communication platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat, and Twitter, as well as be sent to Youtube. This can be done via ethernet cable or wirelessly through WiFi, Bluetooth, or 4G– though, if you have limited data on your phone plan, we certainly do not recommend going the 4G route.

These features are unheard of to this extent in intermediate or entry-level 360 cameras, but the fact that they are being made available at this level makes a 360-camera fan drool. $3,000 might feel like a lot of money, but it is a tenth of cameras like the Surround360, and 40% cheaper than the Omni by GoPro.

There are tons of little features that help, too, like a removable battery that can be charged while shooting, and can shoot for at least 75 minutes before running out. The Insta360 Pro also features two built-in microphones, and AUX inputs for external microphones to plug into. The design is ultra-modern and very aesthetically impressive.

The exact release date has not been announced, but it is expected that this will be released in the second quarter, potentially in April of 2017.

If you are a professional content producer who plans on making money with 360 content, a device like this can be considered an absolutely worthwhile investment. If you’re a hobbyist, as tempting as this device is, there is probably something available in a lower price-range that better suits what you need.

Final Thoughts: Insta360 Pro

With all this in mind, this the camera is potentially the optimum blend of the best features currently available in VR-capturing technology with a reasonable price tag: so, the value is there, if you’re looking for the best.

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