I own the Insta360 One X and have already made some 360-degree videos with it, none of which have made it onto YouTube yet, but have given me a bit of experience with the camera. The image quality, stabilization and processing of the films is already very good with the One X. Editing can be done on the iPhone, iPad or Mac, which makes things very pleasant. Many Youtubers use this camera to capture everything in sports and travel videos and to determine the framing later - a very big advantage because you don't have to worry about the image section during the recording.
The modular design of the One R is what sets it apart from every other 360-degree camera.
Now Insta360 has released the successor to its popular One X and on the CES 2020 presented: The Insta360 One R. The highlight of this device is that it has a modular structure and can therefore be used as a 360-degree camera, as well as a YouTube camera, action cam, drone 360-degree camera and stereoscopic camera 180 degree 3D camera.
To get in the mood for the Insta360 One R, I can product video recommend that shows all the merits and does not skimp on sample videos either.
In this article I would like to tell you the most important facts about the new Insta360 One R, which I got from the VVideo by Ben Claremont have taken. Ben has been working with 360 degree cameras for years and knows all kinds of products from well-known manufacturers. In my opinion, his assessment is a yardstick that can be taken seriously. In this video He also examined the video quality with the 360 module and came to the conclusion that the software still needs some post-processing, but the pure quality of the video recordings and the stabilization is already very good. In his opinion, however, you don't have to buy the One R if you already have the One X. That in advance. But now to the information that I have put together in a bundled form about the Insta360 One R.
Currently the One R can only be ordered via the Insta360 website. There you can choose between two editions:
Insta360 One R Twin Edition
Insta360 One R 1-Inch Edition
The Insta360 One R is available in various combinations. The Twin Edition and the 1-Inch Edition are particularly in focus (photos: Insta360).
In the Twin Edition you will find the 4K module and the 360 degree module, while in the 1-Inch Edition you have the module with the 1-inch sensor. The following parts are also included in each bundle:
1x core module
1x battery base
1x lens protector
1x mounting frame
In addition to these two editions, there are other sets on the Insta360 website, such as the Expert Edition, the Trio Edition and the possibility of putting together your own set. If you want to do that, please follow this link and then click on "Create your own bundle".
Thanks to the good low-light performance, Insta360 was also able to implement a starlapse mode in which, for example, star trails can be made visible.
The most important points at a glance
Since hardly anyone has been able to put the camera through its paces and the software behind it is only in the beta stage, I wanted to collect the facts that are known about the One R so far:
It has a modular structure and the following elements: 1-inch wide-angle module, dual-lens 360-degree module, core module (elementary for control), 4K wide-angle module, battery case and boosted battery case. This allows you to take them apart and put them together with selected components to create a completely different camera for different purposes.
You can currently choose from three different assembly options: the 360-degree assembly (for 360-degree photos and videos), the 4K assembly (for regular photos and videos in 4K resolution) and the 1-inch sensor assembly ( for higher-resolution photos and videos with better quality due to the large sensor - not for 360-degree videos and photos).
The screen on the core module is a touchscreen on which you can view videos and photos and make settings for the recordings. In 360 degree shots you can change the angle of view with your finger.
The red substructure is the camera's battery. Since this can also be plugged in and plugged in, you can take several batteries with you and also use a larger battery (boosted battery), which has twice the capacity of the normal battery.
There is an Insta360 One R Aerial Edition where four modules are built around a drone. This allows you to take aerial photos with 360-degree videos in which the drone is completely invisible. The set is available for the DJI Mavic 1 Pro and the Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom, although it should be noted that the GPS of the Mavic 2 can be affected. With the Mavic 1 there is probably less danger here.
There is a draft for a combination of the One R modules for a stereoscopic VR 180 degree camera. However, it is not yet clear whether and when this will be implemented. But it stands to reason that one uses the modular design for such things.
The camera can be equipped with protective lenses for all three modules. This prevents the actual lenses from being scratched.
Technical data: The 360-degree camera unfortunately has the same resolution as the Insta360 One X. Nevertheless, the quality of the photos and videos is slightly better than that of the One X. Specs for 360 degree photos: 6080 × 3040 px. For 360-degree videos: 5760×2880@30fps/24fps/25fps oder 3840×1920@50fps/30fps oder 3008×1504@100fps. Specs of the 1-inch edition: 5.3K@30fps or 4K @ 60fps.
All three versions of the camera are waterproof - out of the box. No accessories or case are required.
There is a good built-in microphone (better than the One X) and both a wireless connection for the AirPods and a microphone connection for external microphones or other audio recording devices. It was urgently needed.
There is voice control that can be used to give the camera commands such as record or stop recording, etc.
You can control the camera remotely via an Apple Watch app.
There are three versions and prices: 4K edition around 300 USD, 360 build around 480 USD and the 1-inch edition for around 550 USD.
The quality of the recordings is better than with the One R in the areas: sharpness, better dynamic range.
The camera takes better RAW shots than the One X.
For the first time, there is HDR RAW bracketing from up to 9 photos. So a total of nine pictures with different exposure settings in RAW format, which are taken automatically, almost simultaneously by the camera, in order to later add them together to form an HDR photo. The result: an extremely high dynamic range.
The camera supports DNG stacking: This means that several photos are added together in order to increase the image quality and, for example, to minimize image noise. The photos are analyzed and only the good areas of the photos are used and the bad ones are removed. So that you only add the best content from a series of photos to one image.
HDR and DNG stacking are perfect for night shots, so the Insta360 One R is much better suited for poor lighting conditions than the One X ..
There is a night mode for the One R, which minimizes the typical problems such as blurred areas, image noise and motion blur for subjects with little light and prevents wobbling and poor stabilization, which looks much better than "normal" 360-degree cameras.
For night shots, the 1-inch edition should definitely be the best choice, as the camera image is much better for night shots.
There is a starlapse mode with which you can record the night sky as if in time lapse and you can see the moving stars.
The stabilization, which was not bad with the One X, has gotten even better with the One R.
There are other updates that affect the One R and One X, such as "Color Plus", which improves color saturation as well as HDR video.
The One R uses H.265 compression, which means sharper images with less storage space.
The "motion detection" enables the detection of the image area where the focus should be. This allows the image section to be set automatically in post-processing. Up to now you had to work with keyframes again and again to adjust the image section.
The stop-motion effect allows a certain pose to be set for the person and the AI then makes a hyperlapse video in which the person appears again and again in the person. Difficult to explain, has to be seen!
With the point-to-track feature, you can use a trigger on the Selphiestick to specify a person or an object that the camera should follow. In the demo, the AI always kept a skater in focus during post-production, although the cameraman was also driving and the camera orientation changed almost all the time.
The stabilization in the 4K version, which is likely to compete with the GoPro, is very good. The camera delivers very good results even with low-light recordings and strong movement of the camera.
The 4K module can record in lower resolution with 200 frames per second (1920 × 1080 @ 200fps).
The new app has a live histogram with which you can see when taking the picture whether you are correct with the exposure.
Overall, there are many places where you can make manual settings that were not available on the One X.
You can work more flexibly with the mobile device because you can continue to use the smartphone or tablet while the data is being transferred from the camera.
There is an "Auto-Edition" feature, which helps to cut a finished film from the recordings relatively easily.
With the "Auto frame" and "Timeshift" features, post-processing is still easier, as effects that previously had to be created laboriously with keyframes and speed ramps can now be created with a simple click of a button.
With the "Deep track" function, objects can be tracked that briefly disappear from the image area. The software softly calculates the camera work between "disappearing" and "found again" so that it looks like a steady movement of the camera.
Overall, the camera sounds like a good concept. I'm not sure if I'll buy it because I'm still quite happy with the One X. Basically, however, the possibility of combining the elements to form different camera types is an interesting novelty on the market for action cameras and 360-degree cameras. Now Insta360 just has to stay on the ball and maintain the software and hardware properly and they should become serious competition for GoPro.
If you're interested in the camera, you'll find it here in the shop of Insta360. All the bundles that are preconfigured for you are also listed there.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.