Insta360 Review

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Let’s get started with a video review!

The Insta360 ONE is such a unique camera, that words only kind of do it justice. So watch this little video I made in the studio. NOTE: There is a duplicate of this video at the bottom of the video where you can control the camera yourself by clicking and dragging around the YouTube video. Thanks internet tech, you’re always impressing me.

Version TWO of the Review Video

The video review above is the “fixed” view that does not let the viewer grab the screen and move it in any direction. That happens when you use the Insta360 Software to edit the video, you see? You can also just upload the basic 360 video to let the viewer move it around how they wish. Below is an example of that. It’s the exact same video, just in native 360. You have the choice as to which kind you want to produce!

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So what makes this camera so special?

I love the auto-stitching and removal of the selfie-stick. This is perhaps a very strange feature to mention, but I like how it makes all that nonsense disappear. It can take a long time to stitch together 360 video, especially when it’s all shot at 4K so the idea that you can hold a selfie-stick and have it be auto-erased without any extra effort, well I think that’s so cool! The end result is that it has the equivalent feeling of a silent quadcopter floating a scary 2-feet away from your head all the time.

The other thing I like about the form factor is you don’t have to “point” it at your face like you’re taking a Snapchat selfie or something. You just kinda stick it out there, and it works. In fact, I recommend holding the selfie stick at about 45 degrees and keeping the Insta360 directly on top. So, there is no need to “angle” the camera back towards you a bit. Also, if you do that, you’ll lose the self-stick-removal feature. The stick should be directly on the bottom.

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Okay enough about the selfie-stick removal bit, what else do you like?

I like its size. It’s about the size of a starter-vibrator. Note that it is does not vibrate. Also, it is not waterproof or splashproof.

Oooookay, well what else?

I like that the media can be edited directly right on the phone. This is very handy and makes for quick edits. Anyone that edits video out there knows how time-consuming it can be. Well, it’s super-easy with this!

Another feature I like is how it can be hooked directly into the iPhone lightning port so you can see live what’s going on. I don’t use it like that much because I don’t really need to see what it’s capturing. It’s capturing everything! If my head can turn around and see it, so can the Insta360.

When you are using the phone to record, it does auto-erase the phone as well, but because your hand is so close, it kind of makes it look like you lost part of your hand in a woodworking incident.

String Attachment

You can attach a string to it and whip it around your head in a circle. Why would anyone want to do such a thing? See their promotional video below!

Facebook and YouTube Live!

Yes, how cool is that? Broadcast in 360 directly to your friends and family. Even if you’re not a social-media weirdo like me, I think it would be fun to put on a little stand at a wedding or birthday and share the 360 experience with your family and friends.

Wait, how does one “Watch” a 360 video?

Ahhh good question. This is well-known once you know, but before you know, it’s not well-known.

Although it’s a great way to do it, 98% of people will NOT be watching your video with a VR headset (well, more in the future, just not right now in 2017). Anyway, most people will see it in the typical rectangle format. To look in other directions, they can simply grab the video and swivel it around. Easy peasy. YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, they all support this. Try it with the second video up top.

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Any weak points?

No serious ones. I’d like “voice cues” when I am operating the device on its own. It’s one of those one-button devices… One button turns it on / a single click takes a photo // a double click starts a video // single click stops the video / long click turns it off. Anyway, sometimes I get lost and I’d like to hear a little sexy female robot saying, “Recording Video.”

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  • Cliff

    Did you ever get this working with your Pixel 2? Or just the iPhone? I’m having a radio silent interaction with Insta360 tech support over it.

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