If you’re not already completely sold on the Insta360 ONE R from the promo video, are you even alive? The bar for all in one action cameras has been well and truly set for 2020, so much so that I might go as far to say that Insta360 have actually created a monster capable of making the likes of GoPro consider their position in the action camera and 360 space.
The concept is simple — one battery, one processor and a selection of quick-swapping lens Mods. In an instant, ONE R transforms from a dual-lens 360 shooter to a standard wide angle action cam. The INsta360 ONE R currently offers three ways to shoot with three available lens Mods. The “Dual-Lens” 360 Mod, the 4K Wide-Angle Mod and the 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod co-engineered with Leica. Both the 260 and 1-Inch mods have me particularly excited.
The 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod achieves the best performance ever in an action camera, combining a 1-inch sensor with the legendary optical expertise of Leica and 5.3K resolution bundled neatly in a compact, rugged body backed by Insta360’s signature FlowState stabilisation which in my opinion has proven itself time and time again to be the best video stabilisation on the market.
Insta360 ONE R is designed to give creators, athletes and adventurers a single tool that can adapt to any shoot. In terms of creative freedom, nothing beats a dual-lens 360 camera. It unlocks the ability to re-frame shots after the fact, ensures that users never miss the action, and enables unique techniques such as drone-like aerial angles. But for scenes in which action is concentrated in one direction, a re-framed shot from a 360 camera still doesn’t achieve the same level of quality and resolution as a specialised single-lens shooter.
These two camera formats have unique strengths and trade-offs — just as telephoto and wide-angle setups on an SLR camera have equal but opposite strengths. The only way to take advantage of both formats is with an easy, efficient way to switch from one to the other on the fly. ONE R is just that.
Best quality ever in an action cam.
The ONE R redefines what’s possible with an action cam. Each of its three available Mods unlock breakthrough imaging and quality.
Dual-Lens 360 Mod: This Mod supports 5.7K capture on two lenses that cover every direction at once. It enables a real-time 360-degree preview on ONE R’s touchscreen, while innovations like Color Plus, HDR video and Night Shot achieve the best colour accuracy and low-light performance in any consumer 360 camera.
4K Wide Angle Mod: Ready for 4K@60fps, this Mod captures crisp, vibrant, stabilised action and supports up to 8x slow mo. Its reversible design lets you flip the touchscreen from back to front in a snap — perfect for getting real-time feedback when filming yourself.
1-Inch Wide Angle Mod co-engineered with Leica: This Mod achieves a level of quality never before seen in an action cam. The 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod uses a best-in-class 1-inch sensor to capture brilliant 5.3K video and 19MP photos even in complex lighting conditions. Premium performance in a device that’s ready to go anywhere — the 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod is a game-changer.
Leica worked closely with Insta360 on the optical engineering and industrial design of the 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod, and contributed its unmatched expertise in image quality and colour reproduction.
Smooth moves. Even in the dark.
The ONE R uses a fully upgraded FlowState stabilisation algorithm to achieve gimbal-like stabilisation whether you’re shooting in 360 or with a standard wide angle. Using a smart scene-detection algorithm, ONE R outclasses the competition with stabilisation that holds steady even in low-light scenes.
ONE R is IPX8 waterproof to depths of 5 meters (16.4 feet) straight out of the box. For those who want to go deeper, a Dive Case enables descents of up to 60 meters (197 feet).
No drone. No problem.
ONE R brings back Insta360’s endlessly fun and versatile Invisible Selfie Stick feature. Easily capture aerial angles and video-game-style third-person views by making your camera grip invisible. Invisible Selfie Stick is only supported when using the Dual-Lens 360 Mod.
However. What’s even more exciting is, that if you DO in fact have a drone they have developed a shroud that enables full on board 360 recording and photography. Something that done enthusiasts can take advantage of right away as it’s already available for the DJI Mavic Pro 2.
We hope to bring you so much more about the Insta360 ONE R – With unboxings, hands-on first impressions and a full review in the coming weeks!
ONE R is available to order today via Insta360.com and select retailers worldwide, including Best Buy.
Insta360 ONE R Twin Edition brings together two great ways to shoot — the Dual-Lens 360 Mod and 4K Wide Angle Mod — in one convenient package for $479.99 USD
Insta360 ONE R 1-Inch Edition comes standard with the premium 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod co-engineered with Leica, and retails for $549.99 USD
Insta360 ONE R 4K Edition offers creators all they need to enjoy the versatile 4K Wide Angle Mod for $299.99 USD