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Insta360 One R Review: 30 Features and Disadvantages, FAQ and Resource Page (updated October 14, 2020) – 360 Rumors

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Here are 30 features and disadvantages of the Insta360 One R, based on my hands-on use as a beta tester, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the One R. Updated: October 14, 2020 (new app tutorial). Originally posted: January 7, 2020.

Executive Summary

Insta360 One R is a modular 360 camera that can be converted into other cameras such as a 4K action camera, a 1-inch sensor camera, or a 360 drone camera. Here are my hands-on comparisons for video quality and stabilization:

Here is the launch video:

Insta360 One R modules available at launch

With the One R, a user can select the best camera for the job. For example, the 360 module can be used for “impossible” third-person view shots, the 4K wide angle module for more detail and for slow motion (up to 1080p at 200 fps), or the 1-inch wide angle mod for the best image quality and low light performance.

Insta360 One R Features and Specifications

Insta360 One R (360 module)Insta360 One XLensestwo fisheye lensestwo fisheye lensesField of viewfully sphericalfully sphericalAperturef/2.0f/2.0ProcessorTBDunspecified AmbarellaPhoto resolution6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG rawVideo resolution5760 x 2880, 30fps 3840 x 1920 @ 50fps 3840 x 1920 @ 30fps 3008 x 1504 @ 100fps mp4 (log mode available)5760 x 2880, 30fps 3840 x 1920 @ 50fps 3840 x 1920 @ 30fps 3008 x 1504 @ 100fps mp4 (log mode available)Bitrate100 mbps, H.265100 mbps, H.264LCD screenOLED touchscreenLCD screenBullet time video3008 x 1504 @ 100fps fully spherical variable aspect ratio3008 x 1504 @ 100fps fully spherical variable aspect ratioLive streaming:Yes, stabilized. Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, WeiboYes, stabilized. Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, WeiboShutter speed:1/8000 to 120 seconds1/8000 to 120 secondsISO:100 to 3200100 to 3200Stabilization:6-axis gyro-based image stabilization6-axis gyro-based image stabilizationMicrophonesstereo, optional USB microphone adapterstereoVoice controlYesnoneConnector:Frame has GoPro mount and 1/4-20 tripod adapter1/4-20 tripod connectorUSB ConnectorType CMicro USBStorage:one Micro SD up to 128GBone Micro SD up to 128GBWorking humidity:TBDTBDTemperature:TBDTBDWaterproof:YesNo (TWO TYPES of waterproof housing accessories available)Connectivity:5G WiFi, Bluetooth LE 4.05G WiFi, Bluetooth LE 4.0Compatibility:iOS, Android, Windows, MaciOS, Android, Windows, MacDimensions:TBD115 x 48 x 28 mmWeight:130g without frame 165g with frame115g with battery 90.9 without battery

Usability

I’ve been shooting with the One R since December 2019 and have been quite impressed. The touchscreen makes the One R much easier to use than the One X. I’m able to change almost all the settings that are in the smartphone app. The OLED touchscreen is also much easier to see in daylight compared to the One X or other 360 cameras with ordinary LCD screens.

The One R app is similar to that of the One X although the keyframing controls have been changed to be slightly faster, although it takes some getting used to. One of the biggest improvements to its workflow is that you can now edit photos and videos without downloading them. This is not only faster, but also ensures that your 360 videos won’t fill your phone’s memory. Another key difference is that the One R app’s object tracking is now AI-assisted and far more robust, and can even track subjects that are partially obstructed. Also new for the One R app is an editor that can import and combine photos and videos not just from the One R but also from your camera’s gallery — including your smartphone photos and videos, but also theoretically any other camera from any manufacturer.

As for the modular aspect, I love the versatility of being able to have a non-360 camera for situations that don’t require multiple angles or the stabilization of a 360 camera. However, I found that I seldom had the time to reconfigure the One R in the field, especially the 1-inch module, which requires removing the front element to switch modules. I think it would be better if the One R had a non-360 mode like the GoPro MAX, or had a core that could support both a 360 module and the non-360 4K module so that I could quickly switch between the two shooting modes. Alternatively, for prosumers, it may be worth getting two separate bodies – one with a 360 module and the other with either the 4K module or the 1-inch module. (Note that the total cost of two bodies would still be less than the cost of a GoPro MAX and Hero 8).

Tutorial

Here’s how to use the Insta360 One R, including setup, shooting and sharing your 360 photos and videos.

Here is a tutorial for the new app:

Photo and video quality

I found the video quality of the 360 module to be about the same as that of the One X for detail, dynamic range, and noise. However, the One X had smoother stitching for objects at the stitch line, close to the camera. On the other hand, the One R had slightly better stabilization than that of the One X.

As for the 4K module, it had comparable quality and stabilization to the GoPro Hero 8 in daylight. The 1-inch module, on the other hand, was incredible. It has exceptional quality that far exceeds that of the Hero 8 or Osmo Action in detail, dynamic range, noise, and color depth. Its stabilization in daylight is similar to that of the Hero 8 and Osmo Action. In low light, both the 4K module and 1-inch module appear to have much better stabilization than the Hero 8, although they also seem to have more noticeable motion blur.

I’ve also been most impressed with the One R’s photo quality. I was surprised that the One R can do a 9-shot HDR in Raw+JPEG with almost no ghosting. I’ve also been able to use a new feature called Night View, which takes a burst of 9 Raw DNG photos, then uses median stacking to reduce noise. In addition, the 9th shot is underexposed by 4EV and is used to capture highlights. The result is a photo with excellent dynamic range and very low noise. Surprisingly, the photos have shown no visible ghosting even though it combines nine photos. Note that Night View can be used in daylight, not just in low light, and it is available for all modules.

Sample videos and photos

You can download these sample videos and sample photos (for personal use only – do not post anywhere). Here is an official sample from Insta360:

Here are sample videos from my comparison videos:

Here is a sample starlapse (star trails) video:

Here are sample 360 photos shot in Night Mode / Night View / Night Shot, which takes a burst of 9 photos in Raw DNG and stacks them, with no ghosting.

Conclusion

The Insta360 One R is a truly remarkable camera with a bold and revolutionary concept. Like the first iPhone and iPad, it anticipates users’ needs before they themselves have realized that they had such a need. In this case, the One R addresses several problems: it combines the stabilization and third person view of 360 cameras with the detail and slow motion capture capability of action cameras by providing the user with the option to switch between both types of cameras as needed. It is also the first “invisible” drone camera with stabilization. Just as importantly, it is upgradeable, and can therefore remain relevant for several product cycles.

These advantages are in addition to its other features: its touchscreen, waterproofing, and new tracking and editing features, including the ability to edit without downloading.

The One R’s 360 module does not offer better video quality than the One X, GoPro MAX, or Qoocam 8K, but these many unique advantages far outweigh the incremental difference in image quality in other cameras, therefore I highly recommend the One R as the most practical 360 camera for most users.

Insta360 One R price and availability

The Insta360 One R Twin Edition (with a 360 module and the 4K wide angle module) is now available for $479.

Here are the other bundles:$299 4K Edition (with 4K module, core, battery)$449 360 Edition (with 360 module, core, battery ) – currently not in stock.$479 Twin Edition (with 360 module and 4K module, core, battery)$549 1-inch Edition (with 1-inch module, core, battery)$549 Drone Edition for Mavic Pro 1 (with the Split-Lens 360 module that can be used as a standalone 360 camera or a 360 drone camera, core, battery, drone mount)$549 Drone Edition for Mavic Pro 2 (with Split-Lens 360 module that can be used as a standalone 360 camera or a 360 drone camera, core, battery, drone mount)

You can also purchase additional modules separately:$99 4K module$199 360 dual-lens module$299 1-inch module$349 Aerial Add-on: includes the Split-Lens Module and the drone mount

FAQ

General questions

1.1. What is the weight?With 360 module 130gWith 360 module and frame 165gWith 4k module 120gWith 4k module and frame 155g

1.2. How do you set the date and time?Connect to the app. It will set the date and time based on your phone.

1.3. Do the date and time reset if the battery is removed or drained?No (unless the battery is drained for a long time).

1.4. Does Insta360 One R use Micro USB or Type C?USB Type C.

1.5. I looked in the camera playback screen or on my phone and the video has poor stitching, low resolution and/or low dynamic range.That’s because you’re looking at only a low-resolution preview. To see the actual image quality, you need to download the video to your app or to the desktop. You’ll see improved resolution, and stabilization. In addition, you will only see improved stitching after the video has already been stitched.

1.6. How do I connect the camera to the app? What is the Wi-Fi password?Here’s how to connect:1. Turn on the camera2. Launch the app.3. From the app, tap on the camera icon.4. Tap on the Connect button.5. Wait a few seconds for the app to find the camera and tap on the camera. (If your app cannot find your camera, see FAQ #11.3 under Troubleshooting below.)6. For Android, the app will prompt you to go to connect to the camera’s wi-fi via your phone’s settings. Choose the camera’s wi-fi signal (enter the password 88888888). Then go back to the app. Note: it may take several seconds before the One R’s Wi-Fi signal appears on your list of available wireless networks.

360 module (Dual Lens vs Split Lens)

2.1 How many types of 360 modules are there? Two. The dual-lens 360 module included with the Twin Edition or the 4K Edition is a single module with two lenses. The split-lens 360 module in the Aerial Edition or the 3D Edition is actually two modules that can be combined into 360 or split apart and used for the drone edition or the 3d edition.

2.2 Should you get the split-lens instead of dual lens? The split-lens is more versatile because it can be used for VR180 or for an invisible drone effect, but the split-lens is that it is not waterproof and has no bullet time mode.

2.3. Why does the video quality on my 4K phone / camera look better than the 5.7K video on the 360 module?Because the 5.7K resolution of a 360 video is spread out over 360 degrees. Your phone’s 4K video is spread out over around 70 degrees. So your phone or non-360 camera will have more pixels per degree. For a better comparison, use the 4K module, or the 1-inch module.

4K module

3.1. What is the 4K module?It is a partial fisheye lens with 16.4mm equivalent focal length paired with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, similar to the field of view of a GoPro Hero8.

3.2. Should I get both the 4k module and 1-inch module or are they redundant? They are mostly redundant. If you prefer the 1-inch module, you can get the 1-inch edition and add the 360 module.

3.3. Does the 4K module have any advantages over the 1-inch module? Yes.- The 4K is cheaper.- When used with a dive case, it can be used up to 60 meters. 1-inch maxes out at 30 meters. – The 4K has a minimum focal distance of 30cm, while the minimum focal distance of the 1-inch is around 50 to 60cm. (see FAQ 4.5 below)- The 4K has HDR Video mode, while the 1-inch does not.

3.4. Is it wider than the 1-inch? No, the 1-inch is wider (14.4mm) vs the 4K (16.4mm equivalent).3.5. Can you use two of the 4K mods for 360? No. Insufficient field of view.

3.6. Can you use two of them for VR180 (3D 180)? No. Insufficient field of view.

3.7. Can you use two of them for non-VR 3D? Yes, with the 3D Edition.

1-inch module

4.1 What is the 1-inch module?It is a rectilinear ultrawide lens (equivalent to 14.4mm focal length) co-designed with Leica, and paired with a 1-inch sensor with 5.3K video.

4.2. Is it fisheye or rectilinear? It is partial fisheye, similar to GoPro.

4.3. Is it stabilized? Yes, but the stabilization is not as good as a 360 video. It has similar stabilization as the 4K module.

4.4. What is the aperture? f/3.2.

4.5. Does it have autofocus? What is the minimum focal distance? No, it is fixed focus. Its minimum focal distance is 100cm but has acceptable sharpness at 50 to 60cm.

4.6. How does it compare to the Sony RX0 II? The 1-inch mod has several advantages.- higher video resolution: 5.3K vs. 4K for RX0.- higher photo resolution: 18.8mp vs. 15mp- It has a wider angle (14.4mm equiv vs. 24mm)- has wider aperture (f/3.2 vs f/4). – RX0 is also autofocus, while insta 1-inch is fixed focus.

4.7. Can you use two of them for 360? No. Insufficient field of view.

4.8. Can you use two of them for VR180 (3D 180)? No. Insufficient field of view.

4.9. Can you use two of them for non-VR 3D? Yes, it appears that you will be able to with the 3D Edition. However, it is not certain if you will have full 5.3k resolution per eye.

Aerial Edition, aka Drone Edition

5.1. What is the benefit of the Aerial Edition?You can mount the One R on a Mavic Pro to capture a stabilized aerial 360 video where the Mavic Pro appears invisible in the video. The 360 video can be reframed to non-360 using Insta360 Studio to point to any direction, with adjustable field of view.

5.2. What is the weight of the Aerial Edition rig (including cameras)?300 grams, according to Insta360.

5.3. Which drones are compatible? Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro 2. In the future, they are planning an FPV drone version. No mention of Mavic Air or Mavic Mini or DJI Spark.

5.4. How many drone editions are there? There are 2: Aerial edition, and the Aerial add-on. Each one has a version for Mavic Pro 1 and Mavic 2 Pro.

Aerial Edition has everything you need to shoot with the One R on a drone, as well as to use it as a non-aerial 360 camera:- split-lens 360 module- vertical battery- core- drone mount- camera bracket (for use as a standard 360 camera)- standard battery (for use as a standard 360 camera)

Aerial Add-On is for users who already have a core from another edition. It includes:- split-lens 360 module- vertical battery- drone mount

5.5. Can the aerial edition be used for 360? Yes for the Aerial Edition. For Aerial Add-on, yes if you have the core, standard battery, and camera bracket.

5.6. Can the aerial edition be used for VR180? Yes if you have the 3D edition connector (the 3D Edition Split Lens module and Aerial Edition Split Lens module are both the same).

Battery / Endurance

6.1. What is the maximum recording time? Insta360 claims it can record 65 minutes of 360 video, but this will vary based on use and temperature. With firmware 1.45, Sandisk Extreme (V30 A2) and screen on auto-off, I was able to record 57 minutes 41 topdeblogs.com firmware 1.54, Sandisk Extreme (V30 A2) and screen always turned on, I was able to record a total of 46 mins.

The 1-inch module requires more processing and therefore has a shorter recording time before overheating. I was able to record for about 21 minutes before the camera stopped recording from overheating (I used Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB and shot indoors at 72F).

6.2. Can you charge the camera while recording? Yes via USB Type C. You can also power the camera via USB Type C without the battery connected.

6.3. How large is each file? Is there a gap between the files? Is there a gap after the 30 min limit?The One R records a continuous video to one file (or two files if 5.7k) for 30 mins. After 30 mins, it creates a new file and starts recording. There is a few seconds gap after the 30 min. recording.

6.4. How long does it take to charge?Around 65 minutes via USB Type C. Or 30 minutes with the Fast Charger.

6.5. Can you buy extra batteries? Yes, $29 each. They are more expensive than typical batteries because they have more customized parts and cost more to manufacture than normal batteries. Alternatively, you can get the boosted battery (see 6.6 below).

6.6. What is the boosted battery? It has twice the capacity of the normal battery. It also has a foldable gopro mount, and does not need the frame. When using the boosted battery, the One R is splash resistant but not waterproof.

6.7. How do you charge the battery? You can charge via a USB Type C connected to the Core or you can use the optional fast dual charger.

6.8. Does the battery work in cold weather like the new one x battery? Yes from -4F to 104F (-20C to 40C)

Audio

7.1. Can you use microphones with the One R?Yes. There are two options: there is an Insta360 USB Type C to 3.5mm mic adapter, or you can use Airpods or other Bluetooth headset as a wireless microphone.

7.2. Can the One R work with 3rd party USB Type C mic adapters? No.

7.3. Can the One R work with any Bluetooth headset or just Airpods?It will be compatible with any Bluetooth headset. (The firmware has not yet been updated to add this feature.)

7.4. How many microphones does the One R have? Where are the microphones?There are two: on top, near the power switch, and on the side, near the USB port cover.

Shooting Underwater

8.1. Is the One R waterproof? Yes up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) if you use assemble the components and the camera bracket. Make sure there is no dust or sand in the connectors or between the modules, and the USB port is sealed.

8.2. Will the Lens Guard neutralize refraction underwater? (Updated) No it will not.

8.3. What if I want to shoot underwater with clear video? Use the 4K Dive Case, 1-inch Dive Case, or 360 Dive Case. These cases are designed for underwater shooting and will result in clearer underwater videos.

8.4. Why is the 360 Dive Case expensive?It includes the vertical battery (same battery as the Aerial Edition).

Editing

9.1. Will the desktop app have all the editing capabilities of the phone app?As of launch, no.

9.2. What’s the fastest way to transfer: cable or micro SD card or wireless?From my experience, via USB 3.0 Micro SD card reader. YMMV.

Accessories

10.1. Can I use a different brand selfie stick? Any selfie stick or monopod with ¼-20 tripod connector works, and will be invisible as long as it is within the stitch line.

10.2. How do you make the selfie stick disappear?Use a selfie stick that is thinner than the space between the lenses, and make sure the selfie stick is always in-line with the camera.

10.3. What is the difference between the invisible selfie stick adapter vs. the tripod adapter? Both are gopro mount to tripod adapters but the selfie stick adapter doesn’t pivot.

10.4. What is the difference between the One X invisible selfie stick and the One R selfie stick?The One R selfie stick is shorter and more compact. Also, to unlock and lock the joints on the One X stick, you twist and untwist each segment. On the One R selfie stick you simply pull or push the shaft.

10.5. What are the remote control options for One R?– Your smartphone (Android or iOS)- The Insta360 GPS Bluetooth remote. Needs firmware update.- Apple Watch using the One R app for Watch OS. Note: it can only shoot. It cannot view photos or videos.

10.6. Is the One R camera bracket compatible with accessories that use a GoPro mount?Generally yes.

Troubleshooting

11.1. How to reset the camera? Remove the battery or hold down the power button for 30 seconds. If problems persist, switch modules, turn on, turn off, switch the module back, turn on again.

11.2. I can’t insert the camera in the bracket or frame! It doesn’t fit.Solution 1: make sure the shutter button on the camera is on the same side as the button on the topdeblogs.comtion 2: make sure the USB port door is completely closed.

11.3. My app cannot find my One R’s wireless signal.One possible cause is that your phone may be connected to another wireless signal such as your home or office network. From your phone’s settings, change the wireless network to that of the camera. Then restart the app and repeat the steps for connecting to the camera (FAQ #1.6 above)

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