Insta360 Camera Comparison Table: Which should you get?

Insta360 have become the industry leaders in providing 360 cameras, with half a dozen designs available to buy. Each of their cameras feature different capabilities and price points. Some are targeted at professional film makers where others are aimed at the consumer. Insta360 are also making moves into the tradition action camera market with modular devices and mini body cameras.

In this post I’m going to take you through each 360 camera that Insta360 has right now, what they can do and who they are for. If you are confused as to which Insta360 camera is for you then by the end of this post it should be made very clear.

Insta360 One R

This is the latest 360 camera from Insta360 and represents their flagship product. This is also Insta360’s first foray into the tradition action camera market because while the One R is a 360 camera it’s also a normal action camera.

Insta360 designed the One R to be modular, meaning you can physically remove lenses and replace them. In the standard Twin Edition of the One R you’ll receive a 360 lens and a 4K action lens. This allows you to shoot both 360 and normal video.

The One R features the best quality video and stabilization of any consumer camera by Insta360. The One R also features an updated version of the amazing Flowstate stabilization technology that allows for super smooth video even in the most challenging circumstances.

There are a huge number of features packed into the One R including; water resistance, AI editing, auto follow, DNG RAW Photos, Night Mode, HDR video, invisible selfie stick, hyperlapse and more that I’ll let you discover yourself.

Being the newest 360 camera from Insta360 the One R is also the most expensive (apart from the professional cameras), however you get two cameras in one with the ability to add more later. The One R has the most features and shoots the best quality video, so if you want the best Insta360 has to offer then the One R is the camera for you.

PROS:
  • Modular Camera – 2 in 1
  • High Quality 360 Video
  • 4K Linear Video
  • Amazing Stabilization
  • HDR Photos/Videos
  • DNG RAW/DNG 8 Photos
  • Ai Editing App
  • Waterproof

CONS:
  • Very Small Screen
  • Some Low Light Performance Issues

Who is it for: Content creators who want to shoot high quality 360 video AND “normal” video. Vloggers, action shots, water sports, YouTubers, Instagramers. 

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Insta360 One X

The Insta360 One X is the camera that put Insta360 on the map and launched it ahead of the competition. The small, compact One X is extremely easy to use and can produce some excellent shots.

The One X has the same 5.7K resolution as the newer Insta360 One R so the difference in video quality between the two is minimal. You will notice weaker performance in low light settings with the One X.

If action shots are your thing then the One X is definitely worth considering. The light weight, small size and amazing Flowstate stabilization software makes this one of the most popular action cameras of the past few years. The intuitive app allows you to re-frame your 360 video and create some truly unique shots.

You’ll need to be careful not to drop the camera as it’s very vulnerable, particularly around the lenses. There are protective cases available but these are extra.

I used the One X for two years and it quickly became my go-to 360 camera for vlogging, action shots, travel and b-roll. Today is can be had for cheaper than the One R, so if you want a great 360 camera at a lower price then the One X is for you.

PROS:
  • High Quality 360 Video
  • Guaranteed Invisible Selfie Stick Effect
  • Amazing Stabilization
  • HDR Photos/Videos
  • DNG RAW
  • AI Editing App

CONS:
  • No touch Screen
  • No Water Resistance
  • Some Low Light Performance Issues

Who is it for: Content creators who want high quality 360 video for re-framing. Action shots, vloggers and Instragramers.

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Insta360 Go

The first completely non 360 camera from Insta360. The Go is designed as a lightweight bodycam that attaches like a necklace. The Go uses Insta360’s Flowstate stabilization technology to create very smooth video as you walk with the camera.

When activated the Go shoots video in 30 second bursts and allows the user to capture snippets of their day. In the Go App you can automatically combine this footage using some clever AI. You can also apply effects, music and transitions.

The Go is mostly a vlogging camera that you would use at times when physically holding a camera might not be possible. It allows for some unique shots but the video quality isn’t great. Don’t expect super sharp and colorful video.

PROS:
  • Tiny and Light
  • No Hands Needed
  • AI Editing App
  • Auto Shooting Modes
  • Great Stabilization

CONS:
  • Limited Shooting Time
  • Low Quality Video

Who is it for: Vloggers who want unique B-Roll or extra footage that doesn’t require you to hold the camera.

 

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Insta360 Evo

If you want to shoot video specifically for viewing in a VR headset, then the Evo is the camera to get. This dual 360 and 180 camera can physically move its lenses to switch between the two shooting modes. 180 video is also shot in 3D which provides a very immersive experience for anyone viewing on a VR headset.

Both types of video are shot at 5.7K which looks crisp and colorful, particularly when shooting in 180 mode. The Evo is a great companion device to a VR headset owner who wants to record memories in the most immersive way possible. If you want an action camera then the Evo isn’t the camera to get.

PROS:
  • 3D 180 Video for VR
  • 360 Video at 5.7K
  • HDR Video
  • Movable Body

CONS:
  • Vulnerable Lenses
  • Limited Use Outside VR

Who is it for: Content creators who want to create video for VR headset, either in 360 or VR180. 

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Inst360 Pro 2

The Insta360 Pro 2 is the second generation professional 360 camera system from Insta360. A lot of work went into making the Pro 2 as intuitive to use as possible while maintaining professional quality.

The Pro 2 quickly became one of the best cameras for shooting professional 360 video and has been used by the BBC, National Geographic and CNN.

With 8K resolution and the ability to shoot 3D 360 video, the Pro 2 is able to shoot very high quality footage for viewing in a VR headset. The camera also features the same Flowstate Stabilization for smooth moving video, something not found in other professional 360 rigs.

While the Pro 2 is certainly a powerhouse camera it does use reasonably cheap lenses. For even better quality you’ll need to search for a camera that uses larger sensors, thankfully Insta360 has you covered there too.

PROS:
  • 3D 360 Video – Perfect for VR
  • Super High Quality Video
  • Farsight – Control from a Distance
  • Flowstate Stabilization

CONS:
  • Expensive
  • Low Quality Sensors

Who is it for: Professional VR content creators who want to create very high quality video for VR with an easy to use system. 

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Insta360 Titan

If you are serious about shooting cinematic quality 360 video for VR then the Titan is the best camera around. The Titan features an array of Micro 4/3 lenses that work together to shoot 11K 360 video. You will be able to shoot great quality immersive video even in low light situations. You can also shoot 10K 360 Video in 3D for the ultimate immersive experience.

The Titan blows every other camera out of the water in terms of raw quality and the ability to create immersive video. Watching back video shot with the Titan on a VR headset will be the best viewing experience possible right now.

PROS:
  • Best Quality Video for VR
  • 11K Resolution – Ultra Sharp
  • Micro 4/3 Lenses for High Dynamic Range
  • “No Stitch” Editing
  • 10bit Color

CONS:
  • Expensive

Who is it for: Professionals with a large budget who want to create cinematic 360 video for VR.

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Owner of threesixtycameras.com. Writer, photographer and videographer. You can see my YouTube channel for guides of how to shoot 360 video. I've written for The Times, Digital Photography School and Sunday Express.  

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