Insta360 One R: Everything you need to know

The Insta360 One R (available here) is a modular device which can interchange from a 4K action camera, to a 360 camera and a 1 inch camera.  You can detach and reattach each module like a piece of Lego. It also comes with a full LCD touch screen, housing case and a removable battery.

While the modular design is quite revolutionary in itself, the most impressive innovations can be found in the One R App which features AI that can automatically detect the best parts of your shot, and create whole videos with effects that would previously have required a desktop.

You can color correct footage in just a few minutes, combine multiple clips and automatically track moving subjects. The App has built in presents that allow you to achieve unique effects in just a few taps. Let’s take a closer look at this next generation 360 camera from Insta360.

Insta360 One R Specs

Specs ONE R 4K Wide Angle Mod ONE R 360 Mod ONE R 1-Inch Wide Angle Mod
Aperture F2.0 F2.8 F3.2
Video Resolution 4000×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

2720×[email protected],

2720×[email protected],

2720×[email protected],

1920×[email protected],

1920×[email protected],

1920×[email protected],

1920×[email protected]

5760×[email protected],

5760×[email protected],

5760×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

3008×[email protected]

5312×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

3840×[email protected],

2720×[email protected],

2720×[email protected],

1920×[email protected],

1920×[email protected],

1920×[email protected]

Max Bit Rate 100MBPS 100MBPS 100MBPS
Focal Length (35mm Equiv) 16.4mm 7.2mm 14.4mm
Video Format insv (can be exported via App or Studio),

mp4 (enable in-camera FlowState Stabilization),

supports LOG and HDR videos

insv (can be exported via App or Studio),

supports LOG and HDR videos

insv (can be exported via App or Studio),

mp4 (enable in-camera FlowState Stabilization),

supports LOG videos

Video Coding H.264, H.265 H.265 H.264, H.265
Video Modes Standard, 

HDR, 

Timelapse, 

TimeShift

Standard, 

HDR, 

Timelapse, 

TimeShift,

Bullet Time

Standard, 

Timelapse, 

TimeShift

Photo Resolution 4000×3000 (4:3)

4000×2250 (16:9)

6080×3040 (2:1) 5312×3542 (3:2)

5312×2988 (16:9)

Photo Format jpg,

RAW (RAW files require desktop software to edit)

insp (can be exported via App or Studio),

RAW (RAW files require desktop software to edit)

jpg,

RAW (RAW files require desktop software to edit)

Photo Modes Standard, HDR, Burst, Interval, Night Shot Standard, HDR, Burst, Interval, Night Shot Standard, HDR, Burst, Interval, Night Shot
Livestream
Exposure Modes Auto, Manual (Shutter 1/8000s-120s, ISO 100-3200), Shutter Priority (1/8000s-2s), ISO Priority (100-3200) Auto, Manual (Shutter 1/8000s-120s, ISO 100-3200), Shutter Priority (1/8000s-2s), ISO Priority (100-3200) Auto, Manual (Shutter 1/8000s-120s, ISO 100-3200), Shutter Priority (1/8000s-2s), ISO Priority (100-3200)
White Balance Auto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K Auto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K Auto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K
Where to Buy Insta360 Website Insta360 Website Insta360 Website


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One R Sample Videos

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One Camera – 3 Lenses

The Insta360 R is an attempt to cover all the bases when it comes to providing a multi purpose camera. Insta360 has for the past few years focused almost entirely on 360 technology but have also been making in-roads into the larger action camera market. The Insta360 R provides consumers with the best of both worlds, as well as an optional 1 inch lens for those who want higher quality shots. Let’s take a closer look at each module and see what they can do.

360 Camera Mod

The dual lens module allows the Insta360 R to become a fully fledged 360 camera similar to the very popular Insta360 One X. The 360 mod has a maximum resolution of 5760×[email protected] but has various frame rate modes up to 100fps at 3K. The 5.7K resolution of the 360 mod isn’t a huge upgrade compared to the last model but it still surpasses it in terms of overall quality. 

4K Wide Angle Mod

The wide angle mode allows the One R to become a 4K camera with capabilities similar to a GoPro Hero camera. An aperture of f2.0 and a max resolution of 4000×[email protected] (as well as 4K @60fps) makes the 4K module quite a power house for high quality shots. You can also shoot super slow motion video at to 200fps at HD quality. 

One Inch Mod

The One Inch Mod, designed in cooperation with Leica, does not come with the initial pack and will be released as an optional extra within a few months. The One Inch mod allows the One R to shoot much higher quality imagery; it features an f/3.2 lens with a much larger image sensor than the other modules. This will allow the One R work better in low light and create higher dynamic range video.

Core Mod

The central mod is where the other modules attach to and is where you control the camera. The central mod features an LCD touch screen for maximum control of settings. You can also preview photos and videos from the central mod including 360 media. You can have the core unit facing forwards or backwards.

Battery

The battery is also a separate module that attaches to the central mod and one of the camera mods.

Mounting Bracket

The camera comes with a mounting bracket to allow for reinforced connections and the ability to attach selfie sticks and other accessories. The bracket is compatible with all GoPro accessories.

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Video Quality

I’m sure you’re all wondering what kind of video quality you can expect out of the One R. Each module provides a completely different type of video so we’ll have to go through them individually.

The 360 module has a maximum resolution of 5.7K which is not an improvement on the Insta360 One X, however the bit rate receives a slight boost at 100mbps.

The quality of the video alone isn’t astounding but still impressive compared to most other 360 cameras. While many will be hoping for higher resolution video in my experience that isn’t necessarily what it most important. LOG and HDR mode are available. Keeping the resolution at 5.7K allows for smooth mobile editing which is where the Insta360 One R really shines, particularly when manipulating 360 video.

Insta360 One R
Insta360 One R
Modular 360 camera featuring 5.7K 360 video and 4K normal video at 60fps. Innovative editing app allows you to achieve awesome effects easily.

The wide angle module allows for crystal clear 4K video at 100mbps and is where the camera shines. The quality of the video matches that of other 4K action cameras available now. Don’t expect DSLR quality video but you’ll certainly be able to shoot some beautiful quality imagery in decent lighting conditions.

You also have more frame rate options with the 4K module going all the way to 200fps at 1080p.

The 1 Inch module is where the camera preforms its best. It features new technology that allows for larger sensors in a compact body. The larger sensor allows the camera to capture more light and detail. If you wanted to shoot low light video then this is the module to choose. The One Inch module also allows for the highest resolution and 100mbps bit rate.

Bare in mind all modules feature Insta360’s excellent flowstate stabilization technology which allows for amazing action shots.

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Top Features

The One R features impressive hardware but where it really shines is the new software Insta360 has developed for it. Let’s take a look at what is possible with the One R

Auto Reframe

Certainly the most popular way to use 360 camera is to shoot first and frame later, also known as re-framing. You can achieve some awesome shots using this feature but it can be confusing to get your head around the editing process. Insta360 have developed an AI editor that allows you to almost forget about editing by choosing the best part of your video and creating it automatically.

The AI works out the most exciting or interesting parts fro multiple shots and creates a fully formed video. You can of course go into the framing centre and manually edit your video, but Auto Re-framing allows you to get a big head start.

Point to Track

You’ll notice on the body of the mounting bracket the instruction “Point to Track”. If you want to track a specific moving object, say a dog, then simply do as the camera says and point at the subject. The tracking software will detect the moving object and automatically follow it.

There is a similar feature in the current One X feature set but this AI powered feature is far more accurate and advanced. For instance if the object you are tracking goes out of sight for a few seconds the AI will still track it.

Stories

The One R App’s main editing centre is called stories. Here you can automatically create quick clips from the footage you’ve shot, adding music, transitions, keyframes and filters. This is the most comprehensive mobile editing app I’ve ever used and it allows you to combine your 360 footage with your 4K footage.

Invisible Drone

Insta360 highlighted that this new camera would combine a 360 camera, action camera and drone. The One R doesn’t have a secret set of propellers to launch it off the ground so how does the camera achieve this? The camera has the same invisible selfie stick feature as other Insta360 cameras, but it’s also able to remove drones from video shots.

Voice Control

The One X features full voice control so you can command the camera to shoot or stop shooting and even turn off

HDR Photo & Video

A popular feature of the One X is it’s HDR video and photo modes, allowing for greater dynamic range and better overall quality. The One R retains these features and improves upon them. The HDR video mode can be used while moving but still may not work as well as still video.

No Low Light Shakiness

Shooting moving video at nigh is always a struggle, particularly for 360 cameras. The stabilization technology often results in slightly shaky looking video in dark environments with lots of artificial lights. The Insta360 R has a feature that smooths out low light video and removes the shakiness.

Waterproof

Yes, the Insta360 One R is fully waterproof up to 5m without any extra case. Bare in mind that the camera is only waterproof when the camera is fully assembled.

Photo Quality

The One R features an array of photo shooting modes all of which depend on which module you use. The Insta360 One R 360 module features broadly the same photo capabilities as the Insta360 One X, which is no bad thing but there’s also no huge upgrade here. The One Inch module is where you’ll find the best photo quality.

More Bluetooth Options

The One R can connect to Bluetooth headphones and provide real time audio feedback.

Night Shot

The One R can shoot a stack of images and combine them automatically to bring out details in darker environments. The resulting images are bright and vibrant. Despite the name you should try using this mode in daytime too for extra high quality images.

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Accessories

Insta360 is well known for providing a range of accessories for their cameras, often too many to keep up with demand. The One R will feature fewer accessories in number but this should help Insta360 get them out to customers faster.

The most intriguing accessory is the drone mount which allows two modules to attach to the top and bottom of a drone. Using some very clever software the video shot with this set up can remove the drone entirely making it seem as if the camera is floating on its own.

The next accessory is a dive case which will allow for more comprehensive underwater use. While the One R is waterproof to 5m on its own this may not be sufficient for filming underwater for long periods of time.

A fat charge hub will allow you to keep two batteries charging so you don’t run out of juice.

Finally a pair of lens protectors will keep your camera lenses from scratches.

Insta360 One R FAQ

Is the Insta360 One R an action camera? 

The Insta360 One R is waterproof, comes with lens protectors, a mounting bracket and is fully waterproof. It qualifies for action camera status but bare in mind the body of the camera isn’t well protected outside the mounting bracket.

What do you get in the box?

With the standard pack you’ll receive the 360 camera module and 4K module as well as a battery and mounting bracket. The One Inch model is an extra module that is brought separately.

How do you attach each module? 

The main module and camera modules slot together like two pieces of Lego while the battery locks to both of these modules. You need to lock the mechanism into place to ensure water resistance.

Insta360 One R
Insta360 One R
Modular 360 camera featuring 5.7K 360 video and 4K normal video at 60fps. Innovative editing app allows you to achieve awesome effects easily.

See Also: 

Insta360 One R vs GoPro Max


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