Insta360 One R vs Insta360 One X: Upgrade or Not?

With the release of the Insta360 One R many people are wondering if now is the time to upgrade from the Insta360 One X. The One R is a completely new design and features a modular system where you can switch between a 360 camera and a 4K camera but physically switches lenses. The One R also features upgraded audio, Bluetooth and lens technology. beyond the hardware the Insta360 One R app offers the absolute best video editing experience available on the app store right now. So, is it worth upgrading to the Insta360 One R from the One X? I’ve owned and used both cameras extensively so let me show you the differences between them.

Insta360 One R vs Insta360 One X

Specifications

Specs Insta360 ONE R Insta360 One X
Aperture F2.0/ F2.8 F2.8
Video Resolution 360 Module:

5.7K @30fps, 24fps, 25fps

4K @50fps, 30fps

3K @ 100fps

Wide Angle Module:

4K @ 60fps, 30fps

1080p @ 120fps, 200fps

5.7K @30fps, 24fps, 25fps

4K @50fps, 30fps

3K @ 100fps

Max Bit Rate 100MBPS 100MBPS
Audio x 2 Microphone. External Mic Adaptor Coming Soon
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),

mp4 (enable in-camera FlowState Stabilization),

supports LOG and HDR videos

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

HDR, 

Timelapse, 

TimeShift, 

Bullet Time

Standard, 

HDR, 

Timelapse, 

TimeShift,

Bullet Time

Photo Format jpg,

RAW (RAW files require desktop software to edit)

insp (can be exported via App or Studio),
Photo Modes Standard, HDR, Burst, Interval, Night Shot Standard, HDR, Burst, Interval, Night Shot
Livestream Yes Yes
Waterproof Yes, up to 5m Only with extra case
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)
White Balance Auto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K Auto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K
Other Features AI Re-framing, Invisible Selfie Stick, Auto Tracking, Voice Control Invisible Selfie Stick
Price Depends on version $399
Where to Buy Insta360 Website

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Video Quality

The One X can shoot 360 video at a resolution of 5.7K. When re-framed this video is scaled down to 1080p, however this may appear less than ideal quality on larger screens. You also have the option of shooting at a lower resolution with higher frame rates, for example 4K @50fps or 3K @100fps. The One R features two sets of lenses, a 360 mod and a 4K mod. The 360 mod also shoots at a resolution of 5.7K. You can think of it as a miniaturised One X. While there’s not an upgrade in resolution the lenses are more advanced and are able to capture higher quality video, particularly in low light, even without extra resolution. There are similar slow motion options available to the One R as you find in the One X.

The 4K module allows the One R to shoot ultra high quality wide angle video, similar to a GoPro Hero. 4K video looks ultra sharp and colorful. Sometimes is struggles in low light but for the most part it keeps up with other 4K action cameras. This module also allowed for 4K @60fps as well as 1080p @ 200fps, which is classified as super slow motion.

The ability to shoot and combine footage from both of these lenses makes the One R truly unique. While the lack of higher video resolution in the One R may be disappointing to some, it’s more than made up for with the addition of the 4K module. If you are only interested in shooting 360 video and the wide angle 4K module is of no interest to you, then you won’t notice a huge upgrade between these two cameras.

The One R has one other module which allows it to become a semi-pro device. The One Inch module allows the One R to shoot far higher quality video than any small action camera available now, including the One X. With a much larger sensor size, the One Inch module can shoot super high dynamic range imagery at 5.2K resolution.

The 360 video coming out of the One R, despite being the same resolution as the One X, looks both more vibrant and sharper. The lenses in the One R have been improved as well as the processor in the camera. You’ll notice a huge difference when shooting in low light where the One R produces significantly superior quality video.

Both cameras feature flowstate stabilization however the One R has been upgraded so that it works better in low light conditions. Users of the One X notices vibrations ans shakiness when using the cameras in built stabilisation in areas with artificial light. The One R reduces this shakiness significantly.

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.

Shooting Options

Both the Insta360 One R and One X are able to shoot HDR video, however the One R HDR mode has been upgraded to provide higher quality video that can also be shot while moving. You shouldn’t try any action shots while shooting HDR video, but slight movement won’t ruin the shot. Both cameras allow for full manual control over IOS, shutter speed and color balance.

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Photo Quality

The difference in photography capabilities between the One R and One X are also fairly significant, despite the specs suggestion otherwise. The One R and One X shoot the same resolution photos but the One R has better lenses and technology. The One R photos look more realistic, sharper and have less noise.

Both the One X and One R feature automatic HDR modes and are able to shoot DNG RAW photos for further editing. What sets the One R apart is its Night Shot mode. When using this mode the camera will combine up to 8 images together to create a very high dynamic range image. You can use this mode in daytime but it works best in low light conditions to bring out more details.

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Software

Insta360 has rooted its success in its ability to create user friendly software for its cameras. The One X App was revolutionary in how it allows for quick reframing of 360 video. Users had complete freedom to create many different effects as well as edit color and sound. With the release of the One R this app has had a serious upgrade and in my opinion is the best mobile video editor ever.

Insta360 have invested heavily in AI to make the One R app as easy to use as possible. You’ll find many options for automatically creating videos from your shots. The App has themes which is will use as a template to create videos for you and it can even re-frame your videos, choosing the most interesting points in your shots.

Apart from that, the One R app features a new tracking feature which can track an object even if it disappears for a while. You can combine footage from your 4K module and 360 module in the same video. You can ass text, music and transitions for a professional look. I’ve found that you can pretty much replace a desktop editor with this App and not miss out on much. I will say that it can crash during intensive processes and that needs to be worked on.

The One R App is my top reason to buy the One R, however you’ll also find that most of the features work with your One X footage. Does this mean you should keep your One X and just use this app? Maybe. Some of the newer effects may not work and you won’t have access to 4K or 1 Inch lens footage.

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Design

The most obvious difference between these two camera is their design. The One X is a candy-bar shaped camera with a thin body and a small, basic screen. The One R goes in a completely different direction and is not only larger, but thicker with a full LCD touch screen.

Both designs bring positives and negatives. The One X’s thin body allows it more accurately stick video, so you are less likely to see that annoying stitch line. The One R’s modular design allows it to be multiple cameras in one and the touch screen allows for full manual control of the camera without the need to connect to a mobile app.

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Other Differences

Waterproof: The One X isn’t waterproof at all, you need a case which is difficult to come by. The One R is completely waterproof to 5m, any deeper and you’ll also need an extra case.

Voice Control: The One R features voice controls which allow you to command the camera to shoot, track an object, turn off etc. The One X has no much capability

Bluetooth: The One X has the ability to connect to a bluetooth remote that can control the camera from a distance. The One R has expanded its Bluetooth capabilities to include Bluetooth headphones

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Summary

Is the Insta360 One R a big enough upgrade from the One X to justify getting a new camera? In my opinion yes. The One R offers huge choice thanks to its modular design. Within a few seconds you can turn it from a 360 camera into a 4K action camera or even a semi-pro camera. If you are only interested in the 360 aspect then the upgrade may not be worth it, but even then the One R offers superior hardware, water resistance and higher quality video and photos.

The One R is on the expensive side, but it justifies this price with a huge range of features and video modes. The One X, while a revolutionary camera a few years ago, now looks pretty basic and vulnerable. Anyone who wants an all-in-one action camera should definitely go for the One R.

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 Full Guide

Insta360 One R vs GoPro Max

 


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