Do you remember Google’s Project Ara? In essence, it was a modular phone concept, in which you could swipe in new modules that upgrade the phone’s functionality. While it was canceled, the modular revolution continues. Many products in the market have adopted the modular approach and are succeeding in making it a reality. Taking charge in the action camera arena is the Insta360 One R. I got to spend some quality time with the camera and here I will share my experience with the modular Insta 360 One R Action Camera.
Insta 360 One R Twin Edition: Design and Build
While the Insta360 is known for its 360-degree cameras, the One R is the camera that takes the modular route. The modular approach helps the company stay true to its roots while competing with GoPro, DJI and other action camera makers.
The Insta 360 One R Twin Edition consists of four distinct parts, which include a 4K wide angle camera module, a dual-lens 360 camera module, a processor unit with an integrated touchscreen, and a battery module. You can simply choose the style of video you want to shoot and then assemble all the parts together. The process of snapping all the modules into place is very easy and can be done without the fear of breaking the camera.
The 360-degree module comes with a protective sleeve, whereas, the wide angle module has toughened glass, ensuring that regular use does not easily damage the lens. Even if you do damage a module, the advantage of the modular approach is that they are easily replaceable and/or upgradeable.
As far as underwater durability goes, the One R is waterproof to 5 meters, which ships with it, and you can even get a separate dive case accessory, which increases the depth to an impressive 60 meters. gives.
Insta 360 One R Twin Version: Display Module
The touch screen module feels too small, and not as responsive as the new GoPro Hero 10 Black. However, I expect the company to improve its responsiveness in the upcoming One RS, which is expected to launch in India soon. While the GoPro includes two displays, the Insta360 takes a unique approach, where you can simply reverse the display.
The display feels a bit cramped and sluggish, but the UI is impressive enough, where you can just swipe up to access multiple modes and settings. In addition, it is the first consumer-grade action camera that allows its users to access the histogram to monitor brightness levels.
The module also brings access to voice control, which is extremely useful, especially when you can’t use the touchscreen.
The display module is quite versatile, as it can be easily attached to any module, and feels quite sturdy.
Insta 360 One R Twin Version: Performance
The Insta360 One R is extremely versatile, thanks to its modular approach. The camera can shoot 360-degree video at 30 fps in 5.7K video quality and 4K video at 60 fps using the wide angle module. It also has a 1-inch wide angle Leica module. However, we didn’t get to test its prowess.
Using a 360-degree camera, image stitching was very noticeable, which can be attributed to the arrangement of the lenses at a long distance from each other, which makes a big difference for the processing software to fill in. Because of this, the joining lines that could be seen in the final footage were visible at many points. However, that doesn’t mean that 360-degree footage is completely useless as the quality and view of the video are quite good. The colors look poppy and the colors are on point. While some can shoot 360-degree video and then take a wide angle shot out of it, I wouldn’t recommend it, considering that the camera comes with an excellent wide-angle module.
For 360-degree video, the company’s six-axis gyroscope-powered FlowState image stabilization software is extremely reliable. The Flowstat is paired with the company’s invisible selfie stick which works wonders and delivers great video output. This output will appeal to serious vloggers who like to talk to the camera while giving their viewers a full view of the surroundings.
Coming to the normal wide angle camera, the device shoots great images and videos. The camera may not be as good as the Hero 10, but it isn’t its competitor either. An added bonus is that the camera can shoot in RAW mode and if you’re willing to put in the effort, the images can rival the best of smartphones. However, the image quality goes well beyond the ISO1200 that was expected.
While video also suffers from low-light drawbacks, in good lighting conditions, the camera manages to take very pleasant videos, with a good choice of frame rates, resolutions and fields of view.
The camera includes tons of fun features like Auto TimeShift, which essentially creates a hyperlapse, a Deep Track mode, which tracks an object or person continuously, FlashCut auto-editing, which auto-edits footage, and many more.
All footage and images captured on the Insta360 ONE R can be edited into ‘little planets’, ‘crystal balls’ and many more types of effects, which look nice and enjoyable.
Insta360 One R Twin Edition: Verdict
The Insta360 One R is a clever camera that kills two birds with one stone, and does it gracefully. The camera has many pro-level features, and is extremely versatile, allowing videographers to shoot multiple scenes with just one unit that’s pocketable.
In addition to the ability to shoot multiple scenes, the camera allows people to easily swap out damaged modules without needing to replace the entire camera.
The wide-angle and 360-degree modules are both well made, and they’ll survive the outdoors with ease, even in the water. The camera has tons of fun features and is easy to use. Using the One R, you can get reliable footage in both 4K and 360-degrees.
The fact that it allows its users to shoot different video types without investing in two different cameras is its USP and that is why I recommend it to everyone. I just can’t wait to try the One RS whenever it arrives in India.
Insta 360 One R Twin Edition review: Kill two birds with one stone first appeared on BGR India.