Insta360 One R 1- Inch Edition Review

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You’re missing out if you’re using GoPros or similar action cameras to film your motorcycling adventures. While action cams do a great job capturing your speed, they don’t capture much else. All you get is a blurry, hazy, shaky version of what’s unfolding before you. While they’re great for capturing the action, they’re terrible at filming it. That’s because their small sensor can’t handle much light. With action cams, you’re limited to recording in low-light conditions.

What is Insta360 One R 1- Inch Edition

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The Insta360 One R is a $1,499, 1-inch action camera that fixes all that. It captures stunning 4K video at up to 120 frames per second and slo-mo at 960 fps, and it produces stunning still photos at 12 megapixels. Plus, it handles bright light like a champ. Unlike action cams, it captures everything in front of you in great detail.

The Insta360 One is a real camera. It’s more than just a camera. It’s a full Bluetooth-enabled 360-degree VR camera that tells you all about what’s going on around you with smart, intuitive controls. It’s packed with smart features while managing to be simple to use. With 16 megapixels, the One captures everything you see.

The One is easy to use. Just turn it on, point it, and start shooting. Smartphone control: use the Insta360 One app, available for IOS and Android, to preview shots, adjust settings, and share creations with social media. Connect your Android or IOS devices to the camera via Bluetooth. The app will pair instantly and let you instantly control the camera.

Features:

Insta360 equipped the original Insta360 One with a tilted 9.2 Megapixel sensor and 2X optical zoom. But until now, it’s been stuck with a 2.7-inch display—small enough to fit in your pocket but no longer large enough for the immersive 360 videos and photos Insta360 One users have come to expect. Insta360 One R fixes that. The One R is outfitted with the same 9.2- Megapixel sensor and a 3X optical zoom as the original Insta360 One but adds a larger 4.7-inch screen. And unlike the original, the One R can record 4K at 30fps, which is 3.7 times faster than its predecessor.

Design

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The Insta360 One R 1-inch Edition is a camera capable of capturing 360-degree panoramic video. While it captures 3840 x 1920 (4K) video at 30fps, it also shoots 4K at 60fps in a short mode.

The One R is as portable as they come. It’s light, uses very little power, and you can even plug it into an outlet if needed. Taking photos is quick and easy, and the One R has a 1-inch sensor capable of shooting 12MP photos.

Functionality

Insta360’s One camera is the world’s first consumer-level 4K spherical camera. The One R features the same resolution as the One X but comes at a lower price, clocking in at $800. The One R is Insta360’s first consumer-level 4K spherical camera, but how does it stack up? We put it through the wringer to see exactly how it performs.

The One R is a nifty little camera. It’s light, easy to use, and its image quality is quite good. With a 6K MicroSD card, you can get 3 full minutes of 4K video. It works well in low light, too. The One R shoots at 60 frames per second in 4K and at 30 frames per second in 1080p. It also comes equipped with a 1-inch sensor, which captures more detail than 2/3-inch sensors.

Price

The Insta360 One R 1- Inch Edition is $1,999.99, making it the most expensive consumer-level 360-degree camera at the moment. Yet, its features more than justify that premium price. Its 1-inch sensor and dual microphones perform well in low light, and its ability to shoot high-resolution 4K video at 60 frames per second means you get smooth detailed footage. Its stabilization algorithms also produce less motion blur and jitter. And its built-in stabilisation algorithms can reduce shake even further, resulting in footage that’s smoother than 360-degree camera footage shot with stabilization turned off.

Pros

Insta360 One R packs a lot of punch in a tiny, palm-sized camera. Its built-in stabilization means its footage is smooth and steady, even in low-light situations. Meanwhile, its automatic HDR feature quickly creates optimized video, even when shooting in a bright room. The One R’s selfie mode is also a standout; its wide-angle lens captures stunning, immersive shots. And the One R’s 1-inch sensor captures high-quality 4K video.

Cons

The Insta360 One R 1- Inch Edition is an iPhone-compatible video camera that can shoot 4K video at up to 120 frames per second. A growing number of professional sports leagues and content creators are adopting the technology. But Insta360 still hasn’t figured out how to make the One R great.

We tested the One R in 30-hour shooting sessions in a variety of conditions, from moving cars to ski slopes, from city streets to dark, low-light settings, and from urban chaos to wide-open plains. Insta360’s One R had moments of brilliance, but it was too inconsistent — and too expensive — to recommend.

The Insta360 One R 1.0 ($400, with USB Type-C cable) is a 12 megapixel, 4K-capable, 180-degree fisheye camera that seamlessly stitches together as many as 13 images captured by placing a circular array of 13 cameras around its circular viewing area (the stereo cams, like the 4K, need to be placed around a viewing area and not on or in something, like a bike helmet). The Insta360 One R is good at what it does. Its size, battery life, and image quality are impressive.

However, the R falls short in some areas. Its new 1.0 version omits built-in Wi-Fi, making it hard to share and upload footage. It also lacks built-in image stabilization (this is an omission, not a feature), which could make it hard to capture smoothly-moving footage.

Yes, the Insta360 One R 1-inch Edition is as good as a Motorcycle helmet. The Insta360 One R is the most affordable 360-degree camera yet. We compared the 360-degree footage with a professional motorcycle helmet from GoPro, and the results were amazing. These 360-degree cameras use the same Insta360 One app, letting you control the camera and share videos in seconds. The user interface is easy to navigate, and the app comes with several editing tools. You can adjust the sharpness, add filters, and more.