Moto camera: Insta360 One RS offers swappable lenses, 360-degree filming

Photo: Insta360

Insta360 has just taken the wraps off a new action camera with modular design and expanded capabilities. The new Insta360 One RS comes with a core processing unit, swappable lenses and removable batteries.

That’s a stark contrast to some of Insta360’s cameras. The models we reviewed last year at CMG (the the One X2) came as a very self-contained units, with storage memory and battery both non-removable, and non-interchangeable lenses.

The new One RS instead offers three different lens choices to swap in, starting with the 4K Boost Lens, which offers a new HDR action mode—previously, action cameras restricted HDR to still shots. There’s also a 6K Widescreen filming mode (software for this lens is coming later, says Insta360—“Support for the 4K Boost Lens with the ONE R Core will come in a post-launch firmware update“). There’s also a new 360-degree lens (which also allows 360-degree livestreaming) and a 1-inch wide-angle lens. These lenses can be swapped out depending on your filming needs.

The Insta360 One RS also offers in-camera stabilization which is supposed to be superior to the previous cameras’ systems, and improved 48MP sensor.

As you’d expect, you can purchase different packages as well, starting from an upgrade package (the lenses also fit the previous One R camera). Insta360’s press release says “The Twin Edition includes the powerful combination of the 4K Boost Lens and 360 Lens, and offers the best value at $549.99. For users looking to upgrade their wide-angle action cam setup, the 4K Edition retails for $299.99, while the 1-Inch Edition retails for $549.99. The Core, battery and Mounting Bracket are also available to purchase as a bundle.” Note that those prices are all in USD, and the camera should be available through Amazon and the Insta360 website.

As far as the form factor goes, note the new One RS camera has more of a standard cubish shape, unlike most of Insta360’s previous cameras. This should probably make it easier to mount the camera on a motorcycle, as the older candybar shape tended to catch a lot of wind. Also note that once again, the camera seems to work very well at offering a third-person viewpoint, which is perhaps the greatest benefit these cameras offer to the motorcyclist—while it doesn’t quite provide the omniscience of a drone, the Insta360 series does offer a very different perspective when compared to the cramped viewpoint of a standard action cam.

Note the mounting position atop the rider’s helmet. With the previous candybar design, this mounting position would have been less stable, but it seems the newer design should be better. Photo: Insta360

Put this all together, and the One RS looks like an even more-improved camera for motorcyclists looking for a unique filming perspective while they ride. Insta360 has also been busy tweaking its editing software over the past year, which should improve the user experience. As the video above points out, the AI in this app allows for a lot of clever trickery, and the software really is just as powerful a tool as the camera itself, once you learn how to use it.

See more details on the new camera in the spec sheet below:

Key Specs

 

4K Boost Lens 360 Lens 1-Inch Wide Angle Lens
Aperture F2.4 F2.0 F3.2
35mm Equiv. Focal Length 16mm 7.2mm 14.4mm
Photo Resolution 8000×6000 (4:3)

8000×4500 (16:9)

4000×3000 (4:3)

4000×2250 (16:9)

6080×3040 (2:1) 5312×3552 (3:2)

5312×2988 (16:9)

Video Resolution 6016×2560@25/24fps (under 6K Widescreen Mode)

4000×3000@24/25/30fps,

3840×2160@24/25/30/50/60fps,

2720×1530@24/25/30/60/100fps,

1920×1080@24/25/30/60/120/200fps

5760×2880@30/25/24fps,

3840×1920@50/30fps,

3008×1504@100fps

5472×2328@30/25/24fps (under Widescreen Mode)

5312×2988@24/25/30fps,

3840×2160@24/25/30/50/60fps,

2720×1530@24/25/30/60fps,

1920×1080@24/25/30/60/120fps

Photo Format · jpg

· RAW (dng) (RAW files require software on PC/Mac to export.)

· insp

· RAW (dng) (RAW files require software on PC/Mac to export.)

· jpg

· RAW (dng) (RAW files require software on PC/Mac to export.)

Video Format · mp4 (For files prefixed with “PRO_”, please import into app/Studio to adjust aspect ratio and apply Post FlowState stabilization) · insv (can be exported via App or Studio) · mp4 (For files prefixed with “PRO_”, please import into app/Studio to adjust aspect ratio and apply Post FlowState stabilization)
Photo Modes Standard, HDR, Interval, Night Shot, Starlapse, Burst, PureShot Standard, HDR, Interval, Night Shot, Starlapse, Burst, PureShot Standard, HDR, Interval, Night Shot, Starlapse, Burst, PureShot
Video Modes Standard Video, Slow Motion, Active HDR, Timelapse, TimeShift, Loop Recording, 6K Widescreen

FlowState (in-camera stabilization)

Post FlowState (in-app stabilization)

Standard Video, HDR, Timelapse, TimeShift, Bullet Time, Loop Recording Standard Video, Slow Motion, Timelapse, TimeShift, Loop Recording, Widescreen

FlowState (in-camera stabilization)

Post FlowState (in-app stabilization)

Color Profiles Standard, Vivid, LOG Standard, Vivid, LOG Standard, Vivid, LOG
Weight 125.3g 135.3g 163g
Dimensions (W x H x D) 70.1×49.1×32.6mm 70.1×49.1x43mm 78.7×55.7×47.2mm
Run Time 75 minutes

*Tested in lab environment under 4K@60fps FlowState mode

82 minutes

*Tested in lab environment under 5.7K@30fps mode

84 minutes

*Tested in lab environment under 5.3K@30fps Post FlowState mode

Video Bitrate 100Mbps 100Mbps 100Mbps
Gyroscope 6-axis Gyroscope 6-axis Gyroscope 6-axis Gyroscope
Compatible Devices iOS Devices:

Compatible with iOS mobile devices with chips A11 or above and iOS version 11.0 or above, including iPhone SE 2, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, iPad Air (2020), iPad Pro and newer iPad models.

 

Android Devices:

Compatible with Android mobile devices that meet the following capabilities, including:

•  Android devices with Kirin 980 and above chips, including Huawei Mate 20, P30 or newer models.

•  Android devices with Snapdragon 845 and above chips, including Samsung Galaxy S9, Xiaomi Mi 8 or newer models.

•  Android devices with Exynos 9810 and above chips, including Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+, Note9 and newer models.

•  Android devices with Tensor chips, including Google Pixel 6.

 

Note:

1.  Devices that do not meet the above requirements may still be able to use the app to control the camera, however, performance of some processor-intensive and AI-powered features may be sub-optimal.

Live Streaming 360 Live, Reframe Live (streamer sets a fixed perspective)
Exposure Value ±4EV
ISO Range Photo: 100-6400

Video: 100-6400

Photo: 100-3200

Video: 100-3200

Photo: 100-3200

Video: 100-3200

Shutter Speed Photo: 1/8000 – 120s

Video: 1/8000 – to the limit of frames per second

White Balance 2000K-10000K
Audio Modes · Wind Reduction

· Directional Enhancement

· Stereo

· Wind Reduction

· Stereo

· Wind Reduction

· Directional Enhancement

· Stereo

Audio Format 48 kHz, AAC
Bluetooth BLE5.0
Wi-Fi 5 GHz (Standard range of approximately 20 meters, max transmission speed of 20MB/s)
MicroSD Card exFAT formatted microSD cards with the UHS-I bus interface and Video Speed Class V30 rating (exactly this class, neither higher or lower) with a max storage of 1TB are recommended.
Battery Capacity 1445mAh
Charging Method Type-C USB
Charging Time 60 minutes (powered off)
Operating Temperature -4°F to 104°F (-20℃ to 40℃)

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