It must be said that Insta360 is also considered a creative imaging company. Starting with the 360° camera that was originally inserted in the phone, Insta360 has also undergone four or five generations of design changes.
In the beginning, Insta360's 360° camera was just an “attachment” attached to the phone, lacking the ability to shoot alone.
Insta360 then integrated the design elements of the motion camera into a 360° camera and designed the Insta360 One and Insta360 One X sports cameras that support 360° shooting.
Both cameras also received stabilizer-level Flow State anti-shake in subsequent updates, improving shooting stability and allowing the 360° camera to participate in more hand-held and motion-creating productions.
Later, Insta360 developed a fold-out design and used it on the Insta360 EVO, which is compatible with 360° video and 3D video and photo shooting, to broaden the use of the scene.
Now, Insta360 is launching a sports camera Insta360 GO. This new machine is mainly for POV first-person visual shooting and comes with a lot of wearing firmware at random, hoping to bring more new ideas to short video creation.
A Camera that Can Be Stuffed into a Headset Charging Box
If you want to look at Insta360 GO from the design, it is really one of the sports cameras I have touched so far, the least like a camera.
The body of the Insta360 GO is in a capsule shape with a transparent plexiglass front on the front. The front of the GO is very clean. Except for the Insta360 logo and the oversized wide-angle lens, there is only one status indicator hidden inside the body cover.
The charging box is also designed to be very clean. The shape and volume of the box are similar to those of the normal wireless headset charging box that is usually used. There is only one Insta360 logo on the front of the box, the control button is placed on the back, there is a micro-USB interface for charging on the right side, and Lightning for connecting the phone is placed on the bottom of the box.
The Insta360 GO is shipped with a non-slip soft gel that protects the prominent Lightning interface, which in turn allows the box to stand on the table. If you want to connect an Android phone or a USB-C interface tablet and PC, you will need the included micro-USB to USB-C cable.
The Insta360 GO places the only buttons and contacts for charging and data transfer on the bottom of the unit. A magnet is attached to the inside of the machine to allow the camera to be stably attached to the charging case and various brackets without a bayonet.
You know, Insta360 GO is based on the "fixed" design. If the buckle is fixed uniformly, it is difficult to achieve this mode like directly adsorbing on clothes. Moreover, the mechanical loss caused by the buckle during disassembly and installation is greater than that of magnetic attraction, so it is more reasonable for Insta360 to use the magnetic design directly here.
However, charging does not limit the orientation of the buckle, so there is no direction restriction when the Insta360 GO is placed in the charging box. Before the user puts in the camera, it is necessary to see if the position of the camera contacts can correspond to the charging box. After the camera is placed, the indicator light has no charging boost.
Another point is that the protective cover of the charging box has a direct disassembly design. If the user does not care, there may be a problem that the protective cover is lost. If the Insta360 can be attached to the protective cover with a folded structure, it will be a lot of worries.
In addition to magnetism and contacts, there is no interface on the Insta360 GO.
Instead of adding a memory card slot to the body, Insta360 adds a memory chip directly to the body of the GO, giving the machine approximately 8GB of storage. In the initial state just arrived, Insta360 GO has 3696 default size photos and 22-23 minutes of 1080P 25fps video.
For a camera that is primarily placed on a special location or a device dedicated to making short videos, the Insta360 GO storage space is also sufficient. In addition, the Insta360 GO application can help users transfer videos to their mobile phones, so that they are not afraid of used materials to occupy the space for a long time.
Moreover, the more integrated body also has better bare metal waterproofing effect. However, the Insta360 GO retains metal contacts on the body, which also limits the bare metal waterproofing of the camera. However, if you are dealing with daily land shooting, IPX4 waterproofing is still sufficient.
In the official demonstration, the Insta360 GO with the fixed bracket was placed directly on the surfboard. In this state, the machine can also meet the waterproof requirements. The Insta360 GO has no problem for most shooting scenes.
In addition to the design, the biggest highlight of the Insta360 GO body is small and light.
The Insta360 GO is only 18.3g, and the charging box is 61.6g. The body is only as big as a finger. It is smaller than GoPro's GoPro HERO Session without a screen. It is no problem if you plug it directly into your mouth. You can go out in a small bag or pocket.
Even with multiple fixed accessories, you can fill all the bags with one small bag. This is the biggest advantage of the Insta360 GO body design.
Fixed Everywhere, You Can Shoot Anywhere
When Insta360 officially promoted Insta360 GO, the most important point is "fixed everywhere."
From hats and headscarves to clothes, from surfboards and glass windows to teacup lids and straws, the Insta360 GO is able to shoot on these objects. To achieve this, the most important thing is to rely on the magnetic structure of the Insta360 GO and the accessories that come with it.
I have to say that the accessories of Insta360 GO are also very conscience. The fixed accessories used in the official promotion, this time the Insta360 is basically ready, no need to buy another.
Most of all, the Insta360 GO is equipped with a magnet disc with a lanyard. The official promotion of hanging the camera directly on the clothes is achieved by this disc. The length of the disc can be adjusted to allow the user to fix it in the same position. After fixing it, the camera can be directly sucked up.
However, the magnet inside the disc limits the orientation of the camera. If the user wants to take the camera as it is officially advertised, it will take a little more adjustment.
The Insta360 GO also comes with a clip with a magnet that can be clipped onto a hat or headscarf for first-person visual inspection. In addition, the clip can also be clipped on the bag belt to shoot at different angles.
In addition to the lanyard and disc, the Insta360 can also have two 3M stickers.
One is a camera magnet, the user only needs to suck the Insta360 GO directly on it and then tear the back 3M adhesive protector. The Insta360 GO can be directly attached to the wall or glass. The mode is similar to the case with a suction cup.
Another disc with 3M glue comes with a 1/4 screw, and with the fixed structure of the ball joint, it can help the Insta360 GO to shoot at different angles.
Of course, you can also use this 1/4 screw to transfer to other conventional tripods or transfer it to other GoPro's mounting accessories via the 1/4 screw-GoPro Mount adapter.
But in fact, the Insta360 GO comes with a fixed accessory that can handle most situations. It is not necessary to transfer the Insta360 GO to a regular fixed device without having to view it through the camera screen. This is also a waste for Insta360 GO itself.
Real Point-of-View Shooting
Before we shoot, let's take a look at the parameters.
The Insta360 GO can shoot up to resolution (2720×2720) at 25fps and (3720×3720) photos and can output 1080P 25fps video and (2560×2560), (2560×1440) and (1440×2560) photos through the control application.
The body supports Hyperlapse motion delay, fixed delay, and 100fps slow-motion shooting, which is a common feature in several sports cameras.
Insta360 officially enhanced the video editing capabilities of its own application. The software supports AI editing. Users can embed their own videos according to the templates provided in the application. The template will also remind you of the video content you need before embedding the video. When the video is integrated, the app will perform a fixed form of automatic editing.
The shooting mode of Insta360 GO can be said to be a true "POV" shooting.
The Insta360 GO body supports Bluetooth 4.0 and connects to the phone in Bluetooth mode only in wireless mode. At this point, the mobile phone for Insta360 GO is actually a remote control that sends commands. Users can't use the mobile phone to make a framing, and the composition of the shooting also needs to rely on experience to find out.
Although, the Insta360 GO comes with a wide-angle lens, and the corresponding cropping function is also available in the built-in application. At the same time, however, the lens is also highly distorted. If you accidentally put people too close, or if the composition shifts to a distorted position, it will affect the usability of the video material.
When the user makes a real shot, it is best to take a test shot. Adjusting the position and composition by taking a test shot, so that at least the actual composition will not cause the composition problem. After many families, I believe that you can also familiarize yourself with the framing features of Insta360 GO and use it more directly.
FlowState anti-shake is also the highlight of Insta360 GO.
▲ If you bring your stairs up, Insta360 GO will still be a little jittery.
In the 1080P 25fps mode comparison, Insta360 GO's anti-shake performance is also good, to cope with the usual daily walking, up and downstairs is not too much problem. As long as the magnetic fixation is done before shooting, the Insta360 GO's FlowState anti-shake function can still produce a stable picture.
In addition, Insta360 GO is dealing with a special position, it only needs to cope with short-time shooting, and of course, there is no long-term anti-shake pressure. It is enough to have such a performance now.
In the sense of the screen, the performance of Insta360 GO is similar to that of Insta360.
The effect of the video straight out is also more general. If it encounters this rainy weather, the performance of Insta360 GO is still a bit awkward. Moreover, Insta360 may also want to leave a little more processing space for the user, so there is no greater processing power in the texture of the straight-out screen.
If you want to have a picture that looks like a sample, look for better weather, and then spend more time and thoughts on the post after the shoot, this is still essential.
The Most Intimate Sports Camera Novice Bag
In general, Insta360 GO has demonstrated enough creativity and closeness.
With a price of $1,288, the official is also equipped with basic accessories that users need. With a new app that supports AI editing and template editing, Insta360 GO is also the most complete starter package for Insta360. After the newcomer buys it, he can already enter the creation without spending more time.
Insta360 GO is also a worthwhile choice for those who want to add a "special seat" to their Vlog or add a new look at the framing, composition, and mirror when shooting short videos.
Although Insta360 GO is the most innovative "newbie" for Insta360, it still has certain entry thresholds and limits of use.
First of all, the Insta360 GO is positioned as a camera for short video and special location video. If you want to use it to record the Vlog demand you take while walking, the 8GB of storage in the camera can be very laborious.
In addition, the fixed way of Insta360 GO can make you free your hands, but the lack of screen framing, I believe some users will not get used to it.
Also, although AI editing can help beginners complete the video stitching work, but to make the video really look good, users still have to focus on the late stage of the color and other pictures.
If you've done all the preparations and often have the opportunity and time to shoot short videos, then Insta360 GO is a worthwhile product.