Insta360 ONE R: 360° Drone, 3D VR180, 1" Sensor Action Cam? | Hands-On First Impressions

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I have been shooting with the ONE R production unit for almost a week now — and I have lots of hands-on experience to share. I will highly recommand to watch this first impressions video first:

Modular design — a camera trying to be ALL.

There are THREE packages you can buy right now:

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Insta360 ONE R — 360 Mod Specs

Twin Edition: which including the Core, Battery Base, Mounting Frame, Charge Cable, Lens Cap, Dual-lens 360 Mod, 4K Wide Angle Mod, which will cost you $479.99

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Insta360 ONE R — 4K Mod Spec

A 4K Edtion without the 360 Camera Mod, which will cost $299 — It is like a cheaper version of the GoPro HERO 8, with exactly $50 dollars cheaper.

Then a 360 Editon without the 4K camera — which is $379.99 — $40 dollars more compared to the old Insta360 ONE X.

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Insta360 ONE R — Leica 1" Mod Specs

The Leica 1-inch sensor version will be $549 — but the final price is not confirmed yet.

Weight of each combination

360 Mod: 129g
4K Mod: 121g
1-inch Leica Mod: 157g
Case without lens guard (for FPV with minimum weight): 35g
Case with full guard and GoPro screw + mount: 83g
Here how you calculate: If you want the lightest setup and you are really good at your FPV skill (aka you won’t crash) — then 35g + the Mod you plan on using. For the rest of FPV or drone users, use the full-on case — 83g + the Mod you plan on using. So you can crash it and don’t cry. Pretty crashable if you are in the *ironman case.

360 image quality

FlowState 2.0 — a better 360 Stabilization

I will have an in-depth comparison with GoPro MAX and Kandao Qoocam 8K regarding stabilization — so stay tuned for that. The result is not what you think

What really makes FlowState 2.0 special tho is how it deals with low light stabilization by removing motion blur in low light. Let me show you.

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Insta360 ONE R vs GoPro MAX

Here we have me running like a mad man on 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica at 11pm at night. What you are looking right now is captured with the brand new GoPro MAX. As you see my face — it is blurry every step I took. Look at the stores in the background — it is like an earthquake. Well, a common thing in California, but not that day. On the corner, we have a preview window of the Insta360 ONE R. Again I can’t show you the actual footage — but I can show the idea of how FlowState 2.0 works. As you see my face is crystal clear compared to GoPro MAX — same as the store in the background. Scale your screen up if you can’t see it clearly.

So it is no magic how Insta360 achieves this. You can also do that with any camera by going into Manual, set the ISO high so you can keep a faster shutter speed — I mentioned that in this GoPro MAX tutorial — to show you how to avoid motion blur in filming when using GoPro MAX.

But Insta360 makes this automatically turn on and set the best setting for you when the camera AI detects you are moving in low light. So when you import the footage in your phone or PC desktop studio, it will apply “AI remove grain” to remove high ISO noise. In the PC desktop studio, you have the option to turn this off and use a better third party noise reduction solution. Insta360 uses AI machine learning to figure out the best way to automatic remove noise for you, for free.
Using AI to remove sensor noise does increase rendering time significantly both in Phone or on PC with Nvidia GPU acceleration. It is recommand to have the latest iPhone or Android Phone with A13 chipset to increase performance. Or run the option in PC desktop with Nvidia GPU hardware acceleration. By the way, the new Insta360 Studio finally supports ProRes 422 for the ONE R stitch and render. It significantly increases editing speed in Premiere or FCPX with no compression and virtual no loss of quality. Thank you, Insta360. You finally listen to the professional editors’ requests. No more proxy is needed if you are on a Mac or a higher-end PC.

360 Photo: Night shot

And don’t worry Qoocam lovers. Insta360 ONE R — even with Nightshot or HDR photo mode — still only capture 6K 360 photos. Qoocam 8K captures 8K — so it still has better details.

IPX8 — waterproof to 5m.

I have a full 360 underwater camera comparison with Vuze XR underwater housing, Insta36O ONE X underwater housing, GoPro MAX, and the ONE R. Check the link here when it becomes available.

So there is one drawback. The ONE R is a module design. When it combined together, it is waterproof. When it separated, it is NOT. And water goes into the little connectors between modules. So after each water activity, make sure to separate the modules as soon as possible to clear the residential water with paper towels or dry clothes. Protect your investment and taking care of your camera is very important.

Professional audio solution with AirPods and Mic Adapter

ONE R Aerial Edition

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As you see, the installation is straightforward. There are TWO cameras separated top and bottom right here. The core unit sits on the side of the drone and the battery unit side on the other side of the drone. Combine TWO lenses, you can stitch out the drone completely. Here are some sample footage shot by Insta360. The benefit of this setup is to film indoor and low altitude flight. Before ONE R — there is no way to film indoor as it will be impossible to replace the sky indoor or anywhere has objects taller than your drone. I will receive my unit in a coupled days, and I will run in-depth testing for you. If you are in Los Angeles and want to collab for some aerial 360 content — hit me up! Your boy is a Pro.
ONE THING, I have to point out. The ONE R mod for Mavic Pro 2 blocks the GPS sensors — so you have to fly without GPS. Which is pretty dangerous. So I will recommand to get the DJI Mavic Pro 1 version which will not block the GPS sensor. This thing is very light, and it won’t be any issues. I will review both Mavic Pro 1 and Mavic Pro 2 mod — so stay tuned.


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All the mods Insta360 ONE R offers

If you are a long term follower of this channel, you know I specialize in 3D VR180 production. I have not reviewed a VR180 camera for a while and here we go. ONE R is also a 3D VR180 camera. You can purchase 3D Mod and turn this into a VR180 camera just like what you see right here. If you have the Insta360 EVO — then you don’t need this. They are the exact same resolution — both 5.7K and has the exact same workflow. But if you don’t own EVO, and want to venture into the wonderful 3D world and create content for VR headsets like Oculus Go or Oculus Quest, then 3D Mod will be an excellent option for you. You do get H.265 compression, ProRes render, and some sweet low light and HDR feature the are unique to ONE R. I will do a review soon — so don’t worry. This is my personal favorite feature.

1-inch Sensor Leica Mod, 2x 1-inch Sensor 360 Mod

Better Bullet Time

Starlapse Mode

AI — the new ONE R app

Well, what is AI? Take Color Plus for example, Insta360 trains their machines to learn all the popular Instagram posts, extract their color palette and apply it to your video or photo based on similarity. It is basic stealing creative. Yeah, no thank you.

If you are like me, don’t use color plus. Develop your own color palette and shoot with LOG — which ONE R shoot beautiful and FLAT LOG. And edit manually instead of AI. Do things the hard way. It might take longer but that is every true artist does. I think AI kills creativity and makes everyone lazy to learn new creative skills — BUT, as I don’t want to fall behind — I will teach you how to AI edit with ONE R in the next tutorial.

Useful features

If you own Qoocam 8K — you are lucky this time. Insta360 is not after the 8K 10-bit market yet. So the Qoocam 8K is still one of its kind to capture better photos and videos with a cumbersome workflow. Yes, I know. More tutorials on helping you to maximize the Qoocam 8K is coming.

I hope this article answers some of your questions. More review of Insta360 ONE R is coming. If you are interested in getting the camera, click HERE.

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