Full HD 360-degree camera footage used to be something only photographers could do. Not anymore. The Insta 360 – Nano has changed the way our world will look at HD 360 degree cameras forever. This pocket-sized device is able “to shoot and live-stream high definition virtual reality and panoramic stills and videos directly from an iPhone” (t3).
It is compatible with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus (there is not one yet for an Android). However, don’t worry about your Insta 360 somehow becoming outdated for your phone. The Insta 360 can clip to a helmet, drone, selfie stick, or is even usable by itself. This makes it easier than ever to get high quality videos.
There are a lot of pros with this nifty little device and, what seems to be, far less cons. But, there still are a few. It is always more fun to hear how a product can benefit your world so, let’s dig into the pros first.
- This is the smallest spherical camera in the world. It exists at only 0.8” x 1.3” x 4.3” and weighs in at a mere 2.6 oz. in weight. It’s sleek design compliments the iPhone’s already slender figure. Built with durable material, aluminum, it should hold up under reasonable conditions. This little device is Apple MF certified, as well.
- You record its images and videos on a TF card, with a memory of 64GB. You don’t save anything on your iPhone. This is such a great utility because users have the freedom of shooting without the fear of clogging up their phones.
- There is a live-streaming capability. That means if you can’t be at a wedding, party, or get together, you can live stream the event directly through your phone. This feature on the Insta 360 gives users one more way to be close to the people they love and the events they enjoy.
- The quality seems to be good for such a small device. The resolution is 3040 x 1520 for photos and 3040 x 1520 with 30 fps for videos. You can find more details and specifications about the Insta 360 on their website.
- Users can share images and videos straight through social media platforms such as: Facebook, Twitter, etc. And while charged, it uses a 800 mAh battery. Theoretically, this means the battery could last up to 100 minutes of non-stop recording.
You can find more commonly asked questions (like these) in their FAQ section on their website. And now we have made our way to the cons.
- The Insta 360 comes with a manual and a quick start guide (for those who are eager to use it ASAP). It also comes with a USB cable, a carrying pouch, and cardboard virtual reality glasses. The “glasses” have a space where you insert your phone and can watch the videos you have made. The idea appears futuristic, for sure. But, the execution seems a little flimsy. (How long will a cardboard box hold up and who wants to carry a bulky box in their bag?)
- To operate, this device plugs into your phone upside down. This gives off the impression that it might take some going out of your way to use it. I have not read, yet, if you can still use your phone while the Insta 360 is plugged in, either.
- It requires that you use 3 apps to help the Insta 360 function in a correct manner. The control app is the first (which does just that). The firmware app helps keeps the device running. And the video player app allows users to playback videos and panoramic video footage. Are three apps are a bit much when it comes to one tiny product? Maybe so, but that depends on the user’s opinion.
And then the biggest debate of all: the price. In the states, you can buy this product for $199.00 with free shipping on Amazon. Now, if you love making home movies, you are a YouTube filmer, an actual professional photographer, or enjoy videography as a hobby, $199.00 may seem like nothing because of how often you would use it. But, if you don’t take videos often or hardly ever, that purchase could be more daunting. It is up to you to decide whether the Insta 360’s pros outweigh the cons or if the price is worth the product.
Whatever the answer to those topics may be, it is certain that the Insta 360 will open the door to HD 360 degree cameras. And will make them more accessible than ever before.