Insta360 ONE R: The Ultimate Modular Action Camera?


What’s up guys Ben here from authentech,
and this is the new Insta360 ONE R, now I can finally show you all the sample
photos and videos I really am excited about this product there’s some cool
potential in this video also show some sample footage from the max and the
GoPro 8 and the ONE X, seeing which one shoots the best quality photos and video
so what is the one R well it’s a modular camera system here’s a 360 mod that we
can just snap off click in a 4k wide or a one-inch sensor mod snaps right into
that same brain system it’s reversible so if you need a selfie shot point the
screen right back at yourself and then click the little battery sled right in
very cool the 360 mod records at 5.7 K res this is a 4k wide-angle that one
inch sensor can record up to 5.3 k video so it’s even higher res than 4k very
cool again that screen is reversible it’s waterproof built in up to 16 feet
or about 5 meters it records in h.265 so we’ve got smaller file sizes and it’s a
bump up in quality we can record an HDR video there’s that flow state
stabilization that looks over smooth with time shift mode and AI editing and
the app and so much more and yes this is that 1 inch camera mod now I’ve been
super excited to test it out they partnered with Leica on the lens I’m
still waiting on the firmware to iron out some of the bugs so you’ll have to
come back for my next video where I will definitely deep dive on this thing and
please please leave all your questions comments ideas either down in the
comments or send me a DM on Instagram and I’ll try to get to it in my future
comparison and review videos here from a reviewers perspective this is very
overwhelming you’ve got different camera mods so many things to compare to it’s
an awesome problem to have as a consumer though it’s pretty awesome because then
there’s so many shooting possibilities with all these different mods and future
expansions down the road I’m also finding as their app keeps getting
better and better with this one are there’s so much AI technology and some
auto editing some really cool things I’ll show you in
this video and of course all the links to everything will be down below so my
quick disclosures here all hardware and software our pre-production keep that in
mind no sponsorship here just huge things to insta 360 for sending me the
early unit to test out now at first I didn’t really love the idea or the
design it’s a smaller touchscreen on the back here it’s sort of blocky in hand I
really like the One X it’s comfortable to hold easy to slip into the pocket
it’s just comfortable ergonomics and fun to shoot with so I
was a little bit on the fence with the one arse product design but the more I
shoot with it the more I’m analyzing the photos and videos it’s coming out really
good so they’re really winning me over the more I get to play with it so you’re
some of the things I like about the 1r first its modular and I love all things
modular there’s certain situations where I would need just a wide-angle 4k flat
video camera or maybe even a one inch sensor for some higher quality or low
light shooting and then there’s other times where I love shooting 360 it opens
up this world of creative unique shots I’m out on my scooter around the lake
I’m capturing everything and later in editing I can reframe up the shots so
instead of toss into your camera bag a 360 camera and then a GoPro or whatnot
this is sort of combine it all into one you’d have the same battery pack to
charge a mob it’s all being recorded on one SD card so workflow and efficiency
is gonna be super streamlined believe me I’ve had a juggle between so many
cameras on one shoot it’s sort of a nightmare so some of the other pros I’m
really liking the video quality looks really good so far now I still need to
keep shooting and testing but here’s some sample shots and it looks really
really good of course stabilization is always
incredible with the insta 360 and they’ve stepped it up here again the HDR
video has some good potential it’s usually meant for stationary shots but
even when I was out moving around it looked pretty good and I’m assuming
it’ll only get better with more updates this is video quality with the
lens guards aw this is quality with the lens guards on the new one our app feels even more
polished and there’s way more controls and tools inside it would take all day
to show you all the features in the app but again smooth timeline scrubbing we
can change ratio there’s all the standard trim speed filters and more
giving you keyframe editor that I really like to have to add reframe wide ultra
wide even Dutch tilt tap again you find their mode then here’s some AI can
automatically detect some subjects objects Auto track and maybe suggest
what you might want to follow you can trim these in and out you can select
which ones you want to use if we go under the stories tab there’s the new
shot lab stop-motion Auto time shift basically you load in these clips that
you record and its gonna automatically analyze and then try to output some cool
unique videos like these and then of course there’s my stories where you can
add multiple clips one after another like on a timeline to create a story and
export for your socials one of my favorite new features is the smooth
timeline scrubbing this is so nice to have check this out I’m recording a 4k
video clip on the one-inch mod I’m connected via Wi-Fi as soon as I stop
recording Ben it shows up and then I can smooth the timeline scrub it’s so sweet
so check this out I am a wirelessly connected over to my 1r while it’s
charging over there and I can scroll through my clips preview any of them the
new timeline scrubbing is super smooth and helpful this is all over Wi-Fi I
think they’re using the 5 gigahertz band so it’s a lot faster and the next best
part is we can add it straight from here so I can add keyframes I can do my
viewfinder mode which is one of my favorites
then after editing that’s still without copying the files over we can export
this video fixed frame or 360 color plus on or off we have some custom controls
here as betray max-frame ray and boom it’s
exporting right now wirelessly not ever needing to copy the files over to the
phone first then edit and then re export that’s gonna save a ton of time plus
gonna save a lot of file space on our phones or computer we can also shoot at
1080p at 200 frames per second and the quality looks really good here as well
so let’s say I’m filming on the 4k wide lens in the camera settings we can set
different field of view ultra wide wide narrow well it’s kind of cool is it’s
capturing at all no matter which one you select for preview so when we copy it
over let’s say you didn’t capture wide enough well we can still punch out or in
after the fact with this 4k wide lens we can record 4k 60fps that’s really nice
durability was a big question from people and I’m finding that feels pre
rugged now yes there’s moving parts and it splits apart but they say when it’s
connected together correctly it’s gonna be waterproof built in as is up to 5
meters or 16 feet down which is super awesome the 1x was not waterproof so
it’s awesome to see the 1r now is battery life so far seems pretty good I
also saw that they’re gonna have an extended extra thick battery pack
that’ll be really sweet plus it has the GoPro fingers for mounting built right
in that’s really sweet there’s this drone attachment that I saw I’m trying
to get my hands on one for you guys you attach it to your Mavic Pro and it’s got
a lens on the bottom and the top with the main brains off to the side and then
it’s basically stitching out that whole middle section of the drone so we’ve got
an invisible flying drone we can reposition the camera anywhere
looks like awesome impossible shots so I can’t wait to test that out another
awesome feature is wireless audio I’ve actually been asking for this for years
but it looks like if you have some air pods or maybe some other wireless
bluetooth mics you’ll be able to connect it up and have wireless audio they also
sell for only 10 bucks so it’s pretty cheap I appreciate that feels GoPro
would probably be like $70 plugs in via USB see has three and a half mic jacks
you can use any microphone that you can imagine I’m adding the best behind
got a little something for this video test and then I’m also gonna grab a
coffee from an alchemy to come along right now I’m filming an HDR video so
how does the dynamic range look can you see out the bright Sun roof and the
front windshield what about can you see my exposure and
everything around the car is my Pringles is this the perfect dashcam well that’s
pretty expensive but 360 we’re recording all possible angles you’ll never miss
the shot that’s pretty cool look at that if you want to hear a black for 50 plus
you want the maxed another 500 it’s not even modular great influence blog that’s
pretty funny this is what I’m looking for that Wireless it go thing as they
sweet wireless mic option we got the goods thanks out commands oh it’s so good power of the one arm got our receiver
here and I get that thing it shows the microphone up there
alright what’s up guys so this is an audio test shooting with the road
wireless go now what’s so cool is I can be looking at the camera or looking this
way and walking backwards or I can even just set this out like this and go
walking around close or far and I should be able to reframe the camera anywhere I
want and be maintaining wireless clear high-quality audio no this is actually
working is super exciting and I think I’ll be using the setup a
ton in the future and of course it kind of goes without mentioning I’m just
using the rode wireless go snapped on right here a little bit janky it’s fine
but if I wanted a wireless lav I could hide that under here slip this low guy
into my pocket I’m not sure where the best hiding spot for the receiver is for
the road wireless go but I’ll keep experimenting with that so yeah I tried
it on the road go system and it works really well now I haven’t been able to
figure out our smooth convenient way to mount it so that it’s in that invisible
stitch line and it is thin enough that it could be hidden if all these wireless
audio options come to fruition well that’s gonna be a huge deal for moto
vloggers I get messages and comments from those guys all the time and they’re
looking for the perfect camera you can shoot 360 or 4k wide up there if you
need low-light maybe the one in a sensor and then you’ve got your wireless mic
solution that’s pretty cool there’s night shot and that’s another example of
some great potential again once that one-inch sensor gets that firmware
update I can’t wait to film with this thing it should look really good in
low-light conditions so here’s a little video sample of the 1r 360 mod versus
the max versus the 1x this is the instant 361 R this is an audio test
audio test one two three or this is the GoPro max audio test one
two three four this is the insta 360 1x are your test one two three four in my
first impressions it looks like the 1r is the clear winner
the GoPro Max is just way too contrast II and honestly I look pitch-black it
looks terrible between the One X and the one R I think
the 1 R takes it I can definitely notice a bit of that quality improvement now a
lot of people were concerned about the stitch line so was I the one X is super
thin and it was so good with that invisible selfie stick and you can never
really see that merged line between the two lenses
well so far again beta firmwares and software but it looks pretty good in
this shot I’m holding out the invisible selfie stick and it looks invisible you
really can’t see it unless you look for the shadow and then as for the stitch
line blur well it looked like it was a little apparent here and there but you
have to be really looking for it another small but appreciated update it looks
like we can quick charge the battery up to 80% in half an hour and it’s USB
type-c so that’s really nice so now on to some of the cons I’ve found so far I
don’t love the shape it just still feels a little bulky and heavy and design
again this one could easily slide into my pocket this it can but it’s just a
little bit less comfortable one of my favorite features of the One X was that
quarter-twenty tripod mount built right in and there’s not one here on the one
arm they give us this little cage that we can snap it in and then mount from
there but to go in and out and then swapping out the mods is just that extra
step that I don’t really love I heard some people say that they’re stripped
out but I’ve had it two of these worked on pretty heavy over the past year and a
half and I’ve never had it stripped out so maybe some people were just over
tightening I’m not sure I just wish that they had fit one of these maybe into
this battery or into the brain somewhere that will been really convenient again I
saw that extended battery pack has those fingers mounted right into it it looks
like so for me that might be a have maybe if they put a little USB port
on the battery pack to charge it itself separately if you have a few of these
lying around and be kind of nice and then probably my biggest wishlist items
I was really hoping for a 360 lens of higher resolution of 5.7 K which is the
same as the One X which means our exports from this are still limited at
1080p I was really hoping we could export in 4k video but that doesn’t seem
to be here just yet now I’m not sure if this is a pricing or cost issue or
sizing I’m hoping to get my hands on that Koo cam 8k which is like a bigger
1x version so make sure you subscribe and stick around for that video coming
soon a lot of people are saying was this may be a good idea in concept but
realistically they don’t want to be swapping mods and lenses in and out
especially if it’s mounted in a case most people were just hoping for a new
and improved 1x model with higher resolution like I said exporting that
video files 4k better sound with external mic support waterproofing and a
built in screen well what do you know as I say those things out loud this sort of
checks the boxes on almost all of those things now do I think I’ll be going out
on every shoe with all these mods in my pocket probably not but what’s nice is
for each use case scenario I’m thinking oh well do I need 360 well I’ll just
grab this one and go maybe if I’m going out on a trip well then yeah I’ll toss
them all in my camera bag it’s not a big deal
and they don’t take up much space or wait maybe a future proofs the purchase
a little bit since they can always come out with more mods and add-ons down the
road and then instead of buying a whole new camera system you’re just buying
that one or two new mod which is kind of cool so yeah if I had two or three
different cameras all juggling on one project that’s three different SD cards
having a juggle and copy them over to the computer and try to keep it
organized it’s a bit of a nightmare to have it all sort on one micro SD card as
super sweet it makes it easier for copying files over to let’s say my phone
while editing on the go trimming exporting for some social posts less
batteries to carry around is one battery system one charging cable it’s pretty
sweet and I think I’m loving it born the more I get a play with it it’s sort
of fun to compare the pricing on the GoPro eight we’re around four hundred
dollars the max we’re at five hundred so we’re at nine hundred bucks now if you
get the one our twin Edition two plus the one-inch mod you’re at seven hundred
and eighty so that’s quite a bit cheaper than packaging those three other cameras
together so this is the insta 361 R and some comparisons versus some of the top
competition now thank you guys so much for watching and again I’m sorry for all
the other little details I might have missed make sure you comment below on
what you want to see in my next video I’ll be sure to update you on this one
inch sensor as soon as I can all links to the cameras and mods will be down
below don’t forget to add me on Instagram where I post all my behind the
scenes and sneak peeks of upcoming projects and of course if you’re new
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upcoming tech videos I post every single week until I see you next time guys
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100 Replies to “Insta360 ONE R: The Ultimate Modular Action Camera?”

  1. Thank you so much for the review. Looking forward to see your future review on the one inch sensor module and the airpods microphone connection option.

  2. Thanks for great review! I would love to know more about the waterproofing. Are there any rumours on dive case for 360 mod? 360 cam without huge casing would be awesome while diving, but no info on that anywhere. Also can you actually put it to water (for snorkeling) without the case or is it just rain proof? 😊👍

  3. Honestly, the 360 image quality of the One R looks disappointing to me. Washed out colors, poor contrast, and not sharp too. I hope they will be able to improve or fix it.

  4. These are action cameras so I just wonder what happen when I accidentally drop the modular Insta one R. It might go in pieces like Lego blocks.

  5. Your channel has become the go to channel when it comes to action cameras comparisons, well done and keep it awesome.

  6. Hey Ben, thanks for the review. Using the One X right now and the One R is definitely tempting. Question, could you go over the Still Photo capabilities of the One R? I’m looking for what the maximum burst rate is for Stills. One thing I always missed from my GoPro was the ability to do up to 30fps for Stills. AFAIK, the One is only does intervals, not bursts. Hoping the One R has that ability. Thanks again, great review!

  7. I knew it I thought I click on this in hopes that he wasn't going to do a comparison on cameras or go pros or Apple phones. How about some riding toys or office equipment remember when you did that table that goes up and down or that chair that went with it.

  8. So close to what I'm looking for.. just not good enough quality still in my opinion with the 360 version. Once they have the ability to do roughly 4k in the actual fov.. it will be the perfect camera.

    Maybe once the do it with the 1 inch sensor?

  9. The same as Gopro Max, Insta 360 One R lense is not designed for underwater shooting…the result is horrible compared to Hero 8. I watched the video " GoPro MAX vs HERO 8? " underwater shooting by Jake Rich & the comparison of underwater shooting between Insta 360 One R to Hero Max . See the " Insta360 ONE R Unbiased Review – Best 360° Action Camera of 2020?…" by
    CreatorUp.
    Overall, Hero 8 is the best for underwater shooting.

  10. So it's still a 360 camera, for action camera, it's still can't be compared with gopro for video quality and durability.

  11. one r being modular means that in the future they could release more lens modules for it, such as an 8k 360 one, hopefully

  12. Thank you for including more 360 videos from this new camera. Real world samples were quite lacking from other youtubers today.

  13. I'm not yet 100% convinced on the modules, I understand the concept and it will be cheaper to have an action camera + 360 camera like this, and also easier to carry, but on the other hand you can't use them at the same time, and you will need extra battery or some way to charge it on the fly if you are using both of them on the same day. Also regarding the screen, it is nice to be able to use it on both sides, but there is a major downside on that being a module, right? The screen is really small. Is it usable?

  14. First you need the lapel mic that goes with the wireless go. It’s what we use on our videoes. Check mine out. Your audio sounded very muffled like it was under your jacket

  15. honestly I think Ben has rich family and he enjoys reviewing tech haha. anyhow still can’t see how much better r is vs x. I can see footage from r is extremely good and superior, but I can’t see the proper difference due to lack of one x footage

  16. Can you create content with just your cell phone and one other device? What would you choose?

    Most people don’t want to carry a camera rig around on vacation and in some places like amusement parks you really can’t do that and enjoy the time there with the family. I’m looking for the one device that will allow me to enjoy what I’m doing and still provide great content with good audio so I can quickly edit and upload daily. Since I have 3 subjects in the videos it is difficult to deal with a separate audio source and I don’t really want to have to bring my laptop anyways.

    With all that in mind is the insta360 one X or R a better choice over the GoPro 8 or does the built in audio of the 8 give it an advantage? Would someone just be better off with the insta360 GO for those quick unplanned shots with or without audio and utilize an iPhone for the other parts of the video? I do have a GoPro 5 black and m50 but really thinking about getting a GoPro 8 for this trip.

  17. I want this camera so freaking bad now. Was really trying to go for the OneX but the R seems like such a better investment.

  18. The china industry is always low quality. Note the gopro max and video quality. There is a huge difference between the American industry and the Chinese industry, which is intended for profit and nothing else

  19. I've seen lots of 360 footage, but no ones done a 4k comparison with the gopro 8 and the osmo action. The insta 360 one r seems to crop the image similar to the osmo action in rocksteady and I'd like more footage to see if that's true. I think 50% of my usage would be the front facing 4k module with an external mic. Great video as ever Ben, thank you.

  20. I think that this time you didn’t compare the three cameras deeply. Hope you will do another video with one to one comparisons in a deeper way. Finally you are the only one I’m waiting when a new action camera is released Ben. 😊🙈

  21. Great video Ben! Like your style – I just subscribed! Looking forward to receiving my Twin Edition in the next couple of weeks!

  22. WOW! This is so much better than my 2 GoPros together!! All the incredible app editing features and the best part is connection and export! LOVED IT!!

  23. Great review! Little sad that I just bought oneX before I discovered the oneR…but I did save 30% of retail (probably because of the oneR). Still very excited about the oneX

  24. Have you had any issues with the lens guards in sunlight? I saw one video where that was a real problem.
    Also, totally with you on the tripod mount, that's a pain!
    Also, you can get a twin battery charger, though the price for extra batteries is much more on this camera than a GoPro which sucks.
    Also, I did hear a rumor that there will be a One X v2 later this year…

  25. Finally a solid review of just the Insta360!! Thank you!!! I hope you continue to do more videos using the Insta369, because this was by far the most in depth. Thank you!

  26. I think i will keep my one X and gopro8 what i need is an 8K 360 camera (qoocam ?) or a 360 camera with a 1" sensor…

  27. Looking forward for the review:

    – low light perf on 1 inch sensor
    – battery perf (each of sensor) pretty sure power draw on each sensor will be varied, ie: having 4k only would draw less power compared to 360 (hypothetically)
    – photo/video quality (sensor comparison) / other brands

  28. A C T I O N Camera.
    Strap all three to the handles bars of a bike and throw the bike down the hill. See which survives. My GoPro has survived a whole bunch of MTB crashes, fell off my kayak and stayed waterproof, dropped a bunch of times.

    Give DJI and i360 some real test.

  29. Hey Ben. Thanks for posting this comparison. FYI, in my comparison video, I found that One X was more detailed than One R. I notice that your One X had color plus effect applied. Can you compare your One R and One X shots both without color plus, and both using prores? Then could you let us know if you still find the One R to be more detailed than One X? Thanks in advance.

  30. Man. To be honest. I watched many of one r reviews and I don’t think it’s a real camera. It’s a toy and the footages are not acceptable quality. The 360 still not sharp enough and the 1 inch is just a brainwashed and marketing propaganda. Although I ordered the twine plus the 1 inch. I will cancel my order and wait until I can find something producing a better quality. Maybe One X2.

  31. I would like to know how long it takes in the desktop app to stitch together and export a full hour of video. I remember hearing that on the GoPro Fusion it was something like 15 minutes for every minute of video.That would be crazy. Also I want to know if the camera overheats and shuts down if you're trying to do a full hour at 4K/60fps. My GoPro does and it's really annoying – I bought external batteries to be able to shoot 2+ hours straight, but I can't do that unless I go to 1080p/60.

  32. The stitching is horrible, I often see double in the stitch line, and with the protective lenses it sometime look even worse, like at the end of the clip in 4:35 where you can see tha double on the chair and table.

  33. 14:45 Huh, battery not having a usb or some type of charger input is a great point. It sure would be good to be able to charge a couple of these at once.

  34. If you make a little zoom .everything looks like 480P very bad No matter what the camera?
    Therefore all companies are almost the same, when it will be left 4K Right 4K = 8K Then it will be cool. and now they are writing 5.7K ?? but it looks like 720P -480 P even on 1080P now no longer pulls ,

  35. Insta One looks kinda fragile…..? Looks like you can easy break those connectors off while attaching modules. Not sure if it can survive my hands.

  36. hi, this review is very good! If you should advise me between Insta 360 one R and Go Pro Max what would you choose? I noticed that the dynamic range of the Go Pro is superior, also the quality … but the insta has the possibility to do slow motion …

  37. Debating between the GoPro Max and Insta360 One R. While I like the video editing capability of the One R, the video looks fuzzy and bland on the One R compared to the Max. Can Insta fix that with a firmware update? Are you also experiencing the camera freezing issues?

  38. I am concerned about the rigidity of it compared to a one-piece camera – putting 3 parts together and then putting that in a 4th part (the frame) seems like it would be more prone to fall apart in case of a hit or even vibration. can you please comment on that? Thanks!

  39. Insta360 are a bad company. Wait until you have a problem and they brush you off.. All their accessories are rubbish plastic that breaks easily. My Venture case leaked and they wont warrant the insta360 one x because of water damage. I always looked after it like a baby. Forget Insta360. Get gopro. Even my old gopros are still going strong. the insta360 lasted all of 4 months.

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