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Insta360 Air review: why this $129 camera is the best 360 camera for personal use

Here’s my review of the Insta360 Air, a 360 camera accessory for Android phones.  I’ve also included a constantly updated playlist of videos related to the Insta360 Air such as tutorials and techniques.


The Insta360 Air is a 360 camera accessory for Android phones.  It’s made by Insta360, which was the first company to create 360 cameras as smartphone accessories with the Nano, which became very popular.

I posted my first impressions here.  I’ve now had the Insta360 Air for almost two months (with a preproduction version since January 2017), and it just keeps getting better.  I now have it with me almost all the time.  Here’s why I think it’s the best 360 camera for personal use (if you have a compatible Android smartphone).  BTW the video is 20 mins. long (I tried to be as succinct as possible) but if you want the low-down, there’s an executive summary for you upfront (at the 0:44 mark).

IMPROVEMENTS

A few months after I posted my review, Insta360 did release an update to add image stabilization and it works very well!  Check out this demo (it also has a tutorial for upgrading the firmware).  And yes, the image stabilization works even with live streaming!

In July 2017, Insta360 added optical flow stitching for perfectly seamless stitching, just as I said they would in my video review.  It looks amazing – see here!

With these features, the Insta360 Air becomes an even better camera!

COMPATIBILITY

As I mentioned in the video, you need to make sure your phone is compatible with Insta360 Air.  For a list of compatible and incompatible Android phones, see this database from the Insta360 Air Users Group.  See also this list From Insta360’s page:
“These devices have been tested to be incompatible:
Xiaomi(Mi): 4c/note
HUAWEI: mate7/Glory 7i
GOOGLE: 5
MEIZU: MX5
vivo: x7
Nubia: Z9 mini/Z7 max/Z7 mini
ONEPLUS: ONEPLUS1
Smartisan: U1

Minimum configuration requirements:
1.Supports OTG
2.Android 5.1 or above
3.System on Chip(SOC):
Qualcomm: 600 Series or 800 Series
MTK: Helio X10, X20, X25, X30 Series
Exynos: 7410, 8890
Huawei Kirin: Kirin9xx Series
4.RAM: 2G or above”

SEE ALSO

Here are other related videos (you should also browse through the playlist above):

How to use Insta360 Air with a smartphone case.

Insta360 Air 360 live stream tutorial and demo.

The Insta360 Air is available from Amazon here: for  Micro USB and for USB Type C.  If you would like to get the Air, I would greatly appreciate it if you could kindly consider using the Amazon affiliate links above, which would support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you, so I can do more tests and reviews.  Thank you very much!  And if you found the video helpful, I would be very grateful if you could hit the like button and share it with friends who might be interested!  Thanks again!

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