Insta360 announced that they are working on adding new photo mode to the Insta360 Pro that would enable a photo resolution of 15K via a firmware update (i.e., no change to the hardware). The upgrade would put the Insta360 Pro’s resolution almost on par with that of the Panono, which currently has the highest 2D photo resolution among all-in-one 360 cameras. Insta360 also discussed the other features they are working on.
Insta360 Pro (reviewed here) is Insta360’s flagship professional 360 camera that can shoot 8K 360 video in 2D, 6K 3D 360, or 4K live streaming (in 2D or 3D). In addition, it can shoot 8K 360 photos in 2D (7680 x 3840) or 3D (7680 x 7680).
Super Resolution Mode
Insta360 said they are working on a new Super Resolution mode that would increase the photo resolution by 4 times, without any change to the hardware. At 4 times higher resolution, the photos would have a resolution of 118 megapixels in 2D (15,360 x 7,680) or 236 megapixels in 3D (15,360 x 15,360). At 15K, this would be the highest 3D 360 photo resolution for an all-in-one 360 camera. The 2D resolution would be around 12% less than Panono’s resolution (16,384 x 8,192) but would still be one of the highest resolutions available for an all-in-one 360 camera.
In their internal testing, the Super Resolution mode already works but takes an extremely long time to process. Insta360 is therefore working on accelerating the processing to make it practical for users.
Incidentally, this would not be the first time Insta360 has added such a major feature via firmware update. For example, earlier this year they added image stabilization to the Insta360 Nano and to the Insta360 Air, and added optical flow stitching to Insta360 Air, all via firmware.
Other Insta360 Pro updates
It has only been one month since Insta360 Pro’s last firmware update but they are also talking about other coming improvements to the Insta360 Pro such as:
– better color, sharpness, and dynamic range for the default color profile;
– better workflow for Google Streetview;
– reducing the startup time by more than 60% to just 20 seconds (it currently takes about a minute for startup).
Insta360 is planning to release the updates for these improvements (including Super Resolution mode) in about 4 weeks. If you’d like to get the Insta360 Pro, send me a message on the 360 Rumors Facebook page or contact form so I can help you get an exclusive discount for 360 Rumors readers. Or you can order it through Amazon or B&H Photo.
What do you think of the new Super Resolution mode? How significant would it be for you? Would you use it even if processing a Super Resolution photo takes a very long time? Let me know in the comments!