Is your Insta360 One R overheating from long videos? I tested out what I call the “mad max mod” and found I could record for up to 3 hours.
A few weeks ago, I posted how a user was able to increase the recording time for his Insta360 One R 1-inch mod by using a heat sink. I’ve now tested that heat sink, not just with the 1-inch mod, but also with the 360 mod and the 4K wide mod.
I used this heat sink, and this thermal tape. For the 360 mod, I found it was possible to make the heat sink invisible to the camera when using the vertical battery. Unlike the 1-inch mod, I could not attach the heat sink to the back of the core unit otherwise it would be visible to the 360 mod, so I placed it beside the core (the side with the standard battery interface) and I attached another heat sink to the 360 mod, to draw the heat away from the one attached to the core. It is possible to attach another heat sink to the top of the 360 mod and to the other side of the 360 mod as well (both are flat surfaces).
My tests were indoors at around 72F with no air conditioning and no fan. I set the camera to screen auto sleep on, and I used the Sandisk Extreme Pro Micro SD.
Here are my test results:
- 1-inch mod, 5K video: 57 mins. 10 seconds. This was even longer than the time The camera turned off by itself. It felt hot. The heat sink will not appear in the video even in Ultrawide setting. The video was in a single file.
- 4K mod: 1 hour, 18 minutes, 6 seconds. Turned off by itself. Ran out of battery. Will not show up in the video even in POV+ and Flowstate turned off. The video was in a single file.
- 360 mod + vertical battery: 46 mins, 44 seconds. Stopped recording but did not turn itself off. The camera ran out of battery (when I tried to start another recording, it said low battery and shut itself down). The first 30 minutes was one video, then it created a new video, with around a 2 second gap between them.
- 360 mod + vertical battery with USB power (charging while recording): 3 hours 4 seconds. With a 128GB Sandisk Extreme Pro card, the camera stopped recording because it ran out of space. The camera did not turn itself off but it was hot. The One R created six 30 minute videos with around a 2 second gap between each video. By the way, there was zero drifting, and no change to the sharpness of the video. I should also note that the vertical battery still had a full charge afterward.
Can you remove the heat sink? Yes, easily. The tape I got is easy to remove in one piece and leaves no residue. The tape is not reusable, but if you get a roll of tape, you’ll have plenty of tape to reinstall as often as you would want.
WHERE TO BUY
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- Insta360 One R ($479 with 360 mod and 4K mod, direct from Insta360, or Amazon, or B&H Photo). Reviewed here.
- heat sink or this one (fits the core rear, or side when used with vertical battery, around $10 for 10 pcs). Or you can get this longer heat sink that could extend beyond the frame of the One R but still be invisible.
- thermal tape (matches the heat sink width, around $11)
- 128GB Sandisk Extreme Pro card (around $35)
- vertical battery (around $49) – direct from Insta360. Reviewed here.