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Insta360 One R Review: 30 Features and Disadvantages, FAQ and Resource Page (updated Feb. 20, 2020)

Here are 30 features and disadvantages of the Insta360 One R, based on my hands-on use as a beta tester, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the One R. Updated: February 20, 2020. Originally posted: January 7, 2020.

Table of Contents:
Executive Summary
Features and Specifications
Usability
Tutorial (updated March 17, 2020)
Image quality
Sample videos and photos (Updated Feb. 20, 2020)
Price and availability
Conclusion
FAQ

Executive Summary

Insta360 One R is a modular 360 camera that can be converted into other cameras such as a 4K action camera, a 1-inch sensor camera, or a 360 drone camera. Here are my hands-on comparisons for video quality and stabilization:

Here is the launch video:


Insta360 One R modules available at launch

With the One R, a user can select the best camera for the job. For example, the 360 module can be used for “impossible” third-person view shots, the 4K wide angle module for more detail and for slow motion (up to 1080p at 200 fps), or the 1-inch wide angle mod for the best image quality and low light performance.

Insta360 One R Features and Specifications

Insta360 One R (360 module)Insta360 One X
Lensestwo fisheye lensestwo fisheye lenses
Field of viewfully sphericalfully spherical
Aperturef/2.0f/2.0
ProcessorTBDunspecified Ambarella
Photo resolution6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw
Video resolution5760 x 2880, 30fps
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
5760 x 2880, 30fps
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
Bitrate100 mbps, H.265100 mbps, H.264
LCD screenOLED touchscreenLCD screen
Bullet time video3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
fully spherical
variable aspect ratio
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
fully spherical
variable aspect ratio
Live streaming:Yes, stabilized.
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
Yes, stabilized.
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
Shutter speed:1/8000 to 120 seconds1/8000 to 120 seconds
ISO:100 to 3200100 to 3200
Stabilization:6-axis gyro-based image stabilization6-axis gyro-based image stabilization
Microphonesstereo,
optional USB microphone adapter
stereo
Voice controlYesnone
Connector:Frame has GoPro mount and 1/4-20 tripod adapter1/4-20 tripod connector
USB ConnectorType CMicro USB
Storage:one Micro SD up to 128GBone Micro SD up to 128GB
Working humidity:TBDTBD
Temperature:TBDTBD
Waterproof:YesNo (TWO TYPES of waterproof housing accessories available)
Connectivity:5G WiFi,
Bluetooth LE 4.0
5G WiFi,
Bluetooth LE 4.0
Compatibility:iOS, Android, Windows, MaciOS, Android, Windows, Mac
Dimensions:TBD115 x 48 x 28 mm
Weight:130g without frame
165g with frame
115g with battery
90.9 without battery

Usability

I’ve been shooting with the One R since December 2019 and have been quite impressed. The touchscreen makes the One R much easier to use than the One X. I’m able to change almost all the settings that are in the smartphone app. The OLED touchscreen is also much easier to see in daylight compared to the One X or other 360 cameras with ordinary LCD screens.

The One R app is similar to that of the One X although the keyframing controls have been changed to be slightly faster, although it takes some getting used to. One of the biggest improvements to its workflow is that you can now edit photos and videos without downloading them. This is not only faster, but also ensures that your 360 videos won’t fill your phone’s memory. Another key difference is that the One R app’s object tracking is now AI-assisted and far more robust, and can even track subjects that are partially obstructed. Also new for the One R app is an editor that can import and combine photos and videos not just from the One R but also from your camera’s gallery — including your smartphone photos and videos, but also theoretically any other camera from any manufacturer.

As for the modular aspect, I love the versatility of being able to have a non-360 camera for situations that don’t require multiple angles or the stabilization of a 360 camera. However, I found that I seldom had the time to reconfigure the One R in the field, especially the 1-inch module, which requires removing the front element to switch modules. I think it would be better if the One R had a non-360 mode like the GoPro MAX, or had a core that could support both a 360 module and the non-360 4K module so that I could quickly switch between the two shooting modes. Alternatively, for prosumers, it may be worth getting two separate bodies – one with a 360 module and the other with either the 4K module or the 1-inch module. (Note that the total cost of two bodies would still be less than the cost of a GoPro MAX and Hero 8).

Tutorial

Here’s how to use the Insta360 One R, including setup, shooting and sharing your 360 photos and videos.

 

Photo and video quality

I found the video quality of the 360 module to be about the same as that of the One X for detail, dynamic range, and noise. However, the One X had smoother stitching for objects at the stitch line, close to the camera. On the other hand, the One R had slightly better stabilization than that of the One X.

As for the 4K module, it had comparable quality and stabilization to the GoPro Hero 8 in daylight. The 1-inch module, on the other hand, was incredible. It has exceptional quality that far exceeds that of the Hero 8 or Osmo Action in detail, dynamic range, noise, and color depth. Its stabilization in daylight is similar to that of the Hero 8 and Osmo Action. In low light, both the 4K module and 1-inch module appear to have much better stabilization than the Hero 8, although they also seem to have more noticeable motion blur.

I’ve also been most impressed with the One R’s photo quality. I was surprised that the One R can do a 9-shot HDR in Raw+JPEG with almost no ghosting. I’ve also been able to use a new feature called Night View, which takes a burst of 9 Raw DNG photos, then uses median stacking to reduce noise. In addition, the 9th shot is underexposed by 4EV and is used to capture highlights. The result is a photo with excellent dynamic range and very low noise. Surprisingly, the photos have shown no visible ghosting even though it combines nine photos. Note that Night View can be used in daylight, not just in low light, and it is available for all modules.

Sample videos and photos

You can download these sample videos and sample photos (for personal use only – do not post anywhere).  Here is an official sample from Insta360:

Here are sample videos from my comparison videos:

Here is a sample starlapse (star trails) video:

 

Here are sample 360 photos shot in Night Mode / Night View / Night Shot, which takes a burst of 9 photos in Raw DNG and stacks them, with no ghosting.

Conclusion

The Insta360 One R is a truly remarkable camera with a bold and revolutionary concept. Like the first iPhone and iPad, it anticipates users’ needs before they themselves have realized that they had such a need. In this case, the One R addresses several problems: it combines the stabilization and third person view of 360 cameras with the detail and slow motion capture capability of action cameras by providing the user with the option to switch between both types of cameras as needed. It is also the first “invisible” drone camera with stabilization. Just as importantly, it is upgradeable, and can therefore remain relevant for several product cycles.

These advantages are in addition to its other features: its touchscreen, waterproofing, and new tracking and editing features, including the ability to edit without downloading.

The One R’s 360 module does not offer better video quality than the One X, GoPro MAX, or Qoocam 8K, but these many unique advantages far outweigh the incremental difference in image quality in other cameras, therefore I highly recommend the One R as the most practical 360 camera for most users.

Insta360 One R price and availability

The Insta360 One R Twin Edition (with a 360 module and the 4K wide angle module) is now available for $479.

Here are the other bundles:
$299 4K Edition (with 4K module, core, battery)
$449 360 Edition (with 360 module, core, battery ) – currently not in stock.
$479 Twin Edition (with 360 module and 4K module, core, battery)
$549 1-inch Edition (with 1-inch module, core, battery)
$549 Drone Edition for Mavic Pro 1 (with the Split-Lens 360 module that can be used as a standalone 360 camera or a 360 drone camera, core, battery, drone mount)
$549 Drone Edition for Mavic Pro 2 (with Split-Lens 360 module that can be used as a standalone 360 camera or a 360 drone camera, core, battery, drone mount)

You can also purchase additional modules separately:
$99 4K module
$199 360 dual-lens module
$299 1-inch module
$349 Aerial Add-on: includes the Split-Lens Module and the drone mount

FAQ

General questions

1.1. What is the weight?
With 360 module 130g
With 360 module and frame 165g
With 4k module 120g
With 4k module and frame 155g

1.2. How do you set the date and time?
Connect to the app. It will set the date and time based on your phone.

1.3. Do the date and time reset if the battery is removed or drained?
No (unless the battery is drained for a long time).

1.4. Does Insta360 One R use Micro USB or Type C?
USB Type C.

1.5.  I looked in the camera playback screen or on my phone and the video has poor stitching, low resolution and/or low dynamic range.
That’s because you’re looking at only a low-resolution preview. To see the actual image quality, you need to download the video to your app or to the desktop.  You’ll see improved resolution, and stabilization. In addition, you will only see improved stitching after the video has already been stitched.

1.6. How do I connect the camera to the app? What is the Wi-Fi password?
Here’s how to connect:
1. Turn on the camera
2. Launch the app.
3. From the app, tap on the camera icon.
4. Tap on the Connect button.
5. Wait a few seconds for the app to find the camera and tap on the camera. (If your app cannot find your camera, see FAQ #11.3 under Troubleshooting below.)
6. For Android, the app will prompt you to go to connect to the camera’s wi-fi via your phone’s settings. Choose the camera’s wi-fi signal (enter the password 88888888). Then go back to the app. Note: it may take several seconds before the One R’s Wi-Fi signal appears on your list of available wireless networks.

360 module (Dual Lens vs Split Lens)

2.1 How many types of 360 modules are there? 
Two.  The dual-lens 360 module included with the Twin Edition or the 4K Edition is a single module with two lenses. 
The split-lens 360 module in the Aerial Edition or the 3D Edition is actually two modules that can be combined into 360 or split apart and used for the drone edition or the 3d edition.

2.2 Should you get the split-lens instead of dual lens? 
The split-lens is more versatile because it can be used for VR180 or for an invisible drone effect, but the split-lens is that it is not waterproof and has no bullet time mode.

2.3.  Why does the video quality on my 4K phone / camera look better than the 5.7K video on the 360 module?
Because the 5.7K resolution of a 360 video is spread out over 360 degrees.  Your phone’s 4K video is spread out over around 70 degrees. So your phone or non-360 camera will have more pixels per degree.  For a better comparison, use the 4K module, or the 1-inch module. 

4K module

3.1.  What is the 4K module?
It is a partial fisheye lens with 16.4mm equivalent focal length paired with a 1/2.3-inch sensor, similar to the field of view of a GoPro Hero8.

3.2.  Should I get both the 4k module and 1-inch module or are they redundant?  
They are mostly redundant.  If you prefer the 1-inch module, you can get the 1-inch edition and add the 360 module.

3.3.  Does the 4K module have any advantages over the 1-inch module?  
Yes.
– The 4K is cheaper.
– When used with a dive case, it can be used up to 60 meters.  1-inch maxes out at 30 meters.  
– The 4K has a minimum focal distance of 30cm, while the minimum focal distance of the 1-inch is around 50 to 60cm. (see FAQ 4.5 below)
– The 4K has HDR Video mode, while the 1-inch does not.

3.4. Is it wider than the 1-inch? 
No, the 1-inch is wider (14.4mm) vs the 4K (16.4mm equivalent).

3.5. Can you use two of the 4K mods for 360? 
No.  Insufficient field of view.

3.6. Can you use two of them for VR180 (3D 180)? 
No.  Insufficient field of view.

3.7. Can you use two of them for non-VR 3D?
Yes, with the 3D Edition.

1-inch module

4.1 What is the 1-inch module?
It is a rectilinear ultrawide lens (equivalent to 14.4mm focal length) co-designed with Leica, and paired with a 1-inch sensor with 5.3K video.

4.2. Is it fisheye or rectilinear? 
It is partial fisheye, similar to GoPro.

4.3. Is it stabilized?
Yes, but the stabilization is not as good as a 360 video.  It has similar stabilization as the 4K module.

4.4. What is the aperture?  f/3.2.

4.5. Does it have autofocus? What is the minimum focal distance? 
No, it is fixed focus. Its minimum focal distance is 100cm but has acceptable sharpness at 50 to 60cm.

4.6. How does it compare to the Sony RX0 II? 
The 1-inch mod has several advantages.
– higher video resolution: 5.3K vs. 4K for RX0.
– higher photo resolution: 18.8mp vs. 15mp
– It has a wider angle (14.4mm equiv vs. 24mm)
–  has wider aperture (f/3.2 vs f/4). 
– RX0 is also autofocus, while insta 1-inch is fixed focus.

4.7. Can you use two of them for 360? 
No.  Insufficient field of view.

4.8. Can you use two of them for VR180 (3D 180)?
No.  Insufficient field of view.

4.9. Can you use two of them for non-VR 3D? 
Yes, it appears that you will be able to with the 3D Edition. However, it is not certain if you will have full 5.3k resolution per eye.

Aerial Edition, aka Drone Edition

5.1. What is the benefit of the Aerial Edition?
You can mount the One R on a Mavic Pro to capture a stabilized aerial 360 video where the Mavic Pro appears invisible in the video.  The 360 video can be reframed to non-360 using Insta360 Studio to point to any direction, with adjustable field of view.

5.2. What is the weight of the Aerial Edition rig (including cameras)?
300 grams, according to Insta360.

5.3. Which drones are compatible? 
Mavic Pro or Mavic Pro 2.  In the future, they are planning an FPV drone version.  No mention of Mavic Air or Mavic Mini or DJI Spark.

5.4. How many drone editions are there? 
There are 2: Aerial edition, and the Aerial add-on.  Each one has a version for Mavic Pro 1 and Mavic 2 Pro.

Aerial Edition has everything you need to shoot with the One R on a drone, as well as to use it as a non-aerial 360 camera:
– split-lens 360 module
– vertical battery
– core
– drone mount
– camera bracket (for use as a standard 360 camera)
– standard battery (for use as a standard 360 camera)

Aerial Add-On is for users who already have a core from another edition. It includes:
– split-lens 360 module
– vertical battery
– drone mount

5.5. Can the aerial edition be used for 360? 
Yes for the Aerial Edition.  For Aerial Add-on, yes if you have the core, standard battery, and camera bracket.

5.6. Can the aerial edition be used for VR180? 
Yes if you have the 3D edition connector (the 3D Edition Split Lens module and Aerial Edition Split Lens module are both the same).

Battery / Endurance

6.1. What is the maximum recording time?  
Insta360 claims it can record 65 minutes of 360 video, but this will vary based on use and temperature. 
With firmware 1.45, Sandisk Extreme (V30 A2) and screen on auto-off, I was able to record 57 minutes 41 seconds.
With firmware 1.54, Sandisk Extreme (V30 A2) and screen always turned on, I was able to record a total of 46 mins.

The 1-inch module requires more processing and therefore has a shorter recording time before overheating. I was able to record for about 21 minutes before the camera stopped recording from overheating (I used Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB and shot indoors at 72F).

6.2. Can you charge the camera while recording?
Yes via USB Type C. You can also power the camera via USB Type C without the battery connected. 

6.3. How large is each file?  Is there a gap between the files?  Is there a gap after the 30 min limit?
The One R records a continuous video to one file (or two files if 5.7k) for 30 mins.  After 30 mins, it creates a new file and starts recording. There is a few seconds gap after the 30 min. recording.

6.4. How long does it take to charge?
Around 65 minutes via USB Type C. Or 30 minutes with the Fast Charger.

6.5. Can you buy extra batteries? 
Yes, $29 each. They are more expensive than typical batteries because they have more customized parts and cost more to manufacture than normal batteries. Alternatively, you can get the boosted battery (see 6.6 below).

6.6.  What is the boosted battery?  
It has twice the capacity of the normal battery.  It also has a foldable gopro mount, and does not need the frame.  When using the boosted battery, the One R is splash resistant but not waterproof.

6.7.  How do you charge the battery? 
You can charge via a USB Type C connected to the Core or you can use the optional fast dual charger.

6.8. Does the battery work in cold weather like the new one x battery? 
Yes from -4F to 104F (-20C to 40C)

Audio

7.1. Can you use microphones with the One R?
Yes.  There are two options: there is an Insta360 USB Type C to 3.5mm mic adapter, or you can use Airpods or other Bluetooth headset as a wireless microphone.

7.2. Can the One R work with 3rd party USB Type C mic adapters? 
No.

7.3. Can the One R work with any Bluetooth headset or just Airpods?
It will be compatible with any Bluetooth headset. (The firmware has not yet been updated to add this feature.)

7.4. How many microphones does the One R have? Where are the microphones?
There are two: on top, near the power switch, and on the side, near the USB port cover.

Shooting Underwater

8.1. Is the One R waterproof? 
Yes up to 16.4 feet (5 meters) if you use assemble the components and the camera bracket. Make sure there is no dust or sand in the connectors or between the modules, and the USB port is sealed.

8.2. Will the Lens Guard neutralize refraction underwater? 
(Updated) No it will not.

8.3. What if I want to shoot underwater with clear video?
Use the 4K Dive Case, 1-inch Dive Case, or 360 Dive Case. These cases are designed for underwater shooting and will result in clearer underwater videos.

8.4. Why is the 360 Dive Case expensive?
It includes the vertical battery (same battery as the Aerial Edition).

Editing

9.1.  Will the desktop app have all the editing capabilities of the phone app?
As of launch, no.

9.2.  What’s the fastest way to transfer: cable or micro SD card or wireless?
From my experience, via USB 3.0 Micro SD card reader. YMMV.

Accessories

10.1. Can I use a different brand selfie stick? 
Any selfie stick or monopod with ¼-20 tripod connector works, and will be invisible as long as it is within the stitch line.

10.2. How do you make the selfie stick disappear?
Use a selfie stick that is thinner than the space between the lenses, and make sure the selfie stick is always in-line with the camera.

10.3. What is the difference between the invisible selfie stick adapter vs. the tripod adapter?  
Both are gopro mount to tripod adapters but the selfie stick adapter doesn’t pivot.

10.4. What is the difference between the One X invisible selfie stick and the One R selfie stick?
The One R selfie stick is shorter and more compact.  Also, to unlock and lock the joints on the One X stick, you twist and untwist each segment. On the One R selfie stick you simply pull or push the shaft.

10.5. What are the remote control options for One R?
– Your smartphone (Android or iOS)
– The Insta360 GPS Bluetooth remote.  Needs firmware update.
– Apple Watch using the One R app for Watch OS.  Note: it can only shoot. It cannot view photos or videos.

10.6. Is the One R camera bracket compatible with accessories that use a GoPro mount?
Generally yes.

Troubleshooting

11.1. How to reset the camera?  
Remove the battery or hold down the power button for 30 seconds.  If problems persist, switch modules, turn on, turn off, switch the module back, turn on again.

11.2.  I can’t insert the camera in the bracket or frame!  It doesn’t fit.
Solution 1: make sure the shutter button on the camera is on the same side as the button on the frame.
Solution 2: make sure the USB port door is completely closed.

11.3. My app cannot find my One R’s wireless signal.
One possible cause is that your phone may be connected to another wireless signal such as your home or office network. From your phone’s settings, change the wireless network to that of the camera. Then restart the app and repeat the steps for connecting to the camera (FAQ #1.6 above)

Insta360 One R
  • 9.0/10
    Photo - 9.0/10
  • 8.8/10
    Video - 8.8/10
  • 9.9/10
    Usability - 9.9/10

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  • Hi Mic,
    Is that the camera we’ve watched the last teaser, mixing in the mixer one? If it is I am really disappointed!

  • Another great article, thanks Mic!

    We had to purchase a Theta Z1 last month for a big vr tour client we are working with and had the plan to possibly return it to purchase a Qoocam 8 k for similar photo quality & better price if necessary. We love the Insta360 ecosystem though and have OneX as our main video cam.

    What is your impressions with the One R’s 1 inch sensor? Is it comparable to the Z1? Especially considering the raw stacking feature you mentioned in your video.

    Thanks and feel free to pm my email if you want to save the details for your post after the embargo is expired.

    – Adam

  • I was hoping two modules could be placed facing the same direction for VR180. Any possibility that might be a future upgrade?

    • Yes ! The 3D mount will be available in February and will allow mounting two of any of the modules together and , of course, sync them.

      • Merci Francois. I’ve been waiting to buy the second generation of Vuze or Insta360 3D VR 180 cameras. I expect the results of this new combination will be superior, but look forward to actual testing. Cheers, Fred

        • The unique aspect of this 3D mount is that it will allow mounting the lens modules of your choice – not only 180 lens modules but also longer lenses for regular 3D shooting.

          The only thing I am not too crazy about is the weird form factor of this configuration. It is T-shaped and with the core turned 90 degrees so the display ends up pointing at the side instead of at the back.

          • Yes that sideways-facing screen is a bit awkward. It also takes a couple of minutes to convert from 3d to 360. But as you said, the key advantage is the possibility to use any of the non-360 modules, including the 1-inch module.

      • Is VR180 with the 1″ sensor version even possible? It says 14mm (35mm equivalent) FOV, which is only 104° horizontal and 114° vertical.

        • During the rumor period, some people believed that all the modules would have a one-inch sensor. Then it turned out that only the wide angle Leica lens got one. However, Insta360 says they will eventually release more high performance modules so we may see a 1-inch 180 lens in the future.

    • One reviewer pointed out that the goal of this modular system is to introduce new lens modules over time. Instead of having to buy a new camera, you have the core and mount and all you need is to get a new module (or pair of modules if you are shooting 3D).

      Therefore, although the one-inch sensor is now only available with the Leica wide angle lens, it’s very likely that you will see other more sophisticated modules in the future including 180 degrees and perhaps also longer lenses for regular photography.

    • I know you brought up a 3D mount on another page. Do you have any link to where you got that information ? Looking at the above design, I cannot see any way two modules could be mounted on that base because they both need a core unit to be connected to them.

  • First Kandao, with the QooCam 8K, and now Insta360, with this, have seemingly abandoned VR180, which is unfortunate. Despite needing VR googles to really get the most out of such videos, and despite the (effective) need for a tripod mount, they’re truly immersive and fantastic for creating family memories. The current options are OK, but we really need 8K and/or 1″ sensors to allow the videos to stand the test of time. I had high hopes for this, but… it doesn’t meet my needs. I’m sure, though, that many will be happy with it.

    • Same here ! My money is staying firmly in my pocket till someone comes up with a high resolution camera optimized for VR180. And that means a dedicated camera – not a camera where VR180 is compromised by conversion features (such as the Vuze XR or EVO).

    • Joe: We were wrong !

      A 3D mount is announced on Insta360’s website that will allow mounting any of the lens modules in pairs for not only VR180 but regular 3D as well.

        • You have to go on the One R page on Insta360.s website and then scroll all the way to the bottom and you will see the 3D mount with the caption:

          “Two cameras are better than one. The 3D Mount uses two shooters of your choice to capture high-res stereoscopic video.”

          It wasn’t mentioned in the initial teasers because it will only be available in February. Also, from what I understand, for VR180, it will use the two-module version of the 360 lens – the same one used in the drone version with only a single lens each.

          I know what you mean about the wallet. I’d like two lens units for VR180 and two Leica units for regular 3D… And I think that’s gonna cost ! 🙁

          • Thanks! I just noticed that Hugh has it on his latest CreatorUp video, so you can see the modules and pieces (very brief clip, around 15:25). Honestly, it seems like it’s not going to give me anything enough beyond my Vuze XR and Insta360 EVO to justify the additional cost. But… if they add an 8K version and/or the 1″ sensors to the mix, I will buy it!

          • Insta360 says “the 3D mount uses two shooters of your choice”. So you can just mount two of the 4K wide angle sensors side-by-side. Isn’t 8K VR the same as two 4K lenses anyway? Can’t you just mount two 1-inch sensors with the 3D bracket?

          • Yes it should be possible to mount the 1-inch sensors on the 3d bracket, assuming you buy the 1-inch sensors separately.

          • I am not sure if you already own a Vuze XR and an EVO, how much of an upgrade this might be. But if you listen to Mic’s clip describing the new and improved features, there seems to be quite an increase in IQ.

            Also, the 3D mount allows not only VR180 but regular 3D as well. Being mostly a 3D photographer, I am much more interested in a system that allows both regular 3D and VR180 than the previous multiple purpose systems that only offered a choice of VR180 or 2D 360.

            Furthermore, keep in mind that the 3D mount also is connected to the “core” that features a liveview display and allows you to adjust all settings without the need for a phone. There is also an external mike port. So there are many features on this system that increase its versatility markedly.

            The best course of action for you is to sit back and wait till the mount is available and more information comes up about it. Then you can make a more informed decision.

          • Oops, I was slightly wrong. Of course if you’re not using two fisheye modules, it’s just regular 3D, not VR180 3D. My bad.

          • > Isn’t 8K VR the same as two 4K lenses anyway?

            No it’s not. Two 4K sensors equal around 5.7K which is the resolution of both the Vuze XR and Insta360 EVO. But the One R modules record in H265 and that is where the gain in IQ comes from.

            > Can’t you just mount two 1-inch sensors with the 3D bracket?

            You can, but keep in mind those lenses don’t cover a 180 FOV so they are not for VR 180 but for wide angle 3D.

  • Where’s the drone attachment that they teased?

    All of the new software features look cool but they won’t matter much if there’s no viable way to export the videos outside of the Insta app like the current mobile software which fails on most 360 files over ~4 minutes long. It seems like they assume everyone is doing TiK Tok videos.

  • Thx Mic for all the information and that you mention the drawbacks of the design (stitching), battery life,…

    I have doubts, that this modular design is realy reliable. There are to many contacts that could fail.

    What’s problematic is the sheer amount of features they promise. There’s still no Update of the One X App for Android. When they don’t get this done, how will they keep track with the development for the R?

  • OK guys, looks like we were all wrong or… well, I was actually right in my first posts on the matter when the first leaked rendering was posted. I had suggested the modules with different focal lengths would allow both regular 3D and VR180.

    Then, when I found out the second module was a core controller with no lenses, my hopes went down and I concluded that no, it wasn’t happening.

    But now one of the posters here (Peteo) claimed he had seen a 3D mount in one of the leaks. I thought the only way they could do this would be to have a special core module mounted at the back. Anyhow, I saw no signs of that in Insta360s announcements….

    Well. I just checked Insta360’s page and…. Peteo was right !!! You have to scroll down all the way to the bottom of the VERY long page describing all the features to discover – indeed – the 3D mount that will allow VR 180 as well as regular 3D using ANY of the lens modules. And that should even include the Leica lens version.

    Is this great ? For sure. Is this ideal ? Not exactly. The 3D mount has the core module mounted at the back – resulting in a T-shaped camera rig, which, to say the least is rather awkward to hold or … put in a pocket.

    But the output quality should be amazing and of course, the versatility of the system will be second to none.

    Why did we not hear of them in Insta360’s teasers ? Simply because the 3D mount will only be available in February and they will probably do a new campaign to outline that one when it is introduced.

    • So it does look like it it can use the 360 modules but I still think it will only be VR180 and not 3D 360. Also there is a conformation that the one R 1 inch Leica edition will also work with VR180 mode (3D mount kit) which could be the highest quality consumer VR180 camera! At a cost thought.
      The one R 1 inch Leica edition is $549. The additional 1 inch module is $299. No price on the 3D mount kit yet (says February)

      • > but I still think it will only be VR180 and not 3D 360.

        It’s not possible to achieve full 3D 360 with only four lenses because a pair of fish eye lenses pointing in the same direction cannot provide the parallax needed across the full 180 degree field of view. Therefore, adding a second pair at the back only would leave the left and right sides lacking in depth. The only way to achieve 3D 360 is to use a minimum of four pairs of lenses (like in the original Vuze or the Detu Max) or to have a set of at least six lenses each pointing in a different direction (like with the Insta360 Pro).

        Anyhow, if I understand correctly, the VR180 version will use the same modules as the drone edition where the two 180 lenses are separate and not mounted in a single module. So there won’t be any lenses pointing at the back.

        > Leica edition will also work with VR180 mode (3D mount kit)

        Yes. The 3D mount is suppose to work with all the lens modules – save for the one with two lenses on the same module.

        > which could be the highest quality consumer VR180 camera!

        It won’t be VR180 but regular wide angle 3D. The Leica module is a wide angle action lens – not a fish-eye lens. It will not cover the full 180 degrees.

        > The additional 1 inch module is $299.

        You leave me confused here. My understanding is that the one-inch sensor is right behind the Leica lens in the same module – not a separate 1-inch module. I don’t see how one could have a lens module and then a separate module to house the sensor.

        • > My understanding is that the one-inch sensor is right behind the Leica lens in the same module
          It is. Full edition with core, battery etc is $549. Just 1 inch module with Leica lens – $299.

          • > Full edition with core, battery etc is $549. Just 1 inch module with Leica lens – $299.

            Oh really ? Thanks for that clarification. I thought the $549. price was for the Leica module alone. That makes a big difference !!!

            So that means that two Leica modules would be $600 and the core $250 and I expect the mount would be around fifty bucks. Well, it still ends up expensive but not as expensive as I had imagined ! 🙂

  • Had a chat with an Insta360 rep at CES. First of all many of the software related features are also coming to the ONE X, along with H265 recording! (1-2 weeks away). Second, the rep implied that the idea of the modular design is to support future 8K cameras. I straight out asked if that means we could have a dual 8K 180VR config… and the answer was yes.

    • > I straight out asked if that means we could have a dual 8K 180VR config

      I expect we will see many more lens modules coming up over the next year. I would be happy with one-inch 180 modules.

      I’ll be curious to see how they can work out 8K in such a small package. Every industry tech I have talked to about 8K brings up heating problems that require fans in the cameras. The Qoocam 8K has them. But there’s no space for fans in the tiny lens modules of the One R. I’ll be curious to see how they tackle that.

    • I’m really hoping to see these software features hit the One X because so far that would make me but a One X rather than the One R. I held off buying the One X waiting for the One R but it isn’t what I was hoping for other than the software upgrades

  • Couple of things I would like to hear more on

    1 split drone 360 module – If this is used for the 3d mount, can it also be used as a standard 360 module when clipped together or do the ports make this impossible? Would be nice to have 1 module that does both, saving carrying/buying more.

    2 vertical battery – if you go to the dive case section on the insta website, you can select a 360 dive case for the R, which is coming soon. However, it does state you need to use the vertical battery for this. Looks like it makes the camera more like the X in shape, but will be interesting to see how it attaches, and how it can be used for other than the 360 dive case.

    I will be getting an R by April, but I think waiting a couple of months for more bits to be announced/released is a good idea. I wonder how many new editions there will be by then, or if all the new modules etc. will purely be add on purchases.

  • I can’t find the dimensions on this Insta360 One R anywhere. I have the GoPro Max and was trying to get an ideal of how they compare in size. Do you have a side by side picture of the two and maybe the Insta360 One X as well?

  • Specifications section is a bit confusing.
    Store page says that OneR 360 module has f/2.0 aperture(and single lens 4k is 2.8).
    Also as far as i remember OneX longest shutter is 55s – is it gonna change in OneX?

    Can’t wait to see full review from you.

    • Thanks John! Sorry, the table info was based on the press release which had some ambiguities. Now corrected – f/2 indeed. Re slowest shutter, yes i believe it will change for one x if it hasn’t already.

  • The question is how will the workflow in VR180 3D for Final Cut be? Vuze XR is currently a bit complicated and requires a lot of processing power. Any idea?

  • Hi Mivo,

    For how long ( 2-3 years?) will Insta guarante the compability of the core with the future modules or with the new version software on the existing modules?

  • So if you wanted VR180 from this right now (minus the 3D adaptor thats not out yet), you would need to order the Mavic kit, to get the split lenses? Or the Twin Edition and just add an extra Dual-Lens mod? (which seem like a waste of money since that would give you four lenses when you only need two).
    Or is it presumed that a VR180 kit will be added to the roster once the 3D mount is available?
    Its all so confusing.

    • Right now, I suggest you sit back and wait because there is no possibility of shooting 3D with this system until the 3D adapter is available. That 3D adapter is an extra module that connects to the core and has a port on each side for connecting two lenses.

      You are correct that the lenses you would use for VR180 are the same ones offered in the drone kit. But unless you plan to use a drone for 360, there is no point in buying that kit now to get the lenses as you will also be paying for an adapter you don’t need. Anyhow, I believe the drone kit is not yet available either.

      I suspect that when Insta360 introduces the 3D mount, they will offer kit options that will include a pair of 180 lenses or a pair of any of the other lenses. Buying extra lenses separately right now would not really make things go faster.

      • For VR180, you can use both the split and dual 360 lenses. Using the split lenses will be lighter, but 2 dual 360 lenses will fit as well – they just won’t use the rear facing lenses.

        Also worth noting, the split lens kit is not waterproof – so you can’t just use it instead of the dual360 if you might get it wet at any point – and is also not compatible with bullet time.

        So for my purposes (360 and vr180) I need either 2 dual 360 lenses, or 1 dual 360 and 1 split 360. I might as well get the 4k lens as well as it is very cheap to get the twin pack. Then I need to add a spare battery and charger (presume the batteries can’t be charged directly when not connected?), bullet time kit, 360 dive case, 2 vertical batteries, 360 lens covers and probably more!

        • > For VR180, you can use both the split and dual 360 lenses.

          I wondered about that. I wondered if using the 360 lenses would at all be possible in the stereo mount as the back lenses may be in the way of something or make the touch screen difficult to use. Also it doesn’t really make sense to buy two 360 modules with one core.

          > Using the split lenses will be lighter

          Well, it will also be cheaper !

          > but 2 dual 360 lenses will fit as well

          I’ll wait and see how that can all fit together. I suspect they will offer a VR180 edition and it will have the two separate 180 lenses – not two 360 modules. The other thing that I and others wonder about is if the split lenses can be mounted together on the core for 360. From the drawings, one would think they are too thick. But since they are suppose to be part of the same system, maybe they do fit together in the core and dummy back caps can be used for 3D 180 use.

          > Also worth noting, the split lens kit is not waterproof – so you can’t just use it instead of the dual360 if you might get it wet at any point .

          I figured they might have a back cap to make it fit the entire surface of the battery base. Otherwise it would leave some plugs exposed, which isn’t a good design approach. Again, I’d rather wait till the actual system is available and tested by reviewers before I draw any conclusions.

          > So for my purposes (360 and vr180)

          If you want to shoot both 360 and VR180, then I would instead recommend the Vuze XR or Insta360 EVO. They are much faster to convert from one to the other. The only reason I am interested in the One R is because I am mainly into 3D so can use the stereo mount for 3D 180 as well as regular wide angle 3D. Even then, I would choose a dedicated camera over a modular one so as to have a more ergonomic design. The T-shape of the stereo version with side facing mini display is way too awkward.

        • So the dual 360 module isn’t compatible with the 3d mount at all?
          Can you say why?
          I would have thought that if the 4k/1inch modules fit, the dual 360 would as well – they would just need to have a space for the rear connector (which from the look of the other modules, there is always a fitting anyway.
          I guess the actual connector sticks out a little more.

          Shame, but guess I will end up with a dual and split 360 module as I need the 360 to be waterproof.
          Will see if they release a 3D package once it comes out and what version works out best for me.

          Thanks for the FAQ, lots of useful information – hope there will be video on the 3d mount, 360 dive case etc. coming soon.

      • This is also my understanding. Wait until February.
        My question is more the workflow. Is VR180 / 3D stitched in the camera or in the software / app. ?
        Do I have to convert to 360° for FCPX?

  • So, if I already have a GoPro Hero 7 Black, I probably don’t need the 4K camera. That being said, would you choose the Insta360 One R (with only the 360 lens), the Insta360 One X, or the GoPro Max? I really want to purchase one over the next few months. I have been leaning towards GoPro since I already use there services for my Hero (auto backup and such), but haven’t pulled the trigger because I hesitant since 360 isn’t their main focus like it is for Insta360. Any help is appreciated.

    • This is my issue as well. I am a GoPro user that just hasn’t pulled the trigger on the Max because Insta has such a strong following in the 360 world. I purchased the Insta360 R the day it released but I keep looking at the refund button thinking maybe I should go with the Max. Everyone isn’t jumping up and down saying the Insta360 R is the camera to have and I was really hoping it would have that response. I’m trying to wait till the 14th to get video comparison but I’m afraid I will be to late to refund then.

      • Hey there Chad! I think the One R is a much better value than Max. It’s like getting the Max and Hero8 for less than the cost of the Max ($479 vs $499). That is on top of the One R’s many features including slow motion. Congrats!

        Best regards,
        Mic

  • do you know if some of the new software features will also be updated into the Insta360 one X like stop-motion animation and others?

  • Hi Mic,

    is it possible to get a list with the more and lesser points of the Insta360 R with 1 ”module versus the Sony RX0 mod 2 camera?

    For what period does Insta guarantee the compatibility of the “core” with the “new modules” and / or existing module with updated software?

  • Thanks for this great info, Mic! One thing that I’m not sure about is whether or not the lens protectors are included in the “twin edition” (the package with both the 360 and 4K modules). They’re not shown in the “in the box” picture at the bottom of the product page, but just above that, in the “rugged lens protection” section, it implies they’re included. Do you have any info about this? Thanks!

    • Hi Matt. The lens guards are not included and are a separate accessory. By rugged lens protection, I think they mean the lenses are stronger but of course they can still be damaged.

  • Hi Mic. Your site is the best I’ve seen about 360 cameras. You’ve got really professional tests and reviews here. That’s why I will ask you: Does this 360 camera overheat? Most 360 cameras have a problem with overheating. Please take a long recording test with the power supply (over 1h). Thank you and best regard 🙂

    • Thanks Tomas! For 360, the longest I’ve been able to record a 360 video is 57 mins, with the screen auto-off activated and using its own battery. I’ll try to see the maximum recording duration when powered by USB. I’ve also done timelapse with a USB power bank, which was able to last all night (I didn’t attempt to run down the USB power bank).

  • General question about the Aerial Edition and using the One R on a Mavic Pro – not owning either.

    Does the One R simply replace the camera included with the Mavic Pro or is it used in conjunction with the Mavic Pro camera? If the former, is it possible to buy a Mavic Pro without the camera?

    • Hey there Chris. It does not replace the mavic camera. You need the mavic camera to navigate the drone. There is no live feed from the one r aerial edition beyond a short range. For aerial edition, I recommend mavic pro not mavic pro 2 because the original can be used with gps with aerial edition.

    • Hey there 4004. The nominal resolution is not important to me. What is important is the actual detail. I will compare vs other popular cameras.

        • Hi Justin. Yes the extended selfie stick is invisible to One R. Please note that it will droop so you need to turn the One R to vertical orientation so that the selfie stick droops in the axis of the stitch line.

  • Hi Mic, i have some questions:

    1-Where is the ¼-20 tripod connector located at? Does both the Core and the (red) battery have one each? (for those that don’t have Go Pro style mounts).

    2-How firm the assembly between the Core and the MOD feel without the battery? In the FAQ it’s mentioned that the camera can be powered directly though USB but looking at the pictures it seem like the battery is important to keep them together (for sportive uses).

    Thank You.

    • Hey there Fabi. The camera itself has no mount. Only the camera bracket does. The kit includes a gopro to 1/4-20 adapter.

      2. The connection is firm but can be readily pulled apart with a little force. If you want to use without battery, it should be stable, or you need to 3d print a bracket to keep them securely attached.

  • Will Insta360 one r allow a 360 module and 4K module to record at the same time? On one module? Currently I have a GoPro hero 7 and GoPro max mounted on a dual bracket on a monopod.

  • My current travel vlogging set up is the insta360 one x & the gopro hero 7. I was about to trade the 7 in for the 8 with the media mod…when the insta360 R was announced. I am intrigued. An all in one modular unit. The idea of combining my action cam & action cam & vlogging cam appeals to me for travel. I am mainly curious how the audio sounds with an ext mic & using bluetooth headphones. And i am torn between getting the 4K mod & the 1” sensor mod. I need to see comparison tests of them both as well as compared to the hero 8. Then i can decide.

  • hey great review…
    i am seriously considering getting the one inch version with the 360 twin set up.

    do you have any examples of the one inch sensor images HDR? 9 stacked or 5 stacked? if so and the example imbargo is lifted can you post some example of the one inch sensor photos? i couldn’t find any..

    example of sky shots clouds and night time shots – 1 inch sensor

    also the twin lens set up.. is that also image improved? does the twin sensor about the same size as OneX? or is slightly improved? man we need 1 inch twin lens set up !

    thanks in advance

    phamstagram360

    • Hi phamstagram360. I’ll post samples of the 1-inch soon. I’ve used it at night and it looks very good. Re One R 360 mod, so far I don’t see an improvement compared to One X. Yes I hope we’ll see a 360 mod with two 1-inch sensors, although from my understanding only Ricoh has the expertise to do this.

  • if you use the apple watch as a remote, does it tag the images with the GPS location of the watch? – in the same way that the Insta remote would?

  • How well was the editing without copying works?

    My experience with connecting to action camera via WiFi was a lot of buffering. Can you actually efficiently edit 4K files via WiFi?

  • When I use the insta360 one X camera tripod with the insta360 One X app the legs of the tripod appear in all pics and videos. When I used Matterport Capture app the entire tripod with legs is invisible.
    Please respond as soon as possible. Is there a setting in the camera to fix this?

    • Hi Carla. There is no setting to make the tripod with legs invisible, but you can tap on the upper right corner and select logo, then in the settings change the logo to a dark shadow or your personal logo. There are several other techniques for removing the tripod: google.com/search?q=360rumors.com+nadir&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS854US854&oq=360rumors.com+nadir

  • Hi Mic,

    Not new to 360, but only did it with stitching multiple DSLR-shots in PTGui.
    I’m looking for a (not too expensive) unit that creates 360 in one shot like the One R.
    360 photography is my number 1 priority.
    Waterproof action photos and videos comes second.

    Thank you for the reviews and the sample files of the One R.
    Would it be possible to also provide some RAW photos (I’m especially interested to see what the quality outside is) for us? So far, I can only find one 360 JPEG in the sample files.
    I would like to see how I can create tiny planets in PTGui in combination with Lightroom editing of single shot and bracketed shots (and in camera HDR).

    I watched your review with Ben Claremont on the best cameras for virtual tours.

    Thanks in advance and keep up the great work.
    I’ll return to your pages often.

    Greetings from the Netherlands

  • Congratulations for this review and for sharing some videos and photos with us that allow us to try Insta360 APP and software.
    Could you also share some more animated videos, perhaps with people in motion, cars, various objects? This allows us to test “Tracking” and other A.I. functions.
    Thanks
    Andrea

  • Hi Mic,

    Loved watching your reviews one the One R – really looks great and love your detail and dedication to your videos and write ups.

    Just wondering if there was anything further on the bluetooth external mics as of yet?

    Thanks,
    Tris

      • Thanks for the reply, it’s a shame as I’d get it in a heart beat if it had this functionality, lots of motorbike vloggers who have intercoms would love to be able to hook in to our Bluetooth intercom microphone/audio to save having another load of wires to deal with.

        Here’s hoping it actually gets released as a feature 🙂

        • yes i’m waiting as well. Actually, I was the one who suggested that feature to them back in August 2019 when they showed me a prototype.

  • After extensive searching I’m needing to know if anyone is using the One R for real estate/VR/Video tours – instead of the One X? If so, what are the results? Same?
    About to buy the OneR for this and other jobs as well.
    Thanks!

    • One R’s advantage over the One X for real estate is that you can do a 9-shot HDR in Raw. One R also has a “Night Shot” mode which is actually a stacking and HDR mode that combines 9 shots for low noise and excellent highlight range. One R also lets you see the photo on the screen without having to connect to your phone. The advantage of the One X is smoother stitching.

  • Latest – today I noticed that there was a firmware update, it appears that AirPods are now supported see article here:

    http://onlinemanual.insta360.com/oner/en-us/camera/airpods?id=connecting-to-airpods

    Note – although I had got the camera to recognise my Sena 20S and my 20S said device connected, no audio is transferred still. It appears the connection type that the Sena is able to use does not recogise it as a device that allows audio to be synced with the camera.

    I’d be interested if anyone else has got this working on their other devices and if so how, also would be cool to see it in use with the AirPods (unsure how they sync, would have assumed it should have worked for other Bluetooth devices).

    Also, seems they have improved 3.5mm mic quality in the latest update, full release notes below:

    https://www.insta360.com/download/insta360-oner

  • Mic, thanks for your hard work! I really enjoy your reviews. I would be interested in the Insta One R Mavic 2 drone edition plus the 3D module. Can you tell me where I can buy it?