Insta360 One X is a 5.7K 360 camera that incorporates almost all of the best features of its competitors, and adds some features that have never been seen before in consumer 360 cameras, at an aggressive price point. Although the One X does have some flaws, all things considered, this is the best 360 camera for consumers as of July 2019. I’ve been testing the Insta360 One X since October 1, 2018, and here is a detailed hands-on review with complete specifications, features, comparison with and differences from the Insta360 One, GoPro Fusion and other 360 cameras, sample photos and videos, and more. October 14, 2020 update: added a tutorial for the new Insta360 app . See other updates below.
Table of contents:
Part 1: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Executive Summary (updated July 12, 2019) .
36 Features updated: new features — 3D tiny planet, loop mode, screenshot
— November 2019 update: ColorBoost, AI audio, and multi-edit (added Nov. 10, 2019)
Part 2: SAMPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS
Sample photos, sample videos, download sample files
— Insta360 One X HDR photos
— Low light photo ISO comparison
— Sample surfing video from Dive Case
— Sample underwater video with Dive Case
— Sample video from Venture Case 2.0 underwater and above water (added May 22, 2019)
— Sample video with Insta360 Stats GPS overlay
— Sample files for download
Part 3: WORKFLOW AND TUTORIAL
Download the software and apps
Quick Start Guide – No Editing (updated October 14, 2020)
Insta360 One X and Adobe Premiere workflow tutorial.
22 Tips and Tricks for Insta360 One X
How to get the best video quality: 9 techniques (added June 16, 2019)
Part 4: IMAGE QUALITY COMPARISON AND ANALYSIS
DNG Raw support and comparison with JPG
HDR Video comparison (firmware 220.127.116.11)
Comparison between Insta360 One X vs. GoPro Fusion
Comparison between Insta360 One X vs. GoPro Hero 7 for hyperlapses
Disadvantages and problems
Part 5: MORE INFORMATION
Insta360 One X Discount Code
May 22, 2019 update: Venture Case 2.0 sample video
February 17, 2019 update: 22 Tips and Tricks for Insta360 One X
February 13, 2019 update: new features — 3D tiny planet, loop mode, screenshot
February 4, 2019 update: Insta360 Studio 3.2.1 no-stitch workflow
January 25, 2019 update: Adobe Premiere no-stitch workflow
Updated December 5, 2018: HDR video mode now added.
Updated: November 18, 2018 hyperlapse comparison between One X and GoPro Hero 7 Time Warp.
Updated: November 11, 2018 comprehensive Insta360 One X vs. GoPro Fusion comparison with 40 factors compared
Updated: November 2, 2018: new underwater sample videos.
Updated: October 31, 2018: DNG Raw support plus comparison with JPG.
Updated: October 30, 2018: ISO comparison for low light photos
Updated: October 26, 2018: Sample video from waterproof Dive Case
Updated: October 21, 2018: in-depth video review
Updated: October 18, 2018 – new low light sample, how to avoid blur in videos, underwater sample
Updated: October 13, 2018 – download links for software
Updated: October 12, 2018 – updated comparison vs Fusion
Updated: October 10, 2018
Updated: September 27, 2018
Originally posted: September 26, 2018
Part 1: Executive Summary
Here is my video review of the Insta360 ONE X, including its strengths and weaknesses:
Insta360 One X Review 2019
As of 2019, Insta360 has resolved most of the issues in my original review, and has since added new features. For new features, see below. Meanwhile, here is an updated review. In Part 1, I list the Insta360 One X advantages and disadvantages in 2019. In Part 2, I compare it with other 360 cameras. (Click on the upper right corner to choose a video from the playlist.)
Insta360 One X is a bold new direction for Insta360’s consumer 360 cameras. Until now, Insta360 has been known for having smartphone 360 cameras, i.e., 360 cameras that clip onto your smartphone. All their consumer 360 cameras have been smartphone 360 cameras: the Insta360 Nano, Insta360 Nano S, Insta360 Air, and Insta360 One. The Insta360 One X breaks from precedent and is purely a standalone device.
Here is a product video
Beyond its form factor, Insta360 One X is also turning heads with its comprehensive feature set. It’s as if they assembled the top 360 cameras in the market, identified the best features of each one, and crammed those best features into the One X, as you’ll see below. While its competitors will likely be filled with fear and loathing, consumers should be elated, as it will be easier to choose between features that would otherwise only be available in separate cameras.
I should add that Insta360 One X did not just copy its competitors features. They also improved their signature features, such as Bullet Time, and added new features such as Drift Shot and Time Shift.
Here are 32 features of the Insta360 One X for video, for photo, and for both photos and videos.
Insta360 One X Video features
1. High resolution video (Improved)
The One X shoots video at 5760 x 2880 at 30fps (5.7k or 6k depending on who you ask).
2. Super slow motion (New!)
The One X can shoot slow motion at either 3K at 100fps or 4K at 50fps. With interpolation (playback at 1/4th speed), the app can simulate up to 3K 400fps or 4K 200fps
3. Bullet time (improved)
Insta360 introduced the bullet time feature in the Insta360 One. The One X’s Bullet time mode has improved tremendously with a higher resolution, a wider field of view, and a variable aspect ratio (9:16 portrait, 1:1, 4:3, or 16:9). In addition, Version 3.1 of the desktop app now allows the user to change the field of view (e.g. to make it wider).
4. Flowstate stabilization
Just like the Insta360 One, the One X features gimbal-like stabilization, which they call “Flowstate”. Here is a stabilization comparison Insta360 posted between the new One X and the GoPro Hero 7 as well as the Sony FDR-X3000:
5. Direction Lock stabilization
As with the Insta360 One, the One X can stabilize the video in the direction that the camera is facing. This mode is very useful for example, for cycling and motor sports. Here is a video that explains this feature. Although I used the Insta360 One, the One X direction hold works the same way.
6. Drift shot (NEW!)
The One X has a new special effect called Drift Shot, where you attach the One X to a special throwable case called the Drifter. With the Drifter and with the slow motion 3K 100fps video, you can capture unique angles. Here is a video showing sample drift shot videos with the One X:
7. Hyperlapse with motion blur
Insta360 One X can create a hyperlapse in the smartphone app. A hyperlapse is like a time lapse, except the camera is moving. For more information, and a comparison with GoPro Hero 7 Time Warp, see below.
8. Time Shift (NEW!)
TimeShift is a speed ramp effect that lets you switch between high speed and slow motion. Here is a sample shot by renowned director Philip Bloom:
9. HDR Video (now available)
Insta360 One X features an HDR video mode, which enables the sensor to capture a wider dynamic range. Insta360 hasn’t disclosed how it works, but I speculate that the One X uses a Sony sensor with spatial multiplexed exposure HDR (SME-HDR), where different pixels capture the video at different exposures, and the sensor can combine the data from all the exposures to achieve an HDR video. See the samples and comparison below.
10. Data overlay (Now available as of December 25, 2018)
You can overlay speed, altitude, and other data including a map that will draw itself as you travel:
Previously, Insta360 has said this feature would only be available when using the optional dedicated Bluetooth remote. However, on December 25, they made a surprise announcement to make the feature available with no additional accessories. You simply need to connect your One X to your phone wirelessly, and the GPS data from your phone will be used to provide the data for the overlay. As of January 2019, Insta360 Stats is available for both iOS and Android. See the sample video below.
11. Log mode video
As with the Insta360 One, the One X can shoot in Log mode. You can download the Insta360 One X LUT here.
As with the Insta360 One, the One X can capture 360 video and allow you to present it as a non-360 video where you choose the perspective. This allows you to “shoot first and point later.” Freecapture has several modes: Viewfinder lets you hold the phone as a virtual camera (with stabilization). Pivot Point lets you use keyframing to change the view smoothly. Smart Track can pan the view automatically to track objects.
13. Overcapture videos without stitching
The One X is one of the very few cameras that enables editing without stitching. Specifically, you can create an overcapture video without having to first stitch the 360 video.
14. No-stitch editing in Adobe Premiere and in Insta360 Studio for One X (NEW!)
Insta360 One X videos can be edited in Adobe Premiere or Insta360 Studio for One X without stitching them first. This not only saves time and storage space, but can also improve the quality of your resulting video by compressing the video only once — during the final render. For a tutorial of this feature for both Insta360 Studio and Adobe Premiere, see below.
As with the Insta360 Nano S, the One X can put a picture-in-picture overlay with independently panning perspectives.
16. 360 live streaming with realtime stabilization
The One X can live stream in 360 to Facebook, YouTube and other sites. The live stream resolution is up to 2560 x 1280. Unlike 360 cameras from other brands, the One X’s live stream is stabilized in realtime.
17. Freecast (live streaming in freecapture or tiny planet mode)
The One X can live stream in non-360 mode where the live streamer can change the view in realtime during the live stream.
18. Raw DNG photo shooting and stitching
The One X can shoot in DNG raw. Insta360 Studio will be able to stitch the One X Raw photos in DNG format. This feature is now available.
19. HDR Photo (NEW!)
This enables the ONE X to shoot a true multi-exposure HDR photo. It will take 3 shots, with exposure intervals that you choose, up to +/- 4EV. When you load the photo in the app, the app recognizes it as an HDR series and stitches an HDR shot. The desktop app does not yet stitch HDR as of launch date, so instead you would need to stitch the 3 shots separately and then fuse them using your preferred HDR software. See below for sample HDR shots.
20. Manual exposure (Improved)
The One X has a wider range of shutter speeds, from 1/8000 up to 120 secs.
Features for both photos and videos, plus other features
21. Snapshot / screenshot frame grab (available on iOS and Android)
You can take a non-360 photo from a 360 video. This enables the user to take a photo with the exact composition that they want by shooting a video, then extracting the photo from it. Alternatively, users can use this feature to capture a highlight from their 360 video. To use this feature, simply reframe the video, hit the snapshot button (a dotted square), and the One X app will generate a non-360 photo framegrab.
22. New lens design with smoother stitching vs. Insta360 One (improved)
With the One X’s new lens configuration, the lenses are closer to each other and are back-to-back for better stitching.
23. Better low light performance (improved)
The One X’s new sensor performs quite well in low light. Insta360 opted for a sensor with slightly lower resolution but with larger sensels for better low light performance.
24. Wireless live preview (NEW!)
You can now get a live preview wirelessly, unlike the previous generation Insta360 One which allowed wireless control but had no live preview unless it was connected to the camera.
25. Removable battery (NEW!)
With a removable battery, you can pack some spares to ensure you’ll never run out of batteries.
26. In-camera editing (Improved)
In addition to preset filters and to a skin-smoothening beautifying filter, photos and videos can be edited in the app, enabling you to adjust exposure, contrast, saturation and other settings. The edits are nondestructive and are reversible.
27. Underwater case with smooth stitching (NEW!)
There are now several 360 cameras that can be used underwater, but very few of them can record smoothly stitched underwater 360 photos and videos. Water refraction changes the effective focal length of lenses, decreasing their field of view significantly. As a result, most 360 cameras can’t stitch well underwater.
The only 360 cameras that are able to stitch smoothly underwater are those with a hemispherical lens cover, such as the Ricoh Theta (with the new TW-1 case), Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Dual Pro, and to some extent the Rylo.
The Insta360 One X has a dedicated underwater case called the Dive case, with spherical lenses that negate underwater refraction. With the Dive case, the One X will be able to stitch underwater photos and videos smoothly.
See the sample videos below for a link to sample underwater videos.
28. Venture Case Hardcase
You can use the One X in rough environments with an optional protective hardcase accessory. The case has a similar design to Insta360 One’s hard case. The case is not designed to be used underwater. Rather, it is designed simply to protect the One X in harsh or wet environments such as white water rafting.
29. Improved connectivity: High speed 5G Wi-Fi and USB cables (improved)
You can transfer photos and videos quickly to your phone with 5G Wi-Fi. You can transfer them even faster with the included USB cables.
30. Remote activation (NEW!)
With your phone you can turn on the Insta360 One X remotely. This is useful if the One X is away from you on a tripod, such as near a stage, while you are in the audience. This does drain the battery faster, even when the One X appears to be off, but a future firmware update will let you choose whether to keep Bluetooth on, or turn it off when the camera is on standby. Note: As of February 2019, this feature was partly disabled to extend the battery life. However, iOS devices will be able to connect to the One X even while the Wi-Fi is turned off, by using Bluetooth to turn on Wi-Fi remotely.
The One X can include GPS data in its 360 photos and videos when connected via GPS-capable smartphone or when used with the optional Bluetooth remote accessory. This means that photos or even videos can be readily uploaded to Google Street View with GPS data. GPS is also useful for virtual tours that use GPS data. The One X can also add GPS data to photos that were taken while the One X was connected to a phone equipped with GPS, either wirelessly or with the included USB cable.
32. OLED display (NEW!)
The One X’s OLED display is clear and shows what mode you’re shooting in.
Lastly, another improvement that is perhaps worth mentioning is that the One X has a metal tripod hole, unlike the plastic tripod hole in the Insta360 One.
33. 3D Tiny Planet (added February 2019 for iOS app version 1.3.0)
34. Loop animation (added February 2019 for iOS app version 1.3.0)
Insta360 One X can create Boomerang-like loop animations. To use the feature, trim your video to 5 seconds or less. When you share that video as a FixFrame (non-360 overcapture / freecapture) video, you’ll see a checkbox for Loop. Here is a sample:
35. Wireless VR Viewing (Insta360 VR)
You can view Insta360 One X photos and videos in a headset wirelessly, with no stitching or copying required. Simply install the Insta360 VR app (Gear VR or Oculus Go or Oculus Quest), connect your VR headset to your One X wirelessly, and launch the Insta360 VR app. You’ll be able to see photos and videos in stabilized 360 view in VR.
36. AI Audio (added November 2019)
The One X app can use AI to identify the “primary sound,” such as the user’s voice, and isolate it, enhancing it while minimizing background noise.
37. Color Boost (added November 2019)
Color Boost is an automatic postprocessing editing effect that enhances the look of the video.
You’ll be able to combine two or more videos into a video within the One X smartphone app.
Here are the complete specifications of the Insta360 One X, with a comparison against the Insta360 One. Advantages are highlighted in bold.
|Insta360 One X||Insta360 One|
|Lenses||two fisheye lenses||two fisheye lenses|
|Field of view||fully spherical||fully spherical|
|Processor||unspecified Ambarella||unspecified Ambarella|
|Photo resolution||6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw||6912 x 3456 in JPEG or DNG raw|
|Video resolution||5760 x 2880, 30fps|
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
|3840 x 1920, 30fps|
2560 x 1280 @ 60fps
mp4 (log mode available)
|Bitrate||100 mbps||60 mbps|
|Bullet time video||3008 x 1504 @ 100fps|
variable aspect ratio
|2048 x 512 @ 120fps|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Live streaming:||Yes, stabilized.|
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
|Shutter speed:||1/8000 to 120 seconds||1/4000 to 60 seconds|
|ISO:||100 to 3200||100 to 3200 (up to 6400 for video)|
|Stabilization:||6-axis gyro-based image stabilization||6-axis gyro-based image stabilization|
|Connector:||1/4-20 tripod connector||1/4-20 tripod connector|
|Storage:||one Micro SD up to 128GB||one Micro SD up to 128GB (8GB included)|
|Working humidity:||TBD||30% to 80%|
|Temperature:||TBD||14F - 113F (-14C to 45C)|
|Waterproof:||No (TWO TYPES of waterproof housing accessories available)||No (waterproof housing accessory available)|
Bluetooth LE 4.0
MFI-certified lightning connector
|Bluetooth LE 4.0|
MFI-certified lightning connector
|Compatibility:||iOS, Android, Windows, Mac||iOS, Android, Windows, Mac|
|Dimensions:||115 x 48 x 28 mm||96 x 36.5 x 25 mm|
|Weight:||115g with battery|
90.9 without battery
|Battery:||60 mins. removable||70 mins.; not removable; USB charging|
|Other features:||Drift shot|
Freecast (live streaming with changeable perspective)
Time lapse mode
Freecast (live streaming with changeable perspective)
Time lapse mode
Part 2: SAMPLE PHOTOS, SAMPLE VIDEOS, SAMPLE FILES
The One X’s photo resolution of 18 mp is substantially lower than that of the Insta360 One, with 24 mp. However, with 360 cameras, you should not look at specifications in isolation. There are many 360 cameras that have lower specifications than its competitors but somehow have better quality. For example, the GoPro Fusion’s 18mp photos have more detail than Insta360 One’s 24mp photos. Ultimately, what matters is how the photos and videos actually look. Here are sample photos and videos from the Insta360 One X (firmware 1.15.12 or 1.16.12).
Insta360 One X sample photos
For extreme lighting, HDR shots can look better with dedicated HDR software such as Photomatix Pro (15% off with coupon code: 360rumors). Insta360 Studio (One X’s desktop software) will stitch each of the photos separately (turn off FlowState). You can then import the photos into Photomatix and fine tune the contrast, tonality and other values.
Insta360 One X sample videos
Here is a sample 5.7K 360 video from a pre-release version of the Insta360 One X. It shows log mode, the dynamic range and sharpness, and low light performance. However, it does not show HDR Video mode. Instead, to see the HDR video sample, see here.
The sample 360 video above is from the Insta360 One X, stitched on Insta360 Studio (not stitched on the mobile app). The stitched videos were then edited into a montage using Adobe Premiere Pro, with a 120mpbs bitrate. The videos show the One X’s resolution, dynamic range (with log mode and without log mode), low light footage, and stabilization performance in real world conditions.
In the low light segment of the sample video above, the background had some blur. That is because the One X defaults to a slow shutter speed of 1/30 (to use a lower ISO and reduce noise). The One X has a setting in the camera menu that lets you choose a faster shutter speed by default (under the video settings, choose Shutter: Fast). Alternatively, the ONE X has a manual exposure mode for video, so you can choose a higher shutter speed (such as 1/60 or 1/120) and higher ISO (up to ISO 3200) to avoid blur. Here is a new very low light sample that shows the effect of using a higher shutter speed and shows the high ISO performance of the ONE X in very low light
The video does NOT show audio performance. The version of Insta360 Studio that I used (released October 8, 2018) had some audio sync issues, but they were fixed after the video was posted.
Tony Northrup criticized the stabilization of the One X when stitched on a desktop. What he said was true of the older version of the Insta360 Studio. But on Monday October 8, 2018, they sent me the new version of Insta360 Studio, which stitches smoothly and has working stabilization. That’s the version that I used to stitch these videos, and as you can see the stabilization does work.
Insta360 ONE X slow motion Freecapture / overcapture sample:
Here is a sample Freecapture non-360 video edited entirely within the app using Viewfinder, Timeshift, and the 3K 100fps mode.
Low light photo ISO comparisons
To show how the One X performs in low light for 360 photos, I took photos across its ISO range from 100 to 3200.For ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 the exposure is a bit different because there was a gap in the shutter speeds (there was no 1/4 or 1/8 speed, but there was a 1/5 and 1/10th so I used 1/5 for ISO 800). As of October 31, 2018, you’ll find both JPG samples, and JPG conversions from Raw DNG.
Comparison between Dive Case and Venture Case (updated May 22, 2019)
The Dive Case can be used either above water or underwater, with smooth stitching. However, there is a large football-shaped nadir. The Venture Case on the other hand, appears invisible to the selfie stick and the new version is waterproof up to 5 meters. However, the Venture Case cannot stitch smoothly underwater. Here is a comparison between the two cases.
Here’s the new sample video from the Insta360 One X that shows how the video looks with the Dive Case above water:
It’s an overcapture video not a 360 video, so we can’t see everything but so far this sample shows almost no glare. That is quite impressive for what appears to be a polycarbonate hardcase, which are usually vulnerable to flare. Moreover, unlike the Ricoh Theta TW-1 underwater case, the Dive Case stitching appears to be smooth even above water.
Sample underwater video from Insta360 ONE X Dive Case
On November 1, 2018, Insta360 posted new underwater video samples from the One X with the Dive Case. The samples show seamless stitching.
Here is a link to the sample videos.
The stitching in the videos look smooth, although the case is visible at the nadir. The stitching appears similar to the Ricoh TW-1 underwater case for the Ricoh Theta, which is not at all surprising given their very similar designs.
Insta360 One X Venture Case 2.0 Sample Video with Stitching Above Water and Underwater
Here are samples from the Venture Case 2.0 showing the stitch line above water and below water.
Sample video with Insta360 Stats GPS overlay
Here is a sample video that shows the Insta360 Stats GPS overlay feature, now available on iOS and Android. This video was shot with the One X connected wirelessly to the iPhone. No other accessories were used.
Sample files for download
You can download unstitched sample files from the One X here and use them with the software below to make sure your equipment are compatible. For instructions on transferring the files to the One X smartphone app, see FAQ #20 below. The files are for your personal use only. Please do not upload them anywhere and please do not send the files to other people.
Part 3: Insta360 One X Workflow & Tutorial
Download the software; App updates
Insta360 ONE X is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. Here are the software (beta versions):
Windows and Mac OS desktop software: see the Official ONE X download page
Desktop software updates:
– Version 3.1 added different types of stitching (normal, waterproof case, dive case above water, dive case under water). Version 3.1 also allows the user to change the field of view for bullet time videos, taking advantage of the full 360 field of view of the One X’s bullet time mode.
– Version 3.0.3 for Windows and 3.0.2 for Mac (both released October 30, 2018) feature Direction Hold support (forward-facing stabilization), and support for other Insta360 cameras such as the Insta360 One, Insta360 Nano S, Insta360 Air, and Insta360 Nano, paving the way to eventually replace the previous version of Insta360 Studio.
Insta360 One X Quick Start Guide – No Editing
Here is how to use the Insta360 One X without editing
- Shooting: When you shoot, point the front of the Insta360 One X toward your subject. The front of the One X is the side with the LED screen. For this method, don’t tilt the camera below the horizon. If you do, the front of the One X will switch to the side without the LED screen. If you start above the horizon, keep the camera above the horizon. If you start below the horizon, keep the camera below the horizon.
- Download. Download the videos from the One X to your phone or desktop.
3. Sharing. The key to making this technique work is to use Direction Lock. This option is available on the smartphone app, desktop app and on Premiere.
a. On the app, when viewing the video, tap on the upper right corner and toggle Direction Lock.
b. On the desktop app, check the box for Direction Lock on the upper right side.
c. On Premiere, from the project panel, right click on the .insv video and select Source Settings, then check Lock Direction
Hree is a tutorial for the unified Insta360 app which is for both Insta360 One R and Insta360 One X, and any future 360 cameras from Insta360.
Insta360 One X workflow tutorial
Insta360 One X has an excellent smartphone app that is easy to use and has many editing features for both 360 and overcapture / reframed photos and videos. But if you are editing several photos or videos, it is more efficient to do it on a desktop or laptop instead of your phone. Not only will you be able to stitch files faster, but you’ll also be able to save the limited space on your smartphone. Here are two tutorials for the desktop workflow:
Insta360 Studio for One X (desktop app) tutorial and no-stitch editing workflow
The desktop app for Insta360 One X is Insta360 Studio for One X, available for both Windows and Mac. Beginning in version 3.2.1, the app added overcapture capability and the no-stitch editing workflow. This means that unstitched videos from the One X in .insv format can be directly edited and converted into an overcapture video instead of having to be stitched first.
This no-stitch workflow has several advantages: first, it is faster since the user doesn’t need to stitch videos beforehand. Second, it saves storage insofar as the user will not need to store a separate stitched video. Third, it minimizes compression. Videos are compressed slightly during the stitching process. By avoiding a separate stitching process, you can avoid one level of compression.
Here is a tutorial that focuses on using the 360 videos and photos for reframed / overcapture / freecapture non-360 photos and videos. If you want to use the photos and videos for 360 and VR instead, check out the tutorial below.
Tutorial for editing 360 videos and overcapture videos in Adobe Premiere
For Adobe Premiere Pro users, Insta360 One X is especially easy to edit, thanks to Insta360’s exclusive no-stitch workflow for Adobe Premiere. You’ll be able to import Insta360 One X’s unstitched videos directly into Premiere, where they will appear stitched and stabilized. The imported videos can be edited exactly the same way as you would edit a stitched video, and you’ll be able to apply effects such as GoPro VR Reframe. When you’re done editing, you can render the project as you normally would. During the rendering process, Adobe Premiere will stitch the unstitched videos on the fly directly in the video.
For Venture Case or Dive Case, right click on the clip in the project and click “Source Settings”. You’ll be able to choose Venture Case or Dive Case (above water) or Dive Case (under water).
The no-stitch workflow has several advantages:
Faster and easier: you’ll save time because you’ll be able to edit the videos right away without having to stitch them.
Save storage space: if you stitch a video before editing it, you’ll have the unstitched videos, the stitched videos, and the final edited video. With the no stitch workflow, you won’t have stitched videos, which will save you space on your hard drive.
Higher image quality: when you stitch a video, there will be at least a little bit of additional compression. By using the no-stitch workflow, you can avoid one level of compression and the image quality is preserved at its maximum until the final rendering.
However, the no-stitch workflow does have some disadvantages:
Processor-intensive: because unstitched videos are stitched in realtime, then the no-stitched workflow is more demanding on the processor. At times, Premiere will crash or freeze, or may fail to render. The more complex the edit it is (e.g., nested videos, or when two or more unstitched videos are shown in reframed view side by side), the more likely an error will occur.
No direction hold: as of January 2019, the videos will be stabilized but there is no option to use direction hold, a.k.a. direction lock.
Some users have had problems using GoPro VR plugins with the no-stitch workflow. To install GoPro VR plugins, see here.
22 Tips and Tricks for Insta360 One X
Here are 22 tips and tricks for using the One X, from shooting through post-processing.
- In low light, avoid motion blur by using a fast shutter speed. In the video settings, change Shutter: Auto to Shutter: Fast, or use manual exposure mode in video to use a faster shutter speed such as 1/125 or higher.
- To remove the dark cloud, go to the app settings, choose nadir and choose “none”. To remove the watermark, go to the app settings and turn off the Official Watermark.
- When the battery runs out or is removed, the clock resets to 12/31/17. To set the date and time, connect the One X to your phone (wirelessly or via cable). The One X will sync with your phone’s clock.
- Extend your battery life by connecting the One X to a USB powerbank in between shots.
- You can extend the battery life further by turning off the camera’s Wi-Fi. In the in-camera settings, change wireless: on to wireless: auto. iPhones will still be able to reconnect with the camera using Bluetooth, although for Android phones, you must turn wireless back on in order to connect to the app.
- Protect the lens to avoid scratches, oil, or dust, which can increase glare.
- Point the stitch line away from your subject or important parts of the scene.
- Avoid uneven exposure: aim the stitch line toward the primary light source.
- Use HDR Video mode to get better dynamic range.
- To get a third person view, use a monopod or selfie stick that is narrower than the space between the One X’s lenses.
- A secret tip to make editing easier is to be aware of the front of the camera (the side with the LED screen)
- Save your edits in the One X app by periodically exiting to the gallery screen.
- A shortcut for overcapture without keyframes is to point the front lens to your subject and to use direction hold.
- Turn a 360 video into a 360 photo by using Insta360 Studio desktop app. Use an equirectangular view and press the snapshot button near the play button.
- Get a non-360 photo from your video using the Snapshot feature on the One X phone app or Studio desktop app.
- If the app freezes, just close it and restart. If that doesn’t work, go to your phone settings and use “force stop.”
- Get better colors by using manual balance, so that the color temperature doesn’t change from scene-to-scene.
- Remove the Micro SD card more easily by using another Micro SD card to push the Micro SD card in the One X.
- Time saving tip: while downloading videos, your camera can record new videos. No need to wait for the downloading to finish.
- Render videos faster on your phone by turning off the power saving mode on your phone.
- Create overcapture videos without stitching them using the One X phone app, Insta360 Studio for One X or Adobe Premiere.
- Add a counterweight to your monopod to avoid it getting toppled over.
How to get the best video quality for Insta360 One X
Here are 9 techniques that you can use to get the best video quality from the Insta360 One X
Part 4: Image quality analysis and comparison
DNG Raw photo support and comparison with JPG
Insta360 One X is one of the few 360 cameras with support for Raw photos. It can not only take photos in Raw format, but can also stitch them in Raw (Insta360 Studio Beta version 3.0.3 for Windows and 3.0.2 for Mac). The One X uses the industry standard Adobe DNG Raw format ensuring support across almost all Raw-capable image editors from day 1.
The One X’s Raw files are true Raw files (not merely JPG files in Raw containers). Below are crops from the photos showing differences in dynamic range and high ISO noise (JPGs are on the left column while JPGs converted from Raw DNG are on the right column):
From these crops, you can see that the highlight range of the Raw file is much greater than that of the JPG file (look at the point where highlights are blown from the sun). Another benefit is that the Raw file has far less chroma noise compared to the JPG file. The Raw file also has more detail. For example, in the low light crop, you can see clearly see the horizontal bars of the utility poles in the distance, which are almost invisible in the JPG crop.
As expected, the Raw file does look flat in terms of color, contrast, and edge contrast (acutance), but those are easily adjusted, and the Raw file can be made to match the color and contrast of the JPG, or otherwise according to the user’s preferences.
One issue with the One X Raw files (as of November 1) is that they must be tinted at maximum magenta in order to appear normal. If the magenta / green tint is adjusted toward green in the slightest, the image will appear greenish. I’ve brought this to the attention of Insta360 and they said they will resolve it. This issue has been resolved.
To see other comparisons between the JPG and Raw files, see the ISO comparison, with 360 photo samples from each.
Insta360 One X HDR Video samples and comparison (firmware 18.104.22.168)
On December 5, Insta360 posted a firmware update (22.214.171.124) and app update (iOS 1.1.1; Android update TBA) to add HDR video to the Insta360 One X. Please note you need to download 126.96.36.199 and not 1.17.12. Here is a sample and comparison:
HDR Video is exactly what it sounds: it is a high dynamic range video, which appears to be a feature of the Sony sensor used by Insta360. Insta360 has declined to name the sensor used in the One X, but the sensor appears to use Sony’s SME-HDR (spatially multiplexed exposure HDR) technology. With SME-HDR, the sensor’s pixels have different exposures. This enables the sensor to capture a wider dynamic range than would otherwise be possible.
In the sample video, we can see that the HDR video can capture a much wider highlight range. However, shadow range does not appear noticeably different.
There is some confusion as to whether HDR video can be used without a tripod. The supposed concern is that because HDR video takes multiple exposures, that any movement will appear as ghosting in the video. I tested HDR video while moving and found no ghosting or blur in bright light. It is possible that people complaining about blur in HDR video mode are seeing motion blur from a slow shutter speed in low light. You should not hesitate to use HDR Video even when the camera is in motion, as long as there is enough light.
To use HDR mode, you can either switch to HDR mode using the in-camera menu or using the smartphone app. In the in-camera menu, HDR video is a new mode that you can switch to by holding down the shutter button, which cycles to bullet time, time lapse video, and HDR video before going back to normal mode. There is also a new HDR video mode in the updated smartphone app.
To add the HDR Video mode, you need to update the firmware, see FAQ no. 22 below.
COMPARISON: INSTA360 ONE X vs. GOPRO FUSION (One X firmware 1.16.12)
Here is the most detailed comparison between the One X and the GoPro Fusion, with 40 factors compared.
TABLE of CONTENTS for comparison:
Part 1: Video quality
2. Chromatic aberration
3. Flare resistance
5. Dynamic range
6. Low light (video)
7. Stitching – at around 5:09 during the stitching testing, there are compression artifacts but those are from Premiere, not the one x or the fusion. not sure why premiere rendered it strangely.
8. Auto exposure accuracy
12 Slow motion modes
Part 2: Video Usability & Features
13. Startup time / speed
14. Ease of controls
15. Quick access commands
16. Remote control options
17. Manual exposure vs. auto
18. Log mode
19. Special features (video)
Part 3: photo quality
21. Photo dynamic range
22. Stitching (photo)
23. Low light photo
24. Color (photo)
Part 4: Photo Usability
26. Exposure controls (manual mode)
27. Raw mode
28. Long exposures
29. Special features (photo)
Part 5: Special uses
31. Street View
32. Rugged use.
34. Drone usage
Part 6: Editing
36. Stitching time and convenience
37. Batch exporting
38. File format
39. Editing features
Part 7: Other factors
40. Updates and longevity
As of September 2018, the best consumer 360 camera has been the GoPro Fusion (reviewed here). How does the One X compare to the Fusion and other 360 cameras? I used the 360 camera comparison tool to compare them side by side for both videos and photos.
Standard 30fps video:
For video, I found that the Fusion has higher resolution, while the ONE X has higher acutance (edge contrast). Below is a pair of crops from the videos (ONE X on left, Fusion on the right). If you look at the bushes toward the back, you can see that more leaves are visible on the Fusion, suggesting that Fusion has higher resolution. But if you look at the lines on the side of the shed, they are more easily distinguishable in the ONE X sample, showing it has higher acutance:
On the other hand, toward the stitch line, the One X has substantially more detail than the Fusion (the Fusion has a sudden drop in sharpness near the stitch line). If your priority is consistent sharpness throughout the frame, the ONE X would be better than the Fusion.
With respect to dynamic range, the Fusion appears to have noticeably more dynamic range than the One X. The wrinkle in the analysis is that I wasn’t testing the One X’s HDR Video mode (which was not functional as of launch day). It’s possible that with HDR Video activated, the One X might close the gap with the Fusion for dynamic range. However, it is not likely that it will have a material effect on the One X’s resolution.
Slow motion video:
The Fusion has a slow motion video mode, with a resolution of 3K at 60fps. I compared it against the One X at 4K 50fps and 3K 100fps. I found that the One X at 4K 50fps had noticeably more detail than the Fusion’s 3K 60fps mode, while the Fusion’s 3K 60fps mode had noticeably more detail than the One X’s 3K 100fps mode.
For photos, in my opinion Fusion has also been the best overall 360 camera for consumers because its detail is almost as good as that of the Xiaomi Mi Sphere (reviewed here), while having far greater dynamic range. This is despite the Fusion having a nominal resolution of only 5760 x 2880, lower than several other 360 cameras. I compared 360 photos from the One X and the Fusion and found that when viewed at the same viewing size, the ONE X and Fusion are similar, although the Fusion has very slightly more detail (resolution), while the ONE X has higher edge contrast (acutance).
On the other hand, the One X is much sharper than Fusion toward the stitch line:
As for dynamic range, Fusion has more dynamic range in JPG mode. Fusion’s raw mode also has slightly more dynamic range that One X’s raw mode. However, the One X has a true HDR photo mode with three exposures 4EV apart, while the Fusion has no HDR mode. With HDR, the One X exceeds the Fusion’s dynamic range.
Both Insta360 One X and GoPro Fusion have excellent stabilization, and both can use two modes of stabilization: one with a stabilized compass heading, and another that stabilizes toward the direction the camera is facing. However, Fusion’s forward facing stabilization is nowhere as smooth as the One X’s forward facing stabilization. Note further that GoPro Fusion can sometimes drift (the heading gradually turns toward one direction). The ONE X has no drifting issue (assuming you’ve already calibrated the gyro — an option in the in-camera menu).
Usability and practicality:
Insta360 One X has far more features than the Fusion, and is easier to use as well. Among the features that the One X has that are not available on the Fusion are the 3K 100fps mode, Drift Shot, Time Shift, a smooth-stitching underwater case, GPS overlay (with the Bluetooth remote accessory or a smartphone) and more.
At the same time, there is also a significant price difference between the One X ($399) and the Fusion ($699 and occasionally $599).
For practicality, one advantage of the Fusion is that it is waterproof even without a case. However, the One X has two waterproof housings available.
The Fusion has slightly more detail for videos, and noticeably better dynamic range for videos. For photos, the ONE X has better dynamic range in HDR mode. I expect that with the One X’s HDR Video mode, the gap in dynamic range for video would be much narrower. Moreover, ONE X has more consistent sharpness throughout the frame. At the same time, the One X is almost half the cost of the Fusion, and has far more features such as the very useful 3K 100fps slow motion, Drift Shot, and Time Shift. Accordingly, in my opinion, assuming Insta360 can fix the HDR Video mode, I believe the One X is a better overall camera than the Fusion, and is therefore probably the best 360 camera for consumers as of October 2018.
Comparison: Insta360 One X vs. GoPro Hero 7 hyperlapse
I compared the One X with the Hero 7 for hyperlapse:
The Insta360 One X has many advantages over the Hero 7 for hyperlapses:
+ far superior stabilization
+ the ability to pan in any direction
+ object tracking (this can help you rotate your hyperlapse around a specific subject)
+ motion blur effect
+ the option to change the speed of the hyperlapse, not only for the whole video but within any segment of the video
+ the option to create multiple hyperlapse videos from a single video
The Hero 7 is more detailed, but the detail is not readily observable with the fast motion of a hyperlapse. Therefore the Insta360 One X is better than the Hero 7 for hyperlapses
INSTA360 ONE X DISADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS
Insta360 One X disadvantages
With the 5.7K video mode, recording time is limited to 30 mins. This is not due to overheating but due to the unique file structure of the ONE X to enable recording at 5.7K.
Tony Northrup posted a review of the ONE X with several criticisms that are partly correct, but partly incorrect. In his review, Tony Northrup said if you use the Insta360 Studio to stitch the video, then the stabilization will not be good, and the stitching will be poor. What Tony said is true only for the older version of the Insta360 Studio software. But on October 8, Insta360 made a functional version available, which not only stitched smoothly (at up to 120mbps) but could stabilize well. The sample video I posted above was stitched with Insta360 Studio desktop software and you can see the stitching is seamless, and the stabilization is smooth.
Many bugs have already been resolved (e.g. frame rate, audio sync, 360 metadata) but there are still lingering bugs. For example, as of October 22, 2018, there is still no support for HDR video, which was one of the key features advertised. For those who are experienced 360 shooters, this is par for the course, but for new shooters, it can be disconcerting. It will feel like you are a beta tester. Rest assured, however, Insta360 does respond very quickly and pushes out frequent updates to firmware and the apps.
360 camera tradeoffs and disadvantages in general
In addition, the Insta360 ONE X has most of the same tradeoffs of 360 cameras compared to non-360 cameras: first, it is less detailed despite the often higher video resolution, because it captures a wider field of view compared to non-360 cameras, just like a fisheye lens will capture less detail than a telephoto lens from the same shooting distance. In exchange, with the 360 field of view, you have far better stabilization and the freedom to choose the perspective in postprocessing.
Second, like most other 360 cameras, you will need to stitch the photos and videos. You can’t just take the files straight from the memory card and stick them in your video editor (although a no-stitch workflow will be enabled for Adobe Premiere users). On the plus side, the ONE X desktop app does allow batch exporting which makes it easier to stitch. Moreover, if you use the mobile app for overcapture videos, you can go straight to overcapture and won’t have to stitch the video first.
Third, using 360 video to create overcapture non-360 video is very useful but does add an additional step in editing. To me, this is not much of a problem. During video editing, you usually have to adjust the image here and there anyway, and having the ability to change the view during editing is a benefit to me. However, for casual shooters who don’t want to edit their videos, converting to overcapture will add an additional step.
Part 5: More information
Bluetooth and GPS remote
The Bluetooth remote is a dedicated remote for the One X that can not only be used to trigger the One X but can also switch shooting modes, and most importantly, add GPS metadata to your photos and videos, which can in turn be shown as an overlay on your videos.
This case is designed to protect the One X from water or harsh environments.
You can use this case to take underwater photos and videos with the One X. The specially designed lens is designed to avoid refraction.
External battery charger
This battery charger can charge two One X batteries at the same time. I’ve tried it and it works as advertised, but you must use the included cable and adapter. If you plug the charger to a generic USB charger, the batteries might not charge correctly.
Drifter camera dart (drift shot accessory)
This is a case for the Insta360 One X designed to enable the One X to be thrown.
Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick (improved)
The new version of the Insta360 Invisible Selfie Stick has a narrower tip to ensure that the selfie stick is invisible to the One X (as long as the shaft is extended). Other monopods I’ve tried that are invisible to the One X include the Benro MK10 and Monoshot 2 (see my Ultimate Buying Guide for 360 camera tripods).
Bullet time handle
You can use this specially designed swiveling handle with a monopod such as the Invisible Selfie Stick to create a bullet time shot. The bullet time handle has a 1/4-20 tripod connector to connect to a monopod with a tripod hole. There is no change to the bullet time handle.
1. Is Insta360 One X compatible with iOS and Android smartphones?
Yes Insta360 One X is compatible with both iOS and Android. For iOS, please note that the minimum phone is an iPhone 6S.
2. Is Insta360 One X compatible with Windows and Mac?
The desktop software for Insta360 One X is currently available for Windows and Mac. A desktop is recommended to have a GTX 750 graphics card or better in order to stitch at the full resolution. For an affordable graphics card, I recommend GTX 1050 Ti. However, I’ve been able to stitch without a dedicated GPU on a Mac Air early 2015 with Intel i7 and Intel HD graphics 6000 (but it takes a while).
3. What Micro SD card should I get for the One X?
You must use a Micro SD card with V30 rating, up to 128GB size. The best one is Sandisk Extreme Pro (32GB, 64GB, 128GB).
4. Does someone have to catch the camera for Drift Shot?
The Drifter accessory is designed protect the One X lens if it lands on a flat surface. It is possible to land on a protruding rock or other object that could damage the lens. Also if the Drifter is not indestructible (for example, don’t drop it from a building). Finally, the One X can withstand some shocks but stronger shocks may damage internal components of the camera.
5. Can I use the Drifter accessory with another 360 camera?
The Drifter accessory is designed to fit only the One X. Moreover, the One X is the only 360 camera with decent quality super slow motion.
6. Do I need the Dive case or can I just use the Venture case?
If you want to shoot photos or videos underwater, then you need the Dive case. The Venture case is waterproof, but it’s not designed for underwater shooting, so the photos and videos shot underwater won’t stitch as smoothly (there will be blind spots on the sides of the camera).
7. I imported the video from the One X into my video editor but it would not recognize it
The One X records videos in insv format and photos in insp format. Those are unstitched photos and videos. They need to be stitched and saved as mp4 and jpg respectively. See the tutorial above.
8. After I stitch the photos and videos from the One X, where can I share them?
Photos can be uploaded to sites such as Facebook or Kuula or Veer. Videos can be uploaded to sites such as Facebook, YouTube, or Veer. After you’ve uploaded your photo or video, then you can share the URL with your family and friends.
Alternatively, you can embed the photo or video on your website or blog. Most 360 photo and 360 video sharing sites allow embedding (usually it is one of the share options). Just copy the iframe tags and paste them in the html of your blog or website. More info here.
9. Where can I get a discount on the One X?
See discount code below.
10. Which tripod, selfie stick, or monopod should I get for the One X?
In order for the selfie stick to be invisible, it needs to be narrow enough to fit between the lenses of the ONE X. I recommend the new version of the Insta360 2nd generation Selfie Stick, or Benro MK10. Also check out my Ultimate Buying Guide for 360 camera tripods.
11. Endurance: How long can the ONE X record? Can it record while charging?
In 5.7K mode, the ONE X can only record for 30 mins. at a time. This is a limit of its file system, not the battery or overheating. Yes it can record while charging via USB however you cannot record without the battery.
12. Can you shoot photos in Raw format?
Yes you can take photos in Raw DNG format. When you shoot in Raw it actually shoots it as Raw+JPEG. You will have two files: a JPG file with .insp extension and a raw file in DNG format. The DNG files are saved in the camera as unstitched files. You’ll then need to use Insta360 Studio to stitch the DNG and it will save the stitched file in Raw DNG. However, as of october 22, Insta360 Studio doesn’t have raw stitching capability yet (wait for an update). The other limit is that you cannot shoot in Raw DNG while in HDR mode.
13. Can you shoot videos in log mode?
Yes you can shoot videos in log mode. Insta360 also has a LUT available for download. Moreover, the mobile app recognizes videos shot in log mode and will give you the option to apply a LUT.
14. Does it support Google Street View?
Yes for photos and videos. To get GPS data, you’ll need to connect the One X the optional dedicated Bluetooth remote accessory.
For videos, ONE X is compatible with Street View if you use the updated smartphone app (version 1.3 or above) or if you shoot with the optional Bluetooth accessory to add GPS data to the video.
15. Can ONE X live stream over Wi-Fi?
In order to live stream, the ONE X must be connected via one of the included cables to your phone.
16. What is the maximum bitrate of the ONE X?
In 5.7K mode, it records two files simultaneously in. H.264 format, with each file having around 50mpbs. The desktop app then gives you the option to stitch the 5.7K videos as 120mbps.
17. Can you take long exposure time lapses?
Yes. In the time lapse photo mode (called “interval”), you can use manual exposure, with shutter speeds as long as 55 seconds, and take photos at intervals as long as 120 seconds apart. The photos can be in Raw DNG format.
18. Can the mobile app process 5.7K videos?
In 360 mode, you can view 5.7K but when you stitch / export, the maximum resolution for stitched 360 videos is 4K.
In overcapture mode, the ONE X app will use the full resolution of the 5.7K video in creating a 1080p overcapture file.
19. I connected my One X to my desktop but the desktop is not recognizing the One X.
Check the settings in the camera’s menu. The One X USB must be set to iOS not Android when you connect it to the desktop. Once connected, the One X will show “U Disk” on its LCD screen to show that it is being used as a USB drive.
20. How do I transfer files to the Insta360 One X app?
“To put files to OneX app, if you are using an Android device, please put them to Insta360onex\galleryorigin folder. If you are using ios device, please create a folder named IMPORT, put files in this folder, connect your ios device to the computer via iTunes, find Insta360 ONEX, use the IMPORT folder to replace the original IMPORT folder” per Insta360 support staff.
21. My Insta360 One X was fully charged when I kept it in my bag a few days ago and now it is low battery. Why?
If you turn on the camera and turn it off, the One X leaves Bluetooth on in order to allow remote activation. This lets you turn it back on even from a distance but this also drains the battery a bit. A future firmware update will give you the option to choose whether to turn off the Bluetooth when the camera is on standby. Meanwhile for now you can remove the battery and put it back. When you do that, the Bluetooth will not be activated.
22. How do I update the firmware?
There are two ways to update the firmware. First is through the smartphone app. While connecting the One X to the app, you Go to the settings from the main menu, and scroll down to “About Insta360.” If you see that the firmware version or app version has a red dot, it means an update is available. Tap on the firmware version or app version to begin the update.
The second way to update firmware is by downloading the new firmware, copying it into the root directory of your Micro SD, then inserting it into the One X (while the One X is powered off). When you turn on the One X, it will recognize the firmware update and update itself automatically. You’ll see the LED turn off for a minute or so, before coming back on again, with the new firmware version displayed on the LCD.
23. While upgrading my firmware, my camera encountered problems. I might have bricked it. What can I do?
Insta360’s support staff may be able to assist you. There are two ways to reach them. First, you can join their Facebook group (Insta360 Community and Insta360 One Community) and post your issue. An Insta360 representative will respond. The second way is to use the help button in the app. From the main screen, tap on settings on the bottom right. On the settings screen tap on the yellow support button on the upper right corner. Then explain what happened.
You can get a special deal on the Insta360 One X that includes an extra cold weather battery or 2nd generation Invisible Selfie Stick for free when you buy directly from Insta360 using this affiliate link. Another benefit of ordering from Insta360 is that you can order it together with ONE X accessories that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. However, if you prefer, you can also buy from Amazon or from B&H Photo here. Thank you for supporting 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews!
Here are the Insta360 One X’s strengths and weaknesses thus far.
Strengths (firmware 188.8.131.52)
- excellent video quality (excellent detail, good dynamic range)
- excellent photo quality (excellent detail, good dynamic range)
- excellent low light and high ISO performance
- best slow motion video quality among 360 cameras at the moment
- Timeshift speed ramp effect is easy to use on the mobile app.
- HDR photo mode can make a dramatic difference
- HDR video mode increases dynamic range significantly (although it can have motion blur in low light)
- drift shot looks amazing and unique
- excellent stabilization with two stabilization modes (Flowstate stabilized compass heading and Direction Hold forward view stabilization)
- consistent sharpness throughout the frame
- easy to use
- does not break up longer files into smaller files
- startup and shutdown are fast
- Insta360 Studio is capable of batch exporting
- will have no-stitch editing in Premiere
Weaknesses (firmware 184.108.40.206)
- 5.7K video recording limited to 30 mins. at a time.
- Phone app limited to 4K 30fps video and 1080p 100fps video
- Red dot lens flare
- default color profile’s contrast is a bit low
- Micro SD card is hard to remove with short fingernails.
- Lens is not replaceable (but it has an optional hard case)
- Battery life limited to 60 minutes video recording (45 mins. recording in real world conditions, turning on and off,, etc.). But you can get spare batteries.
- Does not have 3D capabilities.
Insta360 One X successfully combines almost all the best features from competing 360 cameras. The photo and video quality are both excellent, and the slow motion 3K 100fps mode is very impressive. Some of its key features were not yet available and launch, and thus haven’t been able to test some key features to do a thorough comparison. Nonetheless, I’m confident that assuming the bugs are sorted out (several of the bugs have already been resolved), the Insta360 One X is the best overall 360 camera for consumers as of October 2018. As long as you have a compatible phone and desktop, I would highly recommend the Insta360 One X. This review and resource page will be updated regularly. To get updates, bookmark this page, follow 360 Rumors on Facebook and/or Twitter, and/or leave a comment below and check the box for “receive updates.”
Insta360 ONE X
- Photo - 8.5/108.5/10
- Video - 8.9/108.9/10
- Stability - 9.0/109.0/10
- Usability - 9.5/109.5/10
I wonder what it will cost… I’d say around 300 US dollars.
My guess it would be around $350. The cost of Insta360 One X will be much more than the Insta360 with removable battery, wifi module and newer sensor.
However Vuze xr is selling $439 with 180VR and very similar spec using sony IMX378 sensor while Qoocam at $419. It will be a close competition if insta360 One X they can’t keep the price below $400
IQ looks meh.
Hi John. For the image quality, I suggest using the second video (the stabilization demo) as comparison. The first video, with slow motion, likely uses a lower video resolution to achieve a higher frame rate. The second one looks like it is the normal frame rate.
Nice to see them taking the Panono idea forward – some cool footage should be possible. I hope the image quality will be good enough for professional work, or they’ll do a pro version as well. Always good to see new innovation, so kudos for that.
I’m afraid to take my cameras out of their cases! Throw them?! I think not!
yes it will be interesting to see how insta360 makes it throwable.
I wonder how athletes are going to react to cameras being thrown at them. I wonder how many of them will get hit. I wonder how many 360 shooters have good throwing arms. Will be fun to see this one in action!
Yes i was wondering about that too! I thought bullet time was dangerous but this one is a new level of excitement… hahaha
Great investigator, Mic! 😉
on facebook someone posted the following..
“Wifi : 2.4GHz (Ch1 to 11) & 5GHz in 20/40/80bandwidth with 2X2 MIMO
Antenna : It’s 3.31dBi in fcc test
Bluetooth : BLE
Battery : DC3.8V removable
Power supply : DC 5V charging via micro USB port
Cable supplied : micro usb, type-c, lightning (this is interesting, seems like the Insta360 X is a single model for both Apple/android devices)
The upcoming Insta360 X with BLE which means it will possibly still not possible to liveview via BT. But with the addition of wifi, this version should be able to liveview or even streamlive via wifi.
The battery is removable and it should be pretty much similar to Sony Action camera series battery in physical size!
The outlook it a little bit more closer to Theta instead of the Insta360 One…”
Thanks Matt! 😀
this was a comment someone posted in the insta360 facebook group, cannot find it anymore.
Dunno if it was removed or it’s just me who cannot find it now.
That’s me posting this info and I got banned for this info… lmao Insta360
I’ve updated the article to show a new video with analysis and predictions!
Hi Mic! Very interesting camera!! Can it be it’s got a thick soft rubber body for protection, with ultra fisheye lenses (235°) built into that rubber body wich then are zoomed in to a 180° so we don’t see the edges from the rubber body? It must be very protected body and lenses if you’re gonna throw it away..not everyone’s got a umbrellaboy/caddy to catch the cam…
i guess larger fins would have been better for stabilisation (as in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o4T24BoMIc ) but as it is 360 they had to make a comprise between stable in the air/fins not showing up in the 360, we will see it the compromise is viable, i am more afraid of motion blur obliging these cool shots to be done exclusively in 3k 100 fps
I got banned within Insta360 Group by posting materials from FCC documents.
LMAO a company with such customer service. Looks how Nikon/Canon reactions to Z6/Z7, EOS R. They also have submitted their new device to FCC before release. Did they stop customer guessing the features/function (from those fcc materials) before the official release? Nikon fans even have made a Z6/7 with paper or using the hot shoe size to draft the actual size of the camera!
Did those brand(s) ban/disable their loyal customer/supporters from posting? It’s a huge disappointment to this company customer handling.
They have applied short term confidentiality to external photos, internal photos, test setup photos, user manual. But they didn’t apply to other fcc reports/letters. That’s means those are available to public!
Anyway these are information with some personal guess on the upcoming spec from those fcc public documents.
Model : Insta360 One X
Battery : DC 3.8V Li-ion remoable battery (physical size should be similar to sony action camera series)
Power Supply : DC 5V via micro-usb port (test was using Lenovo C-P30 adpater , DC5V 1.5A)
Wifi : 2.4GHz (Ch1-11) & 5GHz in 2xMiMo
Bluetooth : BLE (guess its 4.1)
Antenna : 3.31dBi (seems like there would be possible to attach external antenna)
Cable supplied : Micro-usb, type-c, Lightning, USB
Insta360 farsight document have also been updated. There’s a slim chance that Insta360 One X will be compatible with the farsight.
Michael you was right with “the graphic used by Insta360 is a stylized image of the camera itself”. You can actually take a look on part the camera from this link.
Those circles are possibly the status screen (large circle). arrows button, confirm/power/wifi/bt button.
below those 4 circles also have a small led indicator (should be the camera power status/record status).
It also shows the battery compartment. Size of the battery compartment opening should be around 25to30mm x 7~10mm. Comparing to Sony X3000 battery NP-BX1, it should be similar in size (W29.9 x H9.2 x D42.7 mm)
Mic great analysis there. I think the real strength here as you pointed out is the fast shooting speed. That would also explain the slow motion clips that they are showing. That would allow for throwing it but not necessarily needing to throw it. The camera could be attached to a very long selfie stick such as the Telesin. You could then follow someone and get really close to the action. As you also pointed out throwing the camera and letting it hit the ground is a non runner. You can’t protect the lenses and still get stitching that good. Looking forward to it.
My main question about any Insta360 brand camera is whether they’ll have anything other than token android support. Pretty much any video I shoot on my Insta360 One that’s more than a few minutes long is worthless because they will not render with FlowState stabilization on *any* platform (ios android or PC) without the app crashing first.
The “X” has leaked:
Mind blowing for the money
Thank you for all you do! Your affiliate link has the same prices as the Insta360 store. Can you confirm what the deal should be? I want place my order!!!
Hi David. If you order through my link, you can get the 2nd gen invisible selfie stick (narrower tip to be invisible to the One X).
Thank you for all of your detailed reviews. I’m ready to replace my Theta S and this has EVERYTHING I’ve been looking for! Your affiliate link seems to be the same pricing as the Insta360 store directly. What should your bundle include and cost?
Hi David. Sorry for the delayed reply. I just saw this now. Yes it’s the same price but you get an invisible selfie stick (the new version that’s narrower, so it’s invisible even to the one x).
Gotta have one! Been on the fence about the GP Fusion.
Thanks Tones! yes i think right now it is the best 360 camera for consumers, imho. It’s not perfect, but it has the best commbination of performance (photo and video), features and ease of use.
Other than the extra features, how does the Insta 360 X compare to the Mijia Sphere for video and stills sharpness and quality?
Hi Mike. so sorry for the delayed reply. The One X is waaaaaaaay more detailed in video, waaaaay better stabilization and chromatic aberration as well. Dynamic range seems a bit better, maybe better at flare resistance too. See the samples… mi sphere just can’t do that level of detail. The One X’s real competition is Fusion but Fusion costs much more and has fewer features. The best feature for me is slow mo. Very very useful i think.
What about stills quality?
Do the improved optics make up for the loss of resolution when compared against the Mi Sphere too?
More specifically – when in HDR bracket mode, does it capture all three images quickly before saving them, or does it do capture/save/capture/save/capture/save like the Mi does?
Can it bracket when shooting DNG (the Mi can’t)?
Great review, liked comparison images, and specs between the One X and Insta360 One. I really like the idea of removable batteries with a charger that can charge to batteries at the same time. The GPS Smart Remote looks like a great accessory especially if you’re taking Google Street view images
How do you think the One X will stack up to the Vuze XR camera. I was looking at the Vuze XR for my next camera, but seeing the One X has me wondering if that would be a better choice.
Les, I think that’s unanswerable until we can see how well Vuze does with the 180 work. I think it’s extremely likely that the One X is just plain going to out-360 the Vuze XR, and I also think the One X will be inherently more durable (the flip-out lenses just seem like they’d be prone to failure/breaking). So, for me at least, it all comes down to how well 180 photos/video work on the Vuze XR. My LucidCam, despite *many* issues, has shown me that 180 can be really interesting, but it needs to be done right (Lucid… didn’t). If Vuze does it right, I’d pick the XR. If not, I don’t see how the One X isn’t the easy choice between the two.
I am curious how the iOS app handles video that was shot upside down in the “Mavic Pro mode”. They do advertise the two Mavic Pro accessories on their website after all.
No problem, Hugo. It will be leveled automatically.
As always great stuff! Would you consider some side by side comparisons on the Insta360 Pro and this new One X? I am seriously thinking of selling my Pro as the revenue is not there to justify keeping it. I have the Mi Sphere, Yi 360 VR and Panono. Thinking of selling the Panono as well. This One X looks really awesome and it pretty much does everything. Any thoughts will be appreciated.
Hi Timmy! I absolutely will compare it against insta360 pro. Panono on the other hand has way more detailed photos even without zooming in. But if your client doesn’t zoom in the photo, the one x is “good enough.”
Ordered already, hopefully the shipping won’t be too delay as I’ve ordered the dive case too 🙂
I don’t seem to be getting the discount code. I only see the bundle options which I saw prior to finding your link. Am I missing something?
If you click through the link, then you add just the camera (the cheapest of the four options), you’ll see the selfie stick (at $0.00) in your cart when you check out.
Is the new Insta selfie stick also invisible with Mi Sphere?
I will test, but if you want a selfie stick that is definitely invisible to both, check out the Benro MK10 or Monoshot version 2.
Thanks, i’m curious about it. Looking For something really sturdy for the Sphere. Want to mount it to my paragliding harness. It should resist high g-force of deep spirals. According to your video the Benro and Monoshot don’t seem to very stable. Any alternatives?
Thanks for the affiliate link – order with it. What a bonus – the free selfie stick! THANKS!
Is the new Insta selfie stick also invisible with the Mi Sphere?
it still saves files as non stitched .insv then?
Hi Oliver. Yes insv and insp.
Few questions about intervalometer – how fast it can take still photos (as jpg), every second? Does it stitch in-camera (jpg’s)? Many mapillary.com users would be interested in these details. Thanks for the great review !
Hi Jukka no it doesn’t stitch in-camera JPGs. I will find out what is the fastest speed for intervalometer
Hi Mic Ty, have you found out the fastest the intervalometer can take images? I can’t find the manual online anywhere?
hi Mike! i will check when i get home!
Hi Mike. The shortest interval for one x is 3 secs
when will it be available ? (your affiliate link does not gives a free invisible selfiestick ?) .does the windows software run without a nvidia card (slower rendering of course) or will it refuse to work without it ? thanks.
The affiliate link *does* give a free selfie stick (see above) – you just need to add the camera to your cart and check out, and you’ll see it.
Just click on the link, add the camera by itself, go to check out, and you’ll see the free selfie stick in your cart.
i guess the cool video with the drifter is shot in 3k@100fps (at 5.7k@30fps there will be a lot of motion blur making it unusable, is it correct ?)
this camera shoots at 5.7k@30 in 120mbps h265 is it correct ? will it be the same bitrate and resolution when hdr video option will be available ? (and gopro fusion is 5.2k@30 2*60mbps h265 ? )
Hey Mic did you do any battery tests yet I’m curious what kind of life it had?
In “real world conditions,” I took various types of videos and I was able to record around 45 mins of video plus about 8 photos for each battery. Quite short, but at least you can get extra batteries (and you absolutely will need them).
Nice review, Mic. Very interesting camera. I think I’d rather throw it in the Venture case than risk the lenses with the drifter. But that Drifter looks interesting too. I wonder how high a person with an average baseball throwing arm could toss it.
Can be used while charging with USB? And any problem with over heating?
Hi Mic and thanks for this review!
In the n°27 feauture miss the end phrase!
One question: it’s direct compatible with StreetView app?
Thanks David! I’ve fixed it. Not sure re street view connectivity. i’ll check later.
Hi David. With the current version of the firmware (1.15), it does not connect directly with the street view app. It may do that in the future.
Nice review. How do u compare the audio quality to GoPro Fusion which has spatial audio using 4 mics?
Hi Osama! Good to see you again my friend! Fusion audio is much better than One X. One X is only stereo, and the quality is kind of weird, sounds artificial and echoey.
Thanks for ur kind words and wonderful review 🙂
One more thing, how does it livestream? Connection possible via cable or wifi too? Like Insta360 One needs to be connected to a mobile device to livestream. I hope it is not the case with this camera.
Hi Osama. When live streaming, the camera must be connected via cable.
Thanks so much for your incredibly thorough reviews! If I buy the One X I will definitely use your affiliate link. I’ve been searching the specs but I haven’t found anything that says definitively that this camera shoots at 120mbs. I read somewhere that it was 70mbs but I’m not sure that was accurate. I’m also wondering if this is using the h.265 codec or h.264. I realize the raw files are in a proprietary format but I’m sure they’re using one of those two codecs for compression.
Thanks Jason! In 5.7K mode, it creates two files that each are 60mbps. Then when you stitch in the desktop software as a single 5.7k equirectangular video, it gives you the option to stitch at 120mbps. It uses H.264 even for 5.7K videos (even though h.264 is technically limited to 4K).
ONE X records videos in .insv format and photos in .insp format. These are proprietary untitched formats. You then use the smartphone or desktop app to save it as .mp4 or .jpg respectively.
H.264 is not limited to 4k.
Level 6.0 can go up to 8k30, 6.2 can do 8k120
Specifically, 6.0 is a limit of 1,069,547,520 luma samples/sec and 35,651,584 luma samples/frame, with 6.2 offering 4x the samples/sec and the same number of samples/frame
Are the output insv files from the camera already stabilized video files? And, is it possible to access all the features of the camera without using a phone app?
Can it record and charge at the same time?
Hi Jon! Yes it can. But you can’t record without the battery (if you remove the battery and plug it into a USB source, it doesn’t startup correctly).
Also, can the video be sent to an external recorder? My plan is to use it for motorcycle trips and have it always recording so having to restart the recording every 30 minutes or when the small SD card fills up. Also, why do they cripple hardware when they have 1 TB SD cards out now and the cost is falling every day?!
Thank you Mic for the detailed review!
Thank you very much TowkayNew!
Don’t understand in the Vs Fusion comparison, are you comparing the YOUTUBE rendering of the video of the 2 cameras, not the raw/straight original footage??
Hi Mic. My MiSphere died 2 days ago (a strong wind tipped it of with the tripod I attached it on and fell on a rock; the lens smashed in a million little tiny pieces). I was thinking getting a new MiSphere as I’m more into 360 photography than video, but I can’t say I was completely satisfied by the quality of the pictures I was getting from the MiSphere. In particular I was finding its dynamic range quite limited (overblown highlights) and its low light quality not that good (the photos were quite… grainy). Do you believe I should go for Insta360 One X this time? Is its photo quality better than the Xiaomi? Would it be possible to take a couple of comparative shots between the two? Thanks!
Hi Ernani. Yes I will post sample photos vs One X vs Mi Sphere.
Hi there, great review there bro. I have one question hoping you to clarify it for me.From your opinion, how is this One X compare to MiSphere in terms of performance. To be frank, i like some of the features of this camera which is not available on MiSphere. Hoping you could clear my doubt. Thanks
Thanks Hocksoon! For video, One X is waaaaay better than Mi Sphere for image quality, stabilization, even optics. For photo, i will test.
Is it possible to just take flat pictures with it? If that’s a yes, what’s the quality? same as 360 ones?
Hi Clement. You can take a 360 photo and convert it to a non-360 photo. The quality will depend on the field of view that you use. A tighter crop is like using digital zoom. The higher the digital zoom the worse the quality gets.
in your video test the image is overexposed (unusable, oddly enough the autoexposure works fine for the photo mode of the same scene with the same lighting condition) is there manual exposure compensation available for video ?
there are 20% more pixels to work with in video on the onex 5.7k vs fusion 5.2k ( unstitched video with circle of radius 2880 pixels for the one xs circle of radius 2626 pixels for fusion ) but the onex has much more chromatic aberration i guess the lens on the fusion are much better, hence the price difference.
I disagree. Look at the screen shots under the Standard 30fps Video section. The Fusion has much more pronounced purple fringing.
My MiSphere died on the launch date of Insta360 One X!!! One of the lenses shattered into pieces and as I was considering to replace it with another MiSphere, I found out about the One X. Would it be possible to take a few comparative shots between the two cameras? I am more interested in the photo quality than video. I understand that MiSphere is more detailed (more mexapixels) but the One X should have far better dynamic range. Unfortunately the latter doesn’t show that well with your comparison with Fusion…
Thank you in advance
Hi Ernani! I absolutely will do that. Thanks!
Just received mine!
It’s a shame it doesn’t come with a protective case/holder anymore. The fabric “protective” pouch doesn’t look very protective at all, and feels like it might even scratch the lenses.
congrats!!! yes i prefer the old hardcase. but so far no scratches on this one. but you might accidentally start recording.
How does the Insta 360 Studio compared to GoPro fusion studio?
I’m really frustrated with the performance of GoPro fusion studio even though I have a good computer to edit my 4k footages.
Hi Ganesh. Insta360 One X stitching time seems around the same as Fusion. (I will test it) But at least you can export in H.264 instead of Cineform or prores which take up 10x as much space as h.264.
Yes you are correct.
One min recording from my GoPro Fusion took around 26.5 GB in Cineform and the same in H.264 took about 1.6 GB from my GoPro Fusion Studio. which is why I’m thinking to move away from GoPro Fusion.
It would be helpful if you could check the processing time of GoPro Fusion Studio and Insta 360 Studio, also how good the audio from Insta 360 X is..?
Are there additional customs fees to pay when shipping to Germany?
Thanks Mic for the great, detailed reviews as always. Thank you for your reply to my post in the GoPro Fusion thread.
My question at this point: for a completely mobile workflow to create overcapture/freecapture videos, is it correct that Insta360 One X limits you to 4k while GoPro Fusion allows mobile use of 5.2k? Without the ability to use 5.7k video for overcapture in the mobile environment the Insta360 one x appears to be taking a step backwards here. Is this assessment correct?
If it is, what do you feel is the likelihood of insta360 one x enabling 5.7k 360 for overcapture on mobile?
Thanks for your time.
Hi Mic, great review, I should receive mine on Monday!
In regards to the use of the Log profile in low light- it should never, ever be done. Log is really meant to be recorded at a bit depth of 10-bit or higher. The problem is that the One X (and every other consumer 360/action cam) records 8-bit video and therefore only has less than 256 values (300% less data than 10-bit), or shades, with which to record the scene. When a Log profile is used, the camera dedicates a much larger percent of those values to be used for recording highlight information rather than more evenly distributing the data as it would in a standard Rec.709 profile. This may be beneficial for bright scenes where you want to prevent highlight clipping and shadow detail isn’t as important, but it will inevitably have a negative effect on dark scenes because much less data is being used to record the shadow info. Sure, street lights may not clip as sharply if you use a Log profile but the rest of the scene will look much less detailed and deep shadows will look blocky. In other words, a huge amount of your data will be dedicated to making those tiny, unimportant street lights look nicer while very little will be left for your subject and the rest of the scene. If you are shooting using an ARRI Alexa or RED, shooting a dark scene using a Log gamma curve is fine because you have 4096 (12-bit) values with which to record the scene but with an 8-bit camera, a Rec.709 gamma curve is much more appropriate in low light.
Thanks Andrew! I was using normal mode, although it looks like log mode.
Keep up the great work! Thanks!
Hi Mic. Yi 360 Vr can record with only usb-c charge (without battery, like a offline camera). Can this camera do?
Hi Mic, I’m newbie to 360 world, excited owner of ONE X
What graphics card are you personally using?
How do I share the exported 5.7k video from insta360 studio with my family? What devices are needed to view the videos
When played on laptop with VLC, the lag is so bad video is unwatchable.
If possible, I do not want to post on YouTube, because of large file size transfer and it is personal family videos
Hi Bob! Welcome to 360! On my main PC I use GTX 1080, but you don’t need that. even gtx 1050 should be ok. For playback of exported video, try ricoh theta desktop app (free). it’s been able to play stitched 5.7k videos from the one x.
Thanks for the feedback Mic.
How much RAM would you suggest?
At least 8gb. The more the merrier 😀
I’d love to see a comparison between this and the Yi 360 for 5.7K, 120mbps video capture. No special features, just image and optical quality under a few different lighting conditions. Since these cameras cost the same and have the same resolution, it would be a valuable comparison for those of us who mostly care about IQ rather than the bells and whistles. Thanks!
Hi Mic, thanks for your review. Wondering what do you think about this camera for real estate compared to Mishpere??? thanks
Hi Daniconil! The main advantage of the ONE X for photos is the HDR mode with 3 shots up to 4EV apart, stitched in the phone. See the new sample photos I posted. But in terms of detail, Mi Sphere has more detail.
I wouldn’t necessarily say that Tony was incorrect. I tried the newest beta desktop software from the insta360 website and while it does actually export videos with stabilization now, the stitching is just as bad as the old version. It looks like it’s not using optical flow for some reason.
hmm mine has no such stitching errors as you can see in the review video. pls. make sure you are using at least the october 8, if not a later version
Great review. I just wanted to ask about the software your are using. My camera arrived today and I taken some sample videos. As you mentioned the beta desktop app does not have the freecapture option. I installed the old version of the software for the previous model, but it does not allow the import of the new camera files. Should I stitch the files in the beta software then use Premiere Pro with the GoPro plug ins for overcapture?
PS I was a bit annoyed that I paid for the monopod, as it came with one, now I have two.
Hi Nick. Congrats on getting the One X! Re freecapture yes — you either use premiere with Gopro VR plugin and GoPro VR Reframe effect, or export the video as 4K so you can use the old insta360 studio.
About the monopod – yes if you use my link you will get a free 2nd generation monopod. But don’t worry, it’s very useful and works with any 360 camera.
Do you have any suggestions for attaining the best possible quality while exporting from the app? I exported a 4K@50fps clip to both YouTube and Facebook but they look terrible. Very compressed and ugly overall.
Hi Andrew. For 360 I think it’s best to use the desktop app to export, and select the original bitrate. You can then edit in Premiere and select a high bitrate (110 mbps or something) to ensure original quality, or close to it. But ultimately youtube and facebook will compress it heavily.
What about the FLAT quality of the photos? Is the software able to erase a bit of the distortion or fisheye effect is really here?
Hi Clement. No problem — in insta360 studio you can change the projection to “perspective” (flat rectilinear), then click on the camera icon to take a snapshot to export the rectilinear view.
Hi mic Ty, thanks for reply.
Do you know if that flat pictures have important fish eye effect? My point is that I may also use this camera for normal photo to put in an album, so without 360 effect, just normal fisheye effect like gopro would provide. Do you know if it’s possible to shoot with only one of the camera and not both?
I just bought insta360 one x
I can’t connect to Android oreo 8.1.0 (via lightning USB cable)
if connecting to my old andoid (lollipop) after activating OTG, it runs normally
How to solve this problem ?
hi Danny. I’m using Android 8 too and I’m able to do it without problems on S8+. You may want to try plugging the cable to the camera before plugging it to your phone.
Hi, still on the fence because of all the complaints about the android app.. is it as bad as the comments on google play?
Hi Jaqui! My primary phone is Android (Samsung S8+). iPhone advantages for One X: easier to connect to Wi-Fi, you get new features earlier than Android. But otherwise, the Android version works just as well. I recommend downloading sample files to try it out: https://360rumors.com/2018/12/insta360-one-x-review.html#download Then look at FAQ no. 20 to transfer the files to the one x app https://360rumors.com/2018/12/insta360-one-x-review.html#faq
Hi, save more money for this one or just buy mi sphere? this gonna be my first 360 camera. Mainly will used it for photo then video. Thinking to use it on my wedding and my trip.
Hi Ivan. The Mi Sphere has more detailed photos and is waterproof without a case, but the one x is better in all other ways (and for photos, it has true HDR with 3 shots up to 4ev interval). If you’re sure you will use it only for photos, then Mi Sphere would be great. Otherwise I would recommend One X.
In each video with the dive case, I find myself wishing they had the camera upside-down. I want to look at the ocean floor, not the ceiling. If the diver flipped the camera upside-down, then then case would be visible at the top, leaving the entire bottom clear for viewing.
I’d love to see a video of this in action, just to see if it would actually work like I think it would.
I had an idea for a feature if you have the ability to give feedback to the developers. I ride motorcycles, sometimes 8 hours in a day. Taking 8 hours of 360 video would take up huge amounts of space, and be incredibly hard to sift through to find the interesting parts. What I want (should be a just a software/programming feature) is to set the camera in a loop where it only stores the video when I hit a button on the remote,. The difference to this an just hitting record as normal is that I want the video to start recording 30-60 seconds before and after I hit the button, similar to how some DVR / dashcams work. On a bike moving at speeds, you often cannot hit a trigger until after you are passed the interesting view or after you have almost ran off the road, but you also don’t want to save the 95% of the day’s ride that is boring. Just an idea that I hope can be programmed in! Also, this would require full time power and also some sort of lens cover to protect the lenses from bug impacts but enable charging.
That’s an outstanding idea! Have you found a 360 camera that can do this? Thanks
Thanks for yet another nice review.
I wonder would you recommend this product for doing cheap and fast way for creating 360 still panoramas for realestate and tourism?
I’m still searching for affordable one click solution when clients don’t have resources or don’t want to spend for Hi quality solution made with DSLR and fisheye.
My goals are still the same: in-device stitching, reasonable image quality without blurred area and or noise, low purple fringing, and way to do HDR to reduce burned out areas when shooting indoor areas with large windows.
Hello Mic Ty
I want to ask, have you ever tried uploading Insta One X 360 photos to Google Street View? (stitching with Insta360 Studio beta windows v3.0.3)
Why if I upload to street view, the display on the Android smartphone is messed up (horizontal and vertical orientation that doesn’t match), but when viewed on a desktop PC the image is normal. Are these bugs ?
How does the photo quality compare to Theta V? I mostly shoot photos and am looking for an upgrade to my Theta S.
Hi Uday. It is slightly more detailed, and in HDR mode has greater DR than theta’s HDR mode. Great upgrade from theta S. The only thing is that the stitching is not in-camera, but you gain a lot more.
Thank you for doing the review of this product. It has been very helpful. I need to impose on you with some questions about whether this device will serve this situation of mine very well.
I teach sign language interpreting at an university. We do simulated scenarios in order for our students to gain some interpreting experience. It is a simple matter if we have a deaf consumer, a hearing consumer and an interpreter in between these two. 120 degree camera in the corner of the room works very well for these situations.
However, sometimes we need more. For instance, we may need a second interpreter, or an interpreter works with a group of people rather than between two individuals. I wonder if this device being putting in middle would allows us to observe several signers and hearing persons communicating through the interpreters in one screen instead of having to pan around.
If this is possible, then may I inquire as to optimized distance between the camera and the participants.
Thank you for bearing with me and my odd request.
Thanks Steven! A good rule of thumb is to use normal speaking distance.
What is your opinion on Insta360 One X vs Rylo 5.8K? I am torn between the two for an in car (race car) application. I would value your thoughts.
Hi James! Here is a comparison between the One X and the Rylo. https://360rumors.com/2018/11/rylo-vs-insta360-one-compact-stabilized-4k-360-camera.html#onex
To me, One X looks better, and has a much better workflow:
Does anyone know the best solution to create a private VR tour, which would work as Google’s StreetView (where you click on the ground to take you a few meters further), but would not be public? (Want to make a tour of my house, and share it with selected people).
If I can watch it on Oculus Go, even better
Any recommendations are very welcome.
Hi Janko. Sorry for the delayed reply. Cupix works like that, but it’s not cheap. You can do a traditional virtual tour for free on Veer. Here is a tutorial: https://360rumors.com/2018/08/can-create-easy-free-virtual-tour-veer-experience.html
still no date announced for hdr video availability ?
what are your advice to put a nd filter on a 2 lens 360 camera ? do you juste tape a nd gel ?
Hi, I can’t figure out how to change the angle of the beginning of 360 video. Basically reframing the 360 clip, so it starts on the action and not some random angle, not interesting to viewer.
1. is it possible to set the angle in Insta360 one x app? (I did set the pivot point in freecapture, but when exporting a 360 video all freecapture edits are canceled right? They only apply to fixframe exports.
2. Is it possible to do it in premiere pro or finalcut? how?
3. is it possible to select the beginning view in facebook when publishing or youtube? I did not see that option.
does the new hdr video mode fixes the overexposure problem ? ( on your camera to camera comparison you wall was completely blown out from over-exposition, the image was unusable. thanks
Yes it does
I am convinced that the Insta 36-0 one X produces superior video to the Go Pro Fussion IF and only IF you desktop stitch with the 150 mbs setting. Have a look at this short video, recorded completely with this camera and edited in FCP X using over capture:
the video is entitled: Remember VT’s November Snows
I also downloaded the HDR update file right before they pulled it. Cannot believe they released that, the menu’s were buggy as hell – I picked it up within a few seconds. Completely agree that they can further optimise the HDR – the highlights are massively improved, but low light detail is unchanged. Really HDR should improve both, not one or the other so they need to bake in a few more stops at the low end.
Hi. I’m having a big misunderstanding chatting with the support of Insta 360 One X. I’m gonna use it with an iPad. But I need to buy one. Someone says it’s compatible with iPad mini 2 other that I need to buy a 6th generation or iPad Pro. I’m confused. I don’t wanna spend more much money but I need something that it’s gonna work. Could you help me in this issue? Best regards
Hi Daniel! their one x page says iPad Pro, iPad (2018). Maybe you can ask the Apple Store if they will allow you to install the app in the store demo units. If the app installs, it should work. If it’s not compatible, you won’t be able to install it.
The iPad (2018) is a lot cheaper than the iPad Pro. I can’t afford the latter and I am unsure that the former will work fast enough. If I have asked you already, I am sorry but, did you (Mr. Mic Ty) use the Pro or the 2018?
I think that third person shots are out of this world and that you correctly identify the main selling point of this camera, which I guess boils down to Freecapture’s “Smart Track” which “can pan the view automatically to track objects,” and afaik can only be done on the iOS or Android apps.
Thanks Timtak. For testing ios i use iphone 7. You can download sample files of one x. I posted a link in the article. Just do ctrl-F and search download
Thank you. When I have installed my new graphics card I will give the file a try especially if they
Thanks also for the heads up on what phone you use too. According to
the iPhone 7 and iPad 2018 have an identical “Platform” so if I purchase the latter (which I can do with my budget) I should be able to edit too. I have always wanted to try an iPad too. Cheers.
Sorry I meant to write
“especially if they add the freecapture smart track function.” which support says they are going to do, “stay tuned”.
That would be very interesting if they could add that!
Hello, Sorry buy i don’t understantd..
The battery Life if i use 5.7k Is 30 minutes? Or 60 minutes teorical and 35 Min real?
Hi Marco. The 30 minute limit is the recording time of the file. After 30 mins. it will stop recording but there is still battery and storage left. This is being fixed in the new firmware. In the new firmware, it will immediately start a new recording after reaching the 30 min. limit.
Is this finally fixed in firmware v1.17.16? And can I use a 256GB card so I can record more than 3 hours of video on one card (with external power, of course)? Has anyone tried an SDXC card larger than 128GB?
Yes you can record after 30 mins although there will be a gap of few seconds. Haven’t tried larger than 128GB yet…
Mic, thank you *very* much for that crucial tidbit of information. I ran right out and bought one and I have more data for you.
Firmware version 1.17.16 2019-01-08
256GB works! The camera reports 337 minutes of recording time available. This pencils out to 101Mbps (I find their advertising claim of “Up to 120Mbps” a bit misleading). I used a Samsung EVO Select U3 256GB, which has 238.44 GB usable when formatted to exFAT. Note that this card does not have a V30 rating. I have tested it and I’m seeing ~640Mbps write speed sustained (80MBps), which is way more than required by the camera, but I don’t know if that’s guaranteed across the entire card.
Yes, the camera will continue to record in 5.7K after it hits the 30 minute mark. At exactly 30 minutes, it stops the recording, “saves” it (at least that’s what the camera says), and then starts a new recording. Unfortunately, it takes 7 seconds to get the new recording started, leaving quite a significant gap between 30 minute clips. Of course, it’s a huge improvement over simply stopping and not recording anything after 30 minutes. Still, if you’re trying to capture a live performance or a sporting event, the 7 second gap is going to be very intrusive. I find it odd that it takes 7 seconds, because with the shutter button you can manually stop a recording and start a new one in only about 1 second, which is still annoying, but a lot more tolerable. I hope Insta360 can improve this. Other cameras, such as the Yi 360, do a good job of recording videos across multiple files with no loss of continuity.
The battery did charge while recording video. The camera got a little warm, but not hot.
A 30 minute 5.7K recording is going to consume about 21 GB. If you use the camera’s USB connection to transfer the video off of the camera, and if you’re using a USB 3.0 port, the transfer time will be about 10 minutes. If you pop the card out of the camera and use a USB 3.0 SDXC reader, it will cut the transfer time in half, to under 5 minutes.
Using Insta360 Studio, stitching and encoding 5.7K 100Mbps video is taking me about 3x as long as realtime, i.e. a 10 minute clip takes about 30 minutes to stitch. This is on an Alienware Aurora R7 i7-8700 + GTX 1070. Using the Adobe Premiere Pro plugin, stitching + encoding seems to be faster, maybe only 2x, but that was with a small file. On a large file, it takes a very long time for the encoder to get started, because it appears PP has to make an initial pass through the entire file before it can queue the encoding job, so the total time to encode is longer than Insta360 Studio.
An update regarding 256GB support for the Insta360 One X… In my testing, the Samsung EVO Select U3 256GB is proving to be unreliable in the One X. Sometimes it records fine for over 90 minutes at 5.7K 30fps. Sometimes it can’t record for more than a few minutes at 4K 30fps. It stops recording and displays the error message “Insufficient Speed” on the display. As I noted, that card does not have a V30 rating. I am now testing a SanDisk Extreme 256GB with a V30 rating, and it seems to be going strong.
thanks Victor! with the one x i use sandisk v30 micro sd cards with no problems so far
I have now tried a 400GB SanDisk V30 card. It provides 520 (!) minutes of recording at 5.7K 30fps. I had no problems across eight hours and forty minutes of continuous shooting.
Wow the one x can support that? awesome! better not lose that card though hahaha
Like Victor I bought a Samsung EVO Select U3 that I though compatible with the one X. I experienced the same issues as sometimes it stops recording after a couple of minutes displaying “insufficient speed”).
No problems in my Mi Sphere but it seems that the one X needs a little bit more speed.
Hi Gillaume! thanks for sharing your experience with the Samsung EVO select. i’ve been using a sandisk extreme (V30, U3, A2) https://amzn.to/2Yb2BKF I have never had any problems with it, and it costs much less than Sandisk Extreme Pro.
i find the Camera has a strange behavior, when I rotate the cam left right while recording the picture gets blurred.
anybody has an idea ? is this normal?
Hi Michael. Yes that is motion blur. image stabilization cannot compensate for motion blur that is caused by slower shutter speeds in low light. to minimize motion blur, either increase the shutter speed or use a gimbal.
I’ve seen many people complaining about the batteries in a cold conditions. Some says in subzero condition the battery lasted for 3minutes. To fix the problem instead of having extra batteries. Do you think Charging while shooting will extend the battery life?
Hi Chaiwat. That happens to all batteries. Maybe you can use a warmer for the batteries before you use them. Yes you can charge while shooting. But maybe the cold will also affect the usb powerbank.
Hi Mic. You got me interested in getting the insta360 one X and I’ve been reading this and watching a whole bunch of your YouTube videos on it. I want to make sure it will work for me and have some questions. Hope you can give me a comprehensive answer before I commit to buying or not.
I record video of my walking tours. Right now I’m doing it simply using my samsung smartphone which is not as stable. Also, I’d love to be able to record and see what’s behind me as well because with the phone I can only either do it in selfie mode or record what’s in front of me. I like the fact this camera will give me very stable video and it will enable me to record front/back and everything around me. However, I usually record about an hour or more of videos in a walk as each walk is 3-4hrs long.
1. Can you let me know how much space it’d take to record a 30min or 1hr video using this camera?
2. I downloaded the Insta360 software and your test videos to try it out on my HP Pavilion laptop with 8GB of RAM. It works, but took 30mins to export the video from the Insta360 One X beta. Then another 30mins to capture it on the insta360 studio software to watch-able MP4. Therefore, it took 1hr to do just 28 seconds of your test video and it was very jerky (lots of stops & starts) when capturing it in studio. Is this normal or is my laptop just not good enough for the job? or am I doing something wrong?
3. What kind of hardware do you recommend to run these software comfortably?
Thanks. Have a wonderful holiday season.
Hi Kimmiko. A 2 min 36 sec. file in 5.7K takes up around 1.9GB. I estimate a 60-min. video will take up 43GB.
It is possible that your laptop is not powerful enough. Insta360 recommends having a graphics card, at least GTX 750 Ti or better. Most laptops don’t have a graphics card, so I think that’s why your laptop was taking a long time to render the file.
Decent hardware would be an i5-4590, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050 Ti. see here https://360rumors.com/2017/03/400-vr-capable-oculus-ready-pc-nvidia-gtx-1050-ti-4gb-card.html
Season’s greetings to you and your family!
I am aiming to purchase ano NVidea GTX 1060 6GB graphics card for my old i7 as it seems to be recommended by some e.g. on Quora.
gtx 1060 is good, but even gtx 1050 4GB is enough. Once your graphics card meets the threshold, CPU is more important. How old is your i7? I’m not sure what the minimum is.
Thank you Mic
Mine is a Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz from 2009 which is I think first generation and three times slower than more modern versions according to here
I read somewhere that I did not need a GPU better than GTX 960 since the CPU would be the bottleneck but I got the 1060 because it is well reviewed, e.g. here
and I may have to upgrade my motherboard/CPU anyway. I was looking for a sound GPU with “legs” (that would last for a while).
Thanks Timtak. Yes 1060 is good. I have one too. Re your i7 i recommend downloading the sample files to try it
Can the camera be powered by the USB port while filming?
Yes it can but you cannot remove the battery while recording, even if it is plugged to a usb power sourcr
Great! Thanks for the response.
Is the new stat overlay customizable? Could heart rate, or step counts be passed through from a phone to a screen?
Thanks for your awesome reviews. You got me interested in 360 cameras again.
Thanks OsoCrazy! You can choose which dials will show up but you can’t change the dials. Good idea though – I’ll suggest to Insta360.
Your article mentioned a new feature to remotely activate One X through phone App. How do I do that? I can’t find such feature on my iOS One X phone App.
Hi Jason. This feature was temporarily disabled in some firmware versions. But they said they will bring it back. When it is active, just click on connect from the phone app, and the one x will automatically wake up.
Thanks, Mic! After upgrading to the latest firmware 1.17.16, I could turn on One X from my iOS App 🙂
The new question is how to turn One X off from the iOS App?
I mount the One X on my helmet for ski video and cannot find One X remote control available to buy anywhere. I am trying to use the phone as remote control to turn on and off One X.
Ok great! It will shutoff automatically after around 2 or 3 mins
Someone told me that recording while charging will deteriorate battery faster, is that true?
i don’t know for sure. when i search, i see people give conflicting answers.
Thanks for producing such a great resource.
I am strongly considering getting a one x for an upcoming ski trip in April.
I think what’s holding me back is that I am an android user (s8+) and it seems that not all of the features work 100% reliably, although updates do keep coming. Do I hold off until late March to see if things improve, or is it all OK now? Does the GPS info overlay for example work on Android now?
The other question I have is around what case to buy. Venture case looks good for all but underwater stitching, but would the Dive case work in all scenarios, such as skiing? My guess is that you’d lose the microphone entirely, or at least more than with the venture case, and the dive case may not be as tough.
Any help would be appreciated
would it perhaps be possible to explain the No-Stitch workflow as well as for daVinci resolve? That would be absolutely fabulous!
Thank you, your site is an awesome resource!!!
thanks Fran. Sorry Da Vinci doesn’t have a no-stitch workflow, and it is doubtful that it will ever be added to it. But you can use insta360 studio for one x which now has no-stitch edtiing: https://360rumors.com/2019/02/insta360-one-x-review.html#workflow
thanks for the info.
Shame that this forces me towards Adobe, the Insta360 desktop app is still very limited in what it can do.
I noticed also an issue if I where to go through DaVinci instead (accepting the limitations it has) and export to 4K, that is that during editing you loose the metadata.
When you reinject it you end up with a black spot at both Nadirs if you use the default 4K resolution. I tried also with a custom resolution of exactly 2:1 but that did not fix it either. Do you have some thoughts on this?
Then use Googles tool to reinject the metadata:
Thanks for your help and the very informative website!
Hi Fran. About the black spot, you must use 3840 x 1920 resolution throughout the workflow. don’t accidentally use 3840 x 2160
Mic, can you clarify which firmware update fixes the 30-minute recording limit problem? None of the Insta360 One X firmware updates so far say anything about fixing this problem. (I need a camera that can continue to shoot until the memory card is full; I don’t need it all to be in one file)
Hi Victor. I don’t know which firmware update fixed it. 1.17.something… Just trust me, it’s now there. 🙂
Are comments turned off for this topic? None of my questions are showing up.
Hi Victor. comments are moderated to block spam. pls allow time to review.
Great resource, Mic. I put off getting it but finally couldn’t resist. Arrived yesterday.
Are the accessories generally available? Remote and Venture case?
Congrats Bill! Some of the accessories are available while others are not. The most notable absence is probably the venture case, which will reportedly be back in stock in March or April.
Hi Mic. GPS data overlay has been available on android since app version 1.3.0. Probably you need to update information on this page.
yes that’s right. thanks for the reminder. i’ve now updated it.
The horizon of my video is not level whenI pan around. Do I have to Gyro Calibrate each time before each video recording?
Hi Claire. how much is the leveling error? Is it only a little bit or is it a lot?
Thanks for this review! In terms of pure photo quality, is it better than the Panono? Or at least at par?
Panono is much better than Insta360 One X in terms of resolution and dynamic range. However, One X has better stitching and can be used even in tight spaces. To see a comparison between them and the Fusion and Aleta S2C, see this page: https://360rumors.com/2019/02/ultracker-aleta-s2c.html#summary
Thank you, that’s very helpful!
Thanks for the post, i have the Yi360VR since more than 1 year, you think there is much diference between both cameras?
If you set wifi to auto on the ONE X, you can connect to it from Android if you first try to connect with Bluetooth, the Bluetooth connection fail, but this “wakes up” the wifi on the ONE X, you can then connect the Android as normal.
No need to change from auto to on in ONE X settings. But still not as easy as on iphone
thanks i didn’t know that, Lars. good find!
Hey Mic, how do I turn off Lock Direction when I use the Insta360 One X extension for Adobe Premiere Pro CC? I can’t find any options or documentation. I’m still having to stitch first in Insta360 Studio for ONE X in order to get Lock Direction before importing into Premiere Pro.
Actually, I meant to write how do I turn *on* Lock Direction in the extension for Premiere Pro. I see that you can right-click on the file within your project window and select “Source Settings”, which brings up a dialog box where you can enable or disable FlowState Stabilization and select whether you have one of the protective cases. But there is no “Lock Direction” option, which is surprising given that’s an important feature. Also, disabling FlowState Stabilization doesn’t seem to have any actual effect. If you go back into Source Settings after unchecking the box, the box is back to being checked. Seems like Insta360 didn’t fully test this. I’m editing footage from a moving vehicle and it’s annoying that I can’t Lock Direction or enable/disable FlowState Stabilization from within Premiere using the Insta360 plug-in extension.
yes you’re right. when i need lock direction, i do it the old way (render in studio first). i’ve requested this but i think they have their hands full from their product launch
I’m thinking to get one using your affiliate links.
Which accessories would you advise?
1) The invisible selfie stick v2 – I assume this is highly recommended – to avoid any stick in the frame…
2) I am sure I’ll want to also have the ability to have the equivalent of an invisible _free standing_ tripod. I do plan to film conferences, etc. However, are you able to let me know whether you think I’d be able to adapt the selfie stick above – for this function? [If the selfie stick can be made to self-stand… maybe an invisible tripod isn’t needed?]
3) I’ll also want an attachment that can stick to my snowboarding helmet/other items – is there any attachment that can currently do this?
4) I assume you’d recommend getting the largest SD card possible (128GB). Yes?
Thanks for your help
I’m thinking to get one using your affiliate links. Which accessories would you advise?
1) The invisible selfie stick v2 – I assume this is highly recommended – to avoid any stick in the frame…
2) I am sure I’ll want to also have the ability to have the equivalent of an invisible _free standing_ tripod. I do plan to film conferences, etc. However, are you able to let me know whether you think I’d be able to adapt the selfie stick above – for this function? [If the selfie stick can be made to self-stand… maybe an invisible tripod isn’t needed?]
3) I’ll also want an attachment that can stick to my snowboarding helmet/other items – is there any attachment that can currently do this?
4) I assume you’d recommend getting the largest SD card possible (128GB). Yes?
Thanks for your help.
That’s awesome Rob! Thank you very much.
1. Invisible selfie stick: yes highly recommended. If you use my link to get the One X from Insta360 directly, you can get this for free: bit.ly/onexdiscount But if you are buying through Amazon, one advantage is that you can get an accident replacement plan, which I personally think is worth it for 360 cameras.
2. For an invisible tripod, I recommend Monoshot.co. The new version is invisible to the One X. The Bushman monopod is also nice but costs much more. For a comparison of tripods, see bit.ly/360tripod If you will get either of these, then technically you don’t need the invisible selfie stick. The only advantage of the invisible selfie stick over the monoshot or bushman is that the invisible selfie stick is somewhat pocketable (fits my front pants pocket).
3. For attaching it to a snowboard or other items, the easiest way is to get a 1/4-20 to gopro adapter, then use the many gopro accessories (including from third parties).
4. For the memory card, speed is more important than size. For an economical one, I like to use is https://amzn.to/2UMkOMK . It is V30 rated and costs substantially less than Sandisk Extreme Pro. I’ve used it without any issues. And in fact, I’ve been able to use 512gb on the one x 😀
1. Looking at your affiliate links – they are for US items, and I’ll get charged huge import duties to import from the US, so doesn’t look like I’ll be able to use them unfortunately.
2. Please can you do a review of the Monoshot – I can’t see a review on bit.ly/360tripod for it.
Does the monoshot have the female 1/4 connector on one side, and a male 1/4 connector on the other side [like the bushman?]. Also, what is the weight in companion to the bushman too?
Hi Rob. re monoshot, pls. see the video in the article. I also have a review of version 1. but the video shows version 2.
How much footage in terms of gigabytes do you get from 1 battery (I assume around 1h runtime) in 5.7K, do you have a rough idea? I calculate it to about 52GB with the 120Mbps rate given in Insta360 specs.
I have a 1min. file and the unstitched version was around 664mb. So I think a 60 min. video would be around 40gb.
The 120mbps is more like maximum. Typical is closer to 105 or 110.
1) 100 yen shop / dollar store 300 yen selfie sticks are also invisible but not so robust. To be invisible, it just has to be thinner than the camera.
2) It would not stand up but perhaps you could stick it into a hole in something.
3) I don’t know how others do this but do one of two things
3.1) stick the 100 yen shop selfie stick into the rear downwards facing torch that I have cable tidied to my helmet. The selfie stick plus a glove finger is the same size as a 18650 battery.
3.2) Use 1/4″ threaded (bolt) bar with large washers at the helmet end to attach to my helmet.
4) I think short videos are good, so 64GB is plenty for me.
Hi friend… did you notice in your 3k 100fps video, that front camera it´s a bit blurry?
I noticed EXACT SAME¡¡¡¡ with mine… only in 3k mode… FRONT CAMERA has less quality, definition sharp… if I rotate camera, rear has better quality. But doesn´t seem a focus issue, because 4k or 5k are both focused. Please, check your 3k 100 fps sample…. and more pople, can check too? it seems a software bug or similar….
hi Pablo. OK i’ll check
hm i will check when i get home
Some news about this bug?
Hi Pablo. I don’t see anything unusual. Can you send me a screenshot to show me what you’re talking about?
Hi, here is a sample taken from you 3k 100fps video
please, look at focus and rear camera… it´s very clear to me…. detail in grass, but if you move with INSTA 360 STUDIO you will notice in all image (front camera)
thanks Pablo. I took some more test shots and you are right. I’ll ask Insta360 about it. Thanks!
Hi, I noticed it to insta360 (on facebook forum) and your example is perfect (because it´s uploaded yet), mine it´s very similar, same blur image, and same front camera… to me, it´s a software issue, I think… or shutter speed different (but no sense because static image)… they are investigating…. and I think there are more cameras in same working way… not very noticeable since 3k 100fps not very used, and bullet time, if you put rear camera to down, not noticeable (due poor 3k quality) but really it´s an issue.
Hi Mic Ty, please, let us informed about this… I´m waiting too…. would be great more people tested this mode to have more data to share with they….
Hi, it’s confirmed by insta360 (facebook group), it’s a bug present, I don’t if all cameras, but a lot yes…. check your 3k 100fps video to detect it. Great if they solve with firmware update.
Message from INSTA360: sorry for the inconvenience for you .we have reproduce this problem and will fix it by updating the camera firmware later.i will inform you as soon as possible when new firmware version published ,please wait patiently)
great job Pablo!
This issue with your cameras is SOLVED with lastest firmware released today
1. Fixes issue causing blur on one lens when shooting 3K@100FPS.
Just updated and checked and FOCUS IS NOW OK.
really was a bug present on cameras… but not a lot people noticeing it….
Android s9+ user here. So what’s the verdict? Rylo, or this one? I read both reviews and it is so much information I’m not sure what to do?!?! Seems insta has more features, like the cool bullet time and drift mode, but Rylo has better stabilization and a better hyperlapse (another important feature for me. Which one do you suggest.
Last question. does Insta have the cinematic ratio like Rylo? If not, I feel like that might give Rylo the definitive edge.
Hi Joshua. I would recommend Insta360 One X because it has a bit better overall image quality, especially in shadow detail and low light. Also, it has a much better workflow, including batch stitching. For stabilization, One X and rylo are now approximately equal. Likewise with hyperlapse.
Yes One X has cinematic ratio, both on mobile and on desktop.
Thanks a bunch! The One X it is (thankfully it’s cheaper!!). I’ll make the splurge next month and try to use your affiliate link as long as the ship internationally with customs tacked on 🙂
I saw your review on youtube. Then I downloaded with the example footage of you to check if my huawei P9 is compatible.
The result is that I ordered the insta 360 x today 😉
Mike, Please update the Camera Comparsion/Buying guide to reflect the most recent scores for all cameras, formexample the Insta360 OneX and Go Pro Fusion scores do not reflect the latest scores in your reviews.
hi 360 rumors! With the One X 360.. Must i use the invisible selfie stick to get good results or can i use any selfie stick that doesn’t have a huge diameter? Thanks! I’m trying to minimize the footprint of the selfie stick when i process it.
Hi Kevin! You can use any selfie stick that fits in the space in between the lenses. And remember to keep the selfie stick straight (don’t bend it at an angle).
Thanks! It doesn’t collapse as well as some other sticks even though it’s nice. I can’t wait for the Desktop app to allow time speed changes like the mobile app does!
I have the insta 360 since a few month i use it with a Mate 20 pro, suddenly, after upgrade the app and the firmware i can not connect anymore my phone and camera by Wifi…
i can not connect it by cable also because the camera turn into Udisk mode when i connect it to my phone…
Does anyone see what could be the problem and how to solve it ?
Does anyone knows where to find the previous versions of the app when you want to downgrade the app ?
Thanks a lot.
Hi Stephen! i don’t have the older versions, but please try contacting insta360 tech support on their website, or in the insta360 one x app. they can send you the older versions.
I’m new to this, can you explain how to use the Log mode and the Insta360 One X LUT . I use LUT’s in my Photo Imaging programs such as Luminar 3. What application(s) are required for the One X LUT? I just ordered my Insta360 One X Bundle from the Apple Store. It is a great deal, extra battery, SD Card included.
Hi Floyd. To use log mode, turn on log mode using the in-camera menu, or the phone app (if you’re using the app to control the camera). In postprocessing, just apply the LUT which is available for download from insta360: https://www.insta360.com/download
I can not get your sample files to load in the Insta360 Studio 2019 on my iMac. Any suggestions? I have the current version 3.3.2 that I just downloaded.
“You can download unstitched sample files from the One X here and use them with the software below to make sure your equipment are compatible”
Hi Floyd. Did you download all the files? 5.7k video files have two files each. They must be put in the same folder, and you must not rename them.
Gosh, I wondered why there were two files. Dur. I deleted one file and now realise that the other is useless. Thanks!
BTW, I am enjoying my Bullet Time helmet attachment
that was fun to watch! great job making that helmet attachment and perfect time of the year to show it!
🙂 Here is the accoutrement that I use sticking out of my helmet
Ok, thanks, let me download them again and put themin one folder on my desktop. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I downloaded both files, put them in a folder named test on my desktop . When I try to open them in Insta360 Studio 2019 they are greyed out and won’t open. I tried to drag them to where is says Drag and Drop but again nothing. What am I doing wrong.
ok i wonder if it might be your desktop specs?
I figured out what the problem was. The Files were named with a .3gp after the .insv extension.
Here is how the files were named:
When I removed the .3gp from the name they now all open.
alright great! what caused the 3gp to be added?
I don’t know why the .3gp were added. You might try downloading the files yourself to see if you get the same issue. The files clearly do not show that on the download page…. Here is what one looks like: VID_20181002_083043_10_006.insv.
Anyway, my Insta360 One X arrived yesterday. The Apple Store offered a great bundled package which included an extra Battery, a 32gb Micro SD Card and the Bullet Time Bundle Invisable Selfie Stick and Time Bullet Handle/Tripod for a great price. I’m just starting to learn how to use all of the incredible features. The IOS and MAC Desktop Apps are great! Thanks for all of your posts and knowledge that to bring to us. 360° now has a completely new dimension with this setup!
congrats and have fun with the one x!
Hi, nice review!! Definetly I’m going to but this camera. I would like to know if it is possible control the camera via bluetooth or/and wifi using your smartphone. I mean, I would like to know if it is necesary to buy the Bluetooth Controller for using the extended edition selfie stick,
Thanks Jose Maria! You can control the one x with your phone. You don’t need to buy the bluetooth controller. Pls let me know if you have any questions!
Hi Mic, Thank you!
I have another question. I have seen that the Micro SD max storage capacity is 128 GB. Do you know how much time I will can record with this storage and 5.7k quality?
Finally I have found that I can record only 48 minutes using 128GB!! On the other hand, do you know if it is possible use another micro SD cheaper than the one that you recommend which still work properly?
For example: Samsung 128GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSD EVO Select Memory Card
I would like to buy two micro SD without spending a lot of money…
you recorded only 48 mins? that is strange. maybe there are some files in other directories…? or maybe it ran out of battery 😀
Jose Maria, can you use micro sd cards above 256 GB? For example 400GB? does the device see full capacity and it’s useable?
Hi Robert. I tried 512gb and it worked. see here: https://360rumors.com/deals-samsung-512gb-micro-sd-129-save-70/ But please note Samsung Evo is not V30 rated.
i’ve been able to use 512GB. at 128gb it can record about 165 mins
No, I’m sorry. I wanted to mean that I found information about the recording time using 5.7k and 128GB. Probably you are right and it allow more time than 48 minutes…
Did you use a 512GB micro SD on Insta 360 One X and you got the full 512 GB? I ask becouse the specifications you can read:
“Storage: one Micro SD up to 128GB one Micro SD up to 128GB (8GB included)”
On the other hand, I would like to know which micro SD I should use. You recomended this one which price is $56 (I will copy your referal link):
But if it is possible, I would like save a little money if I’m sure that I can use other memory without any problem on the recording. For example, this one whic price is $27:
Did you think that this Micro SD is enought for 5.7k?
hi Jose. the one you linked (sandisk extreme 128gb v30 a2) also works for me. i’ve been using it on one x with no problems.
I was considering the Xiaomi Mi Sphere for photos only. But know I can read that it does no longer get supported. And then I hear about the insta 360 one x. Is this good enough to make photo for company virtual tours for my local company? I can see it has less megapixels than the Xiaomi. But can see that it get supported better. I would not like to buy the Xiaomi if it is not supported.
Hi Palle. Xiaomi still has support. You’ll see in the facebook.com/groups/mijia360cam group. But yes One X has better support. And One X is good enough for virtual tours, especially if you use the HDR mode.
There’s insufficient warranty. My 3 meter pole split at the handle after 1 week. Recommend wrapping it in Gorilla tape or something better. It is not strong enough. I now have a 7 foot pole instead of a 10′ pole. They refused to replace it or even offer 50% off a new one.
Hmm how were you using it? I have 3 of them and none of them have cracked. Thanks in advance for sharing your experience
Thank you for your great content and information; it has been very beneficial.
I just want to make people aware of an issue with ordering through the manufacturer. I ordered through your affiliate link, which does allow you to get the free selfie stick. However, it has taken 10 calendar days for the item to ship, and it ships out of China. So it’s going to be 3-4 weeks time to receive the camera, here in the U.S, from the time I placed the order. Additionally, my credit card charged me a foreign transaction fee of approximately $14. Unless you do not mind receiving the camera for several weeks, and your credit card doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees, I recommend ordering through one of the other links.
Hi Ben. Sorry for the delay. If you wish, you can send me an email to 360rumorsmail at gmail with your order number and I will personally contact insta360 to follow up on your order and try to expedite it.
Thank you for the offer, but I posted this after I received the shipping confirmation that it had shipped. From order to ship took 10 days. Their website says it ships within 2 business days. I contacted them after about 6 days since I had not heard anything. Their excuse was that they were backed up with a lot of orders of the Venture case, which I also ordered. Looking forward to receiving it in about 5 days, while also watching more of your excellent content to learn more!
I encountered a small problem with the Insta one software on my iPad. When I export a group of panoramas from the thumbnail window they seem to lose some of the metadata. When exported this way they don’t function as three 60 x 1 80 panoramas on Google Photos or Facebook. They appear as flat equal rectangular‘s. When I export them singly they function perfectly. It’s not a big problem just a workflow issue if I take 20 shots then I have to export them one at a time it would be nice to be able to export them all 20 at once and have them function the same way.
Hi Jim. Can you let me know what you’re doing step by step? on my ios app, i don’t see the option to export a group of panoramas. It only forces me to do an album.
I love this camera but cannot get the 5.7K video files to work with my Oculus Rift CV1. The Insta360VR app is released for Oculus Go but not Rift. Is this really an impossibility or have I missed something?
Hi Macaroni. Oculus Rift should be able to view the files without problems. Are you stitching the videos beforehand before viewing them? Also, which app are you using to view the files?
I read in the review that the 360 one x is able to be connected wirelessly and that it can generate a livestream. I hope that someone who owns the camera can tell me if what I would like to use it for is possible at all.
I would like to put the camera on a helmet and livestream the video to a local network (not online). I want to use this for games like paintball by giving one player such a helmet. This will allow people nearby watching the game to be able to connect to the local network and have a live view of the 360 video. It would be great if you could watch the stream from a PC or even several smartphones by simply connecting to the local network and using the proper software.
Therefore I need the camera to:
– Stream wirelessly since it will be carried around on a helmet
– Livestream to a local network
– The video stream needs to be picked up by a PC and possibly several smartphones to watch it in VR
– To be clear. I do not want to stream to youtube or facebook (which I found several tutorials for) since the local network has no connection to the internet.
I hope that someone can help me with this.
Hi Baem. One X can live stream via RTMP. If you can set up an RTMP server then I think you’ll be able to live stream from the One X to your PC without internet, but I’m not sure.
Thank you for the quick reply. I will try the RTMP stream and check if it works. Just to be clear, the camera is able to stream via RTMP without a cable connection?! Because I read some mixed reviews on that.
The camera needs to be connected with a cable to your phone or tablet to be able to live stream.
Hi. Thanks for the detailed info about this product. Super helpful.
I have an upcoming vacation where I wanted to use my new camera for a lot of action shots — jet skiing, dune buggy racing, indoor ski diving, etc. It’s the reason I got the camera now instead of waiting until the next holidays. But I’m disappointed that the Venture case is still not available to new customers. So I need to decide ASAP whether to order the Dive case even though nothing I will be doing will be actually underwater, or just scrap the whole thing and leave the camera at home.
So, the cruz of the issue is if you’re willing (reluctantly) to pay the premium for the Dive Case, is is usable for general purpose action sports protection or will it distort the image, have retraction, too big of a nadir, etc. for general use? In which case, is there any viable way to use it right now since the Venture case is not available?
Hi Jason! Sounds like an exciting vacation! I havent tried any of those but i think it will be ok for indoor sky diving. Just dont hit the lens against the wall. And for dune buggy racing, will it get dusty? The sand might scratch the lens. For jet skiing it will be ok only if you can ensure that it wont get wet.
If the venture case is not available you can use a smartphone waterproof pouch although of course this wont be as clear as the venture case.
You can use dive case above water but there will be a large nadir.
Whenever I shoot HDR panoramas with my Insta360 One X, the three exposures never align properly when I try to merge them in Photoshop. There’s :always: ghosting. I’m shooting on a tripod, so the camera is not moving between exposures. Even selecting “Remove Ghosting” in Photoshop doesn’t entirely fix the problem. I don’t see any ghosting in your HDR photo example above. So I’m not sure what’s going on with my camera. It appears to take a slightly offset image for each exposure.
Hi Gary. See here for my HDR guide: https://360rumors.com/360-camera-basics-hdr-360-photos-without-ghosting/
Very Helpful Articel for newbie 360 camera.
But why i cant open INSV file from adobe premiere pro, even already install insta360 studio with install plugin for premiere pro?
when i tried to import there not file insv support, then i tried to drag drop the premiere said file not supported.
Thanks Agus. As for your premiere, try to reinstall insta360 studio 2019 so it can reinstall the plugin. Let me know how it worked for you!
Is there a way to take interval photos with GPS data? When I take interval photos with my phone, I only have GPS data for the start point.
Alternatively, is there a way to batch-extract 360 snapshots from video with GPS data?
Hi Ryan. If you use video street view, it is supposed to add gps data
Hey Mic! I just got a One X for prime day and I’m excited to use it. I was wondering if you knew what the minimum focusing distance is for the One X? I know that under 6 feet you start to see the stitching artifacts, but I’m wondering how close can I get to an object with the camera and still have it be in focus?
Thanks for your fantastic research and resources for us out here! You’re the best in 360!
Congrats Danny! The min focus distance is around 10cm
This is why you’re the man! Thanks so much.
I am considering buying an ipad 2018 ( bottom of the line that is listed as compatible with the app) to edit – as this is only a 2gb RAM model ipad – do you know if it handles editing ok or will it be sluggish? don’t want to waste my money if it is not going to give a decent experience. I will not use it for anything else but just to use this inst360 one x app.
saw a youtube video of a guy using an ipad pro and it was seamless – but obviously thats a lot higher spec and a lot more expensive!!
Another quick question – if using an ipad, once i have exported the finished mp4 file to local disk – how do i get it off the ipad to use on a pc or transfer onto usb stick etc?
Hi Ash. Ipad can only render One X videos at 4K. It’s better to render on desktop. I recommend transferring the unstitched file directly from the memory card to your desktop. don’t render on ipad.
Its been a pleasure interacting with you on your Youtube channel. I’m into real estate development and being a medium size firm I find photo shoots and video shoots very run of the mill, especially where i live in Mumbai, India. Love the idea of 360 video for Shoot and then frame and after having used an Insta 360 One, i thought id jump on the One X bandwagon.
That said I never got myself to buy one. Now I have a few Marketing Team kids who would like to create content with it and Insta 360 One somehow lacks the crispness. I should have picked the One X on Prime Day Sale, but for some reason, i felt that it was nearing the end of its promotion cycle.
Also after seeing Ben’s as well as Your video, I thought it would be smarter to get one post October itself, when the new camera may apparently be released.
What are your thoughts on this considering that would you see significant improvement in the ‘Next Insta 360 One iteration’ or the Insta 360 One X is still justified for purchase even 2 months out from a newer model being released ?
Thanks Ricardo! I think it depends how quickly you can generate sales with it. If you can generate more sales than the camera value depreciation then you are ahead of the game. Otherwise, you should wait and see 😀
Awesome reviews!!! Thank you very much.
I just have one simple question: ¿Do I have to wait?
What I mean is if I have to wait until a new hardware is released since its release date is 2018… Therefore, I am afraid I buy it and after a couple of months, a new hardware appears… (I saw the EVO, but it does not fit to my requirements).
Many thanks for the information 🙂
Thanks Jordi! That’s a great question! If you are not in a hurry and you can wait until October, then wait. If you have something urgent like a trip, then just get the One X and if insta360 make something better, you can sell it and upgrade.
Thank you very much Mic :)!
Hi, Mike! Thank you for this awesome review!
I have a Fusion for a year and bought insta360 one x today. Make some test thots and found that Fusion is much sharper (photo). But workflow is awesome. May be I am doing something wrong..
Hey there Dmitry! Congrats on getting the One X! For photos, yes in my tests, I also found that Fusion has more detail than One X, especially in Raw mode. But yes, One X workflow is much more convenient.
OMG, insta360 studio does not support a hardware acceleration for video above 4K!!! Unbelievable. I had not this issue with a Fusion
Hi Dmitry. When I tested Fusion and One X, the stitching speed was about the same.
I read again your posts. And you wrote that the Fusion x7 (1 real min takes 7min stitching). And One X x30 (1min takes 30m for stitching.
Sorry, tried again. 22sec video takes 2min for stitching. So you are right!
Hi, Mic. Founded awesome and cheap remote for insta360! https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32831444836.html
Bought it and it works like a charm
Bricked!? I kept mine in a damp environment (in a pencil case in my bag in the wet season in Japan), allowing corrosion to form on the screws at the bottom and, I presume, the main button which no longer functions!
I guess that to pair the camera with a Bluetooth remote i will need to press the main button, so I presume I have bricked my OneX. Sadness.
Does anyone know how to get a OneX apart?
Do you have a link on either ebay or amazon for this (or a similar) product?
(And please can you confirm this works fine for Android users – or confirm that it is not relevant which OS you use?)
I am thinking about buying a one X as a second 360 camera (currently have a MiSphere). One of the things I am not happy with on the MiSphere is that if I try and do a long series of photos for a timelapse, the camera will turn off after an hour or so (even when connected to permanent power).
I have noticed that the longest single recording is quoted at 30 minutes (due to file system) does the camera simply stop recording at this point? or does it just start a new file?
Further, does this restriction apply to timelapse shots? Or will the camera simply keep shooting until the card is full?
Thanks very much, I would prefer not to buy a new camera just to end up in the same position!
In the Specifications for the One X Live Streaming , Periscope is shown as one of the platforms supported. I cannot find it as one of the options in the IOS One X App. I have tried using via RTMP with Periscope Producer, but couldn’t get it to work.
In the Specifications for the Insta360 One X live streaming, the platform Periscope is shown as an option. I cannot find this in the One X IOS app. I have tried using rtmp and although it broadcasts using Periscope Producer, the image is flat instead of 360,. Any suggestions on how to broadcast in 360 on Periscope ?
Don’t waste your money on this camera.
I have one. Firstly the selfie stick thread is aluminium and it threaded within 2 months of owning it. (I was travelling through brazil and almost dropped it in the amazon river because the thread failed). I purchased a monkey grip and the thread has never failed on that. When i tried to claim warranty from Insta360 they wouldn’t honour their shitty product by sending a new stick. They said it wasn’t made from aluminium (clearly it is when you look at it) and it was my fault it broke within 2 months of owning it. I had to threaten that I would make a youtube video of their crap product to make them replace the old one.
Secondly, the dive case and the adventure cases give a pretty average picture, nothing you’d want to show anyone. Thirdly it has just died, It doesn’t charge any more.
Pretty unimpressed all around. I will not stray from GoPro again in the future.
Thanks for sharing your experience. FYI you can buy a new battery if somehow the battery is not charging. The underwater video from the Dive Case will be better than what you can get from the MAX or Fusion. Another option is to buy the 360Bubble (which works with either One X or Fusion or MAX).
Re threading, it’s possible that you used it with a nonstandard selfie stick / monopod that wore out the thread. When you used it with a normal selfie stick / monopod, the thread was already loose. I’ve been using mine for more than a year, and the thread is still fine.
I have come to your website for the first time today and here I have get a lot of information, thank you very much for this.
Ever since I got my Insta360 this summer, the weak link had been successfully posting 360 videos to Facebook. I’ve tried every variation I can using the mobile apps and haven’t found any that reliably work or any pattern on why they don’t. Can someone explain what’s going on? I have experimented doing this on different iOS mobile devices, on different networks. The files are typically about 90 seconds of footage.
I’ve made sure my connectivity is excellent and fast. I have left devices plugged into power and kept the screen open during the process to avoid time outs. But it works about 1/20 times. The only way that eventually works for me is to save the file from the Istra360 app to my photo albums on my device, then go into Facebook, create a new post and select the file from the phot album then try to post it. What it typically does is show a steady progress bar until it gets to about the 95-99% point then it just stalls there indefinitely. Eventually Facebook will say “Taking a while to post” and give you an option to lower the resolution (from 4K) or pause. Sometimes I’ll pause then resume. After 5-6 tries occasionally it suddenly works, but it usually doesn’t. Again, I am certain I have a stable connection with high bandwidth throughout and have tried from multiple networks.
I’ve tried variations of this, such as uploading directly from the iOS photo album to Facebook rather than through the Facebook app. On my iPad this crashes the app. On my iPhone which is newer, it pretends to work but then the post never shows up, no matter how many times I try or how long I wait – it just disappears into the ether.
How are being consistently posting to Facebook? And what is preventing it in my case? Do I have to accept a lower resolution? Is there some file size issue that’s throttling Facebook and it has to be a super quick clip? Is there another way?
Hi. Looking for help on some 360 live streaming requirements. I’m looking to Facebook live stream a multi-hour activity using my Instra360 One X but am not sure how to do it. I can continuously power the One X using a power adapter plugged into the One X’s micro USB port (with the battery compartment empty). But the FB live streaming feature only works if you have your phone or tablet plugged into the same micro USB port during the streaming. So I don’t see how to continuously power the camera and live stream at the same time and the battery won’t last nearly enough. Is this just not possible with the device?
The other problem is in order to have the phone plugged into the camera for the live streaming, it only comes from a super short lightning to micro USB cable and I can’t find anyone who sells a long cable in that configuration — so how do I stay way from my phone and myself being dominate in the camera because we have to be right there?
nice features,now its time to buy insta360
Just bought this from using Mi Sphere which takes both RAW and JPG files – RAW for later processing using the excellent Stitch and Transfer apps by Hirota41d – in both cases I can view the photo just taken using the camera-stitched and using VR Media Player (poppolab).
This Insta360 cannot view on demand if shooting in RAW – I’ve asked Insta360 people to fix it.
Also, I still need their software (via a PC which I don’t carry around) if I want to share on demand.
Either way, I disagree with statements that say “the Insta360 workflow is better”.
No it’s not!!
Hi Roy. Good news. The new app will allow raw+insv shooting. Which means you will be able to view immediately within the same app.
I dont know what you mean by needing a pc to share it. To share a raw dng stitched image?
The one x is easier because it can do hdr stitching and fusion in its own app. And the new app will be able to do median stacking and stitching too. That is beyond what mi sphere app can do at the moment.
I want to buy this great features thanks for reviews
Thanks. It is not so easy to buy because it’s been discontinued.
Me too! I am also looking forward to the review…