Insta360 Roadie Remote ($29 available here) is a remote control for Insta360 One R (and in the future, the Insta360 One X2) that can help you control your camera without taking your eyes off the road. Should you get it?
Insta360 Roadie Remote is a steering wheel mounted remote control for Insta360 One R and in the future, Insta360 One X2. It was first announced together with a slew of updates for the One R, which added Loop Recording and other new features:
There’s already a GPS remote for the One R and One X2 but the Roadie is designed to enable you to control your camera without taking your eyes off the road. Roadie mounts next to where your hands would usually be on a steering wheel, so you can press the buttons safely without fumbling for your camera. The buttons are large and there are only a few of them, making it easy to press without looking at the remote.
The tradeoff versus the GPS remote is that the Roadie does not have built-in GPS. GPS can otherwise be used on the One R, One X2 or One X to add Insta360 Stats overlay of your speed, altitude, and other information that can make your motovlog video more interesting. If you want to use GPS, your camera has to be connected to your phone so that the camera can use your phone’s GPS signal. You can then start and stop recording with the Roadie and the video will have GPS.
ROADIE REMOTE TUTORIAL
To use Roadie Remote, the process is similar to pairing with the GPS remote. First, turn on the Roadie by inserting the battery face down. Next mount it to your steering wheel. You’ll then have to pair the Roadie with your camera. Make sure your One R is updated to firmware 1.2.64 or later (if your One R needs to be updated, you can do that by connecting to the phone app, going to the settings, and scrolling down to About Insta360 and tapping on firmware).
If your One R firmware is updated, go to the One R settings and tap on Bluetooth Remote. You should see the Roadie Remote appear as “Ylfk” (I don’t know why it’s called that). Once paired, you can simply press the Roadie buttons to start and stop recording.
IS ROADIE REMOTE COMPATIBLE WITH INSTA360 ONE X2?
As of May 2021, Roadie Remote works only with One R. However, Insta360 stated that it will also be compatible with One X2 in the future.
SHOULD YOU BUY ROADIE REMOTE?
Should you get the Roadie? It depends if you plan to shoot videos in your car. If you do, the Roadie can help you drive more safely. IMHO, the $29 cost is nothing compared to the benefit of reducing the chance of an accident. If you don’t need to shoot videos in your car, then the GPS remote is more useful.