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Kandao Obsidian Pro vs Insta360 Titan: professional 3D 360 cameras compared

Kandao Obsidian Pro vs Insta360 Titan
Kandao Obsidian Pro vs Insta360 Titan

Which has better video quality: the Kandao Obsidian Pro or Insta360 Titan?  Here’s a hands-on comparison by CreatorUp:

Kandao Obsidian Pro and Insta360 Titan are the professional 360 cameras with among the largest sensors at the moment.  Insta360 Titan was first revealed at CES 2018, and features eight Micro Four Thirds sensors, and has a stitched resolution of 10K 3D 360 or 11K 2D 360.  Obsidian Pro was first announced at CES 2021 and has eight APS-C size sensors, the largest sensors in an all-in-one 360 camera, and has a stitched resolution of 12K 3D 360 or 12K 2D 360.  Both of them have built-in touchscreens for ease of control.  Which has better image quality?  CreatorUp’s Hugh Hou compared them in this video.

Hugh found that Obsidian Pro was more detailed and had better color depth than Insta360 Titan.  In the screenshots below, you can clearly see the texture on Hugh’s shirt on Obsidian Pro but not on Insta360 Titan.  The colors in the color wheel are also distinct in the Obsidian Pro, but on the Titan, some of them appear to merge together.

Obsidian had significantly better resolution and bit depth than Insta360 Titan
Obsidian had significantly better resolution and bit depth than Insta360 Titan

On the other hand, Insta360 Titan had better stitching at close range, such as 4 feet. At that distance, the Titan can stitch smoothly, but the Obsidian Pro shows noticeable ghosting (see the wall in the screenshot below).

Obsidian (right) shows stitching problems at closer distances, as in the wall for example
Obsidian (right) shows stitching problems at closer distances, as in the wall for example

Another issue with Obsidian Pro is that when it shoots at 60fps, the resolution is interpolated. The native resolution is halved from 6016 x 4024 per lens to 6016 x 2012. Kandao then uses an AI algorithm to interpolate the resolution to 6016 x 4024.

Obsidian Pro native resolution is halved at 60fps
Obsidian Pro native resolution is halved at 60fps

Based on Hugh’s tests, the better camera depends on your purpose.  For example, if you are shooting at closer range, then the Insta360 Titan will have smoother stitching.  On the other hand, if you can ensure that the subject will not cross the stitch line at close range, you can get much higher resolution and bit depth with the Obsidian Pro.