There’s a new third party frame for the Insta360 One R that enables much faster swapping of the One R’s modules. Here is a hands-on review.
Insta360 One R (reviewed here) is a unique modular 360 camera that can convert to a 4K action camera, a 5K 1-inch sensor camera, invisible drone camera, or other cameras by exchanging modules. One issue however, is that the bracket that is included with the One R is similar to a GoPro case. It has a clasp that you have to unfasten, and a door that you’ll need to open before you can take out the camera to swap modules. Moreover, the 5K 1-inch sensor has a large front element that needs to be unscrewed before you can remove the camera from the bracket.
This new frame is much simpler and you simply slide the One R into the frame. The frame can be used regardless of whether you face the lens to the front or to the back. And for the 1-inch sensor, you don’t even have to remove the front element.
The frame does have a disadvantage. Compared to the standard bracket, it is less secure because it relies only on friction to hold the camera. Second, it does not include a cold shoe, unlike the new bracket from Insta360. Nonetheless, if you want to swap modules more quickly, and you are not using your One R as an action cam, the quick swap frame may work well.
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
I’ve received the frame and it does fit the One R nicely, but I wish it could have been a tad more snug. A part of the frame just barely touches the 1-inch mod front element.
There are two features that keep the One R more secure. First, there is a small protrusion that hooks on to a corner of the Core. However, because a part of the frame touches the 1-inch mod, the hook does not fully grab on to the core (see above). Second, inside, there is a thin rubber sticker to increase friction. Nonetheless, if you shake violently for around 5 seconds, it is possible to shake the One R out of the frame.
Again, I would only buy this for casual use. If you are using your camera for action, I would not use this frame for that. You can purchase the frame on eBay and other places.