While Insta360 is known for building 360 cameras, it’s branching into the sports cam market. The new Insta360 Go is the company’s first-ever sports camera.
According to Insta360, the Insta360 Go is the “world’s smallest stabilized camera.” How small is it? Well as you can tell by the pictures, it is just slightly wider than your finger and weighs just 18.3 grams. Now, you may be wondering why would Insta360 make a camera that is this small? Other sports cameras, such as the ones from GoPro or DJI’s Osmo, aren’t criticized for their size. The idea behind the Insta360 Go is for it to be small enough to be worn as an accessory. That way, you can capture video anywhere and at any time.
Insta360 Go shoots short video clips
The Insta360 Go’s main shooting mode can only record footage in 15 or 30-second clips. However, it’s possible Insta360 never intended to make a professional sports camera. While it could just be hardware limitations, it could also be that Insta360 is looking to make a camera that captures short clips of life throughout the day. We don’t know which one applies.
The fisheye camera can record 1080p/25fps footage at the touch of a button. Once the video it is shot, it is cropped digitally by Insta360’s algorithm to stabilize the image. We have to see though how well this method of stabilizing works in low-light situations.
What are the mounting options for the Insta360 Go?
The Insta360 Go can be worn in many different ways. There is a clip that can attach to clothes and can be worn like a pendant. Or you can use its magnetic body to attach it to metal surfaces.
In terms of storage, the Insta360 Go offers 8GB of internal storage. That’s about 200 of the 30-second clips. To transfer the files, the Go connects to its charging case and that can be plugged into an iPhone. (There will be an Android version coming sometime in the future.) Once plugged in, you can go to its companion app. From there, you can move video files into your phone.
When it comes to portable sports cameras, you have to talk about battery life. The battery for the Go lasts about 220 minutes. So that is a little under 4 hours. The charging case does, however, carry about two and a half charges in it. So that should boost battery life.
Other notable features
- FlowState stabilization
- FlashCut (AI feature that combine your best shots — on beat — into a stylized edit)
- Hyperlapses up to 30 minutes at 6x speed.
- Barrel Roll (twist shots like a turntable)
- IPX4 water-resistant (splashes and rain resistant. Cna handle submersion in water for up to 10 seconds)
- Slow-mo 100 FPS video shooting
Pricing and availability
The Insa360 Go is out now for $199.