Insta360 Ace Pro underwater
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Insta360 has launched its latest action camera, the Insta360 Ace Pro. The new camera uses powerful AI-enhancing technology to automatically optimize your footage and enhance image quality in any light.

Insta360 Ace Pro

The Insta360 Ace Pro has a similar form factor to other action cams from DJI and GoPro. Insta360 describes its new camera as “co-engineered with Leica.” The Ace Pro has a 1/1.3-inch sensor behind an F2.6 lens with a field of view equivalent to 16 mm on a 35 mm sensor. It also has a 2.4-inch touch screen which can be flipped up to 180 degrees to be used as a selfie screen.

Video modes

Insta360 Ace Pro
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The Insta360 Ace Pro can record 8K video at 24 fps in either 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratios. If you drop the resolution to 4K or 2.7K, you can also shoot at up to 60 fps in 4:3, or 120 fps in 16:9. Lowering the resolution again to 1080p means you can record up to 240 fps for super slow motion playback. In addition, the maximum bitrate for video is 170 Mbps and you can choose between H.265 and H.264 file formats.

Pure Video

The Insta360 Ace Pro uses a 5nm AI chip with a computational capacity of 11 TOPS (trillions of operations per second). This AI powers a custom-trained AI neural network that runs the PureVideo feature. Insta360 says PureVideo reduces noise, enhances brightness and improves dynamic range for great image quality even in low light.

Gesture Control

The Ace Pro’s AI also means you can control the camera with certain gestures or your head. You can hold up your palm to start and stop recording. You can also give the peace sign to take a photo with a three-second countdown. Insta360 says that gesture control works even if you are wearing gloves and a helmet.

Other AI features

The Ace Pro includes an AI Highlights Assistant which analyzes your video inside the camera and plays back the highlights. You can also export this highlight reel or edit it further if you wish. In addition, you can add AI effects in Shot Lab, which is part of the accompanying mobile app. The effects allow you to remove a selfie stick or create a generative AI warp effect.

Stabilization

The Ace Pro uses Insta360’s Flowstate Stabilization. The company says that this feature will smooth out even intense bumps and shakes for smooth video. In addition, the Ace Pro has a 360-degree Horizon Lock option. This will keep the horizon level in your video whatever happens to the camera, even if you spin it a full 360 degrees.

Insta360 Ace Pro with screen flipped up
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Other features

Insta 360 says that the Ace Pro’s battery will last up to 100 minutes, even when shooting Active HDR video at 4K 30 fps. You can also fast charge to 80% in just 22 minutes and a full recharge only takes 46 minutes. In addition, the Ace Pro is waterproof to 33 feet (10 meters). Audio is captured on three built-in microphones and has three modes. Stereo is for general recording, Wind Reduction reduces wind noise and Direction Focus delivers more immersive audio.

What we think

The Insta360 Ace Pro is a great new addition to the range of action cams on the market. The camera promises very high-quality recordings and 8K video gives you lots of scope to reframe in post-production. In addition, the in-camera stabilization offers amazing results looking at the videos on the Insta360 website. The flip screen is also ideal for vloggers or solo shooters, especially when combined with gesture control. If you are in the market for a new action cam then the Insta360 Ace Pro should be on your shortlist.

Pricing and availability

The basic Insta360 Ace Pro kit includes the camera, a 1,650 mAh battery, a standard mount, a flexible adhesive mount and a Type-C to C cable. This retails at $449.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.