CES 2018 Awards: Insta360 Nano S is Our Pick for Best 360 Video Camera of CES 2018

At CES 2018, Insta360 unveiled their newest compact 360-degree camera, the Insta360 Nano S. The Nano S is the direct successor to the Insta360 Nano, and we found the updates impressive enough to deserve our Best Spherical Video Camera of CES 2018 award. Just like the original Nano, the Nano S is a 360-degree camera that attaches to your iPhone and allows you to capture and share video in 360 degrees.

But unlike the original, which shoots in 3K, the Nano S shoots 4K 360-degree videos along with 20 MP 360-degree photos. The Nano S also introduces 360-video video chatting and a new MultiView feature that Insta360 says will allow Nano S users “to show multiple angles of a scene simultaneously and share them via a live broadcast or one-on-one chat.”


“With the Insta360 Nano, we invented a new category – a 360° camera that lets people capture immersive content straight from their phones. Now, the Nano S is taking the concept in a revolutionary direction,” says JK Liu, Insta360 found and CEO. “360° Video Chat, and the ability to show multiple views of a scene at once, empowers people to communicate their experiences more fully than ever.”

Insta360 says that the Nano S will allow its users to make a 360-degree video call to anyone, meaning the recipient doesn’t need a Insta360 camera themselves to move through the 360-degree call.

“To make a 360° video call, users can simple generate a link in the Insta360 Nano S app and then send it to a recipient via any chat or social app. When the recipient opens the link in their web browser, they’ll get a real-time 360° view of their caller’s environment,” says Insta360.

The Nano S’ MultiView feature should also allow users to adjust content inside each individual section of a split-screen layout. It’s said to offer five different layouts, three simultaneous angles and an adjustable level of zoom. The MultiView feature should be usable for live-streams and video chats, along with editing your 360-degree content.

Insta360 says that the MultiView will offer integrated support for 360-degree live-streaming on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (via Periscope), and you'll also be able to share your 360-degree video through the Insta360 Nano S app.


Other attributes of the Nano S include the FreeCapture feature, a “unique method of framing a shot – users can recapture a scene by maneuvering their phone in real-time to explore a 360° clip, exactly as though they had returned to that moment in time and were filming it with a standard smartphone camera.” The Nano S should also be able to sync with an IPhone’s gyro and correct wobbles and shakes in real time using a new stabilization algorithm.

For expanding how we use and interact with the brand new medium of 360 video, the Insta360 Nano S has garnered our Best 360 Video Camera of CES 2018. Congratulations!

For more details about the Insta360 Nano S, go to Insta360.com.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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