Virtual reality (VR) video and 360° is rapidly growing in popularity. Deck Hand Camera Rentals will soon be renting out the new Insta360 Pro, a state-of-the-art 360 degree camera that uses six f/2.4 fish-eye lenses to capture impressive 8K video and stills in 2D or 3D. The Insta360 Pro is also a live-streaming camera featuring in-camera stitching at up to 4K quality. We are expecting delivery of the Insta360 Pro in late June or July. We will update this post as soon as we get our hands on the camera and have real world experience with it. Everything we have heard so far from early testers of the prototype is the camera is amazing and a real game changer for the price. Read on to find out why the Insta360 Pro is a 360 camera rental you’ll want to try.
Insta360 Pro Design:
The Insta360 Pro is a compact sphere (about 5.6 inches in diameter) made of aluminum alloy surrounded by six 200° lenses that run along its equator. Each lens features an f/2.4 aperture, which helps with low-light performance. A detachable base and easy-to-grip contours make the Insta360 Pro easy to use in various environments. There are data ports on the camera for HDMI, Ethernet, SD, USB-C, and a 3.5mm mic input. The body features a small information display with control buttons, however the VR camera can also be controlled through an iPad app that can be connected to the Insta360 Pro’s built-in Wi-Fi. For audio, the Insta360 Pro offers four built-in microphones, or you can use an external microphone.
Insta360 Pro Battery:
This 360 camera has a 5000 mAh removable, rechargeable battery. You can get about an hour of recording time without plugging in. If you’re out and about and need more run-time, you can supplement the rechargeable battery with an external battery pack that plugs into the USB-C port. In studio, you can shoot and charge simultaneously via the USB-C port connected to a wall plug.
360° Video and Image Capture:
Most filmmakers and videographers who have tried the Insta360 Pro say it’s the first 360 camera they’ve seen that delivers sharp video resolution to 8K– after all, it packs nearly 30MP into every frame at 8K. 4K video can be recorded at an impressive 100fps, making it great for slow motion. Insta360 Pro can also shoot 3D 360-degree videos at 6K resolution and 30 frames per second. You’ll need a VR headset to view the 3D footage. For 360-degree time-lapse video, the Insta360 Pro also features an intervalometer mode. Video can be recorded in either H.264 or H.265 formats (H.265 provides an increased quality to file size ratio). Photos can be saved in RAW format with high dynamic range (HDR) support, providing maximum quality and detail. You can live-stream video to any 360-supporting platform, including Facebook, YouTube and Insta360 server. When live-streaming, quality is more limited by bandwidth and bit rate. If Wi-Fi is spotty, the camera’s Ethernet port can ensure a more stable connection. Footage can be stored on an SD card, or with a USB 3.0 High-Speed drive.
Optical Flow Image Stitching
There are two stitching modes on the Insta360 Pro: an in-camera option that supports video up to 4K (3,840 by 1,920) in quality; and a computer-based video stitching solution for 8K (7,680 by 3,840) capture, both at 30fps. For high-speed capture in 4K at 100fps, you’ll need to stitch using software. Insta360 proprietary software is available for Mac and Windows.
Rent the Insta360 Pro
Pro-level 360 cameras can pricey. The Insta360 Pro currently costs $3,499 to own. If you’re new to 360 and VR video, or if you just need a 360 camera for one or two projects, renting the Insta360 Pro is a smart move. Contact Deck Hand Camera Rentals near Los Angeles to find out about our 360 camera rentals. Call us at (818) 557-8403.