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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


The Insta360 ONE X2 is a new product from the Insta360 series, a 360-degree camera that allows you to easily take pictures in all directions. As the X2 says, it is the successor to the Insta360 ONE X, which was released in October 2018.

Although this is a 360-degree camera, it is classified as an action camera by the manufacturer's definition because it can take a 360-degree video and cut it out as a 16:9 side-by-side video, etc., with image stabilization in place.

For example, the above video is a scene of me walking around a scramble intersection in Shibuya, Japan, and the Insta360 app automatically edited the scene and added music. In the video, the camera is pointing upwards and focusing on the billboard, but I'm just walking around with the Insta360 ONE X2 on a selfie stick and holding it in front of me, not pointing it upwards or facing the billboard. It's a 360-degree shot, so you can take some good shots later.

This is a video of a cat at a friend's house, edited by me using a smartphone app (background music was added later). In the second half of the video, there's another kitty, and I think it's a perspective that only a 360-degree camera can provide.

The Insta360 ONE X2 allows you to easily shoot videos like the one above, and the AI automatically edits them with the app, and you can easily edit videos with the app.

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Insta360 ONE X2 is a 360-degree camera that supports 5.7K video recording and 7K (24-megapixel) still image capturing, as well as 360-degree live streaming and "Bullet Time" (slow-motion video) shooting, made famous by the bullet-bridge-avoiding scene in the movie The Matrix.

Once you install the Insta360 app on your phone, you can re-edit the camerawork after you shoot a video as you like and extract the video. You can also easily edit your video with features such as slow-motion, fast-forwarding such as 2x speed, and automatic tracking of specific subjects.

The Insta360 ONE X2 also features FlowState image stabilization, a technology that allows the camera to take shaky and horizontally-corrected videos as if the camera is gimbaled on its own. This feature is so powerful that it allows you to shoot almost blur-free when you're just running, plus the selfie stick is processed to disappear. If you extend the selfie stick to its maximum length, you can even capture footage that looks like it was taken by a drone.

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Some of the major differences between the Insta360 ONE X2 and the predecessor Insta360 ONE X include the following

  • Touchscreen support. Screen size is also increased by 40%.

  • 1630mAh battery, 57% larger than the ONE X

  • Waterproof to 10 meters

  • Steady Cam Mode

  • Multi-view Mode

  • Insta Pano Shooting Mode

The Insta360 ONE X2 is more user-friendly than the Insta360 ONE X due to its larger battery capacity and touchscreen.

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Steady-Cam mode uses only one side of the two lenses to capture ultra-wide angle video. You can shoot like a common action camera. Multi-view mode displays two videos cut from a 360-degree video, either up and down or one of them in another video in a smaller size. The video above has face tracking in the app, which is always edited to ensure that your face is in the frame. This mode is designed to solve the problem of shooting a vlog where you can't capture yourself in the frame when you try to shoot the scenery, or you can't capture the scenery in the full angle of view when you shoot yourself. It's hard to understand in writing, so please refer to the video.

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Insta Pano photography mode allows you to take panoramic photos like the one above. You don't have to move the camera as you do with most smartphones, just press a button on the spot to take a panorama picture. The photo below was taken from the ground with the Insta360 ONE X2 pointed upside down with a selfie stick.

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As for photos, you can cut out photos taken in 360 degrees, as shown above, or make a 10-second video and upload it to Twitter and other social networks.

It's interesting to be able to take landscape photos and selfies from angles that are difficult to take with a smartphone.

It's fun to take a 360-degree camera shot of the meal

One of the things I thought was unique to the Insta360 ONE X2 was the video of the meal. The video above was shot and edited to show me eating curry at a restaurant. If you want to take a video of yourself eating food with an action camera or SLR, it's quite difficult to capture both the food and yourself eating it at the same time. But with a 360-degree camera, it's easy to do so, and you can zoom in and out as you please.

This video is taken as a sample, so I'm speeding it up, but I thought I could make a simplified version of the kind of evening drink videos you see on YouTube these days. The 360-degree camera can also capture people sitting face-to-face at the same time. So I thought it would be nice to have the Insta360 ONE X2 in the middle, so I could focus on the food and concentrate on the meal, as I could capture the overall scene while enjoying a meal.

However, since the video is cut out of the 360-degree video and made into a horizontal video, such as 16:9, the image quality is a bit lower than the latest action cameras that can take 5K horizontal video. But it's not rough because it can be exported in 1080p, and it's good enough to upload to YouTube and watch normally.

Finally, here are the product specifications for the Insta360 ONE X2.

Dimensions (W x H x D)

4.62 x 11.30 x 2.98 cm (1.82 x 4.45 x 1.17in)

Weight

149g (5.25oz)

Photo Resolution

360: 6080x3040 (2:1)

Pano: 4320×1440 (3:1)

Video Resolution

360:

5.7k (5760×2880@30fps, 25fps, 24fps)

4k (3840×1920@50fps, 30fps)

3k (3008×1504@100fps)

Wide Angle (Steady Cam Mode):

2560x1440@50fps, 30fps

1920x1440@50fps, 30fps

1920x1080@50fps, 30fps

Photo Format

JPG (can be exported via mobile app or desktop Studio),

RAW (dng, must be edited on desktop)

Video Format

Steady Cam: MP4

360: INSV

Aperture

F2.0

35mm Equivalent Focal Length

7.2mm

Battery Capacity

1630mAh

Run Time

5.7K@30fps – 80 minutes

Photo Exposure Modes

Auto, Manual (Shutter 1/8000-1/30, ISO 100-3200), Shutter Priority (1/8000s-1s), ISO Priority (100-3200), Isolated Exposure

Video Coding

H.264, H.265

Video Bitrate

100Mbps

Gyroscope

6-axis gyroscope

The Insta360 ONE X2 is priced at 55,500 yen (tax included). It will be available from October 29th and can be purchased on Insta360.com official website, Amazon, Rakuten and electronics stores.

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The Insta360 product has an excellent feature of AI easily editing videos in the smartphone app and has a wide range of templates. You can enjoy it as a 360-degree camera and cut out like an action camera, so it's very useful to have one.

It's not inexpensive, but it's capable of doing this and that, so if you're considering an action camera, it's a good option for you to consider.

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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.