Insta360 has launched the Insta360 Nano S, a compact but powerful camera that instantly turns an iPhone into the ultimate tool for capturing, sharing and communicating in 360°. Ready to shoot stunning 4K 360° video and 20 MP 360° photos, the Insta360 Nano S introduces 360° Video Chat and the new MultiView feature – allowing 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 that concept in a revolutionary direction,” said JK Liu, Insta360 founder and CEO. “360° Video Chat, and the ability to show multiple views of a scene at once, empower people to communicate their experiences more fully than ever.”
The Insta360 Nano S is a next-level successor to the Insta360 Nano, the groundbreaking 2016 camera that helped establish Insta360 as a global leader in 360° photography. As with its predecessor, the Nano S connects directly to an iPhone’s Lightning port, converting the phone’s display into a real-time 360° camera viewfinder and allowing for convenient capture, storing, editing and sharing of content via the Insta360 Nano S’ companion app. When creators prefer to use the camera as a standalone device, an onboard memory card slot and rechargeable battery make it easy.
The Insta360 Nano S allows users to make a 360° video call to anyone—regardless of whether the recipient has an Insta360 camera. With a simple swipe gesture, recipients of a 360° video call can freely explore the world from the perspective of their caller.
To start a 360° Video Chat, users can simply 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. Meetings, travel experiences, and calls to family and loved ones, will never be the same.
Call it cubism for millennials. MultiView lets users take advantage of 360° video’s unique benefit – capturing in every direction at once – but also gives them the freedom to control a narrative and curate their footage to tell a story in the most effective way. With five different layouts and up to three simultaneous angles, MultiView allows users to adjust the content of each section of a split-screen layout individually. The level of zoom is also adjustable, so that users can zoom out to see a full 360° view projected as a “tiny-planet” in one frame, while focusing on key subjects in another.
MultiView is perfect for sharing context or scenery while also capturing a creator’s reactions. The Insta360 Nano S’ MultiView feature can be used for live-streaming and video chat, as well as for editing 360° photos and videos in unique ways to share with friends or followers. The Insta360 Nano S supports Insta360’s industry-leading FreeCapture technology.
With FreeCapture, users can reframe the best parts of a 360° video in a standard rectangular frame. The magic of FreeCapture is in the unique method of framing a shot – users can re-capture 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. It’s a clever inversion of the usual work flow – letting users shoot first and point later.
FreeCapture empowers people to focus on enjoying the moment while they’re actually living an experience, with the assurance that they won’t miss a thing – in any direction. Then, once the experience is over, they can take their time to review and recapture the best bits.
The Insta360 Nano S isn’t big, so it has to be smart. Rather than bulk up the device with an internal gyroscope, Insta360 engineers decided to give the Insta360 Nano S access to the ultra-precise gyroscope that people already have in their pockets. The Insta360 Nano S syncs with an iPhone’s onboard gyro, and corrects for every wobble and shake in real time, using an all-new stabilization algorithm. The result is buttery-smooth footage that’s a dream to watch.
In addition to the new MultiView broadcasting feature, the Insta360 Nano S also offers integrated support for 360° live-streaming on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (via Periscope), letting users share real-time, interactive views of their worlds. Users can easily share their favorite photos and videos to any major social or chat app straight from the Insta360 Nano S app – regardless of whether the platform offers native support for 360° content.
For 360°-supporting platforms like Facebook and YouTube, it’s as easy as linking an account and hitting ‘Upload’. For others, such as Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp, the Insta360 Nano S offers a host of ways to convert 360° content into a ready-to-publish form – from customizable 360° photo pan-arounds, to MultiView and FreeCapture edits, to sharing a link to 360° content hosted on Insta360’s free server.
The Insta360 Nano S comes in two color options – the stylish silver of the original Insta360 Nano and a sleek new matte black. The Insta360 Nano S has a suggested retail price of $239.00 in the U.S. (regional pricing may vary) and is available globally via the Insta360 Store and Amazon.
Insta360 Launches the new ONE RS
Insta360 has announced the new ONE RS, an interchangeable lens action camera that offers creators all-in-one versatility, without compromises. Using a three-part design—one battery, one processor, and three quick-swapping lenses—ONE RS effortlessly transforms from a traditional action cam to a creative 360 cam. A new high-performance 4K Boost Lens with a 1/2″ 48MP image sensor now offers stunningly detailed wide-angle videos and photos, while a powerful Core offers better than ever in-camera stabilization, crisper audio, and more.
As a modular camera system, the new lens and Core are cross-compatible with the preceding ONE R generation as well, enabling creators to upgrade their camera at their own pace. The previously-released 5.7K 360 Lens unlocks endless creative possibilities with the Invisible Selfie Stick effect and 360 reframing. Meanwhile, the 5.3K 1-Inch Wide Angle Lens co-engineered with Leica continues to offer unparalleled image quality thanks to its 1-inch sensor. No matter which lens is installed, the action camera is tough, rugged, and waterproof to 16 feet (5m).
The new 4K Boost Lens is the go-to choice for athletes, adventurers and creators to capture vibrant and detailed action shots. With an upgraded 1/2″ 48MP image sensor, the new lens shoots sharp 4K 60fps videos and best-in-class 48MP stills. Two innovative new modes are also available on the 4K Boost Lens. The first mode is Active HDR, a game-changer for action sports. While HDR modes on other action cameras are limited to stationary use due to ghosting challenges, Active HDR is specifically designed for action. Active HDR keeps your video stabilized as you move, minimizing ghosting and revealing details in the highlights and shadows that other action cameras miss.
The second cutting-edge option is 6K Widescreen mode. Taking full advantage of the 48MP sensor, this mode outputs ultra-high-resolution 6K footage with a classic 2.35:1 ratio for a cinematic widescreen look. With its interchangeable lens design, ONE RS ensures that creators always have the best tool for the job. While the 4K Boost Lens is ideal for zeroing in on details, the 360 Lens is perfect for when you want to focus on the action, not on your camera.
Whether you’re motorcycling, skiing or just kicking back with friends, getting creative shots is effortless with the 360 Lens. All you have to do is hit record and let the camera capture everything in 5.7K 360 degrees. Later, you can choose your favorite angle (or multiple angles) and export it as a flat video that can be shared just like any other video. The 360 Lens also enables creators to capture impossible third-person views of themselves as they’re in the moment. Thanks to the camera’s dual-lens design, the selfie stick is automatically stitched out of the final footage, resulting in incredible video-game-like angles.
With the powerful new ONE RS Core, Insta360’s proprietary FlowState Stabilization is now delivered through the camera hardware for smoother-than-ever videos. With enhanced stabilization applied in camera, creators can now instantly share smooth wide-angle content to social media without having to process it in the Insta360 app. No matter how much the camera is rotated during the action, 360 horizon leveling also ensures your video always stays magically level. Toggle a switch in the Insta360 app or desktop software with footage shot on any of the three lenses and watch the footage instantly level out.
With a rugged design and IPX8 waterproofing to 16 feet, ONE RS is built to go anywhere you go. Even at the height of the action, high-performance connectors ensure a reliable connection between the mods, while a number of hardware upgrades make operating the camera seamless.
Upgrades to the new Core include:
- An additional mic, for crisp and true-to-life audio
- 50% faster WiFi, for easy mobile file transfers
- An Instant Zoom function, for digitally zooming in up to 2.7x while recording videos
- A Quick menu, for easy access to preset shooting modes
The Mounting Bracket has also been redesigned, with a quick-release mechanism for switching lenses on the fly, a windproof mic cover, and a heat-dissipating panel to ensure the camera stays cool while recording. With the Quick Reader accessory, there’s no need to transfer files over WiFi, saving time, the camera’s battery, and mobile storage space. Simply plug it into ONE RS to save files to the SD card and then plug it into your phone to start editing. Editing epic shots is easier than ever with the Insta360 app’s powerful editing suite, packed with AI-powered features.
For 360 footage, finding the best angle is easy with Snap Wizard—simply move your phone or swipe the screen to change the angle of the camera and export your desired footage instantly. For fun effects like cloning or stop motion, Shot Lab is constantly being updated with new AI editing effects. One exciting new effect is Cinelapse, which adds cinematic transitions between clips to create a next-level hyperlapse.
For wide-angle footage, FlashCut uses AI to find the best moments in your clips and edit them together on beat to music. You can choose from several different editing themes, from action highlight reels to travel vlogs. For creators who prefer editing on desktop, the free Insta360 Studio software is also available for Mac and Windows, as well as free plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.
ONE RS isn’t just an action camera. It also doubles as a 360-degree live streaming camera using the Insta360 app, as well as a webcam when connected to a computer. Thanks to its interchangeable lens design, ONE RS is all but future-proof, with exciting potential for future hardware upgrades and expanded functionality.
As a modular system, several purchasing options are available. The Twin Edition includes the powerful combination of the 4K Boost Lens and 360 Lens, and offers the best value at $549.99. For users looking to upgrade their wide-angle action cam setup, the 4K Edition retails for $299.99, while the 1-Inch Edition retails for $549.99. The Core, battery and Mounting Bracket are also available to purchase as a bundle. Support for the 4K Boost Lens with the ONE R Core will come in a post-launch firmware update.
Insta360 Launches EVO Foldable Camera That Shoots 180 3D and 360 Videos
Insta360 today launched EVO, a camera that comes with a quick-folding body. This allows the EVO to transform between two shooting modes, one for shooting lifelike 180-degree 3D content and another for immersive 360 that captures every angle at once.
Insta360 also announced two new technologies that make reliving memories in 3D easier than ever. Insta360 VR, a new app for Oculus Go, HTC VIVE Focus and Samsung Gear VR, allows you to connect EVO to a headset for streamlined wireless playback and transfer. Insta360 HoloFrame is a specially designed phone display cover that lets you watch 3D photos and video with the naked eye. It’s simple, mind-blowing and feels like magic.
By unfolding its dual lenses and tapping the shutter button, EVO captures 5.7K 180 3D video and 18 MP 180 3D photos. Fold the EVO so its lenses are back to back and it shoots 5.7K 360 video and 18 MP 360 photos. Content captured on the EVO can be played back on any VR headset, allowing for 3D immersion. Using the new Insta360 VR app, users can also wirelessly connect EVO to an Oculus Go, HTC VIVE Focus (support coming later this month) or Samsung Gear VR for instant 5.7K playback straight off the camera. The app also offers streamlined file transfer and real-time VR monitoring while shooting with the EVO.
There are times, though, when a headset isn’t handy or when it’s easier to share a moment with friends and family by simply opening it up on a phone like we usually do. That’s the idea behind the innovative Insta360 HoloFrame, allowing naked-eye playback of 3D content straight from a smartphone — no glasses needed. Insta360 co-engineered HoloFrame with Mopic, a South Korea-based company focused on innovative approaches to 3D playback.
HoloFrame pops straight over a smartphone display (think a reverse phone case). Then, users open their favorite 3D photo or video in the EVO app. During playback, the app uses eye-tracking to align with a viewer’s gaze and display an image that takes on a lifelike three dimensions in their line of sight. It’s a groundbreaking way to experience 3D content that has to be seen to be believed.
Sold separately, HoloFrame is priced at $29.99 and is available today for iPhone models X, XS, XS Max and XR, with additional versions for Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+ and Note 8 models coming soon.
Good stabilization is essential for both 360 and 180 3D content, especially when it’s viewed in a headset. That’s why EVO uses FlowState Stabilization, the industry-leading tech that captures footage so stable it looks gimbal-mounted. Filming 180 3D used to mean you were stuck in place, with footage that became unwatchable as soon as you moved. Now, creators can move freely to get the shot, while ensuring footage stays smooth, steady and headset-ready.
Insta360’s signature TimeShift mode puts a 360 twist on time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography, allowing EVO users to control both the flow of time and the perspective of the camera at any given moment. TimeShift is a killer feature for travel experiences, family events and more.
EVO uses best-in-class HDR video capture technology for both 180 and 360 shooting modes. Scenes look natural and vibrant in every direction, with no post processing necessary. HDR photos are also supported for both 180 and 360 shooting modes. The EVO’s companion app makes capturing and editing great moments easy.
WiFi connectivity lets users see what they’re capturing on EVO in real time, and then quickly transfer footage to their phone. The app also lets users easily publish 360 and 180 3D content to supporting platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook.
EVO is priced at $419.99 and available to order now via Insta360.com, B&H Photo Video and select retailers worldwide.
Watch World Games in 360° Virtual Reality
For the first time in Special Olympics history, people will be able to experience the excitement of a World Games unfold in 360° Virtual Reality prior to and during Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, which takes place from 14 – 21 March. The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 has partnered with leading digital creative studio, CreatorUp, to develop spectacular 360° Virtual Reality experiences that offer fans the opportunity to engage with Special Olympics athletes around the world in an unprecedented manner.
Launching today, UAE Now – the first in a 3-part pre-Games ‘Meet The Determined’ film series that is being released in the lead-up to the event – looks at the story of the United Arab Emirates and how the nation is gearing up to host the largest sports and humanitarian event on the planet this year. Throughout the Games from 14 March onwards, a live daily one-hour show will be broadcast on YouTube from 6-7pm looking at all the competition action and other cultural events taking place on the side-lines of the World Games. The show will be hosted by UAE cultural expert and social media influencer Max of Arabia.
Additionally, for the first time ever, fans and families across the world will be able to tune into live 360° coverage of the Opening Ceremony, with the CreatorUp team reporting on the event and providing an immersive experience of the celebration.Fans can head to the Festival Area at ADNEC from 12 – 20 March to try out watching the series on Samsung VR headsets.
The full 3-part Meet The Determined film series will include:
- ‘UAE Now’, which offers an insight into the preparations ahead of the first World Games in the Middle East as well as covering different topics such as how the UAE government is leading by example in promoting inclusivity and what people can expect from the event.
- ‘50 years of Special Olympics’, which focuses on the history of the organization and the impact Special Olympics has had since the journey began in 1968.
- ‘Athletes at Home’, travelling to various countries across the world and capturing the stories of athletes and families – the film will look at what makes them so determined to excel and overcome the stereotypes of intellectual disability.
In less than 2 weeks, the UAE will welcome more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations, who will compete in Abu Dhabi and Dubai between 14-21 March.
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