Insta360 ONE X2 Announced - Specs & First Look Review
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Insta360 just launched the new Insta360 ONE X2 – a pocket-sized camera that offers FlowState stabilization, 5.7K 360 video recording, IPX8 water resistance, a 360 touch display, and a handful of smart editing features. The camera is available now for $ 430.

From Insta360 One X to One X2

About two years ago, in October 2018, Insta360 announced the ONE X. This VR 360 camera was capable of capturing 5.7K 30fps 360 video and had some interesting smart features including capable stabilization and the “shoot first, show later” workflow. You can read our Insta360 ONE X article with a video interview to refresh your memories.

Today Insta360 launches the new generation of pocket-sized 5.7K 360 camera called Insta360 ONE X2. Let's take a look at the news.

Insta360 ONE X2 functions

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

The Insta360 ONE X offers four recording options:

  • 360 mode films everything around it like a traditional 360-degree camera. Available resolutions and frame rates are 5.7 K (30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps), 4 K (50 fps, 30 fps) and 3 K (100 fps). You can of course later select the angle you want and export the frames.
  • Steady camera Activates only one of the camera's lenses and works more like a traditional camera with an ultra-wide angle lens. Insta360's FlowState stabilization continues to be used. The available resolutions are 2560 × 1440 (50 fps, 30 fps), 1920 × 1440 (50 fps, 30 fps) or 1920 × 1080 (50 fps, 30 fps).
  • InstaPano is a new photo mode for taking panoramas. The camera does not need to be moved in any way (like a telephone).
  • MultiView is a new mode for vloggers. It can display and capture two angles at the same time with different fields of view. With the face tracking of the Insta360 app, the camera ensures that the face always stays in the picture.

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

In photo mode, the maximum resolution in 360 mode is 6080 × 3040 (2: 1). The camera can take photos in either JPEG or DNG RAW. In video mode, the files are recorded either in INSV format (360 mode) or in MP4 format (Steady Cam mode). The codec is either H.264 or H.265 with a maximum bit rate of 100 Mbit / s, and color profiles can be either Vivid, Standard or LOG.

Touch display, waterproof, better audio and stabilization

One of the most noticeable improvements is the addition of the bright, rounded display. It offers touchscreen operation and allows users to monitor the frame (in certain modes if necessary). Another improvement is a bigger battery. The Insta360 ONE X2 has a 1630 mAh battery that offers up to 80 minutes of recording time (in 5.7K 30p).

Insta360 ONE X against ONE X2. Source: Insta360

The camera weighs 149 g and measures 4.62 x 11.30 x 2.98 cm (1.82 x 4.45 x 1.17 inches). In any case, the ONE X2 has protection class IPX8, which means that it can be driven up to 10 m under water. With the diving case, the camera can work up to 45 m below the surface of the water.

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

Audio recording has also been improved with four built-in microphones and a new intelligent wind reduction system. You can choose between stereo and ambisonic sound recording. The camera can be voice-controlled and even communicate with AirPods (control the camera or record audio).

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

According to Insta360, the algorithms for FlowState stabilization (already seen in ONE X) and for horizon adjustment have been further improved. Insta360 ONE X2 is again compatible with the Invisible Selfie Stick. When in use, there is a feeling of floating camera when the selfie stick disappears.

Insta360 Shot Lab

Shot Lab is Insta360's desktop application that hosts a collection of one-tap templates to automatically create changes from the specified Insta360 footage. There are templates such as Dolly Zoom, Stop Motion, Clone Trail, Shadow Clone, Ghost Town (creates an unobstructed photo without people from a captured time lapse) and many more. With the auto-frame feature, each 360 shot is automatically redesigned to include the action you want.

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

Other intelligent functions

TimeShift Hyperlapse feature allows users to adjust the speed of video playback as they re-shape the recording. With the ONE X2 it is available for both 360 and steady cam recordings. If desired, a still image can be added at any point.

Insta360 ONE X2 accessories. Source: Insta360

The PureShot mode should improve the camera's lowlight capability and reduce noise. For underwater shots, Insta360 uses what is known as AquaVision (Insta360 seems to have a special term for everything), which performs an automatic white balance for better-looking underwater shots.

The ONE X2 can act as a webcam and with the user-defined RTMP function it can also be transmitted in 360-degree live stream directly to Facebook, Youtube or another 360-degree channel.

Insta360 ONE X2 announced. Source: Insta360

Price and availability

The good news is that the Insta360 ONE X2 is available now. The retail price for the barebone camera was set at $ 430. The new accessories such as lens guards and a bullet time cord should also be available immediately.

What do you think of the new Insta360 ONE X2? Do you have experience with the original ONE X or any other Insta360 camera? Let us know what you think in the comments section below the article.


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