Insta360 One RS 1-inch 360 Version overview

(Pocket-lint) – Insta360 continues so as to add to the modular One RS household with the introduction of its newest digital camera, the One RS 1-inch 360 Version.

This time, the model has teamed up with the imaging specialists at Leica to develop a 360 module with twin 1-inch sensors.

Its giant bulbous lenses and Leica branding give the looks of a severe image-making instrument, however how does it carry out in the actual world?

We have been placing it to the take a look at in an effort to seek out out.

Our fast take

The Insta360 One RS 1-Inch 360 Version is definitely Insta360’s most spectacular 360 digital camera up to now.

Together with the picture high quality, although, comes a severe price ticket – and that is positive to place plenty of potential clients off.

Should you’re producing 360 content material commercially – for actual property functions or digital excursions, say – then the 1-inch version makes plenty of sense. For the typical client, it is laborious to justify.

The choice to make this digital camera part of the One RS modular household is a little bit of a puzzling one, as nicely. The engineering behind the brand new type issue is spectacular, positive, however the improve value for present customers is substantial since solely the core is suitable.

Regardless, in case you occur to fall inside this digital camera’s considerably area of interest goal market, the low gentle efficiency is critically spectacular and the elevated decision makes an enormous distinction in sharpness. It is an incredible digital camera – it is only for a really particular kind of person.

Insta360 One RS 1-inch 360 Edition review: The low light king?

Insta360 One RS 1-inch 360 Version


  • Very intelligent use of the Core module
  • Sharper movies with higher color accuracy
  • Massively improved low gentle efficiency
  • Nice software program on cell and desktop
  • Current One RS customers can improve for much less

  • It is costly
  • MicroSD card elimination requires some disassembly
  • Solely rated at IPX3
  • Tiny display screen because of modularity



  • Modular system utilising One RS core
  • IPX3 water resistance
  • Weight: 239 grams
  • Dimensions: 53.2 x 49.5 x 129.3mm

The design of the 1-inch 360 Version is critically intelligent. It utilises the identical Core module because the Insta 360 One RS however configures it in a vertical format that is extra akin to the model’s non-modular 360 cameras.


The rationale for the orientation change is easy: the lenses are far too giant to suit the usual configuration with out trying extraordinarily lop-sided and off-balance.

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On this vertical format, the Core cannot be powered by the identical battery terminals, so Insta360 has developed a USB-C battery module that basically acts as an influence financial institution. The battery and core could be slid out and in of a plastic body, and the outsized digital camera module securely clips into the highest with two retaining latches. When assembled, the digital camera feels reassuringly sturdy, and the brand new type issue feels pure to carry.

There’s a draw back to this new configuration, although. Eradicating the SD card now requires disassembly, because the port is sandwiched between the battery and core modules in the course of the body. It isn’t the top of the world, and doubtless takes the identical period of time as opening the fiddly door on the usual One RS, however it is a bit extra of a trouble than we wish.

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The digital camera module options two bulbous lenses that measure over an inch in diameter. They’re encircled by Leica Tremendous-Summicron branding, which evokes confidence within the optics. It is laborious to say how a lot involvement Leica has truly had within the growth, clearly, however its approval is an efficient signal.

On the edges of the digital camera module, in the meantime, are shiny plaques that publicize the 1-inch sensors and FlowState stabilisation. These appear to be OLED shows at first look, however they’re, the truth is, simply shiny plastic. It’s kind of of an odd alternative. It does not look unhealthy per se, nevertheless it would possibly look higher with out them.

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The 1-inch 360 Version is IPX3 licensed (when assembled), so it is secure to make use of in gentle rain or snow, nevertheless it’s not submersible like the usual 360 module. Nevertheless, that is no main loss, as 360 movies do not are inclined to work very nicely underwater.

Insta360 does not advocate the 1-inch 360 Version for action-sports utilization, both. As a substitute, the brand new mannequin is designed for travelling content material creators, excursions and actual property. 

Software program and options

  • Insta360 app on desktop and cell
  • FlowState stabilisation
  • Help for exterior microphones (with elective equipment)

The software program expertise is basically the identical that we’re used to from the One RS and One R, and that works properly for us. On each Home windows and Android, the importing of footage, reframing and exporting is intuitive and fluid – as long as your machine has the specs to deal with 6K video playback. We additionally discovered that we might join the app rather more reliably than with our GoPro cameras, which made it rather more nice to make use of.

Because the software program is similar, we get entry to all the good instruments that we’ve loved utilizing with the usual One RS. As earlier than, reframing through DeepTrack works fantastically on human topics and does a decent job on different objects, too.

One in every of our favorite issues about taking pictures in 360 is the flexibility to render out a number of choices of the identical clip, and Insta360 Studio makes that basically straightforward. For instance, you may render out a 16:9 clip for YouTube, a 9:16 clip on your Instagram Story and a 1:1 clip for Twitter in a matter of minutes. It is actually helpful for content material creators. Plus, you may export at as much as ProRes 422, for enhancing in a conventional NLE like Premiere Professional.

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The audio high quality stays the identical on the 1-inch 360 Version, because the microphones are housed on the One RS Core module. We weren’t overly impressed with the microphone high quality on the One RS, however, fortunately, Insta360 has launched some intelligent equipment to enhance issues. If you buy the mic adapter and specifically designed bracket, now you can disguise the Rode Wi-fi Go or Go 2 throughout the sew strains of the lenses for invisible high-quality audio.

Photograph and video high quality

  • Twin 1-inch sensors with f2.2 lenses
  • As much as 6K 30fps video
  • As much as 21MP 360 photographs
  • New PureShot HDR picture mode

Because the product title suggests, the biggest change in picture high quality comes from the bigger 1-inch sensors used within the digital camera module. There is a decision enhance, too, from 5.7K to 6K. Nevertheless, in sensible phrases, it isn’t a lot of a leap.

In good lighting circumstances, the brand new 1-inch module produces noticeably sharper pictures in each video and picture modes. The colors seem extra pure and lifelike, whereas the usual 360 module tends in the direction of the hotter finish of the spectrum. We additionally observed that the brand new module retains extra element within the shadows, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a reasonably contrasty picture general.

In daylight, the advance is noticeable, nevertheless it’s not mind-blowing and based mostly on that alone, many present customers could not really feel the necessity to improve. In darker circumstances, nonetheless, the story will get much more attention-grabbing.

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360 cameras aren’t usually superb in darkish circumstances, because of a mixture of small sensors and the necessity to seize gentle in all instructions directly. The One RS 360 module was no exception, producing grainy and muddied pictures in difficult lighting. The 1-inch 360 module, however, is a distinct beast solely.

We took the 1-inch 360 Version round some dimly lit tradeshow halls, in addition to a rural road lit solely by LED streetlights, and the distinction was unbelievable. The 1-inch module is able to capturing an honest picture in very dim circumstances – lengthy after the usual 360 module picture had fallen aside.

One factor to remember, although, is that your movies are topic to decrease shutter speeds in low gentle. Which means that digital camera shakes and quick motion lead to movement blur that FlowState stabilisation cannot appropriate. So, in low gentle circumstances, you want a gradual hand or a tripod to get the most effective outcomes.

We additionally tried out some lengthy publicity evening images with the 1-inch 360 Version and had been very impressed with the outcomes. Insta360’s PureShot HDR processing does a wonderful job of retaining particulars, as could be seen in our take a look at photographs, with seen stars alongside gentle trails from a busy stretch of motorway.

Identical to with video content material, an incredible good thing about 360 images is the flexibility to render out a number of pictures from a single {photograph}. You may select a linear body in any course, fisheye view, create a tiny planet or just share a 360-degree view. It is nice enjoyable to mess around with after the actual fact.


To recap

Its enchantment could also be area of interest, however the Insta360 One RS 1-inch 360 Version is a formidable digital camera. Should you occur to be a kind of who can benefit from the enhancements, and might abdomen the price, we do not doubt you may be happy with the outcomes.

Writing by Luke Baker. Modifying by Conor Allison.