Share the world in an immersive way when you are out and about with 360-degree images! We travelled around Asia, namely to Seoul, Bali and Sydney to test out this 360-degree camera attachment for mobile phones.
Insta360 comes in two versions: Insta360 Nano for iOs and Insta360 Air for Android. Take note that for iOS devices, Insta360 Nano is only compatible with the generation of products that uses the Lightning connector, while the Insta360 Air is only compatible with Android devices that use the micro USB connector instead of the USB Type-C port.
Set up is easy as pie. If you haven’t paired the 360-degree camera with your phone before, it will prompt you to download the app. Once that’s done, it’s just a matter of plugging in the device and you’re good to go.
HOW TO NAVIGATE Click and drag the mouse pointer to any direction over the image. You can toggle between Globe, Panorama and Fisheye modes by dragging the mouse pointer up and down.
For this review, we’ll just refer to the Insta360 Nano as both cameras are similar in terms of usage and functionality, though different in shape and size.
The Insta360 Nano is equipped with a pair of opposite-facing f/2.0 lenses at the top that flips the images on your phone screen when in use. It takes a little getting used to, but not so much of a learning curve to put you off from using it.
Photos are clear and sharp even in low light conditions, and are stored in the microSD card as opposed to your mobile device. This might be something to consider, especially for iOS users who have a penchant for taking videos and have limited storage that cannot be expanded. The Insta360 Nano supports cards up to 64GB in size.
Do take note that you have to stand very still when the Insta360 Nano is doing its thing or your photo won’t get stitched properly. Also, there is a slight delay when capturing images.
After you’re done, use the app to view the image or video in different modes including Globe, Panorama and Fisheye. Besides that, there’s also a feature to instantly share what you’ve captured onto popular social sites and also do live-streaming.
Let’s say your phone is out of juice. You can still use the Insta360 Nano on its own with its 800mAh battery capacity, which does not drain your mobile’s power. Of course, the drawback here is that you will not be able to live-stream what you’re actually capturing. It’s still a pretty cool feature considering today’s phones tend not to last beyond a full day with one charge.
The Insta360 Nano is also capable of taking videos of up to 3K resolution (3,040 x 1,520) and 30fps but it seems to struggle in this department, compared to taking photos. Videos are not as sharp as images, even in optimal lighting conditions.
Insta360 Nano comes with a pouch that protects the lenses of the device. When not in use, it’s highly recommended that you keep it in the pouch for safekeeping.
Charging is via micro-USB port, so the thorny issue here is that you’ll have to bring an additional cable. Testers also observed that device also gets warm after a few minutes of usage. But the results are worth the tiny inconvenience.
All things considered, this camera’s simplicity, ease of use and light weight make it a great addition to your photography arsenal when you are on the road.