There was a time when it seemed 360 degree cameras would be the next big thing, everyone would have one – well, that didn’t really eventuate. Perhaps though it’s more of a case of survival of the fittest, and in this case the most feature rich. I’ve been testing the Insta360 camera, and it’s mighty fun and easy to use.
I barely scratched the surface of what this camera can do. For example. I didn’t try a “Bullet time” shot – as much as it looks amazing.
Here’s a great example of that:
Now this is all done on a tiny little 360 camera called the Insta360. In the case above, it’s attached to a string and whirled around the head while recording video in slow motion, then after the event you edit it to set the subject matter and hey presto – amazing.
But just for general photos its amazing. On the Brooklyn Pier overlooking New York City – shared on Instagram:
Or in the EFTM Man Cave – you choose the different styles of shared “video” from the photo:
The app allows a variety of choices of sharable output, including static pics too –
And the Multiview option allows you to share the whole view in just one photo.
It’s not cheap – $479 at Apple stores but that does come with everything you’ll need including a mini tripod, selfie stick and a bullet time attachment too.
The device is easily small enough to carry with you on holidays, though I wouldn’t rely on it for all your pics. The video quality may be 4K but that’s the full 360 remember, so it’s not exactly your happy memories camera – instead it’s great to capture a unique perspective on a great moment or an amazing view.
You don’t need to use its plugged into your phone – you can simply hold it in the air and press the shutter – there’s an SD card slot on board. Sharing and viewing pics is easily done when plugging into your phone – that’s all.
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Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.