If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the Insta360 will write you a novel.
This is the next best thing to actually being there: go to the beach, explore mountains, experience skateboarding, all from the comfort of your screen. This small, nifty gadget paints a pretty picture — literally, with the whole 360 degrees in it. What the Insta360 offers is a whole new interactive perspective.
Plug and play
The Insta360 Nano camera is easy enough to use. Just plug into your phone, download the Insta360 app, and you’re ready to go!
You have the option to shoot 360 photos or videos and post them on your social media accounts. There are also time-lapse and photo-countdown settings.
It should be noted, though, that the camera is designed to connect to the Lighting port at the bottom of the iPhone. This means your phone is upside down while you’re using the Insta360. Although this is no problem when you’re in the Insta360 app which automatically flips, switching to different apps with the camera on can be quite cumbersome.
An all-around camera…
… literally! It’s not called a 360 cam for nothing; it leaves no area unphotographed! (Well, except for that small blind spot where the camera is mounted.)
The 360 on video is a whole new experience altogether. You can swipe around to change perspective or move your phone around to explore.
The above video was shot with the Insta360 Air, which is the Android-compatible version of the camera.
Although admittedly very cool, the Insta360 does not limit its output to just these 360 photos and videos.
The app allows you to post your photos and videos in ways other than the 360 interactive format, which result in cute, unique photos such as this:
Options even include a square video format:
The best part? You can now go on Facebook Live with the Insta360. Imagine all the possibilities!
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Though the Insta360 camera may be too much for just selfies and group photos, this is definitely a useful gadget for the connected traveler. Imagine scaling mountains and finally being able to share the whole view with people who weren’t able to make the trip!
Regrettably, these cameras won’t work without a phone, and for some people, plugging in is one extra step they just cannot be bothered with. Then again, the phone connection allows you to view your photos and videos in real time, ensuring you get the shot you want, ready for sharing.
I believe that part of every adventure are the stories you come home with and the tales you live to tell about. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to like the Insta360.
The Insta360 Nano (for iPhone) retails at $199 and the Insta360 Air (for Android) retails for $129.