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Insta360 ONE hands-on: Stepping up 360 videos

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360 cameras have been all the rage these days, but none of the new camera releases have really excited me — until now. Insta360’s newest device promises a new camera experience, and it may very well be a game-changer in the video department.

The Insta360 ONE is the latest release from the Shenzen-based company known for their 360-degree cameras. With the launch of this new gadget and following the success of their last plug-and-play devices, I was left wondering: What more could they do with the technology?

Insta360 ONE boxed

The answer? A lot more.

The Insta360 ONE is a tiny device that fits in the palm of my hand and is capable of 4K 360-degree videos, 24-megapixel photos, real-time 360 video streaming, and video stabilization.

Insta360 ONE camera

At the bottom of the device, we find a micro-USB port for charging and a small switch to release the Lightning connector for your iPhone. The Insta360 ONE is only compatible with iPhones at the moment, but Android users need not worry as there’s an Android version coming soon.

Insta360 ONE lightining socket

On one side, the Insta360 ONE has a socket for screwing on any standard tripod mount or even selfie sticks. The same side houses the microSD card slot which allows you to take photos and videos even without plugging the camera into your phone!

Insta360 ONE standard tripod mound and microSD card slot

The camera also comes with this handy cover case which may be turned into a stand — pretty convenient!

Insta360 ONE on stand

Plugged into your phone, the camera looks like this. It’s not the most stable mount but, surprisingly, it hasn’t fallen off my phone in the two days I’ve been using it — yet.

Insta360 ONE plugged into the iPhone

The Insta360 ONE comes with the Insta360 app. Once downloaded, you just plug the camera in and start shooting.

If you’ve used the Insta360 Nano, the app interface will be quite familiar to you — it has similar menus and you still have to use it with your iPhone upside down. The whole phone flipping bit still bothers me (as it bothered me when I used the Nano), though I do realize that until Apple decides to relocate their ports to the top of the phone, Insta360 has no choice in the matter.

Insta360 ONE app

What has changed with the app is the new editing tool. This addition may very well be what could revolutionize video shooting on 360 cameras, and I’m not even exaggerating here. ?

Insta360 ONE app

The Insta360 app allows you to go through the 360 video footage you just shot and frame your video according to whatever point-of-view you’d prefer. Think this: You’re reshooting the same scene with the benefit of having the whole 360-degree view, only this time around, you have control of what you see on your non-360 video.

Let’s be real: As cool as 360 videos are, unless you have the patience or the right tech for it, we don’t really watch them as much.

With the Insta360 ONE, that may change. This device allows for a more practical application to 360 videos — one that allows people to create and consume videos shot on the 360-degree format the way they would with normal videos.

Girl taking photo with the Insta360 ONE

In theory, this seems like the most awesome thing ever. Undeniably, I’m very excited to try this new camera out more. Just think of all the vlog possibilities!

The Insta360 ONE retails at US$ 300.

SEE ALSO: Insta360 Camera Review

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Insta360 Nano S hands-on: What’s new?

An improved 360 camera!

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Last year, I first tried out the plug-and-play Insta360 Nano and I was introduced to the world of 360 videos. Boy, did I have fun with it. From 360-degree Facebook Live shows to cute tiny planet videos, there were a lot of media possibilities. And, it didn’t stop there. Later on in the year, the Insta360 ONE was released and it was a 360 camera game-changer with 4K video capabilities and standalone recording functions.

This year’s release is the Insta360 Nano S: An updated version of that first camera with the best qualities of the second.

It looks and feels like the Insta360 Nano. It’s almost identical and it still connects via Lightning port to your iPhone. But, it can do a lot more.

Unlike the Insta360 Nano, this camera can work without being plugged to a phone since it has a microSD slot.

This thing has two 20-megapixel fisheye cameras that are capable of shooting 4K 360-degree videos or 20-megapixel photos.

Basically, it can take cool shots like this:

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It’s the multiple export modes, though, that makes the Nano S more fun. You can save photos and videos using the different MultiView modes to get different perspectives. I’m not just talking about 360 videos, either. This option below gives you both front and back views simultaneously.

This one gives you three different perspectives all at the same time because why not!

The tiny earth effect, a classic Insta360 favorite, is still available as one of the export modes.

Think of all the great things you can capture!

Of course, this camera comes with FreeCapture capabilities first introduced to us on the Insta360 ONE. This just means that you can edit the 360-degree video you’ve already shot and export it as a normal video. The best part? You can choose what specific POV you’d want on that 2D video as the Insta360 app allows you to pick out scenes and edit to your liking. There’s also real-time stabilization for smoother video, which is always a great thing.

The Nano S combines the best that Insta360 has to offer. If you’re interested in getting yourself a 360 camera, this might be worth looking into.

Tough luck if you aren’t an iPhone user, however. Although the company has announced that an Android version may be coming, there isn’t any concrete news on this yet. The Insta360 Nano S retails for US$ 239.

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OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones fix common wireless earphones issues

Magnetic and wonderful!

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OnePlus’ launch event in London may have been mostly about its latest flagship smartphone, but the company’s new wireless earphones are making a splash, as well.

The Bullets Wireless are out to solve the issues commonly found in most wireless earphones, in hopes that consumers will finally consider going fully cordless.

Besides the usual features one would boast about audio products — including high-quality sounds and an excellent fit — the Bullets Wireless have a cool function you’ll love: a magnetic touch for turning it on and off.

When joined together, the buds are turned off; split them apart, and they’re ready for pairing and your music. Super convenient, and makes me want a pair even more!

Speaking of convenience, there’s fast charging, too. With only 10 minutes of charging, you can supposedly get five hours’ worth of usage time. And this works through USB-C, so it’ll work with your current smartphone charger — most likely.

The best part: It won’t cost an arm and leg. Beginning June 5, you can purchase the Bullets Wireless for GBP 69 in the UK, EUR 69 in other parts of Europe, and US$ 69 in the US.

OnePlus claims that they’ve been working on prototypes for years, but were never really satisfied until now. We’re certainly optimistic about its place in the audio space.

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Ciel by Cyrill Samsung Galaxy S9 cases: Cute and colorful

Looking for a sleek Galaxy S9 case?

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Almost halfway through 2018, the Samsung Galaxy S9 still remains to be, in my book, one of the better-looking phones for this year. As sleek as it looks though, it’s still pretty slippery and that Infinity Display is something people with buttery fingers, like me, should be careful with.

The solution? Find yourself cases to protect your pretty phone! Sure, it’s a shame to cover up all that beauty, but if your cases are good-looking, too, then problem solved.

These cases from the Ciel by Cyrill line sent to us by Spigen were perfect for the job.

First up, this Collette Silver Glitter case for the S9 and S9+. Aside from being sparkly and cute, this dual-layered jelly case is really protective. The material looks thick and sturdy, and very good in my hands. 😉

The Claire Baby Pink case comes in a very pretty hue. The two-tone case has matching accents.

The three-piece set will fit your S9 snugly. The pink plastic layer adds protection to your device and gives it a stylish touch.


If this rosy color is not your thing, the Claire case also comes in a pretty powder blue. There are also other designs available — different glitter colors, marble, floral, plaid, etc — from the same line.

I’m definitely happy that this year, the S9 came in a beautiful lavender, aside from the normal black and blue handsets. But, the thing is, you’re not really limited to those colors if you have a great case.

You can buy these cases here.

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