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  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • - So I first heard of Insta360 back in late 2018-ish

  • when they released the One X.

  • And at the time there were other consumer 360 cameras

  • on the market, such as the Theta S

  • which was my first 360 camera,

  • but Insta360, they marketed their camera differently.

  • Whereas most 360 cameras were pushing towards shooting

  • for VR or shooting 360 degree photos

  • that you could scroll around on on Facebook,

  • Insta360 was marketing towards reframing.

  • They wanted people to be able to film themselves

  • rather than focusing on the whole world around you

  • or filming for VR.

  • Okay, and when I reviewed the One X,

  • I used this whole metaphor of a tech bin in my basement.

  • Here we go back up, what is in here?

  • (bin thuds)

  • This is my tech bin.

  • And it was just this idea that,

  • we pick up these tech tools and we use them once

  • and unless we have a really specific idea

  • of what we're gonna use them for,

  • we often don't get enough use out of them

  • for how much we pay for them.

  • (sighs)

  • And it's true, the One X didn't make its way

  • into my daily life, but 360 cameras made their way

  • into my creative life because once the pandemic hit,

  • I had to make videos without a crew.

  • We are on our way to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

  • I didn't have time to make crazy camera rigs,

  • and I didn't have time to set up every single

  • shot of myself.

  • So I turned to the GoPro Max and I chose a Max

  • over the One X because GoPro's desktop editing software

  • was much easier to use.

  • The camera felt more rugged and therefore

  • I just trusted myself more with it.

  • And I really liked having a color screen,

  • but now we have the One X 2.

  • And although I don't have time for a full blown review

  • because it is fully Techtober,

  • I do wanna give this guy a spin to see what Insta360

  • has learned since the One X.

  • (upbeat music)

  • On paper, the One X 2 adds a full color touch screen,

  • it's got longer battery life,

  • it's got IPX8 water resistance

  • and even more AI powered editing tools all for $430,

  • which is only $30 more than its predecessor, the One X.

  • Insta360 kept the same basic rectangular shape,

  • but it refined the hardware

  • with two new latched compartments.

  • One for a battery and the Micro SD card

  • and another for a USB-C port.

  • The X 2 also has plastic textured rails

  • that run along the outside of the camera

  • and overall they just make the camera feel more rugged.

  • And of course there are still two very large,

  • protruding lenses off either side of this camera,

  • which, that will never not bring me loads of anxiety,

  • but it is absolutely to be expected with 360 cameras.

  • Also new this year is that IPX8 water resistance.

  • It wouldn't be a heck of video if it wasn't raining

  • when we were trying to shoot, right?

  • So here we are.

  • That water resistance offers up to 10 meters

  • of waterproofing without an underwater housing,

  • but Insta360 claims that underwater,

  • 360 degree footage stitching is still not possible

  • without specialized dive cases or underwater lens guards.

  • And that's because water refracts light

  • and it creates visual aberrations,

  • and it's really hard for an algorithm

  • to stitch that footage and I mean,

  • that's a problem for most 360 cameras. So nothing new here

  • That water resistance does make it feel more rugged though.

  • And you can also use a single lens of this camera.

  • So it makes the camera just more of an action cam

  • than anything else.

  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • The most obvious upgrade is the new touch screen though.

  • While 360 cameras are shooting everything in sight,

  • being able to see the angle at which the camera

  • is seeing the world is important,

  • especially when taking photos.

  • You can also watch playback, change settings,

  • switch camera modes, all on this circular screen

  • and I gotta say, this is one

  • of the most responsive touchscreens I've used

  • on an action camera.

  • I am a little worried about it under water

  • because flashes can sometimes be sensed as touches,

  • but when it is warmer and we are swimming again,

  • we'll have to put that all to the test.

  • (gentle upbeat music)

  • Now powering this camera

  • is a larger 1,630 milliamp-hour battery

  • that Insta360 claims can record up to 80 minutes

  • of 360-degree footage at 5K 30 frames per second.

  • I am kind of a little disappointed to see

  • that the One X 2 can still only record 360 footage

  • at 5.7K 30 frames per second.

  • And you can do 3K at 100 frames per second,

  • but all of those specs are exactly the same

  • as they were on the One X.

  • These have become standard specs for consumer 360 cameras.

  • I mean the GoPro max, the Vuze XR, Insta360's own One R.

  • I mean, they all have these specs

  • and while it is impressive, when I'm reframing,

  • I think it would just be great to have 4K on a single lens.

  • Now that being said, this footage does look great.

  • Let's ride.

  • In the standard color pre-set the highlights

  • don't blur out and the blacks are crisp.

  • And pair that solid image quality

  • with Insta360's Flowstate stabilization,

  • and you have some really great footage

  • with very little effort.

  • The camera also has a steady cam mode

  • which only uses one lens

  • to create steady wide angle footage.

  • And that maxes out at 2K 50 frames per second.

  • So Insta360's mobile app is like super user-friendly

  • and you can tell they've spent a lot of time developing it.

  • Now 360 footage is still daunting to a lot of people,

  • especially people that aren't gonna bring

  • their footage home and edit it on a desktop.

  • So if you have a mobile app that does most of that editing

  • for you, well, that's a win-win right?

  • Plus when you come home,

  • it's like an awesome way to look through

  • your day's adventures and to kind of edit stuff.

  • And, ah, man, I just find myself sitting here editing

  • and reframing just for fun.

  • I don't know, the footage like never goes anywhere,

  • but anyhow, the app is great.

  • The desktop app, not as much.

  • And that's the biggest difference between the GoPro max

  • and the Insta360 still for me.

  • As someone who edits their 360 footage on a desktop,

  • I do simply prefer the simplicity

  • of GoPro's desktop software, GoPro Player.

  • Keyboard shortcuts are clearly labeled,

  • the main tools I need are very easy to see

  • and they have great icons and overall the UI,

  • it's just prettier to look at.

  • Whereas Insta360's desktop app really requires you

  • to kind of dig for the settings and really get

  • to know the program before you can use it proficiently.

  • You just can't pick it up and use it as quickly as GoPro's.

  • I really only had about 48 hours with this camera.

  • So I didn't have time to put it head-to-head

  • to the GoPro Max, but the One X 2 just feels

  • a lot more like an action cam,

  • which is what I loved about the Max.

  • It's being able to throw it in and out of bags,

  • it's not having to worry about being so delicate with it.

  • And it's also about being able to hold it in your hand

  • and feel that it is secure,

  • which is what those plastic rails

  • along the side definitely help with.

  • I love my job. I hate the rain.

  • That is the One X 2.

  • And with this you get that added color touchscreen

  • that's super responsive, nice and bright.

  • You also get a more rugged design,

  • a little bit larger battery.

  • And while it would have been nice to see a spec bump,

  • this camera still produces really good looking images.

  • And with the One X, Insta360 allowed you

  • to film everything around you and yourself really easily.

  • And so for $30 more, you get that added bonus

  • of being able to see yourself while you do it.

  • - WowWee buds, Techtobar, what a time.

  • And it's not even over, I think.

  • Oh, that was a great rhyme.

  • Anyway, it's gonna be TechNovember as well.

  • We're gonna have lots more coming your way.

  • So I hope that you are well and we'll see you

  • on the next one.

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