We first got to know Insta360 at this past CES 2018 in January where the company introduced the Nano S, a compact gadget that turns any iPhone into a real-time 360-degree camera for capturing, storing, editing and sharing video and photos.
Now, the company has launched its Insta360 Pro 2, a new six-lens professional virtual reality camera that can shoot 8K, 3D 360 degree video.
The professional camera can deliver 8K VR to viewers regardless of whether a user has a high-end playback device by using six cameras to capture every angle of a scene at once. The video or photos are fused into two 8K 360 images, one per eye, to create detailed 3D VR.
The camera can shoot in modes including 8K 3D at 30fps, 8K monoscopic at 60fps, 6K 3D at 60fps and 4K 3D at 120fps. Insta360 said the Pro 2 features a proprietary stabilization technology for virtual reality that achieves gimbal-level, stabilization with no gear necessary. The camera uses a gyroscope that tracks motion on nine axes and then allows creators to stabilize their footage down to a hair. This is done automatically, Insta360 said.
The camera can direct and control scenes from a distance of about 300 meters ground-to-ground and 1 kilometer ground-to-air. Weighing 3.42 pounds (including the battery and antenna), the Pro 2 can be carried or mounted or even equipped to a drone.
Other features include four built-in microphones for 360-degree audio, a pair of USB and 3.5mm audio inputs and six MicroSD card slots, one per each camera, to record at the maximum possible bitrate for image quality and post-production quality.
Insta360 is taking preorders for the Pro2 now priced at $4,999.95 including the battery and transmitter system. Shipping is slated to begin in September.