Insta360 has announced a new professional VR camera, introducing the Insta360 Pro 2 – price tag $4999 – which boasts six lenses to produce ‘8K-per-eye’ 3D 360 video.

The Insta360 Pro 2 also incorporates the company’s FlowState stabilisation technology, announced earlier this year, along with long-range live monitoring.

At the heart of the Insta360 Pro 2 is a new technology that produces 8K VR footage to viewers regardless of whether they have premium playback devices.

How the Insta360 Pro 2 works

The Insta360 Pro 2 employs six cameras situated around the spherical camera body to capture every angle of a scene.

The video or still images captured by these cameras are then fused into two 8K 360 images – one per eye – to create a 3D virtual reality experience.

Features

The Insta360 Pro 2 can shoot 8K 3D at 30fps, iK monoscopic footage at 60fps, 6K 3D at 60fps and 4K 3D at 120fps.

There’s also new in-camera HDR that promises a wider, more natural-looking dynamic range.

A new i-Log mode also gives users the opportunity to grade colour in post-production.

Insta360 announced its FlowState stabilisation technology earlier this year as a firmware update, but it comes already embedded in the Pro 2. FlowState uses a gyroscope to track motion on nine axes. Then, when it’s paired with Insta360’s software, it allows users to stabilise their footage automatically.

Other features include 4K live-streaming in both 3D and monoscopic formats. There’s also the option to save 8K versions of your live-stream footage at the same time as your broadcast, meaning you can polish it up later.

There’s also a built-in GPS module, allowing you to append GPS data to your captures and contribute to Google Maps Street View.

Farsight technology

The Insta360 Pro 2’s new Farsight technology is a 360-degree live monitoring system that promises a high-definition, low-latency video stream for long-distance preview.

This helps to eliminate the problem some 360 videographers have where WiFi connections between the camera and device can get disconnected.

Adobe Premiere Pro integration

Insta360 also recently announced a partnership with Adobe so that users could edit their 360 videos from the Insta360 Pro in Adobe Premiere Pro software.

The Pro 2 builds on this, and every time the camera captures a video it saves a low-res proxy version in addition to the high-quality footage.

When editing your video, you then import these proxy files into Premiere Pro and edit as usual. When you’re done, the software exports these proxy files and applies the edits to the high-res version.

This saves time and processing power.

Body design

The Insta360 Pro 2 weighs just 3.42 pounds, including the battery and antennae, and features six microSD card slots (one per camera) around its magnesium allow body.

There are also four built-in mics for 360 audio, plus a pair of USB and 3.5mm audio inputs on the top and bottom for adding custom audio setups and other add-ons.

CrystalView technology

Insta360’s new CrystalView technology means the Pro 2 can convert your content into a format that’s ready to play back on any smartphone or VR heads and still maintain its 8K resolution.

Insta360’s playback apps will dynamically render these files, displaying in full quality the exact segment of a scene that a user is looking at.

Insta360 Pro 2 Price & Release Date

The Insta360 Pro 2 price tag is $4999.95, which includes the Farsight transmitter system plus one battery.

Those who pre-oder the camera will also receive a free additional battery, worth $129. You can pre-order from the Insta360 Store or from B&H Photo Video.

Included in the price of the Pro 2 is a 3-month license to Mistika VR Professional Edition ($236 value), offering customizable stitching controls, integrated with Insta360’s official stitching libraries. Also included is a 3-month subscription to Blend Media’s 360 Stories Pro software ($745  value), offering creation and publication of virtual tours and other interactive 360 experiences.

Weight3.42 pounds (1.55 kg) (with battery antennas)
Dimensionsu03c65.63 inches (u03c6143 mm)
MaterialAluminum alloy
Lenses200u00b0 6 x F2.4 fisheye lenses
PhotoReal-time Stitching:
7680*7680 (3D)
7680*3840 (2D)
Post-Processing Stitching:
7680*7680 (3D)
7680*3840 (2D)
12000*12000 12K Super High-Res (Multi-Photo Composite) (2D/3D)
VideoReal-time Stitching:
3840*3840@30fps (3D)
3840*1920@30fps (2D)
Post-processing Stitching:
7680*3840@30fps HDR (8K 2D)
7680*7680@30fps (8K 3D)
7680*3840@60fps (8K 2D)
6400*6400@60fps (6K 2D/3D)
3840*3840@120fps (4K 2D/3D Binning)
Photo FormatJPEG / DNG
Video Formatmp4
Video Color SpaceYUVJ420P, with a wider color range
Video CodingH264 in-camera, H265 available when post stitching
Live-streaming Protocolrtsp, rtmp, hls
Storage6 MicroSD Card + 1 SD Card
Proxy FileSix low-res proxy files (one per lens) automatically saved in video mode; tailored for smooth editing in Adobe Premiere Pro
ISO Range100-6400
Bitrate per lensUp to 120Mbps
Exposure ModeAuto
Manual
Lens-by-lens auto
Shutter Priority (photo only)
ISO priority (photo only)
ISO limit can be set in video shooting mode
White BalanceAuto, Manual
Photo ModesSingle shot
Burst (10 continuous shots)
AEB (Auto Exposure Bracket, optional 3, 5, 7, and 9 photos for in-camera HDR photos)
Time-lapse
Note: Raw and JPG are both available in all modes
Video ModesStandard
High FPS (Binning)
Note: i-Log is available for all shooting modes; HDR is available for some resolutions in Standard mode
Live-streaming ModesBuilt-in server
Custom server
HDMI output
3840*1920@30fps (4K2D, 8K 2D can be saved at the same time)
3840*3840@30fps (4K3D, 6K 3D@30fps can be saved at the same time)
Note: Simultaneous live-streaming + recording is supported.
Power Supply12V 5A
Battery5100mAh
Working Temperature0-40u2103
Storage Temperature-20~40u2103
WiFi Specifications802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz. Signal range is about 20 meters in open space. Max preview frame rate of 30 FPS, supported in roughly 5-meter range.
AntennaeGPS signal antenna + WiFi signal antenna
GPSBuilt-in module
Ethernet PortYes
Video TransmissionInsta360 Farsight provides ground-to-ground range of up to 300 meters, with 30 FPS preview.
Audio4x Mono Mic
Audio Coding FormatAAC
Spatial AudioAmbisonic
GyroScope9-axis gyro
Image StabilizationFlowState stabilization
StitchingOptical Flow / Template
Exposure Range12 stops
Control softwareWindows / Mac / iOS / Android
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Insta360 Pro 2 boasts six lenses for 8K 3D video
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Insta360 has announced a new professional VR camera, introducing the Insta360 Pro 2 - price tag $499.95 - which boasts six lenses to produce ‘8K-per-eye’ 3D 360 video.
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