VR & 360 Degree

Insta360 Launches Pro VR Camera

January 6, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

While 360-degree cameras are proliferating, systems that can capture more realistic, 3D virtual reality are fewer and further between.

At CES, Insta360 made a bid for the budding 3D VR market with its Insta360 Pro camera. The device features six f/2.4 fisheye lenses and is capable of capturing a 360-degree 8K file (7680 x 3840) at 30fps with stitching done in post processing. The camera can also automatically stitch 360-degree video in real time, but at a lower resolution–4K (3840 x 1920) at 30 fps. Video can be recorded in H.264 or the more efficient H.265.
The camera can also record 60-megapixel 360-degree images and supports RAW capture (though the precise RAW format wasn’t specified), HDR and time-lapse.
Footage can be saved to an SD card or output via HDMI.
The Insta360 Pro also supports VR live-streaming over Ethernet to Facebook, YouTube and Insta360’s own server. When live-streaming, you’ll be sending a 4K file at 25 fps. It also offers Wi-Fi for wireless remote control and live preview. It has a removable battery that’s good for about 75 minutes of operation. There are two built-in mics for audio recording and a mic jack for external microphones.
The camera is expected to retail for $3,000 and will be available in the first quarter of this year.