Insta360 and Leica partner on a 6K 360 camera with 1-inch sensors

There aren’t many options when it comes to consumer 360 cameras. When Insta360 launched its more powerful RS module camera in March, I was a little disappointed with the 5.7km “360 Lens” option – it’s basically on par with the ball, an x2, an r and the One X. Likewise with Ricoh’s Theta X from earlier this year. Don’t get me wrong, they all do well in their form factors (not to mention the computational improvements), but after about three years, it’s time for a major upgrade. As it turns out, Insta360 saved its “One More Ding” for today: a “1” 360 Edition” One RS with Leica.

As the name suggests, this new kit features a chunkier 360 lens module powered by two 1-inch CMOS sensors. These can capture at higher resolutions – up to 6K for 360 videos or up to 21 megapixels for 360 photos. This should guarantee an increase in image quality, especially in low light. This is also the world’s first 360 camera to be “Co-Engineered” with Leica, following the two companies’ previous collaboration on the R by R 1-inch wide-angle mod.

A close-up of an Insta360 One RS “1-inch 360 Edition” with Leica branding.

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Unlike the regular RS kit (which comes with the new “4K Boost lens” or the regular “360 lens”), this “1” 360 edition” uses a vertical mount to accommodate the larger lens module. From top to bottom: lens, core (with a touchscreen), then a vertical battery.

The single RS core benefits from an upgraded processor to support “FlowState Stabilization” (which is faster than the app) as well as “Active HDR” video capture for action sports. In terms of battery life, this entire kit is rated for up to 62 minutes of 6K@30fps video recording.

The core and battery are inserted into a case, which then climbs to the lens to secure the entire device (so IPX3 water resistance, which is good enough for rain and snow). You still have access to the standard 1/4″ screw mount on the bottom of the battery. To disassemble this kit (especially if you need to access the MicroSD slot) you must first open the USB port door on the body and then press the two clips under the lens to release. It’s obviously best to keep the Soft Protection case (included) on the lens when doing this.

An Insta360 One RS'1-inch 360 Edition

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The Insta360 One RS “1-inch 360 Edition” is available now for $800, which is quite a jump from the $550 “Twin Edition” (which comes with a “4K Boost Lens” and a “360- lens”). A company representative explained that this new kit is aimed at the prosumer market, e.g. B. Users who want to create virtual tours for museums or real estate properties.

If you already own a One RS, you can buy the same “1” kit sans core” kit for $650, which saves you $150. This also applies to those who have the older R as this lens is backwards compatible.

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