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Insta360 ONE RS Review : GoPro Killer?

While image qualities pretty much stack up very well against almost every other action cam out there in the market, the Insta360 ONE RS seems to represent something much more than that. With 6K resolutions, a 1/2-inch 48MP sensor, interchangeable lenses, AND it doesn't overheat? My question is.. Why wasn't I introduced to this sooner?

I think at this point, everyone's going to compare it to the infamous GoPro, but I'll save you the semantics of comparing it to another action cam and just dive into how this improves from its previous rendition – the ONE R. After all, why compare yourself to others right?

So what I have with me is the ONE RS. Now with the new 1/2 inch 48MP sensor that ranges up to 6400 ISO, 6K widescreen mode for hi-res 2.35:1 videos, Active HDR modes, a longer battery base which says is 21% larger than the ONE R , along with an all-new Core for improved in-camera FlowState stabilisation, improved mics, 50% faster WiFi transfer speeds, as well as an Instant Zoom and Quick Menu features for improved accessibility.

It functions the same as the ONE R of course by simply swapping out your lens of choice as I have here in the Twin Edition, which consists of the 4K Boost lens equivalent to a f/2.4 16mm or the f/2.0 360 lens, and snaps onto the battery base.

Out of the box, you get the camera modules itself, a USB-C connector, a universal ¼-inch thread mount, some nice Insta360 stickers, a micro-fibre cloth, a silicone cover for the 360 lens, and the newly-designed Mounting Bracket which somehow plays a factor for heat dissipation and a built-in wind cover for clearer audio.

Recording options will get you up to 4K60, 6K Widescreen Mode up to 24fps, 2.7K up to 100fps, and 200fps at 1080p — all of which has a standard of 100Mbps. There's also internal colour profiles to choose from between Standard, Vivid and LOG. And even photo captures that support RAW and JPEG formats….

Other photo options such as Interval, Night Shot, Starlapse, Burst and PureShot are still available and much easier to access thanks to the Quick Menu feature. And if you're wondering, yes, it's still waterproof.

They've also been kind enough to include the Invisible Selfie Stick when using the 360 lens, which is also slightly improved from before using a friction-based construction compared to the rotate-to-lock ones.

The Insta360 ONE RS 4K edition has a starting price of $USD299 and $USD549 for the Twin Edition.

Overall, the Insta360 ONE RS is a great all-round action cam with more modularity and resolution capabilities to match, while highlighting some great features the Insta360 app comes with - providing beginners and professionals alike to take full advantage of good hardware components and software accessibility that everyone can enjoy.


Written by Fitri Aiyub

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