This has been a busy couple of weeks for me!
I’ve been busy playing with my Insta360 Pro AND my Garmin Virb 360, of course, but in other news, I reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Sphere and Lanparte’s LA3D-VR-01 gimbal for 360 cameras is now available.
Like I said: busy.
Insta360 Pro first impressions
I got my Insta360 Pro the other day and I’ve been floored by how easy it is to use!
Until now, professional 360 cameras offered exceptional image quality but were tedious to process. Often, you need a separate memory card for each lens, which increases the chances of files getting lost or mixed up. Stitching is also very time consuming.
Because of the high quality of the Insta360 Pro’s photos and videos, I was assuming that the process for using the Insta360 Pro would be similar to those of other professional 360 cameras, but I was totally mistaken. As it turns out, the Insta360 Pro is one of the easiest 360 cameras to use, even compared to some consumer 360 cameras.
First, here is an unboxing video:
The Insta360 Pro looks intimidating but it is actually very user-friendly. It has a simple on-camera menu. To Individual instance of a shot; a take = each time the camera is started and stopped. a photo or video, you simply select your desired shooting The number of pixels in an image, typically presented as a ratio of the total pixels on x axis to the total pixels on th... More (for example 8K 2D 360 video, or 6K 3D 360 video) then you press the power button which doubles as a shutter and OK button.
If you choose in-camera stitching (up to 8K 2D or 3D photos, or up to 4K video), you’re already done — the stitched file is saved into the memory card, together with the individual files for each lens, with a separate folder for each photo or video, so there’s no chance of files getting mixed up.
Even if you choose to stitch photos and videos, the stitching process is painless even if it does Individual instance of a shot; a take = each time the camera is started and stopped. some time. With the free Insta360 Stitcher software, you simply select the folder containing the photo or video you want to stitch, then you specify the stitching parameters such as the stitching mode (optical flow or template based), the The number of pixels in an image, typically presented as a ratio of the total pixels on x axis to the total pixels on th... More or the bit rate, then you press a button to stitch immediately or put the file in a queue. That’s all! I can’t imagine the stitching process being any easier.
I haven’t had a chance to Individual instance of a shot; a take = each time the camera is started and stopped. photos or videos (beyond simple test shots) but I am looking forward to shooting with the Insta360 Pro.
Garmin Virb 360 first impressions
The Virb 360 is another very easy camera to shoot with. It stitches 4K 360 videos in camera, which can be shared straight from the memory card. Alternatively, you can load the videos into the desktop software to add one of several types of stabilization. You can also add overlays with data such as your speed, altitude and other metrics.
Speaking of stabilization, it works as advertised and has the best performance I’ve seen for built-in A process to reduce shakiness caused by an unstable camera..
While the Virb 360’s video quality and features are impressive, there have been more bugs than I expected. For example, the app cannot export videos in full The number of pixels in an image, typically presented as a ratio of the total pixels on x axis to the total pixels on th... More (I’ve tried with a Samsung S8+, and a friend tried an iPhone 7+). Photo quality is also not quite as good as that of the Ricoh Theta S in my opinion. And while its shutter speed can be as slow as 30 seconds, I did not find a manual The measurement of the brightness and range (latitude) of light being captured by the camera. Exposure is governed by ca... More or shutter priority option. Hopefully, Garmin fixes these issues.
In any case, I really like the Virb 360 and it will be one of my primary cameras for 360 videos.
Lanparte LA3D-VR-01 360 gimbal
The Lanparte LA3D-VR-01 gimbal for 360 cameras is now available. Lanparte’s gimbal differs from other existing 360 gimbals on the market in several ways: First, its distinctive design places the motors and support arm within the stitch line of many 360 cameras such as the Samsung Gear 360, making it invisible to many 360 cameras.
Second, it does not need counterweights, which makes the Lanparte lighter (and less tiring to use), as well as easy to A camera position for a given scene. You might shoot more than one shot from a single set-up (wide shot and close-up)..
Third, the Lanparte is around $279, making it one of the lowest cost gimbals for 360 cameras.
That’s all for now, but wish me luck on shooting with the Insta360 Pro and Garmin Virb 360 in the coming weeks.
I’ll see you guys again in a couple of weeks.