360-degree video is slowly moving further towards the mainstream, with 360-degree movies and virtual reality (VR) films and experiences making appearances at well-known film festivals such as Sundance and the Venice Film Festival. As this professional market grows, so does the demand for professional-grade cameras that can capture high-quality VR and 360-degree images. Insta360 is continuing to try and cater to this market with the launch of the new Insta360 Pro 2.
The Insta360 Pro 2 is capable of 8K per-eye 3D 360 video, with six lenses, along with long-range live monitoring, and a post-production suite created in partnership with Adobe.
Thee Insta360 Pro 2 uses six cameras, which can capture multiple angles of a scene. This is then combined into two 8K 360-degree images, one per eye. Users can choose to shoot in 8K 3D at 30fps, 8K monoscopic at 60fps, 6K at 60fps or 4K 3D at 120fps.
In order to provide consistent, realistic light, an in-camera HDR works to try and keep the lighting looking natural, even when light varies in different directions. To keep the image steady, Insta360 have included its proprietary FlowState stabilisation algorithm, which brings an in-camera stabilisation system to VR. This uses a gyroscope that can track motion on six axes, which combines with the custom software that lets creators stabilise the footage.
The company have noted that one of the major challenges for VR and 360-degree creators is how to direct a scene when you can’t be physically there on set (lest you be inadvertently picked up on camera). The Insta360 Pro 2 has a live monitoring system that allows for high-definition, low-latency video for remote monitoring.
Further, Insta360 say that its CrystalView technology allows content produced by the Insta360 Pro 2 to be converted into a format which can play back at full 8K quality on any mainstream smartphone or VR headset.
Pre-orders for the Insta360 Pro 2 are now open on the official Insta360 store, priced at $4999.95 (USD). For future coverage on new and upcoming VR and 360-degree hardware, keep checking back with VRFocus.