It seems that folding tech is making a comeback in a big way thanks to smartphones like the Samsung Fold. But folding phones are nothing new when you look at the old clamshell designs of the 90s and early 00s. A folding camera, on the other hand, is something a little more unique, especially when it allows you to shoot 360-degree and 180-degree photos and videos. Enter the Insta360 EVO.
Insta360 is already well known for 360 consumer cameras like the Air, Nano and ONE X. The Insta360 EVO is a little different thanks to its two shooting modes, either giving you complete 360 coverage or switching to stereoscopic 180 for improved depth and realism.
The camera can either capture 5.7K 180 3D video and 18 MP 180 3D photos or 5.7K 360 video and 18 MP 360 photos, with a shutter and mode button found directly on the camera. There’s also an Android and iOS compatible app which gives you full control of the devices features as well as previewing the image. Additionally, there will also be Insta360 VR, a new app for Oculus Go, HTC Vive Focus and Samsung Gear VR which allows you to connect Insta360 EVO to a headset for wireless playback.
Whether recording 360 or 180 videos, for the best footage you need a steady hand which is why Insta360 EVO features FlowState Stabilization to ensure smooth recordings no matter the situation. Another handy little feature is the TimeShift mode, allowing users to add time-lapse to their footage for extra impact.
And just to add to all the weird and wonderful features Insta360 has crammed in, the company has also created the Insta360 HoloFrame. Essentially a phone case, this gadget allows naked-eye playback of 3D content straight from a smartphone – so no glasses are needed.
Insta360 EVO is available now from select retailers such as B&H Photo Video, as well as Insta360.com for $419.99 USD. While the HoloFrame is priced at $29.99 USD and available today for iPhone models X, XS, XS Max and XR, with additional versions for Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+ and Note 8 models coming soon. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Insta360 and its latest cameras, reporting back with any further updates.