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Insta360 announces ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition: 360-degree camera co-engineered with Leica

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Insta360 has teamed up with Leica to launch the Insta360 ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition. The new camera includes dual 1″-type sensors and records 6K video resolution. The 1-inch 360 Edition instant camera promises improved image quality and an easy-to-use, compact design.

‘The 1-Inch 360 Edition represents Insta360’s continued mission to make ONE RS the most comprehensive and versatile camera on the market. This latest edition turns ONE RS into a powerful 6K camera capable of impressive performance even in low light,’ said JK Liu, founder of Insta360.

The ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition’s pair of 1″-type CMOS image sensors can record 6K 360-degree video and 21MP 360-degree still photos. The sensors promise high-quality performance in low light and ‘impressive dynamic range.’ The Insta360 One RS modular action camera that Insta360 announced earlier this year has swappable lenses, including a 1/2″-type 48MP sensor, a 5.7K sensor and a larger 5.3K 1-inch Wide Angle Lens, which like the new 1-inch 360 Edition, is also co-engineered with Leica.

The strategic partnership between Insta360 and Leica started in 2020, but the ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition marks the first 360 camera the two companies worked together to develop. ‘We’re excited to bring Leica’s optical and digital imaging expertise into a new product segment with the ONE RS 1-Inch 360 Edition. Creators can take advantage of both the camera’s 360 capture capabilities and its dual 1-inch sensors, no longer having to choose between creativity and premium image quality,’ said Matthias Harsch, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

The Insta360 ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition is designed to make 360-degree content creation more accessible and eliminate the need for specialized, bulky rigs. The camera’s pair of lenses record full panoramic 360, no matter where the camera is pointed. The camera captures all the action in one take. You can share your creations in immersive 360 or as traditional flat footage, thanks to the included Insta360 software.

5888 x 2944 video is recorded at up to 30 frames per second. If you want faster frame rates, you can record 3040 x 1520 video at up to 50fps. The camera records raw images (DNG format). As for battery life, the camera is rated to record 6K/30p video for just over an hour at 120Mbps bitrate. For photo and video, the ISO range is 100-3200, and the shutter speed maxes out at 1/8,000s. For long exposure photography, you can slow the shutter speed down to 120s. The camera records to a microSD card and includes Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi (802.11ac) for wireless communication.

Insta360 writes, ‘Panoramic 360 capture technology also makes dolly shots and breathtaking third-person views possible. Ugly selfie sticks are totally erased from footage by the dual lenses, resulting in clean and unobstructed shots without a selfie stick in sight.’ You also don’t need a gimbal because of Insta360’s FlowState Stabilization and horizon leveling algorithms.

The camera utilizes AI as part of some modes, like the new PureShot HDR photo mode. This mode uses AI and automatic exposure bracketing to increase the dynamic range of your shots without the need for manual editing. AI is also in the Insta360 app. Using the app, Shot Lab leverages AI to automatically perform editing tasks like cloning, dolly zoom and star trails. Insta360 Studio software on desktop takes your editing to the next level, and an available plugin for Premiere Pro gives you manual controls over editing your 360 videos.

The ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition is rated IPX3 to deliver water resistance against rain and snow. The portable form factor allows it to be mounted on a hardhat or helmet to create virtual tours or put on a car or backpack to gather Google Street View imagery.

The new ONE RS 1-inch 360 Edition is available starting today for $799.99. The 1-inch 360 Lens is compatible with the ONE R and ONE RS Cores, allowing existing owners of either of these action camera cores to transform their camera into a 360 camera. An upgrade bundle for these owners is available for $649.99 and includes the 1-inch 360 Lens, a battery and a mounting bracket. For more information, visit Insta360.


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