Your Own IMAX 3D Videos: Insta360 EVO Review, Comparison, and Sample Videos and Photos (updated July 16, 2019)

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How would you like to be able to watch and shoot IMAX 3D-like videos or photos?  Insta360 EVO is a new hybrid VR180 and 360 camera, and its VR180 photos and videos are, if anything, even more immersive than IMAX 3D.  How is it different from other 360 cameras?  Should you get one?  In this review, I discuss how it works.  I discuss its specifications and features, and I compare it against some popular VR180 and 360 cameras.  I also provide some sample photos and videos. July 16, 2019 update: dynamic stitching samples  <a name=”review”></a>


Should you buy the Insta360 EVO?  Is it the camera for you?  In this video, I address that question by discussing what is VR and how it is different from 360.  I also discuss how to use the Insta360 EVO.  I then compare it with other 360 and VR180 cameras.  Finally I discuss its strengths and weaknesses, and give suggestions for determining whether you should buy it.


Specifications and Features
dynamic stitching (added July 16, 2019)
Sample photos and videos; sample files for download
Should you buy one?
Price, availability, and discount

Insta360 EVO comparison with Insta360 One X, GoPro Fusion, Vuze XR, Rylo and other cameras



Photos and videos can help us remember events but for someone who was not at an event, photos and videos don’t really convey what it was like to have been there at the event.   But now, we are closer than ever to being able to capture and share the experience of “being there,” through VR cameras such as the Insta360 EVO.

Insta360 EVO
Insta360 EVO

Unless you’ve tried “true” VR, it is difficult to understand what it’s like.  One way to understand it is to contrast it with conventional 3D glasses, such as a Viewmaster headset.  On a Viewmaster, the scenes you see will have 3D depth.  However, you are fully aware that what you see is within the headset.  With VR, objects that you see will not only have depth, but they appear to stay where they are regardless of how you move your head.  With full VR with six degrees of freedom (6DOF), you’ll even be able to walk around the object and see it from different perspectives.  This creates the illusion that the objects have an existence independent from the headset.   True VR is therefore worlds apart from conventional 3D.

Although capturing a 6DOF VR experience is not yet readily accessible to consumers, VR cameras can capture a VR experience with three degrees of freedom.  They cannot (yet) walk around a VR photo or video, but if they stay standing in one spot, or seated on a swivel chair, the VR scene will appear immersive.

While VR is a powerful medium, it poses several challenges.  Among other things, for storytelling, the unlimited freedom to look around can mean that viewers can get confused about where they ought to look.  In addition, there are many viewers who would prefer to simply relax and look at one direction instead of constantly swiveling around their seats.

VR180 addresses this issue by showing only the front hemisphere of a VR experience.  The process of capturing and viewing the VR experience becomes much simpler.

Insta360 EVO takes this even further by adding 360 capability, which is useful for better stabilization and for capturing a third person view, as if it was an invisible flying camera.

Insta360 EVO Specifications and Features

Here are the Insta360 EVO’s specifications and how they compare to those of its stablemate, the Insta360 One X.

  Insta360 EVO Insta360 One X
Lenses two fisheye lenses two fisheye lenses
Field of view fully spherical fully spherical
Aperture f/2.2 f/2.0
Processor unspecified Ambarella unspecified Ambarella
Photo resolution 6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw
HDR photo option
6080 x 3040 in JPEG or DNG raw
HDR photo option
Video resolution 5760 x 2880, 30fps
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
5760 x 2880, 30fps
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
VR180 video resolution 5760 x 2880, 30fps
3840 x 1920 @ 50fps
3840 x 1920 @ 30fps
3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
mp4 (log mode available)
Bitrate 100 mbps 100 mbps
Bullet time video none 3008 x 1504 @ 100fps
fully spherical
variable aspect ratio
Live streaming: None Yes, stabilized.
Compatible with YouTube, Facebook, Periscope / Twitter, Weibo
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 55 seconds 1/4000 to 55 seconds
ISO: 100 to 3200 100 to 3200
Stabilization: 6-axis gyro-based image stabilization 6-axis gyro-based image stabilization
Microphones stereo stereo
Connector: 1/4-20 tripod connector (metal) 1/4-20 tripod connector (metal)
Storage: one Micro SD up to 128GB one Micro SD up to 128GB
Working humidity: TBD TBD
Temperature: Running temperature:-10℃~40℃; Storage temperature: -20℃~40℃ Running temperature:-10℃~40℃; Storage temperature: -20℃~40℃
Waterproof: No No (TWO TYPES of waterproof housing accessories available)
Connectivity: 5G WiFi
Bluetooth LE 4.0
5G WiFi
Bluetooth LE 4.0
MFI-certified lightning connector
Compatibility: iOS, Android, Windows, Mac iOS, Android, Windows, Mac
Dimensions: 360 mode: 50.3 x 49 x 52.5 mm
VR180 mode: 98.4 x 49 x 26.26 mm
115 x 48 x 28 mm
Weight: 113g 115g with battery
90.9 without battery
Battery: 65 mins.
Not removable
60 mins. removable
Other features: HDR video mode
Time lapse mode
Holoframe compatible
Drift shot

HDR video mode
Freecast (live streaming with changeable perspective)
Time lapse mode
Bullet time
MSRP $419.99 $399


1. Dual VR180 and 360 camera: use VR180 to capture an immersive experience, or switch to 360 mode for a third person view.

2. Holoframe: see VR180 without a headset.  Through a combination of a specially designed lenticular lens phone case and eye-tracking, Holoframe enables viewing VR180 without a headset.

Insta360 HoloFrame
Insta360 HoloFrame

3. Insta360 VR: this new app enables you to immediately view the EVO’s photos and videos on your headset, without having to stitch them first.  You’ll be able to load the photos and videos wirelessly, within seconds.   Insta360 VR is available for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR

4. FlowState stabilization (360 and VR180).  EVO features Insta360’s renowned FlowState stabilization, which works both in 360 mode and VR180 mode.  Note however, that in VR180 mode, the stabilization will be more limited.

5. HDR Photos and Videos: Like the One X, the EVO can capture HDR videos as well as multi-exposure HDR photos (see sample below).  The HDR photos can be fused in the smartphone app.  On the desktop, you’ll need to use third party HDR software.  HDR Video requires no processing from the user.  You can use the HDR Video the same way as a regular video.  Please note that HDR Video mode has far greater dynamic range, but slightly less detail than standard mode.

EVO standard mode (left) vs EVO HDR Video mode (right)
EVO standard mode (left) vs EVO HDR Video mode (right)

6. Timeshift: EVO can combine slow motion and hyperlapse to create a speedramp effect.

7. Dynamic stitching: In July 2019, EVO received an app and firmware update that added a much-improved stitching algorithm which Insta360 calls Dynamic Stitching.  The new algorithm analyzes each frame of the video, recalibrates the stitching with every frame, resulting in much smoother stitching.

Sample Photos and Videos

Here is a sample video in VR180 mode, with samples in 5.7K, 5.7K HDR video mode, 4K 50fps and 3K 100fps slow motion.

Here are sample photos from Insta360 EVO:

Here is another sample video in VR180 mode:

Sample files for download

You can download Insta360 EVO sample photos and videos here for PERSONAL, PRIVATE VIEWING only (do not post or upload anywhere, and do not redistribute).  If you want to share with your friends, please direct them to this EVO page instead.


Here is a comparison between the EVO and other 360 and VR180 cameras:

Here are sample videos from the Insta360 EVO in comparison with other 360 cameras and VR180 cameras.  You can maximize the screen and zoom in with your mouse scroll wheel.

Here are comparisons between EVO and other VR180 and 360 cameras:

Insta360 One X

Insta360 told me the EVO and One X have the same sensor.  However, to my surprise, there are some slight differences between them for image quality.

When both are using the non-HDR video mode, it seems the One X has a bit better highlight detail than the EVO, as evidenced by the building toward the back of the sample crops below.

Insta360 EVO non-HDR (left) vs One X non-HDR (right)
Insta360 EVO non-HDR (left) vs One X non-HDR (right)


GoPro Fusion

EVO is more detailed than Fusion’s 5.2K 30fps mode.  In the crops below, you can see the net around the basketball court, which is not visible in the Fusion video.  On the other hand, the Fusion appears to have better highlight detail, most noticeably in the building at the back, which is blown out in the EVO video.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs GoPro Fusion 5.2K (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs GoPro Fusion 5.2K (right)

Fusion was updated to add a new 5.6K mode in January 2019.  Compared to the 5.6K mode, the EVO appears to have approximately similar amount of detail.  Both EVO and Fusion are able to capture the net around the court, although EVO seems to have higher edge contrast.  For dynamic range, Fusion once more outperforms EVO.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs GoPro Fusion 5.6K (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs GoPro Fusion 5.6K (right)

Rylo 5.8K

Below is a comparison between Insta360 EVO in non-HDR mode compared to the Rylo at 5.8K.  Both cameras are able to capture fine details such as the net around the basketball court.  The Rylo may be slightly more detailed.  It might seem that the Rylo has much better highlight range and less shadow range, but it seems that at least part of this difference is due to the difference in exposure — Rylo chose a darker exposure, perhaps as much as 2/3 or 1 stop exposure difference.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs Rylo at 5.8K (right)

Vuze XR

In this comparison between EVO and Vuze XR, EVO looks like it has slightly better detail (the net is not visible in the Vuze sample).  Vuze appears to have better highlight detail, but it also could be due to a difference in exposure (the tone of the shrub and basketball ring seems slightly darker in the Vuze XR).

Insta360 EVO (left) vs Vuze XR (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs Vuze XR (right)

Yi 360 VR

EVO has more detail than Yi 360 VR.  The Yi 360 VR video below may have a slightly darker exposure.  For what it’s worth, in log mode Yi 360 VR has more highlight detail but less shadow detail than the EVO standard mode.  I’ll try EVO’s log mode next time.

The Yi Horizon reportedly uses the same sensor and lens as the Yi 360 VR.  If so, then the results here should also be representative of the Yi Horizon.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs Yi 360 VR (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs Yi 360 VR (right)


Insta360 EVO has easily more detail than Qoocam.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs Kandao Qoocam (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs Kandao Qoocam (right)

Lenovo Mirage

Insta360 EVO has far greater detail than Lenovo Mirage.  For dynamic range, Mirage may have better highlight range and worse shadow range.  I thought it might be a difference in exposure but the red basketball ring and the sunlit shrubs appear similarly exposed in both shots.

Insta360 EVO (left) vs Lenovo Mirage (right)
Insta360 EVO (left) vs Lenovo Mirage (right)

Should you get the Insta360 EVO?

If you don’t look closely, it seems that Insta360 EVO is like having an Insta360 One X (reviewed here) with a bonus ability to do VR180, for almost the same price.  Does that mean you should get the EVO instead?

The truth is that One X has several advantages over EVO.  You’ll need to weigh those advantages against the value of getting VR180.  Here are the One X’s advantages over EVO:

Insta360 One X advantages vs. EVO

1. Better stitching: The One X’s slimmer profile means it has less parallax stitching error and has much smoother stitching.  However, the EVO’s stitching has improved significantly with Dynamic Stitching.
2. OLED display: The One X’s OLED display and in-camera menu enables you to change settings quickly without using the phone. On the EVO, you’ll need to use the phone for anything other than taking a normal photo or normal video.
3. Waterproof case: The One X has a waterproof case accessory whereas the EVO does not.
4. Removable battery: The One X’s battery is removable, which means you can bring spare batteries. The EVO’s battery is not removable.
5. Live streaming: The One X has live streaming with realtime stabilization, and can stream in 360 or as a flat video.
6. Insta360 Stats: One X can add a GPS overlay to videos when connected to the app.
7. Bullet time: The One X can be used for bullet time videos using the optional bullet time handle. The EVO does not have a bullet time shooting mode. However, it can shoot at 3K 100fps, and you can enable direction lock, which will be somewhat like bullet time mode.
8. Quick Capture: One X has a quick capture mode that enables you to hit the shutter while the camera is on standby.  The camera will then automatically turn on and start recording.  EVO does not have this feature as of March 2019.
9. USB cable: The One X includes a special USB cable for transferring its files more quickly and more efficiently to your phone. The EVO relies only on wireless transfers.

You’ll need to weigh those benefits against having VR180 capability.  If you decide that you prefer the VR180 capability, you probably should also consider the Vuze XR and the Kandao Qoocam.  Here are their key advantages and disadvantages compared to the EVO:

Kandao Qoocam (reviewed here)
+ 3 hour battery life (vs. 1 hour for the EVO)
+ best stitching among hybrid VR180 cameras
+ depth map: can be used to simulate 6DOF effects or for Facebook 3D photos.
+ DNG8 mode: can shoot a burst of 8 DNG photos and combine them in order to get very high quality.
– lowest photo and video quality among these three hybrid cameras.
–  vulnerable to glare

Vuze XR (reviewed here)
+ best shooting controls in this group (easiest to switch between photo and video, easiest to switch to VR180)
+ underwater case
+ best exposure blending / flare resistance in this group
+ video is much more detailed than Qoocam
– worst stitching among these three hybrid cameras
– stabilization has drifting

Insta360 EVO
+ best detail and dynamic range among hybrid VR180 cameras
+ stitching is better than Vuze XR, especially after the Dynamic Stitching update.
+ best smartphone app and desktop app among hybrid VR180 cameras
+ Holoframe and Insta360 VR make it easier to view photos and videos
– stitching is not as good as Qoocam

In my opinion, among VR180 cameras, I would choose the EVO unless you want the Qoocam’s stitching, or the Vuze XR’s underwater case option.  If you already have another 360 camera that has good stitching or has good underwater stitching, then that would be a reason to get the EVO.

Price and availability

Insta360 EVO is $419.99 and available for order directly from Insta360, with a free invisible selfie stick using this link.  Thanks for using these links to support 360 Rumors at no additional cost to you so I can do more tests and reviews.  I will have more information about the Insta360 EVO over the next few days.

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