Your Own IMAX 3D Videos: Insta360 EVO Review, Comparison, and Sample Videos and Photos

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Insta360 EVO dual VR180 and 360 camera review

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.


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 how 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.

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.

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

Sample Photos and Videos; Comparison

Here are sample photos from Insta360 EVO.

Here is a sample video in 360 mode:

Here is a sample video in VR180 mode:

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.

The Insta360 EVO has similar image quality to the Insta360 One X, and they are both slightly more detailed than all other 360 cameras at the moment, including the GoPro Fusion (with 5.6K update), Rylo (with 5.8K update), and Vuze XR.

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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