Insta360 Go evaluation: On a regular basis life turns into a (boring) movie

Insta360 Go review: Everyday life becomes a (boring) film

“The Insta360 Go works as advertised, but for whom?”

Small and light

Clever magnetic mounting system

Charging case with Lightning connection

Good electronic stabilization

Easy-to-use mobile app

Poor video / picture quality

Limited storage space that cannot be expanded

AI editing tools rarely do it right

Does anyone really need it?

Think of the Google Clips Camera? I had almost forgotten it and yet the life recording camera is still for sale – for $ 250, no less. Now Insta360 is taking the genre further with the Go, a one-button camera the size of an AA battery that only serves to record the everyday circumstances in which we find ourselves on this journey called life.

Perhaps this is the type of product that you can expect from a company that focuses on the niche of 360 video. I liked the Insta360 One X.. How 360 cameras go, it’s at the top of the list – but it’s not impressive list.

The Insta360 Go is the company’s first non-360 camera (which differs from the brand, but I digress). It can be worn all day and is light enough to forget. It is a Black mirror Degree of invasiveness, but it saves everyday memories from an intimate perspective that you can relive later and are automatically converted into digestible clips for a few seconds.

For whom is that?

I quickly learned that my life is not interesting enough to justify a lifelong camera. Even on a fun weekend Margaritas, As a cute dog on the beach and a tribute band of the Beastie Boys, I hardly put together enough clips for a 30-second editing. It’s humiliating to see 48 hours of your life transform into a half-hour highlight role, but I doubt that Insta360 wanted that.

Insta360 GoDaven Mathies / Digital Trends

Maybe you’re a hip young influencer, but for most of us, I can’t imagine anyone needing this. And yet it is undeniably cool from certain points of view.

It has an ultra wide (though not 360 degree) lens. The back is magnetic as it is attached to the different ones Equipment. It has only one button. It fits in a charging case like a pair of AirPods. The case has an integrated Lightning connector for use with an iPhone (Android support is in preparation).

I learned that my life is not interesting enough to justify a lifelong camera.

And it’s so tiny. It reminds me of the Saturday Night Live Sketch Fake Steve Jobs and iPod “Invisi” Such a small iPod that you couldn’t see it floating in the air as it fell. Unfortunately, the Go is still gravitational, as I found out after dropping it three timesn the first 10 minutes of handling.

And drop it, you will. The Go’s smooth plastic housing offers little grip. Fortunately, I don’t think you could break it if you tried. It’s solidly made, but also very light. I let it bounce over my tiled floor without damage. It is also waterproof, but not waterproof.

Using the Insta360 Go

The Go is not meant to replace an action camera, your phone, or any other Camera. Instead, short clips are collected that will be edited later. Freshly formatted, it only offers 6.6 gigabytes of storage space, good for 22 minutes of video or 3,737 (low resolution) Still images.

You control the lot with a single button. A short press turns it on and a clip of 15 to 30 seconds is recorded, while a long press switches the mode to standby, where you can press twice to start a hyperlapse or three times to watch a slow-motion video start. It’s a confusing system to learn, but it’s easy once you get used to it.

Insta360 GoDaven Mathies / Digital Trends

The Go comes with some included brackets magnetic pendant is the best. You wear it under your shirt and the Go snaps right through the fabric. The magnets are positioned to bring the Go to a perfectly vertical position, which is a nice touch.

You can also control the running of your phone via the hard-wired connection on the charging case or over Bluetooth. However, you cannot preview your recording – not on your phone, and certainly not on the Go itself. However, as a life-recording camera, this shouldn’t be a problem.

AI takes the pain out of editing – somehow

What are you doing with the exciting clips you’ve collected? Just give it to the AI ​​of the Go app Video editor, FlashCut. You can select a subject and then use image recognition to scan your footage and search for clips that match the subject.

And boy, do these topics sound tempting? There is “food”, a self-explanatory personal favorite. “Smile” that compiles all the shots of people who laugh and grin; “City” that searches for buildings, fountains, and other objects that you are likely to encounter in urban areas. and “work” that recognizes “commuters, computers, coffee, lunches and conference rooms”. I’m not copying that.

FlashCut was able to identify clips and wasn’t very good at choosing the best parts of them.

FlashCut fixed the identification of clips, but wasn’t great at the Choosing the best of them. Fortunately, you can crop or swap clips if you don’t like editing. You can edit manually, but this goes against the concept of immediacy that Go tries to accept.

There was also an error applying music to my edit that caused the app to crash. Hopefully this has since been fixed for final release.

While Go customers edit much more often on their cell phones, it is possible to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro via the Insta360 plugin.

picture quality

Quality isn’t great, but what have you signed up for? Insta360 does not specify the resolution, lens hood or sensor size anywhere on the box, and the app does not contain any quality settings. Videos and still images are exported at 1080p and 30 frames per second.

The camera can be used in any orientation and captures more footage than is output. This allows you to redesign it as a standard 16: 9, square 1: 1 or vertical 9:16 to adapt it to different social formats. This is appreciated, but important areas of the frame can be cut out depending on the format chosen.

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The image stabilization works very well, automatically balances the horizon and smooths even very rough film material. I carried the camera on a trail run, and although the stabilization made a difference, the results were still blurry. You get better results with a GoPro Hero7 Black or DJI Osmo Action, action cameras that are larger but offer better image quality and stabilization.

However, the small size of the Go means that you can take creative shots that would otherwise not be possible, especially if you stick it directly to one magnetic surface. Overall, however, yours too phone will produce better videos.

Our opinion

Does this camera work as stated? Absolutely. Did anyone ask about it? I do not believe that. It is impressive in its simplicity and maybe your kids will enjoy it until they drop it into a storm drain.

Where’s the Insta360 Go or the life logging cameras in general? Is there a use for such devices? Would I hyperlapse my hypothetical morning commute (I work from home) more than once?

I think it’s a fun product. It’s small. It’s easy. It’s silly, but in a good way. I also can’t imagine using it. At least 360-degree cameras have a wow factor that makes them almost worth it. The Go is in the middle of the Venn diagram where phones and action cameras overlap, but almost always one of these other devices will be a better choice.

Is there a better alternative?

Yes. Your phone. In terms of an actual life logging camera, however, the Go tops the charts – which doesn’t say much.

How long it will take?

That is a good question and there is oneright a few points of view. How much benefit will you get from it? I don’t suspect very much.

How long will it last physically? I have some concerns about its size. As we’ve seen, small batteries don’t last long as AirPods are reported to lose half their capacity after just a few years. If you’re ever worried about technology ending up in landfills, the Go could be a problem.

Should you buy it

No, unless you’re constantly surrounded by smiling people who give you high fives while driving a fluffy jeep with a fluffy shotgun on a tropical beach. Or if your morning coffee order is just complicated and you want to document it. Otherwise, the Insta360 Go feels like a product for a person who doesn’t exist.

Correction: In an earlier version of this article, Go’s desktop editing compatibility was incorrectly specified. It is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro via a plugin.

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