As virtual reality continues to gain traction, it’s becoming easier than ever to produce quality VR content. Once limited to studios with deep pockets, the technology is now getting to the point where it’s reaching smartphone adoption levels. While we’ve previously covered virtual reality cameras here at SnapMunk, there’s been a recent development worth noting. It’s an Android compatible virtual reality clip-on camera from phone maker Huawei, called the Insta360 Air.
To use the device, users only have to connect Insta360 Air to a smartphone’s USB port and download the companion mobile app. Once this is complete, users can instantly start sharing 360° photos and videos. The device currently supports YouTube and Twitter, and there’s also trials in progress for Facebook compatibility. The companion mobile app features image and video editing tools; four view modes; a photo capturing function; a video capturing function; and a gallery. The camera also features four modes: flat mode, sphere mode, VR mode, and planet mode.
Insta360 Air is compact and portable, designed and styled to be an extension of the smartphone. It’s equipped with a 210° dual fish-eye lens and real-time stitching so 360° images It’s designed to take 3k resolution stills and 2k videos. In addition to being used for photography, it also comes with a cable so users can connect the device to a laptop to capture video or live stream without having to worry about battery life.
There’s also the Insta360 Pro which is a six-lens professional camera which boasts 360° video in up to 8k, along with three-dimensional (3D) video, and high-definition live streaming. “We’re thrilled to partner with Huawei to grow the global community of 360-degree and VR creators,” said JK Liu, founder, and CEO of Insta360. “Like us, Huawei is committed to reinventing photography, and they believe in our products as the best way to introduce users to the future of the camera.”
To date, the makers of Insta360 have raised over $230,000 via crowdfunding with an estimated shipping date of March 2017. Early bird pricing starts at $99 for the Insta360 Air. The pro version of the camera is due to be released in Q2 of 2017. It comes in four colors – matte black; rose pink; white and silver; and rich gold.
Those with iOS devices can use the Insta360 Nano which clips onto an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 6s or 6s Plus. The packaging of the device also is designed to convert into a Google Cardboard viewer. This version is currently available and sells for $199.
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Ruth Grant says
Since these have shipped already, it will be interesting to see where they end up in the market. I have read this post now, but have not heard of this product any other way.
Johnny Santiago says
Being able to use this on the go, as well as plug it into my laptop makes it a go to camera for a vlogger. And we all know there are plenty of those out there today!
Patricia Gregory says
If anyone here has played around with a camera like this they know how much fun it can be. I think this is a great product for the smartphone world.
Robert Sanders says
Do you think a vlogger like Casey Neistat would have used something like this? Most of the people that watch YouTube cannot even view content like this with such a crappy internet connection.
Matthew Knight says
Totally awesome and this is certainly going to change how we view things on YouTube and Twitter and hopefully Facebook in the future!
Deb Fugate says
Can you imagine all of the tweens out there that are going to be recording their first dates with this thing. Horrible time for uploads on the internet 🙂
Ellen Hickson says
This is a game changer. Having the ability to connect to just about any smartphone will rocket this company into space with this camera. And for just a $100 on the early bird, that makes it even nicer of deal!
Diane Ivey says
Have you seen the reviews of this thing on YouTube? I am thinking there will be many people jumping on board just for the 8K.