Insta360, as a brand, seems to be bent on building 360-degree cameras whose internal functionality outsizes their physical footprint. While I could describe the new Insta360 Pro2 as six cameras built into an aluminum-shelled grapefruit, I would be remiss in doing so. Insta360 has updated this new revision of its Pro line with greater processing power, improved wireless connectivity, and compatibility with Insta360's Farsight wireless video transmission system.
With great processing power come great recording resolutions. While the original Insta360 Pro topped out at 30 fps at 8K in 2D and 6K in 3D, the Insta360 Pro2 ups the quality with 8K resolution in both 3D and 2D, with 3D up to 30 fps and 2D up to 60 fps. The maximum recording bit-rate has also been improved. The Insta360 Pro2 can encode video at up to 120Mbps per camera unit, where the preceding unit was limited to 40 Mbps per camera unit. Additionally, while streaming, 8K recordings can be made concurrently. Previously, the Insta360 Pro was limited to 4K resolution recording while streaming. The already powerful built-in stabilization has been improved with the "FlowState" technology, and can be implemented in 3D recordings, by way of a 9-axis gyroscope that analyzes camera movement for compensation during stitching.
Wireless connectivity has been expanded on the Insta360 Pro2. Using the built-in Wi-Fi connection, the Insta360 Pro2 can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet from up to 60' away. Up to 15' away, a 30-fps live preview can be monitored using the control app. For aerial enthusiasts and content producers who require more distance, the Insta360 Pro2 is compatible with the Farsight wireless video transmission system. With Farsight, you can monitor and control the Insta360 Pro2 from almost two miles away using your smart device, PC, or Mac, connected to the Farsight receiver.
With the debut of the Insta360 Pro2, 360 video enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to. 8K recording in 3D and 2D is exciting, improved stabilization and wireless connectivity are welcome advancements, as well. The Insta360 Pro2 will be available soon, so be sure to check back at the B&H website for pricing and availability information updates.