Insta360 ONE R action camera test: photo, video, stabilization, functions

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From the wide range of action cameras, we again found some great models that we would like to test.

One camera especially caught our attention. This is Insta360. It has an interchangeable lens and is very suitable as an outdoor camera. Thus, you can use them in many extreme sports, as well as for ordinary photo and video recording in daily life.

There are hardly any limitations for a wide range of applications. In this review, we will introduce you to the Insta360 ONE R action camera and compare the advantages and disadvantages. Video review coming soon 🙂

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Technical data and facts

The Insta360 ONE R action camera doesn’t have the shape of an action camera like many other models, but it has a rather boxy design. The length of the sides is the same, at least for the control panel.

The battery can be simply plugged into an outlet and is slightly longer in shape. Thanks to the advanced connector system, you can change it in a few seconds.

Technically, this camera has a lot to offer, which more than justifies the price of this model. Videos are recorded in high resolution format, that is, from 16 to 9, but it is also possible to select a format from 4 to 3.

Image sensor

In our Insta360 ONE R action camera test, we found very positively that images and videos are not only recorded with high definition, but also have high color saturation.

In addition, it is a 360-degree dual lens with which resolutions up to 5.7K are possible.

If the camera is used while riding a motorcycle or in other sports where vibration occurs, videos and images still do not appear blurry. Electronic image stabilization, which works hand-in-hand with the image sensor, is responsible for clear images and video display.

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The manufacturer calls the stabilization FlowState. This allows the user to provide gimbal-like image stabilization without the need for physical use of such an element. The camera software has a scene recognition algorithm. This ensures that good image stabilization is always guaranteed, even in low light.

FlowState provides gimbal-like stabilization without gimbal. Thanks to the new scene recognition algorithm, recordings remain extremely stable even in low light conditions.

The sensor is a 12MP CMOS image sensor. Videos conform to the 264 / MPEG-4 AVC H. standard for video compression. At 4000 x 3000 pixels, a maximum frame rate of 30 frames per second is possible.

If set to 3840 x 2160 pixels, the user will have a maximum of 60 images per second. In 360-degree mode, we’re talking 5760 x 2880 pixels and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Photos are saved in JPEG format and are standardized at 4000 x 3000 pixels.

The camera also allows the user to use it at night. For this there is a so-called night mode. In the dark, the recordings look very realistic. This means the camera lens is more sensitive to light and picks up enough light to record images in the dark as realistically as possible. This makes images and videos especially vivid at night.

More about design and optics

As mentioned, the individual chambers are fairly rectangular in shape. However, when assembled, it is somewhat reminiscent of action cameras from the manufacturer GoPro.

On the side, there is a USB-C connector and a micro SD slot. All you have to do is remove the cover, which is covered with a rubber lip. At the top right, you will find a control panel with function keys.

Of course, there is a display with touch function on the back. You can easily operate and control the action camera through the menu.

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To attach the Insta360 ONE R Action Camera, you must use the supplied items. Unfortunately, there is no typical tripod thread, so you can unscrew the cam as usual. Unfortunately, we must criticize this model.

Of course, the Insta360 One R action camera is also waterproof, but only to a depth of 5 meters. If it’s raining heavily or you want to use the camera in the pool, this is not a problem. In our opinion, this model is not very suitable for diving.

Camera modes

Basically, you can choose between 2 different recording modes: 360 degree recording mode and 4K wide angle.

From the menu, you can select Starlapse mode to change exposure settings to create stunning stop-motion images. This is ideal for capturing the night sky.

Then there is the Color Plus mode. This ensures that your images look even brighter and more vibrant.

You can also capture 360-degree videos at 3K at 100fps or wide-angle at 200fps at 1080p.

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With an app that you can install on your smartphone or tablet, you can edit the recorded images with smart editing templates.

Scope of delivery – what’s in it?

The action camera presented by us consists of the following parts:

  • 1x dual lens 360 mod
  • 1x core
  • 1x battery
  • 1x bracket
  • 1x Dual Lens Lens Cap

Advantages and disadvantages of an action camera

In order to be able to offer a better overview, we have clearly presented the most important advantages and disadvantages for you.


  • Ultra-clear 5.7K 360 ° + wide-angle 4K
  • Invisible Selfie Stick
  • Many different modes including voice control, slow motion, video and
  • Night shooting
  • Advanced electronic image stabilization


  • No tripod thread
  • The software is almost error-free after numerous updates


Admittedly, the price is a little overpriced, so the GoPro might be worth it. But with a variety of features not found on most action cameras, exceptionally high image quality and technical specs that overshadow the most competitive models, this camera sits at the top of the price bracket.

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Sometimes there are problems with the software, but these can be fixed with additional updates. I also didn’t like the fact that this camera does not have a tripod.

Overall, this high-quality 360-degree action camera is ideal for the majority of potential buyers looking for just such a model. In our opinion, the price is justified and we can give a clear recommendation for the purchase of the Insta360 ONE R action camera.