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Hi All,

An Insta360 Air Panoramic Camera (for Android smartphone) - and some accessories - just arrived from Singapore.

Something fun to play with this weekend.

You can buy it on Amazon here (less than $140). Reminder: you need to pair it with an Android phone.

Dan

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Imagine the pro version with iGuide

https://www.insta360.com/product/insta360-pro/
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@leonvanzweel Looks like it has good stabilization would like to try it out for a 360 walk through video.
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That looks really cool, I'd like to try that

@DanSmigrod do you or anyone else in the forum have recommendations for a 360 camera for an iphone?
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@nat-vanveen Have a look at the Insta360 Nano
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@leonvanzweel Thanks Leon
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Hi All,

I the Insta360 Air paired with my Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge. (I imagine that I would also :heart" the Insta360 Nano for my iPhone 7 Plus.)

Based on my preliminary testing, it's likely that I will conclude that I like the Insta360 better than my Ricoh Theta S.

I did do some side-by-side video recording with the Insta360 Air and the Ricoh Theta S.

You can compare the videos (below) that I shot in the office on Friday (3 March 2017).

Dan
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Same content shot with two different 360º video cameras ...


Video: Shot with Ricoh Theta S



Video: Shot with Insta360 Air
[Note: if it is not in 360º - it is still processing at YouTube]

Dan
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Hi All,

Aside from video quality - looks same or better than the Ricoh Theta S - here are my testing notes so far.

Highlights on Video

1. Since the Insta360 Air connects directly to my Android phone, it eliminates transfer time. (With the Ricoh Theta S, I have to transfer the video from the Ricoh Theta S to my phone (or computer) to share it. When working with video, this is a HUGE benefit of the Insta360 Air.

2. The User Interface Design of the Insta360 Air is much better than the Ricoh Theta S. Highlights include:

✓ progress bar when uploading to YouTube
✓ easier to know which video is which because the thumbnail is huge AND tells you the length.
✓ super-easy to end heads-and-tails within the app
✓ video is viewable immediately after shooting. This is HUGE. On the Ricoh Theta S, you have to transfer the video (LONG time)
✓ video quality is very good for the price point and good or better than the twice-as-much Ricoh Theta S
xheckmark - you get set the YouTube thumbnail with the Insta360 Air. Not possible with the Ricoh Theta S
✓ 4 options for "patches" for the nadir (bottom) (Though I wish I could upload 1 or more of my own). Ricoh Theta S doe snot offer this option

Note: While I successfully did a LIVE STREAM on YouTube with the InstaAir 360, it does have a known issue about matching lips to the sound. (A firmware update is expected and likely to fix this.) The process for LIVE STREAM via YouTube is easy and intuitive. I was able to figure out in minutes.

In contrast, I never used the Ricoh Theta S to live stream after reading a 10 page document about how to do it and watching an 8 minute video explaining how to do it. (Amazing!)

The quality of the video - syncing aside - is excellent.

What do you think about the difference in video quality (above)?

Dan
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Hi All,

A (potential big downside) for you might be that the Insta360 Air ties up your smartphone>

Since I have five smartphones - don't ask - it's not an issue for me.

Dan
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To see how the insta360 Air does in low-light, I shot these Festivus 2017 videos with the Insta360 Air this weekend.

(I also shot many of same videos with the Ricoh Theta S ... I labeled three of them Ricoh Theta S-Testing.)

Time for dinner and Argentine Tango class. I may be slow to reply, if you post now (Monday evening, 6 March 2017).

Dan
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360º Video: Old Time Fiddler's Convention | 11 March 2017 in Chattanooga, TN

360 Video on Facebook: Recycling Artist Nicole Griffin in the workshop at Tangerinas in Chattanooga


Above are two more videos I shot with the Insta360 Air. So far, I am very happy with the quality.

I am experiencing challenges exporting the video to YouTube. I am not sure if it is my internet connection (seems rock-solid) or something about the Insta360 Air app. Stay tuned.
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@Dansmigrod have you or anyone else worked with the Samsung Gear 360? I just purchased it a few weeks ago and have been trying it out and wondering if it is a keeper (30 day return for Best Buy preferred buyer). I want the best for this price range (250-350)
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@srennick

While I have not tried the Samsung Gear 360 yet, many Members in the Forum have been very happy with it.

So far, I am loving the Insta360 Air. I still need to play with it more.

Dan
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@srennick

List: 14 of 38 360º 1-Click Cameras < $500

Dan
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