Insta360 One RS Twin Edition

In a crowded market of action cameras, where does the Insta360 One RS stand? Like the earlier version, the One R, the newer One RS is a modular camera that can record 360 degrees of footage or in 4K wide angle.

All previous lenses from the One R are compatible with the RS as is the invisible selfie stick.

The upgraded 4K boost lens is a noticeable improvement in terms of video. Likewise, the boost in pixels gives photos both sharp images and contrast as well as decent color. The RS can also take photos in Raw format too.

HDR and 6K widescreen recording is also within your options.

And working in the software (app), creating reels by activating the AI editor is easy. There are more features to be described in depth, as well as a few drawbacks when making the inevitable comparison to the GoPro.

But the Insta360 RS is a great upgrade at a reasonable price. Our in-depth review of Insta360 One RS will detail more.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    One R mods work on this one
  • check-mark
    Faster Wi-Fi and file transfer than before
  • check-mark
    4K boost lens is a noticeable improvement
  • check-mark
    You can use AirPods as a microphone
  • check-mark
    Allows HDR video recording
  • check-mark
    UX is pretty good (including apps for Android and iOS)
  • check-mark
    Free Insta360 STUDIO 2022
  • check-mark
    The case acts as a heat sink, cooling down the action cam
  • check-mark
    Waterproof up to 16 ft. deep without dive case
  • check-mark
    Longer battery life than its predecessor

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe Camera sometimes freezes where all video is lost
  • check-markDiving with the 360 and dive case it not good

Where to buy:

Insta360 One Rs Twin Edition Product Image

Insta360 One RS Twin Edition

Specs & Features

  • Sensor Type: 1/2” Type CMOS Sensor
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2 to 2.4
  • Battery: Removable/Rechargeable 1445 mAh
  • Run Time: 75 mins. to 85 mins.
  • USB Port: Type-C
  • Microphones: 3
  • Audio Format: 48kHz, AAC
  • Operating Temperature: -4 to 104oF/ -20 to 40oC
  • Wi-Fi: 5 GHz., 802.11ac
  • Waterproof: Up to 16 ft.
  • 6-axis Gyroscope
  • White Balance: 2000-10000K
  • 4K Boost Lens:
  • Photo: 48 MP
  • Photo Resolution: 8000x6000 (4:3), 8000x4500 (16:9)
  • Video Resolutions: 4K Active HDR, 6K Widescreen (2.35:1 ratio)
  • Multiple Video Resolutions
  • Focal Length: 16mm
  • Max. Video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
  • Dimension: 2.8” x 1.9” x 1.3”
  • 360 Lens:
  • Photo: 18 MP
  • Photo Resolution: 6080x3040 (2:1)
  • Multiple Video Resolutions
  • Focal Length: 7.2mm
  • Max. Video Bitrate: 100 Mbps
  • Dimension: 2.8” x 1.9” x 1.7”

What can the Insta360 One RS do?

Looking at action cameras automatically draws comparisons to GoPro as the most well known. Fortunately for this review we have extensive experience with the Insta360 One RS and the GoPro10. We use both, each for their own merits.

The One RS isn’t trying to clone any of the GoPros. It’s perhaps opposite when looking at GoPro’s Max, a 360 degree camera that does what the Insta360 was originally made to do.

Where the One RS marks itself differently, like its predecessor, is in the versatility of its modular design capabilities. A One RS twin edition does what a GoPro 10 Hero and a GoPro Max can do together.

Front and back of Insta360 One RS.
Front and back of Insta360 One RS.

It has almost everything you need to get exciting pictures and videos in high-quality resolutions. Your Twin Edition package includes a battery, core mod, 4K boost lens, 360 lens, and case.

The overall quality is far better than its older brother One R, but some video with the Boost Lens isn’t as sharp as the GoPro Hero 10 in bright sunshine. Although, we’ll give points for ONE RS’ 6K widescreen filming and HDR option for videos.

Images, on the other hand, has some sharper results–impressively so. With the Leica Widescreen lens, even more impressive results are reaped.

Modular changes means several cameras in one unit. Just not at the same time, obviously.

The modular design means you’ll need to take a pause whenever you need to change lenses. You can’t just snatch one out of your pocket, put the other away, and hit the record button. On the other hand, you can slowly upgrade one component at a time since each mod still fits with One R, except for the case due to the RS’ thicker battery.

The speedy Wi-Fi and file transfer of the upgraded core of this Insta360 is also a plus. You can also connect your AirPods via Bluetooth to use the microphone. This is an elegant solution to issues with the built-in mic.

and instantly access the quick menu to change the settings (ie.: switch from video to photo). Use it for live streaming or virtual meetings as well. Editing in the Insta360 studio is pretty easy too, with the user-friendly interface and auto-edit functions. It’ll take a while to download if you use a smartphone. Better to use an SD card slot.

It’s seemed to survive rugged use well including spills in the sea (waterproof). No worries if you’re splashing on Miami beach or snorkeling the waters in the Philippines.

Picture Quality

Insta360 One RS serves you with 13 shooting modes. Using the 4K boost lens, you can capture scenic 48 MP pictures, thanks to its 1/2” sensor. Every tiny detail is included in the frame, no matter the distance. Recording sleek videos with 24 fps are also made more accessible.

You can even opt for a 6K widescreen filming, giving you a 2.31:1 aspect ratio for Hollywood-inspired cinematography. There’s no missing this feature if you’re a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie and love sharing on social media or social events.

The 4K lens sensor of this Insta360 upgrade is slightly bigger than GoPro Hero 10, which has a 1/2.3″ sensor. But despite that, there’s a very noticeable difference in quality.

Capturing raw footage and photos in Insta360 One RS still doesn’t match up to the caliber of the latter. It is especially true if you’re in low light settings where the image breaks and graining/noise becomes a problem since the sensor compensates for the lack of lighting.

Theoretically, the bigger the sensor, the better the quality, but for some reason, that’s not the case for One RS. GoPro’s white balance also works better in high-contrast environments. But we like how Insta360 added an option for HDR mode for pictures and videos, adding more vibrance and sharpness to your shots.

The 360 lens in this camera is the same as the 5.7K ones in One R and One X2. So if you have a GoPro and mainly use it as a 4K option, you it’s worth considering the Insta360 One X2 so you can seamlessly switch perspectives and save some cash.

Slow mo, time-lapse, time shift, and loop recording are all available in both lenses. Don’t miss this if you need all the basics plus a bit more for your Youtube vlogs and TikTok uploads.

Audio Quality

This Insta360 model comes with an extra mic to improve its audio quality. The new core mod also has wind noise reduction added to its algorithm. While it captures audio better than its ancestor One R, it still can’t compare to the crispness you would typically get from a GoPro Hero 10. But we appreciate that you can connect it to your AirPods via Bluetooth if you want to record that way.

Software Interface

The upgraded RS core has an in-camera flow-state to improve your video’s stabilization. You can turn it on, so there’s no need to edit afterward. However, it causes delays. Opting for post-flow-state in the Insta360 studio is still best for smoother videos.

On the brighter side, there are new perks you can take advantage of. Insta360 One RS now has a 50% faster Wi-Fi connection than the One R. You can also enjoy instant zoom even during a recording. And although there are preset settings, you now have access to a quick menu to calibrate your camera on the fly manually.

You can access the settings on the screen.
You can access the settings on the screen.

User Interface

The action cam and Insta360 studio are relatively easy to use once you get the hang of them. The interface is user-friendly, but if it’s your first time, it will require some time to get comfortable navigating the functions.

To make your pictures and videos more epic than ever, we recommend you do all the editing in the studio through a desktop. This way, you’ll see every nitty gritty detail better than you would on your phone via the app.

AI is a convenient component in the Insta360 studio. The Horizon Lock makes your videos more leveled and is available for 4K and 360 lenses. You can upload your 360 footage and choose from preset effects that automatically highlight parts of the video. You can select which subject you’d like to track in the video and let the algorithm do the work.

AI tracks the subject and keeps it at focus.
AI tracks the subject and keeps it at focus.

Options like Mini Planet, Stop Motion, and Jump Planet will automatically generate creative templates for your videos. Or you can also put in the effort of manually changing and choosing various angles/frames that you think would add more awesomeness to your reel.

It’s pretty easy to get the gist of what’s happening and how each function works in the Insta360 studio. Editing and publishing epic photos and videos will be more fun. Whether you just came back from a trip to Gatlinburg or explored some Savannah squares, you can polish up your shots and B-rolls in a less demanding way.

Accessories

In the Insta360 One RS Twin Edition package, the accessories you get depend on which bundle you avail. The Standalone kit has the basics: 4K lens, 360 lens, battery, lens cap, and bracket. Others include extras like an invisible selfie stick, a 64 GB memory card, and mounts.

Case 

The mounting bracket is an essential part of the Insta360 rig. It keeps everything intact, especially for those high-impact activities you’re filming, like snowboarding, parkour, or surfing. It’s why even with the modular design, it doesn’t come apart.

Unlike traditional cases like GoPros, where you need to pop the camera, the bracket has a quick-release button to make the process a breeze.

There’s a quick-release button.
There’s a quick-release button.

Some might find it inconvenient to switch from one lens to another. But if you’re new to 4K and 360, it’s part of the 2-in-1 deal you’ll need to accept since you’re saving some money anyways.

The case also adds to its waterproofness, extending depth down to 164 ft.

The bracket dissipates heat, and the mic comes with a wind cover.
The bracket dissipates heat, and the mic comes with a wind cover.

Lens Cap

Protect your 360 lens from scratches and dirt. Remember to put this on whenever you’re not using the lens.

Battery

The rechargeable 1445mAh battery needs 70 mins. to charge fully and carries 21% more power than One R. It lasts between 75 mins. to 85 mins., depending on mode. Remember, this is thicker than its previous version. If you choose to rig it in with the old mods, you’ll still need to upgrade to the Insta360 One RS bracket.

Optional Add-Ons

Talking about faking drone shots, you can opt for other bundles like the Bike kit that comes with an invisible selfie stick. It extends from 6″ up to 27.5″ long. Investing in a reliable drone is no joke- and this alternative gets the job done decently without digging holes in your pocket. Remember, it only works on the 360 lens. A card reader, 64 GB memory card, and various mounts are also available for an extra cost.

Conclusion

Insta360 One RS is a steal for recreational activities. In particular, for those who want to use the 360 recordings. For roughly $550, it’s like getting two different cameras in one. Want high-res 48 MP pictures? You have the 4K lens for it. Aching for some 360 views of your next stunt? You have it. On the downside, you need to take time to take it out of the case to switch from one POV to another.

Twin Edition Standalone Kit.
Twin Edition Standalone Kit.

Videos taken with Insta360 One RS are a few miles ahead of its ancestor One R but still a step back compared to GoPro Hero 10. But the One RS does a better job on photos.

One main component that made a huge difference is the upgraded core mod. You can now gear up with faster Wi-Fi, better noise reduction, and access to a quick menu. The good thing about the modular design of this Insta360 is you can slowly make the upgrade per piece. So getting the core alone will add value to your user experience if you already own One R.

Built with durability, waterproof, and a heat-dissipating case, this one is ready to go head-on with your adventures. Insta360 One RS is not the best of the rest. But if you’re looking for an action camera that delivers reliable bang for your buck, this one won’t be a bad choice.

Related Reviews

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    One R mods work on this one
  • check-mark
    Faster Wi-Fi and file transfer than before
  • check-mark
    4K boost lens is a noticeable improvement
  • check-mark
    You can use AirPods as a microphone
  • check-mark
    Allows HDR video recording
  • check-mark
    UX is pretty good (including apps for Android and iOS)
  • check-mark
    Free Insta360 STUDIO 2022
  • check-mark
    The case acts as a heat sink, cooling down the action cam
  • check-mark
    Waterproof up to 16 ft. deep without dive case
  • check-mark
    Longer battery life than its predecessor

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe Camera sometimes freezes where all video is lost
  • check-markDiving with the 360 and dive case it not good

Do you want more?

Stay updated with guides, reviews and more about paddling.

On this page

Comments

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Go to Frontpage

close