Insta360 releases the ONE RS, the 6K successor to the modular ONE R action camera.
Insta360 ONE RS
The Insta360 ONE R was launched more than two years ago, with an interesting modular proposition of interchangeable lenses that allowed you to adapt the camera as an action camera or 360-degree video camera in one compact body. It has taken two years, but the ONE R's successor has finally been announced.
The Insta360 ONE RS is a big upgrade with a very familiar design, and you can probably tell by the name that it succeeds the ONE R by building upon it rather than being a complete overhaul. So what are the major improvements the ONE RS brings to the table?
The ONE RS will feature a brand new 4K Boost Lens, which now boasts a massive 1/2-inch 48MP sensor with a faster F2.4 lens. In comparison, the ONE R's 4K lens only featured a 12MP sensor with an F2.8 lens. Besides supporting 4K60 video and 48MP stills, the new 4K Boost Lens will also enable two new features for the ONE RS - Active HDR and 6K Widescreen (2.35:1 aspect ratio) video support.
The other two lens modules - 1-inch wide angle and 360-degree - remain the same as the ONE R. And this is where the design similarity and backwards compatibility comes into play. From what we understand, the ONE R will eventually be able to use the new 4K Boost lens as well with a firmware upgrade in the future.
Insta360 also boasts an upgraded Core processing module - though the spec sheet doesn't really reveal exact details. In any case, the ONE RS is now powerful enough to have in-camera hardware FlowState stabilisation up to 4K60. The ONE R was not able to do this, and you had to apply software stabilisation in post-production.
Other improvements of the ONE RS over the ONE R include better audio quality (three mics vs two), larger battery (1445mAh vs 1190mAh), and a new mounting bracket with a quick release mechanism for faster lens changing. Water resistance remains at IPX8.
The Insta360 ONE RS is available now through select retailers, as well as globally via Amazon US. Prices are US$299.99 (4K Boost Lens only), US$549.99 Twin Edition (4K Boost Lens and 360 Lens), or $549.00 1-inch Edition.