Modular action cameras have been around for a while now, and the Insta360 One RS Twin Edition follows last year's One R modular cameras. While it doesn't have the magnetic snappiness of the DJI Action 2, the One RS' attachments stay quite secure. The new case design makes it easy to take out and change attachments, too.
- Waterproof up to 5m when in the case
- 4K Boost lens: F2.4, 16mm focal length, up to 8,000 x 6,000 (4:3) photos, up to 6,016 x 2,560 at 25/24fps video
- 360 Lens: F2.0, 7.2mm focal length, 6,080 x 3,040 (2:1) photos, 5,760 x 2,880 at 30/25/24fps video
The One RS comes with a Core module, a battery pack, a 360 camera, and a 4K camera that can be used facing forwards or backwards. To use the camera, you'll need to attach either the 360 or 4K camera to the Core, then snap on the battery pack. FlowState stabilisation is built into the module, so videos are smooth right from the get-go. Make sure to put the One RS into the case, as this will make it waterproof up to 5m underwater. The case comes with a mount that you can use on a tripod. I do think that swapping modules is a bit clunky though, as you'll have to slide it out of the case, unhook the battery before changing the module.
To shoot a video quickly, you can just press the record button when the RS is off. It will record until you hit the button again to stop. If you want to shoot pictures or change the resolution instead, you'll need to turn on camera first and swipe from left to right on the tiny screen. I found it a bit difficult to use at first on the tiny 1.5-inch display. But you'll get used to it. There are also tons of modes to try, such as Starlapse, 6K Widescreen, or Slow-motion. When powered on, just press the record button to take a picture or video. While the new Core claims to have 50% faster Wi-Fi, trying to edit a clip direct from the camera was sluggish. You're better off downloading it to your phone first for editing.
You get up to 48MP photos with the 4K module, and 6,080 x 3,040-pixel images with the 360 lens. Video-wise, you're looking at up to 6K 25fps for the 4K module, or 200fps at full-HD. The 360 module will record 5.7K video at 30fps, or 100fps slow-motion at 3,008 x 1,504 resolution. The Insta360 app lets you edit, enhance, and export from your phone, but only at full-HD. I do like that the camera is smart enough to hide the selfie stick. The 4K module takes much better photos and videos. Shots are bright with plenty of details. Battery life is decent, and will last you for an hour of shooting at 5.7K at 30fps or 4K at 50fps.
The Insta360 One RS isn't cheap. It retails for S$768 for the Get-Set Kit, which comes with the 4K and 360 modules, and a cover for your 360 lens. It comes with a free selfie stick and a 64GB microSD card. There's also a 1-inch camera module with 360 lens that retails for S$1,287. We did not test this version. You can also use the older One R lenses with the new RS Core. Get it from Shopee or Lazada (Bike Bundle).
Note: Review unit provided by Insta360.
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