Inspired design, intuitive software, and a flexible selection of accessories justify the price tag... but don’t expect epic battery life.
Insta360 is best known for its pricey (but excellent) 360 cams, the prosumer grade One X, its amusingly named successor, the One X2, and a pile of high-end, super expensive, professional 360 rigs.
However, it also makes action cams, including a modular one called the One R, and a dinky one called the Go 2.
The Go 2 is seriously compact and weighs a mere 26.5g (0.93oz). Even when it’s in its brilliant, multi-function, AirPods Pro-sized charging case (more on this later), it only weighs 63.5g (2.24oz).
Those diminutive dimensions make it easy to put in unusual places.
Down to 13 feet (4m) without a case. But the charging case isn’t, so don’t get that wet.
Insta360 sells the Go 2 with various accessories kits, but each include the same core items:
– The multifunction charging case
– A magnetic pendant
– The “pivot stand” / sticky mount
– An “easy clip” for caps, lapels, headbands, etc.
The Go 2 has magnets in it, which enables it to securely connect to each accessory, like the magnetic pendant that turns it into a body cam.
One of Insta360’s claims to fame is its “FlowState Stabilization” that smooths out everything from first-person footage, to handheld shots, to footage from moving vehicles.
The case is downright ingenious. Aside from charging the Go 2, it can act as a mini tripod, attach to a full-sized one, or serve as a remote control for the camera.
And the case has physical controls for recording or switching modes and a display for checking settings.
In addition to trimming clips and adding music or filters, you can adjust your field-of-view from ultrawide to linear or narrow after the fact.
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For some sample audio, tap the speaker icon in the next pair of videos
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Storage — 32GB (~28 usable)
Aperture — f/2.2
ISO — 100-3,200
Codec — H.264
35mm equiv — 11.24mm
Sensor — 1/2.3-inch
Pro mode — 2,56 0 x 1,440 / up to 50fps
Timelapse — 2,560 x 1,440 / up to 30fps
HDR — 2,560 x 1,440 / at 24fps or 35fps
Slow-mo — 1,920 x 1,080 / 120fps
The price of the basic Insta360 Go 2 kit.
— Super compact portable
— Very flexible and discreet
— Wide range of shooting modes
— Waterproof out the box
— Includes lots of accessories
— Requires a high-end smartphone
— Data transfer can be very slow
— Limited shooting time
— App can be fiddly
— Can get really hot
If you want to shoot 4K video for big screens with stellar audio, the Insta360 Go 2 isn’t for you.
If you want to shoot interesting, 2,560 x 1440 footage from unique angles, mostly for social media, and want a camera small enough to take everywhere, it’s almost perfect.