Insta360 X4 Review: 8K 360 Footage in a Tiny Package

Insta360 X4 Review: 8K 360 Footage in a Tiny Package Leave a comment

In observe, that is the primary 360 digital camera I’ve used the place the video footage remains to be very sharp and clear, even when reframed to 16:9. You continue to must take care of the sew line, which is the place the sides of the 2 lenses meet and software program (imperfectly) fills within the gaps, however in any other case postproduction use of this footage looks like, properly, simply modifying video. I combined it with footage from a Sony A7R II, GoPro Hero 12, and Insta360 Ace Pro, and except for the broader angle of view, it is arduous to inform the footage aside.

That alone is sufficient for me to say that that is the 360 digital camera filmmakers will need. The 8K footage nonetheless does not reframe to 4K (you may have to attend for 12K footage earlier than that is attainable), but it surely seems to be ok for something you are going to put on-line.

It is not simply the high-end specs which have modified within the X4 both. Body speeds have been improved in lower-resolution footage, with new choices to shoot 5.7K video at 60 fps, 4K at 100 fps, and 4K at 60 fps when capturing in wide-angle mode. None of that’s earth-shattering, but it surely does provide you with some higher slo-mo choices, because of the upper body charges.

The colour profile choices stay the identical because the X3: Customary, Vivid, and Log (for individuals who desire to paint in publish). I shot primarily in Customary and located the colours to be properly rendered, maybe a bit of on the nice and cozy aspect. I discover Vivid too garish, and naturally when you plan to combine footage with different cameras, you may wish to shoot every part in Log and do your coloring in software program.

Movie Crew in a Field

Testing motion cameras is at all times top-of-the-line elements of this job, but it surely was particularly enjoyable with the Insta360 X4. I do not even like capturing 360 video, however capturing 360 video understanding that I can crop, reframe, and nonetheless get sharp, clear footage with a number of element and easy pans? Sure please.

In some ways the Insta360 is like including a small movie crew to your bag, particularly when you get Insta360’s hilariously oversize 9.8-foot selfie stick, which makes it attainable to faux surprisingly life like growth pictures.

At $99, the brand new Extended Edition Selfie Stick is not low-cost, however is properly price it for the flexibility it creates when paired with the X4. Absolutely prolonged and held behind you when you stroll, it mimics a low-flying drone tracking shot, however with out the entire crash-in-the-trees factor.

Talking of timber, shade, and shadow, the X4 excels in shiny daylight. Excessive-contrast scenes like a forest flooring at noon are tougher (that is true for any digital camera). HDR mode will help generally, however you then lose the power to shoot Log.

{Photograph}: Scott Gilbertson

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