Insta360 has launched the Insta360 Pro 2, a six-lens professional virtual reality camera that delivers 8K VR imagery. And, the company says, it won’t make you sick.

The camera can shoot 8K-per-eye 3D 360 video, and it has innovative features throughout the entire professional VR production workflow. The company previously launched a VR camera in 2017.

That includes FlowState stabilization, long-range live monitoring, simplified post-production in partnership with Adobe, and a new technology that delivers 8K VR to viewers regardless of whether they have high-end playback devices.

The Insta360 Pro 2 uses its six cameras to capture every angle of a scene at once. The resulting videos or photos are then fused into two 8K 360 images, one per eye, to create immersive 3D VR.


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Available shooting modes include 8K 3D at 30 FPS, 8K monoscopic at 60 FPS, 6K 3D at 60 FPS, and 4K 3D at 120 FPS, among others. New in-camera HDR keeps lighting natural even when it varies in every direction, and i-Log mode is optimized for maximum flexibility in post-production coloring.

The Pro 2’s in-camera stabilization is one of its high points. Until now, VR creators have faced a grim choice: Make their audience sick with poorly stabilized footage or use bulky stabilizing gear that would show up in scene and create a post-production headache.

FlowState solves this, achieving gimbal-level, pro-quality stabilization with no gear necessary. The Pro 2 uses an ultra-precise gyroscope that tracks motion on nine axes, and then – when paired with Insta360’s software innovations – allows creators to stabilize their footage down to a hair, automatically.

Insta360 said that the dynamic, moving shots filmmakers rely on to tell good stories are now possible in VR, along with a new language of dynamic 360 shots waiting to be created.

The camera also addresses another problem. VR creators struggle with a fundamental challenge of the medium. How do you direct a shot when you can’t be on set? The common solution — Wi-Fi monitoring — is notorious for being unreliable, short-range, and prone to delay and interference.

The Pro 2 comes paired with Farsight technology, a 360-degree live monitoring system that offers a high-definition, low-latency video stream that’s optimized for long-distance previewing.

With a transmitter and receiver, creators can direct and control their scene from a distance of roughly 300 meters. Transmitting at 5.18Ghz, the Farsight uses smart channel switching to ensure it always cuts through the noise.

The Pro 2 is also built for convenient stitching and editing using Insta360’s integrated Adobe Premiere Pro workflow. Every time the Pro 2 captures a video, it automatically saves a low-res proxy version, in addition to the full-quality footage.

All a creator needs to do when they finish a shoot is directly import their footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. The proxy files will be automatically recognized and stitched instantly to let creators preview their final project.

The Pro 2 weighs in at a handy 3.42 pounds (including a battery and antennae), making it easy to carry on remote shoots or send up on a drone.

It sports four built-in mics for 360 audio, plus a pair of USB and 3.5mm audio inputs on its top and bottom — allowing creators to add a custom audio setup or other add-ons as their shoots demand.

There’s a drawback to creating a beautiful, high-res VR project: You have to figure out how to deliver it to an audience — most of whom are going to be using either a smartphone or a popular headset like the Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR, both of which max out at 4K.

Using Insta360’s proprietary CrystalView technology, Pro 2 content can be quickly converted into a format that’s ready to play back — at full 8K quality — on any mainstream smartphone or headset.

Preorders for the Insta360 Pro 2 are open now via Insta360 Store, B&H Photo Video, and select retailers worldwide. It’s priced at $5,000, which includes the Farsight transmitter system plus one battery.

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