Size and weight carried on a bike are certainly a contentious subject, carry what you want or try and reduce down to absolute bare essentials.
If you go with the latter, electronics can become a burden and add a certain amount of extra weight, but if making memories are also part of your adventure ride, how are you recording them?
Still, shots, the minimalist, will tell you, the phone will take an amazing photo that can be used virtually anywhere, sure it will NEVER match a dedicated camera and great glass but the margins are getting closer.
Video, again the minimalist will tell you to ditch everything, and again just use the phone! Now, this is where that argument doesn’t hold water so well.
If you are standing still, video with a phone is a piece of cake for sure…but riding, not so easy. Sure there are mounts out there, but do you really want that $1000 phone in the heat of the action, and hows the stabilization and horizon leveling on your phone?
No, you don’t, and that’s where action cameras come in and are perfect in so many situations.
Insta 360 is a company that started with a revolutionary 360-degree camera, the Insta360 GO 2 is basically half of that camera, taking a 180-degree view that you can decide later how much or little or even the direction you want the viewer to see. Also, stabilizing via 6-axis stabilization, and also has built-in horizon leveling with no extra parts to buy.
So what do you get in the basic kit, for $300?
- Standalone includes – 1x GO 2, 1x Charge Case, 1x Lens Guard (pre-installed on the lens by default), 1x Magnet Pendant, 1x Pivot Stand, 1x Easy Clip, and 1x Type-C Charge Cable.
The carrying case doubles as the charger, the pivot stand on the right is made to mount to various flat surfaces,
and the easy clip can be used as a non-permanent way to mount the camera to your ADV helmet or a baseball cap around the campfire, don’t forget that it has built in horizon leveling so orientation is never an issue.
The pendant allows the magnetized GO2 to be easily worn in a non-intrusive position to do hands-free filming or just attach it to something ferrous metal to get a unique angle. All of these mounts use the inbuilt magnets and connect together with a very reassuring strong click.
Not only is the charging case exactly what it says it is, but it’s also a small tripod stand, and a remote control too.
Is it really that small? Yes, small as my little pinky finger, and a lot smaller than that other camera that it will get compared to because it does similar things.
The pendant, a picture shows better how it functions…
How’s the footage, if you are running it at its optimum using it’s putting out 1440p video, no that’s not National Geographic or Planet Earth quality, but if you are looking for that you should also be looking for bigger luggage and suspension upgrade for all the extra gear you’ll be carrying!
This resolution is great for ADVrider, YouTube, FB, IG…etc.
FlowState Stabilization (Pro Video mode) 2560×1440@24fps, 25fps, 30fps (Default), 50fps
For the tech-heavy readers –
- Video Format – MP4
- Video Modes – Video (Basic stabilization), Pro Video (FlowState stabilization), HDR, Timelapse, TimeShift (Hyperlapse), Slow Motion
- Video Exposure Modes – Auto
- Manual (Shutter 1/8000 – 1/30, ISO 100-3200)
- Shutter Priority (1/8000s-1s), ISO Priority (100-3200)
- Max. Clip Length – Pro Video mode: 10 mins
- Video mode: 15 mins
- FPV mode: 30 mins
- Timelapse: Adjustable interval, record up to 110 minutes with the Charge Case for a 7-minute clip
- Photo Resolution from the 1 2/3 sensor –
- 16:9, 2560×1440
- 1:1, 2560×2560
- 9:16, 1440X2560
- Film Panorama, 2938×1088
- Photo Modes – Standard, Interval, Night Shot, Starlapse, PureShot
Photo Exposure Modes – Auto, Manual (Shutter 1/8000-120s, ISO 100-3200)
Aperture – F/2.2
ISO – Auto, 100-3200
35mm Equivalent Focal Length – 11.24mm
It charges via USB with a type C connector, so that means you can charge it from your bike and it internally stores whatever footage/ stills you take, volume – 32GB (~28GB usable) no memory cards to worry about. Also, that’s a 1/4-20 below the connection port if you want to put it on a selfie stick or tripod
Its charge time and run time is very impressive compared with the competition,
- 30 mins (Video mode)
- 20 mins (Pro Video mode)
- 150 mins (Video mode)
- 110 mins (Pro Video mode)
- GO 2: 23 mins – 80% / 35 mins – 100%
- Charge Case: 47 mins – 80% / 65 mins – 100%
The usual complaint I hear from anyone using a video camera is having to go through all the footage to make a half-decent video that only maybe a couple of people will ever watch, and you are asking yourself is it really worth it.
This is where AI kicks in, the GO 2 has ‘Auto Editing’. The AI is taking over…your edit with FlashCut 2.0. AI takes your favorite clips, puts them in a story, and edits them together on the beat to the music. Choose from themed templates or let AI freestyle.
So for $300 it’s giving you a lot, you of course can add upgrades, the motorcycle mount kit for $40 might jump out to you, but keep in mind this isn’t made specifically for the GO2, but for their other cameras. If you don’t have a junk drawer full of similar mounts it might be a way to get some unique angles on your ride.
The mount adaptor bundle might be a better option, or in combination with the one above, to me, it seems more motorcycle friendly and is specifically GO 2 compatible.
There is an optional expanding selfie stick, but unlike the original 360 camera sadly the GO2 can’t make it disappear, but it is a very compact size and perfect for a tank bag!
How about some video to see it in action, I was going to do some video myself, but YouTube has influencers that do this stuff day in and day out, and some are very good at what they do. So wanting to show it in its best light this was easily the best comparison video I found.
Disclaimer: Insta 360 sent us a review copy of the GO 2 camera for the purpose of review.