There’s a new action camera from Insta360, but it doesn’t provide 360-degree views, like the company’s best-known products. The new Insta360 GO 2 is basically the same idea as the original GO model: A camera that functions as a normal action camera, without the 360-degree capability.
Although it doesn’t have the same 360-degree perspective, the GO 2 has several other tricks up its sleeve. It’s got in-camera image stabilization; the website says “horizon leveling algorithms will keep the video upright no matter what,” so it sounds as if it’s software-based.
The GO 2 also has hyperlapse and slow-motion functions, an auto-edit capability, hands-free activation, remote-control activation, and a smartphone app (like everything else these days). It has a charge case, similar to wireless earbuds; Insta360 claims 150 minutes of battery life, including the case’s battery capacity. Cleverly, this battery case also functions as the camera’s remote, and a tiny tripod. There’s a monochrome display on the case, but no colour screen on there or the camera. If you want to see the camera’s colour footage, you’ll need to use the app.
The Insta360 GO 2 has a 120-degree field of view. Its 1/2.3″ sensor records max resolution of 1440p 50 fps. It’s also waterproof to 13 feet. It uses onboard storage, instead of swappable memory cards; it can store roughly 30 minutes of standard footage. If you’re using image stabilization, that can drop to 15 minutes or lower, depending which level of stabilization you’re using.
Looking at all those specs, it’s easy to see that the latest GoPro Hero 9 Black exceeds the GO 2’s capabilities in many ways. However, the GO 2 is priced at $300 US, while the Hero 9 Black is priced at $449 US, unless there’s some sort of a deal running (which there often is). For some, there’s no question, they need the swappable SD cards or other features of the GoPro. But, if you only need or want to record short clips, maybe the Insta360 GO 2 is for you. Check out its website for more information.