Skip to main content

Insta360 camera for Android is already halfway to its funding goal after one day

Insta360 – Introducing the Insta360 Air
The accessory that turns smartphones into affordable 360 cameras could be coming to Android. On Monday, Insta360 launched the dual-lens Air on Indiegogo.

The smartphone accessory live-streams 360-degree video — and snaps stills — using two 220-degree lenses, image stabilization, and integrated stitching software. Plugged into the top of the phone, the camera captures about 3,000 pixels stretched across that 360-degree view for stills, or 2K for videos at 30fps.

The Insta360 Air isn’t the company’s first jaunt with 360. The Insta360 Nano is an iPhone-compatible version. While the two cameras have a completely different look — the Nano sporting a rectangular shape while the Air is a sphere — the company says the quality from the two will be similar. Besides the iOS compatibility, the pricier Nano has a built-in battery, while the Air uses a charge from the smartphone’s battery.

The Insta360 Air uses four different viewing modes: the traditional scrollable 360, the Little Planet, flat mode, and a VR mode for using with goggles. The camera connects to Android smartphones through a Micro USB or Type-C port. The camera can also double as a webcam by connecting the camera to a laptop using an extension arm.

Both lenses are 210 degree fisheyes with a f/2.4 maximum aperture. Insta360 says that both the shutter speed and ISO on the camera are adjustable.

Smaller than a golf ball, the sphere-shaped camera sits about an inch and a half tall, weighing a pocketable .93 ounces (26.5 g).

After only a day of crowd funding, the campaign has already reached over half of its $20,000 goal. The Insta360 Air is selling to early backers for $99 if that campaign reaches full funding over the next month, with retail price expected to sit at $119. Insta360 says it expects the product to ship to backers in March of 2017.

Editors' Recommendations

Hillary K. Grigonis
Hillary never planned on becoming a photographer—and then she was handed a camera at her first writing job and she's been…
Insta360 GO 2 is a miniscule action camera that weighs less than an ounce
insta360 go 2 weighs less than ounce news g0 lifestyle 3 of 4

When you're on the move and trying to keep up with the action, the last thing you want is a hefty camera weighing you down. The Insta360 GO 2 is the perfect solution to this problem. At only 27 grams, the camera weighs less than an ounce but still provides high-resolution, hands-free recording with an action camera.

The Insta360 GO 2 includes a 1/2.3-inch image sensor that yields 1440p videos, ensuring high-quality results no matter what you're recording. Whether you post your videos on your social media feed or to a dedicated YouTube channel, they'll stand out. The signature FlowState stabilization and horizon leveling algorithms mean your video will be steady no matter how many bumps you hit or hills you crest.

Read more
Insta360 teases a camera so small you can hardly see it
insta360 teases a camera so small you can hardly see it new

Our Next Camera – March 9

Insta360 is about to launch a very small camera that it’s describing as a “tiny, mighty surprise.”

Read more
Modular Insta360 One R now uses A.I. for better photos, livestreams in 360
insta360 one r review inch mod 8038

Part of what makes the Insta360 One R an adaptive camera, beside the modular design, are the updates -- and the company is making good on that promise with a list of new updates it has launched. The modular action camera now uses artificial intelligence to create HDR-like photos, uses a higher bit rate for more detail, offers a new webcam mode, and can stream live videos in 360.

PureShot is a new stills mode for the modular camera that uses A.I. to increase the dynamic range of photos while reducing noise in low light. Insta360 says the mode offers a result similar to using auto exposure bracketing to combine shots in post, but is done in-camera with one tap.

Read more