Insta360’s new action cameras borrow the blocky design of GoPro’s popular Hero series, but add the ability to flip up that large 2.4-inch rear touchscreen for easier vlogging. The company’s new “Ace” camera starts at $379.99 for the standard model, and there’s a flagship “Pro” version for $449.99. The high-end model is equipped with a Leica Summarit lens and a large 1/1.3-inch image sensor for excellent low-light performance and up to 8K at 24 frames per second. Both versions are available now.
The standard Ace camera model comes with a smaller 1/2-inch image sensor, but it supports recording up to 6K at 30 frames per second, and both models can shoot 4K at a high speed of 120 frames per second and take 48 MP photos. They also integrate new five-nanometer AI chips that enable features like PureVideo, which can increase low-light performance by denoising images in real time. However, only the Pro is capable of capturing additional nighttime detail and supports Active HDR for daytime recordings.
The Insta360 Aces cameras’ flip-up screen viewing option, also seen on the company’s recent Go 3 camera Action Pod case, might add some durability risk, but it allows for better framing and is more easier to see than the small front screens of GoPros. When you record yourself, the camera can respond to hand gestures to start recording remotely so you can participate in your TikTok dance performances.
Insta360 has added a number of features that can save you SD card space, such as the ability to pause a video recording without interrupting the clip and the ability to cancel an active recording by holding the button. the shutter pressed, eliminating the need to deal with unwanted videos. files. Ace cameras can also change the aspect ratio of clips after recording, so you can switch from landscape to portrait for social videos or use a full square for more framing flexibility.
The AI Highlight Assistant feature can save you time by quickly finding and cutting action shots from large video recordings so you don’t have to transfer the entire file . Once the images are on your smartphone, you can have fun editing them or allowing them to create generated memories. It also has an AI Warp feature that can edit your clips by entering custom and preset prompts to generate different effects. Insta360 will release more of these features “by 2024.”
One of the nice features of Ace cameras is connectivity with Apple Watches and Garmin devices that can integrate GPS and other data into your recordings. It can overlay things like elevation and speed onto your video, and you can frame your shot from your wrist and control the cameras on your next snowy mountain descent.
The cameras feature a waterproof design with the ability to dive up to 33 feet underwater and up to 196 feet with a Dive Case accessory. Their batteries are internally tested to last 100 minutes when recording in 4K30 with Active HDR. The cameras can quickly charge up to 80% in 22 minutes via a power charger.
The Insta360 Ace ($379.99) and Ace Pro ($449.99) are now available worldwide and can be purchased on Insta360.com and Amazon.