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Insta360 Go 2 Review: A tiny camera with impressive features

Insta360 Go 2 Review

Insta360 recently released the Insta360 Go 2. The Insta360 Go 2 is similar to its predecessor. But it resolved all the problems that came with the first generation Go. So it has greatly improved in aspects like extended battery life, improved image quality, extended recording time, remote control, remote live view, effortless control, etc. 

Insta360 Go 2 Design

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The Insta360 Go 2 is a small and tiny action camera that’s 2.1 x 0.9 x 0.8 inches, having a shape similar to a standard USB stick. Its shape and size have all the necessary electronics like a sensor, 32GB storage, a processor, lens, a hidden shutter button at the front to operate the camera solo, and battery. 

There are three mounts in the box. The pendant is a necklace that contains a magnetized plate that holds the Insta360 Go 2 firmly when it’s stitched or attached to a fabric. While the Easy Clip possesses a gripper that can be attached to backpack straps or caps. Also, the Pivot Stand has an adhesive back that can stick to anything. There’s a bracket that’s compatible with GoPro-style mounts.

Insta360 Go 2 was created when a typical action camera might be too pronounced or too big. We hope the clamshell hinge of the battery case could swivel. Its orientation is suitable for vlogs, and you can put your finger over the shutter button. 

A fantastic upgrade with the Insta360 Go 2 is the removable lens covering. Like the classic Go 2, the lens cap screws off, allowing you to change it if it gets scratched. The camera is almost protected when inside the case, even when it’s not rightly kept. It is 1Px8 water-resistant. Still, it’s not suitable for swimming. 

Insta360 Go 2 Accessories 

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The Insta360 Go 2 was used with its battery case most times because you’ll have to slot the camera into it to recharge the battery or export your clips. It also has two buttons and a slim but clear OLED display.

The combination of screen and physical buttons allows you to switch between modes easily, modify settings, and start/stop taking stills and videos, making the Go 2 a near full-blown camera. The case wirelessly connects to the camera. For instance, you can leave the Insta360 Go 2 attached to a cap and keep the case probably in your pocket to serve as a remote control whenever you want to capture some footage. 

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The flip-out base serves as a mini stick grip. It helps in keeping your hand out of view and makes taking casual clips simply easy.

Also, it has attractive flip-out legs, suitable for random group stills shots and for time-lapse videos. There’s also a standard thread mount below, in case you need a standard tripod. The tiny integrated legs work well on flat surfaces for flexibility.

Insta360 Go 2 Image and Video Quality 

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The Insta360 Go 2 can record videos at resolutions up to 2880 x 2880 and 30fps, but they will be exported as 1440p (2560 x 1440) for the accounting of electronic image stabilization, a function called FlowState. It has a fantastic effect on the company’s 360 cameras. Its resolution is slightly higher than the first-generation model, which had a 2720×2720 sensor whose maximum limit was at 25 fps.

When the video was shown at dusk, regardless of the noisiness and absence of detailed crispness, the camera could still grasp the oranges and reds colors of the setting sun with the deep blues of the evening sky. 

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When testing the Go 2’s motion stabilization, the video was filmed in the Pro Cam setting, which gives the best latitude when editing. The Insta360 app allows us to easily adjust the field of view between Action, Narrow, Wide, and Linear. In the narrow setting, the camera smooths the video so that some movements won’t be pronounced, but in the wide setting, the camera bounces back and forth notably.

Don’t think of using the Go 2 for long videos. But it can record about 30 minutes of unstabilized footage. It reduces to 15 minutes with essential stabilization and then decreases to 10 minutes with the FlowState on. But with the timelapse setting, the Go 2 in its charging case can record about 110 minutes which translates to 7-minute footage.

The images taken with the Insta360 Go 2 were excellent but not as sharp and crisp as those you’ll get with GoPro Hero9 or other great camera phones. There’s a detailed deficiency that can’t be found on cameras with bigger and improved sensors during sunny and overcast conditions.

The Go 2 isn’t to take pictures, but it does a fantastic job. They aren’t too high-resolution HD in 16×9 form, but they use Insat360’s Pure Shot method, which seems like a mild HDR mode where it takes in several exposures and merges them for a photo that possesses an improved dynamic range than it would have using a single exposure. It also has 120 fps HD slow motion and HDR video modes.

Insta360 Go 2 Audio Quality 

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The Go 2 had a microphone that sits on the top, and there’s a space for it in the tripod/battery case. Having a single microphone offers a limited sense of the environmental sound of the positioning of people, animals, or objects. But it produces vocals with a reasonable amount of bass, well-represented mids, and a clear treble. 

Insta360 Go 2 Battery Life

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Similar to the original Insta360 Go, the Insta360 Go 2 doesn’t last for long on a charge by itself. Instead of 30 minutes of capture, or a better 150 minutes with the case connected and fully charged. 

We discovered that taking an on/off fast clip with the Insta360 Go 2 won’t allow you to attain the stated 30/150 minutes duration.

Conclusion 

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The Go 2 is available for $299. This is an incredible choice for people or companies who are into mobile-first editing for posting to social media accounts. Besides, there isn’t a tiny camera available in the market that can shoot 120 degrees with this level of stabilization or this type of quality. The final result will look fabulous on your phone. 

And for the mobile-first vlogger or passionate social media user, that image quality is excellent, and enough, the camera is small and portable that it can easily be mounted anywhere. And its absence of confusing controls is suitable for the person who wouldn’t precisely know what to do with several options anyway.

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