The Insta360 ONE X2 Action Camera is a handy, handheld, chocolate bar shaped action camera with two large fisheye lenses on the front and back. Using algorithmic magic, it neatly puts these recordings together to create 360-degree videos, so you can instantly record virtually everything that’s going on around you, then go back and edit clips together showcasing whatever comes to you. interested.
Insta360’s nifty FlowState stabilization ensures your recordings are super smooth no matter what you do. Combine that with its ruggedness and waterproof nature to 10 meters (at least, if you’re not trying to run a USB-C cable from the camera to your bike because you’re trying not to have to turn on the batteries) on a long drive), and the ONE X2 seems like a pretty solid motorcycle action cam. As someone who has never used an action camera before (I to know), here’s what I thought.
When you open the box for the first time, you will find: an Insta360 ONE X2 camera, an Insta360 branded 64GB microSDXC card, a single 1630mAh battery that can be charged either in the camera or in the docking station Quick charge with three Insta360 batteries (sold separately), a charging cable, a neoprene case that adapts to the camera and a quick start guide. The rubberized lens cap for the ONE X2 is also sold separately, but with the way these lenses stand out, you’ll probably want some. Insta360 states that this camera can take up to 1TB memory card as long as it is UHS-I, can run at speed of V30 or higher, and is in exFAT format. So you have options.
By the way, if the idea of ââthese lenses on display makes you nervous when you mount that camera to take low-angle shots with your rear wheel, Insta360 also sells two different types of lens covers suitable for the ONE X2. There’s a basic set of adhesives that honestly don’t seem to do much, and there’s the Premium Lens Guard kit which costs a bit more, but it at least seems like it does. it might take a crack or two from the road debris and probably not transmit damage to your camera lens. I bought the Premium Lens Guard for my ONE X2 review because it made me feel a lot better about taking it out for rides – and so far, although I’ve been very careful too with the camera it seems to have done its job.
If you’ve ever had action cameras in your house (which I have; I just haven’t been the one to use them) then you might already have ball type mounts that will work with this. camera. Otherwise, naturally, Insta360 has a variety of mounting kits suitable for all kinds of activities that you might need a camera like this for. One thing I wish the company had done is offer things like, say, a breast support as a stand-alone item, instead of only offering it inside of one of the biggest mounting kits. For example, the Invisible Selfie Stick (which works as advertised) is sold as a standalone item as well as packaged with other kits, which is well thought out.
Here are some specifications: The ONE X2 shoots 360 degree video in the following resolutions: 5.7K at 30fps, 25fps and 24fps; 4K at 50 fps and 30 fps; and 3K at 100 fps. Wide-angle fixed camera mode is possible at 2560 x 1440 at 50 fps and 30 fps, or 1920 x 1080 at 50 fps and 30 fps. It can also take photos directly from the camera, or you can choose individual frames from your videos and extract them as screenshots afterwards. Steady cam videos are saved in MP4 format, while all 360 videos are saved in Insta360’s INSV format, which you can view and edit in Insta360’s mobile and desktop apps. The mobile app is of course available for Android and iOS devices.
Video modes available include standard, HDR, timelapse, timeshift, bullet time (there is also an accessory kit for this), and still camera. The ONE X2 has a built-in microphone, but even with wind reduction turned on, you probably won’t find it very usable on its own to record all those big engine noises from your beloved bike. For that, you’ll probably need an external mic setup, and that’s where we get into something a little frustrating about the ONE X2.
Premium Lens Guard does its job, but it’s great.
You have no way to access this USB-C port while this Premium Lens Guard is in place.
You see, it’s entirely possible to use an external mic with your ONE X2, as long as you get the Insta360 mic adapter module. It plugs into the USB-C port, which you can see in the photos, which dismisses the notion of window sealing if you get caught in a downpour because that little port will be exposed. It should also be noted that if you choose to use the Premium lens covers, you cannot access this USB-C port at all, as it is locked in place by the Premium lens covers if you have them properly attached. on your device.
Having said that, the quality of the video is pretty good, and it’s beautiful to watch. I’m still working on developing some video editing skills which I’m sure you’ll see in the video I’ll include here. I’m not a vlogger and haven’t tried doing a lot of static tripod shooting with the ONE X2, so I can’t tell you much about its suitability for this purpose. Riding it on a motorcycle, on your chest, on your helmet, or on your bike, there’s plenty of room for creative possibilities here, as long as you don’t consider using the audio straight from the camera.
It’s worth noting that since Insta360 sent us this camera for review, the company has released several updates to its smartphone and desktop editing software. While full reviews of the software suite are outside the scope of RideApart, functionality, usability, and overall speed seem to have improved with each iteration, which is always encouraging to see. There is a learning curve, of course, but you learn best by doing something like this, and there are countless YouTube tutorials to help you along the way if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s also worth noting that an Adobe Premiere plugin is included in the Insta360 software suite, so you can put your clips together and then edit a larger project in Premiere if you want to.