From the modular ONE R to the ONE X2, Insta360 keeps coming out with unique and cleverly-designed action cams that make those made by GoPro and its ilk look positively pedestrian. Available today, the pill-shaped Insta360 Go 2 action cam, a follow-up to 2019’s first generation GO camera, does not disappoint on the nifty, surprising, and delightful front.
Like its predecessor, the oval pendant-like device is literally–at 2.08 by 0.93 by 0.81 inches–the size of a mini-hotdog and weighs just under an ounce. Insta360 is calling it the “world’s smallest action camera,” and it is indeed a fraction of the size of boxy action cams. As such, it’s more versatile in terms of placement, with a built-in magnet that is used to instantly and easily attach to included accessories such as the Magnet Pendant, which clips onto a shirt or pocket, or the Easy Clip, which can be fastened onto a headband or hat for instant POV views.
Taking a design cue from totally wireless earbuds, the GO 2 comes with an oval charge case that not only adds 120 minutes to the GO 2’s 30-minute standalone battery life (and charges up to 80 percent in just 23 minutes), but also functions as a remote control and tripod.
The multi-function charging case is just one way that the GO 2 improves upon its predecessor. Other upgrades include several new field of view options, the ability to create longer clips (up to 30 minutes FPV and 15 minutes with basic stabilization), and an IPX8 waterproof rating down to 13 feet depth. The ½.3-inch image sensor enables detailed and clear pictures, including wide-angle, in any kind of light, as well as a higher exported video resolution of 1440p.
As with other Insta360 action cameras, the GO 2 has the company’s FlowState video stabilization capability built in, as well as a companion mobile app, which lets you easily edit clips and even preview shots (via WiFi direct) so you can modify settings before shooting. The included Flash 2.0 AI-powered editing software uses computer vision to automatically scan clips for highlights and then edits them into a reel, complete with soundtrack music.
Available now directly from Insta360.com and a few retailers, the Insta360 GO 2 ($300) comes with the Charge Case, Magnet Pendant, Easy Clip, Pivot Stand, and Lens Guard (see them in action in both the gallery and video below). Consumers can customize skins for the camera on the Insta360 site. This summer, the GO 2 will be available in a limited “Minions Edition” in yellow and blue that looks just like the eponymous oval-shaped animated characters.
Insta360’s YouTube launch video below gives a thorough overview of the GO 2 camera’s functionality and features in various action and lifestyle scenarios.
Tom is the Editor in Chief of Dealerscope.