Insta360 is back with the update to its popular tiny action cam, the Insta360 GO 2. I reviewed the original GO and I thought that it was a great portable camera for the social media savvy crowd looking to capture their perfect action moments on video. The new GO 2 is everything the original was but much more.
Physically, the Insta360 GO 2 looks very much like its predecessor. I loved how small and light the original was so this is a good thing although the new Go is a tad heavier. But at 26g it is still pretty much a feather weight among action cams. It also features all the great mounting options of the original. What has changed is the 4 times larger 32GB storage, and a much bigger battery. What this means is much, much longer clips and almost double the run time before the battery runs out.
You can capture 30 mins of continuous FPV clips (vs 5 mins on the original) and 10 mins clips in Flowstate mode (vs a mere 1 min on the original). Flowstate is the special image stabilization mode that produces buttery smooth motion video without all the jittery that is normally associated with such shots. The new GO 2 comes with a new Basic Stabilization mode which I believe is the hardware stabilization without extra software stabilization using Flowstate. While this mode gives you an extra 5 minutes of footage time, you will probably want to stick with the much more superior Flowstate mode under most circumstances.
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This in my opinion, is the game changer for the new Insta360 GO 2. Previously, the short clips meant that the original GO was a fun video camera for capturing sleek short videos but not a viable option when it comes to action shots due to its limited video length. With the new 10 mins Flowstate mode, I can see many dumping their old action cams for the GO 2. The only obstacle that I see is that the video resolution is limited to a maximum of 1440p@50fps, If 4k is not an absolute must, you should seriously consider replacing your current cam.
The other big update with the new Insta360 GO 2 is with the charging case. While the original had a standard charging case that does nothing more than charging the camera, the new case innovatively doubles up as a remote control as well as a tripod cum selfie holder for the camera.
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