Insta360 Flow review (2023) look at the features and performance

keeps your phone stable for especially smooth pictures. For travel, it folds easily without sacrificing stability.

DJI and Zhiyun are the leaders in smartphone gimbals, but Insta360 knows how to shoot action video forward, backward, and in a fast-paced way called hyper-lapse. With the $159 Insta360 Flow gimbal, the company that makes 360-degree action cameras is moving into the phone market, which is not its main market. The Flow uses AI to help accurately track subjects when recording and competes with models like the DJI Osmo Mobile 6 ($159) and the Zhiyun Smooth 5S ($169), which offer similar features for about the same price.

Insta360 Flow: Description

The Insta360 Flow is made of hard plastic and comes in Stone Gray or Summit White. A rubber sleeve that goes over the handle makes it easier to shoot. There are two joints that move to open and close the gimbal. One is in the middle, and the other is near the phone holder. To open it up, give it a little pull, and to fold it back up, give it a gentle push in the opposite direction.

When the gimbal is folded, it is 6.4 by 3.1 by 1.4 inches. (HWD). It’s smaller than the DJI Osmo Mobile 6, which is its closest competitor and folds up to 7.4 by 3.3 by 1.7 inches. The Flow measures 10.6 by 2.9 by 2.8 inches when it’s open, while the Osmo measures 10.9 by 4.4 by 3.9 inches. When packing for a trip, the extra portability of the Flow when it is collapsed makes a big difference.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The design is small and light.
  • 360-degree video and photo capabilities
  • IPX8 is resistant to water.
  • 6-axis image stabilization
  • Mount for a standard tripod

Cons

  • Battery life is short
  • Not enough room to store things
  • There is no built-in screen for lining up shots.

Insta360 Flow: Specification Table

SpecificationDescription
CameraDual 8.3-megapixel fisheye lenses
Image SensorSony IMX179
Video Resolution3840 x 1920 at 30fps
Photo Resolution3840 x 1920
Live StreamingUp to 3840 x 1920 at 30fps
Image Stabilization6-axis gyroscopic stabilization
ConnectivityWiFi, USB-C
StorageMicroSD card (up to 128GB)
Battery Life1 hour
Weight67g
Dimensions104.6 x 31.3 x 21.4 mm
CompatibilityiOS and Android
Water ResistanceIPX8 (10m waterproof)
MountingStandard 1/4″ tripod mount
Official linkVisit Website

Insta360 Flow: Design

Insta360 Flow review

It doesn’t help to have a mobile gimbal if it’s so big or hard to use that you just leave it at home. Insta360 knows this, and it’s clear that a lot of thought went into the design of the Flow. First of all, it’s light (under 400g total) and small, folding down to 79.6 x 162.1 x 36mm, which makes it easy to carry in a pocket.

The magnetic clamp makes it easy to attach your phone, and it only takes one twist to move the gimbal arm into a position where it can be used. It will also turn on by itself. It’s a far cry from older gimbals, which were complicated and hard to set up, and it’s even better than the DJI OM 5 and 6, which were already pretty easy to set up.

The idea for the magnetic clamp came from recent models in the DJI OM series, and it works exactly the same way: it’s a spring-loaded clamp that locks around the back and sides of your phone and can snap into place on the top of the gimbal through magnets. It’s stable enough to hold phones that weigh up to 300g and are between 6.9 and 10mm thick and 64 and 84mm wide. My iPhone 8 never felt like it was going to fall off.

The handle is small, and people with bigger hands might find it too small. However, you can pull out both a 215mm selfie stick and a mini tripod. (the latter of which doubles as a handy grip extender too good news for those larger handed users). It also has a standard tripod mount thread on the bottom and a cold shoe for attaching an external microphone from a different company.

Insta360 Flow: Features

Insta360 Flow review

But adding more control and features wouldn’t be possible without good software, and we like how it’s all built into the Insta360 app. This is still the beta version, and we had to use Test Flight to get it to work, but I was still able to connect it to my other Insta360 devices. That’s probably the only small thing we don’t like about how DJI sends us their Beta apps, since we have to download new ones every time a new device comes out.

DeepTrack 3.0 is also shown here. In some ways, it works a little bit better than DJI’s ActiveTrack. It has to do with how the AI recognizes subjects better and automatically frames them in a way that is a little more smooth and elegant. It just seems a little sharper than what DJI makes.

In PanoPhoto mode, you can choose between 3×3, which is a super-wide angle, 180 degrees, and the last option, which lets you take a 360-degree photo with your phone. But you have to turn this clamp around so that the back cameras are facing you in order to do this. I think it’s really smart that they used all of the 360 data from previous 360 cameras to stitch these photos together so well.

App and tracking

The Flow works with the same Insta360 app on your phone as the company’s action cameras like the Insta360 X3, Insta360 One RS, and Insta360 Go 2, but you shouldn’t have too much trouble using it even if you are not familiar with those. Once it’s installed and paired with your phone and Flow, it will let you know when the gimbal is turned on by leaving a message on your phone’s screen.

The interface is the same as most smartphone camera apps, with a big shutter button in the bottom center and a list of shooting modes that can be swiped through horizontally: Pano Photo, Photo, Video, Timelapse, TimeShift, Slow Motion, Dolly Zoom, and Live Mode. Most of these are easy to understand: Pano Photo is an automatically shot and stitched panorama. TimeShift is a video sequence that speeds up and slows down.

Dolly Zoom lets you quickly recreate Alfred Hitchcock’s brilliantly shocking zoom effect from Vertigo. Live Mode is live streaming video. The app also has manual and automatic shooting modes, controls for most of the gimbal’s settings and Shot Genie, Insta360’s built-in tutorials for shooting different types of sequences. Shot Genie is a little too rigid and instructive for my taste, since it tells you exactly where to point the camera and in what order to take your shots.

Insta360 Flow: Performance

Insta360 Flow review

So, the Insta360 Flow does have some trouble with how it handles, but its performance is fine. It is very stable, and its movements are smooth. You can say the same thing about its competitors, but what makes the Flow stand out is that it can track subjects. If you try hard enough, you can fool any tracking system, but in our tests, the Flow’s Deep Track 3.0 was the most “sticky.”

Some of the best 360-degree cameras are made by Insta360, so we’d guess that the company’s experience with AI tracking and editing has also helped here. Deep Track 3.0’s ability to find a subject again if something gets in the way or if it briefly leaves the frame and to keep tracking a subject whose shape and size change as it moves is really impressive.

We’re used to tracking systems that stay on the subject until something happens and then give up, but this one can find your subject again even if it’s lost.

Final Words

The Flow from Insta360 is not perfect in every way. The problems with Pan Follow mode are hard to forgive, not because there isn’t a way to fix them (there is), but because there’s no warning. Even though the extending handle and tripod feet are great ideas, they feel too cheap and flimsy to give you much confidence in them.

But the DeepTrack 3.0 subject tracking is really impressive, as are the Flow’s small size when folded and how quickly it can be used. So, Insta360’s first smartphone gimbal isn’t perfect, but its small size, quick setup, and ability to track a subject might make up for its problems with handling.

FAQs

What is the resolution of the insta X3?

4K views from first-person. Choose a lens to shoot wide-angle video like a single-lens action camera. With 4K30fps, you can get the highest resolution, and with 2.7K MaxView, you can get a field of view that is 170° wide. Your footage from the first-person view has never looked this good.

What is the difference between FOV and FOV in Insta360?

Default FOV should be used with the default field of view and in-camera stabilization for resolutions up to 4K. Use FOV+ for the widest field of view. Use FlowState Stabilization, 360 Horizon Lock, and the Insta360 app or Studio to change the aspect ratio.

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The Insta360 Flow packs a lot of stabilization and tracking technology into a foldable, pocket-sized gimbal that's ready to go in a snap. AI subject tracking is top-notch, but the vertical support can compromise the tilt axis range, and the built-in tripod legs are narrow, flimsy, and elastic.Insta360 Flow review (2023) look at the features and performance