Insta360 GO 2 creates world’s smallest stabilized, waterproof action camera

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The new Insta360 GO 2 action camera might just change the game by packing the perfect feature set into an incredibly small package. It’s not just the camera that’s cool, the included charging case that doubles as a remote and tripod create an incredibly versatile package that can literally go anywhere. Take a look:

Insta360 GO 2 tech specs

The Insta360 GO 2 packs an HD video camera with 6-axis stabilization into a 27g device no bigger than your thumb. Probably smaller. The included charging case is no bigger than most other action cameras (also probably smaller), and gives you up to 150 minutes of use without having to plug in…and it’s a remote, tripod, and selfie-stick mount, too.

In addition to two levels of stabilization, the GO 2 has 120fps slow motion, 6x hyperlapse, and multiple fields of view up to 120º.

insta360 GO 2 miniature action camera using magnetic clip on a tee shirt

Before you sell everything else, the one spec that serious “filmers” will see as a limitation is that it’s only shooting at 2K, but they say it has the same 1/2.3″ sensor as cameras like the GoPro HERO9. So, theoretically, with fewer pixels, it might do better with low light? We have a test unit on the way, so we’ll find out.

Here’s the basic specs you should know:

  • f/2.2 aperature
  • 11.24mm equivalent focal length
  • ISO: Auto, 100-3200
  • White Balance: Auto, 2700k, 4000k, 5000k, 6500k, 7500k
  • EV: -4 to 4
  • Photo Resolution: 16:9 (1920×1088), 1:1 (2000×2000), 9:16 (1088×1920)
  • Video Resolution:
    • Flow State Stabilization: 2560×1440@50fps, 30fps or 1920×1080@50fps, 30fps
    • Basic Stabilization: 2560×1440@50fps, 30fps or 1920×1080@50fps, 30fps
    • HDR: 2560×1440@25fps, 24fps or 1920×1080@25fps, 24fps
    • Timelapse: 0.5/1/2/5/10/30/60/120 second intervals
    • Slow Motion: 1920×1080@120fps
  • MP4 H.264 format/encoding
  • 80Mbps max bitrate
  • Mono audio recording w/ optional noise reduction

The GO2 has several photo and video modes like timelapse, hyperlapse (aka TimeShift), slow motion, HDR, interval, night shot, and more.

Insta360 GO versus GO 2 comparison

insta360 GO 2 miniature action camera shown from all angles

So, what’s new? The original Insta360 GO is about the same size, but the GO2 has some huge improvements over it. Namely, waterproofness and recording time.

The GO was limited to 5 minute clips, but the GO2 can record clips up to 30 minutes in FPV mode, 15 minutes in Basic stabilization, and 10 minutes in FlowState stabilization. Or record up to 110 minutes of timelapse to grab a 7-minute finished video.

insta360 GO 2 miniature action camera on its tripod charger case

The GO could withstand a quick dunk of up to 10 seconds, but its IPX4 rating meant it was really just splashproof. The GO2 has an IPX8 waterproof rating down to 13ft (4m) and even has an underwater color correction that other cameras require a rose-colored lens to fix.

For the tech geeks, the GO2 adds the ability to manually select White Balance and Exposure settings, as well as just keep it on Auto. And the included charging case/remote/tripod is much better, too.

Insta360 GO 2 pricing & accessories

insta360 GO 2 miniature action camera accessories and charging case that are included with purchase

The GO 2 comes with the multi-use Charging Case, Magnet Pendant, Easy Clip, Pivot Stand and Lens Guard. You can also customize your GO 2 by designing a one-of-a-kind “skin” on their website.

insta360 GO 2 miniature action camera smartphone app

The GO 2 smartphone app lets you preview shots and adjust settings via a WiFi connection. It also lets you edit your clips via WiFi, without having to actually download the footage to your phone, and then share them on social or to YouTube. Or you can just let their FlashCut 2.0 AI create a highlights edit for you.

Insta360 GO 2 is available now for $299.99 (£294.99) direct, via Amazon, and in select retailers.

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