A Quick Guide to the Insta 360 One X Camera

Insta 360 One X Quick Guide

The Insta 360 One X can shoot 360 degree photos and video. The Insta 360 One X has ‘Flowstate’ technology that means that when filming (even without a gimbal) the footage remains relatively stable.

360 cameras have two or three lenses each facing a different direction; the 360 photos (or videos) are created by stitching the images captured by each individual lens to create a full 360° image.

This is what a 360° photo looks like before it is stitched together (an equirectangular image). The Insta 360 One X camera and software does the ‘stitching’ for the user.

360 Examples

Here’s a example of some 360 images (photos)

(Google Photos)

Here’s an example of a 360 video (shot in 4K at 30fps) 

(Kaltura)

Here’s an example of a 360 video (shot in 4K at 30fps)

(YouTube)

Note: the quality may be impacted by the connection and hosting.

360 Photos

The Insta 360 One X can shoot photos in standard or HDR (high dynamic range) format. It can also shoot photos in RAW format. However, standard format is fine for most 360 degree photos unless you are capturing a lot of detail or the ability to adapt or edit colour in the image is important. Both RAW and HDR give better quality under certain conditions but take up more storage on the camera’s SD card. It also has a timer function for photos so you can ensure you are not captured in the photos as the 360 lens view captures everything including you and the tripod!

360 Video

It can shoot video in 3K, 4K or 5.7K and at 30fps or above. 4K is fine for most 360 video footage that is going to be shared via the web. Shooting at 5.7K for headset use can be very effective but takes a lot of storage. Watching 5.7K on a PC over the web can be very demanding of the processor and bandwidth. Shooting at 30fps is ok for most videos. Shooting at 50fps might be used for shooting sports or slow motion video.

Storage

The camera is provided with a 128GB MicroSD card. If you require additional storage then you should use UHS-I Micro SD cards with a V30 or above speed class and exFAT format (the same format as the 128GB card supplied) In addition, the maximum storage the ONE X has been tested at is 256GB.

A 128G card can store roughly 21800 pictures or 2.5 hours 5.7K video.

ResolutionFile size of 1sFile size of 1minRecording duration of 32GBRecording duration of 128GB
5.7K@30fps100mb1000MB30mins130mins
4K@30fps50mb400MB80mins300mins
4K@50fps85mb650MB50mins190mins
3K@100fps100mb800MB40mins150mins

The camera is supplied with two batteries so that one battery is a spare when shooting and can be easily swapped out.

The batteries can be charged via the USB cable. We have supplied a fast charging three pin plug with a USB adapter for this purpose. It can take around an hour to charge a single battery.

The LED will show red when charging and green when fully charged. There is also a battery indicator on the camera display.

LED Indicator light

Working StatusIndicator Status
Power offoff
ChargingRed
Charging in Stand-by modeGreen
Fully chargedoff
Stand-by modeGreen (With Micro SD card)
Taking photoFlash once in green
Shooting videoTime-Lapse: flashing green and blueOther modes: flashing green
No SD CardFlashing blue
SD card errorFlashing blue
Full SD cardFlashing blue
UpdatingSolid blue/solid green after it finishes

Operating the Camera

The  camera can be operated by a smartphone (it works well with iPhones but see other supported models here) with the Insta 360 One X App using WiFi / Bluetooth or it can be used in standalone mode using the two buttons on the camera.

Standalone Mode

Standalone use tutorial

Taking a photo:

1. Press and hold the power button (small button) to power on the camera, switch to photo mode.

2. Press and hold the shutter button (large button) to switch between standard photo, HDR photo and Interval shooting photo modes.

3. Press the shutter button (large button) to take a photo.

Shooting a video:

1. Press and hold the power button (small button) to power on camera, switch to video mode.

2. Press and hold the shutter button (large button) to switch between standard video, Bullet Time video and Timelaspe video modes.

3. Press the shutter button to start / stop video recording.

QuickCapture

1.Press and hold the power button (small button) to power on camera, press the power button to switch to settings, then press the shutter button (large button) to enter settings.

2.Press the shutter button to switch to “More Settings”, press the power button to select QuickCap, then press the shutter button to switch ON / OFF.

3.When the camera is turned off, you can simply press and hold the shutter button to turn it on and start recording and press the shutter button again to stop recording and turn it off when QuickCapture is enabled.

Using with a Smartphone (and WiFi)

Smartphone tutorial

Install the One X App on your smartphone.

1.) ONE X App auto-connect (for iOS)1) Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings on your phone.

2) Press and hold the power button (small button) to power on the camera.

3) Enter the ONE X App, open the album page and select “Using Wi-Fi Control”. You should see a “Searching for camera” prompt pop up. Select the camera (The name of the camera is “ONE X ******” by default, where ****** is the last six characters of the camera’s serial number. (How can I get my camera’s serial number?) then, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection. The first time you connect to the camera via Wi-Fi, please press the shutter button to confirm your connection.

4) Having successfully connected to the camera, you can take photos or shoot videos via the ONE X app.

More information on connecting your phone to the camera.

Gyro Calibration

If your video footage rotates when it shouldn’t when played back then you may need to calibrate the gyro in the camera.

Gyro calibration tutorial

1. Connect ONE X to your phone(How do I connect it?), then open the ONE X App, Tap Settings->Gyro Calibration.

2. Place the camera vertically on a horizontal surface, then just follow the instruction on the app to complete gyro calibration.

Alternatively the gyro calibration can be run directly on the camera via the settings menu.

Tips on shooting in 360

  • Remember that the camera will capture everything surrounding it, so if you don’t want to be seen you will need to hide out of view and make use of the timer feature.
  • When setting up a 360 photo, consider the fact that the viewer will be able to explore the whole image, so try and find a location with plenty of interesting features and try to remove yourself from the area if you don’t want to be captured.
  • A must have accessory that should be used with every 360-degree camera is a good tripod. 
  • When shooting a 360 photo try and ensure that there are no objects too close to the lens, this makes it much more difficult for the camera to stitch the images together accurately. Avoid capturing important items (i.e. faces etc) in the stitch line. The stitch line is the edge of the camera, between the two lenses.
  • Try to ensure you have good lighting and good weather (if possible!)

More tips on shooting in 360 can be found on the Immersive Shooter website.

Viewing / Editing the footage

The footage can be viewed with the One X App on a smartphone or can be copied onto a PC or Mac using the USB cable and opened in the Insta 360 Studio 2019 (or 2021) software.

Downloads for the Insta 360

From the Insta 360 Studio software video can be exported from insv format to MP4. If you are unable to access Insta360 Studio, you may also rename the .insv file extension to .mp4 and open it as an MP4 file.

If the image is captured with the ONE X or EVO, Insta360 Studio 2019 can be used in Windows or macOS to view and edit the images. You can export INSP images to the JPEG format using Insta360 Studio. This feature allows you to convert your images to a more widely supported format.

The One X App provides some interesting video editing features using FreeCapture such as Viewfinder (focusing a section of the video on an object and zooming), PivotPoint (changing direction of focus in the video) and SmartTrack (following a specific object that moves in the video). Tutorials on these can be found here.

Photoshop can be used to edit 360 images. For example, the tripod can be removed from images. Adobe Premiere can be used to edit 360 videos using 360 plugins.

Sharing the footage

Once the photos or videos are created and edited they can be shared via the following means:

Note: Not all of these are directly accessible from the smartphone app and require the software on a PC or laptop to upload the footage or photos.

Platforms for Sharing

*Thinglink

Thinglink is an education technology platform that makes it easy to augment images, videos, and virtual tours with additional information and links. 

RoundMe

RoundMe is a virtual tour application which allows users to create, upload and share 360 degree panoramic photos and multimedia content of real spaces. The app is available on the web, iOS and Android

*Google Photos

Google Photos can be used to share multiple photos and allow comments.

Ricoh 360 Tours

The RICOH360 Tours apps will quickly take photos, allow you to publish an unlimited number of high-quality tours and share them instantly.

*Kaltura

Kaltura supports 360 video but not 360 photos. Comments can be enabled.

*WondaVR

WondaVR  can be used to create immersive experiences and enrich your 360 photos and videos with interactive visual annotations, links and sounds. It also supports the setting up of a multi user room and students can be invited into the room and interact with it and each other.

H5P

H5P has a virtual tour content type that allows use of questions, texts and interactions.

WordPress

Both WordPress.com and WordPress.org support 360 content. Plugins available for hosting virtual tours and 360 imagery and video on a WordPress site.

Facebook

360 photos can be uploaded and shared via Facebook. Facebook will identify the photos as 360 automatically and publish them accordingly.

*Recommended platforms