Evo: Insta360’s foldable camera shoots 360-degree spherical VR images
March 13, 2019
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It’s official. After an intriguing campaign that teased us saying “You’ve never seen your phone do this”, Insta360 have officially unveiled the EVO, a foldable ultra-compact camera that captures 360-degree spherical VR images when folded closed, and 180-degree 3D images when open.

 

When folded, the EVO has a sleek, square form and provides a lens on the front and back, allowing you to shoot immersive 360-degree videos and photos. It measures about 2 x 2 x 2″ in this mode, small enough to keep in just about any pocket. For 3D mode, the rear half of the camera swings around and locks into place, and the EVO then has two front-facing lenses that capture side-by-side images, which is what 3D is all about.  360 and 3D images can then easily be streamed and shared on social media via the Insta360 mobile app.  The device enables 5.7K 180 3D video and 18 MP 180 3D photos.

Interestingly, content captured on the EVO can be played back on any VR headset, allowing for 3D immersion. Using the new Insta360 VR app, users can also connect an Oculus Go, HTC VIVE Focus or Samsung Gear VR wirelessly to EVO for instant 5.7K playback straight off the camera. The app also offers streamlined file transfer and real-time VR monitoring while shooting with the EVO. They also announced Insta360 HoloFrame, a specially designed phone display cover that lets you watch 3D photos and video with the naked eye.

EVO is priced at $419.99 USD and available to order now via Insta360.com and select retailers worldwide.

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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