Insta360 equips its first smartphone gimbal with several functions. The Insta360 Flow offers 3-axis stabilization and can follow a desired subject in the shot thanks to AI-supported automatic tracking. The all-in-one tool has an integrated selfie stick, can be set up as a small tripod and powerbank. The Insta Flow is said to be ready for use very quickly and unfolds in one motion. The smartphone is attached with the help of a magnetic clamp.
Insta360 Flow smartphone stabilizer.
Automatic framing with Deep Track 3.0
The interaction of gimbal mechanics and Insta360's Deep Track 3.0 AI tracking technology allows the Flow to track subjects in real time, rotate to follow the subject's movements, and automatically frame the subject for the user.
The tracking is supposed to (re)recognize the respective person, so it also works if the view of the subject is blocked in the meantime, or if it can be seen from different perspectives. If a subject moves out of the image area, the flow should continue to track it by zooming out or following the direction of movement.
Zoom tracking, slow motion tracking and also live tracking in video calls or live streaming in other apps like FaceTime, Instagram and TikTok is supported. If you film yourself, you can set up the Flow as a tripod and use the gesture control to start tracking hands-free.
Maximum control speed: 120°/s
Mechanical range: Panning: -230° to 100° Rotate: -150° to 180 Tilt: -100° to 82°
The SmartWheel provides quick access to a variety of functions, from shooting controls to video playback and more. Rotate the wheel to switch between the four main modes: Auto, Follow, Pan Follow and FPV.
For beginners, the Flow offers an Auto mode that automatically adjusts the gimbal settings based on the user's movements. FPV mode is said by Insta360 to simulate FPV drone-like movements, such as longitudinal rotations.
Panorama photos, basketball mode, powerbank and more
Via app, further AI-supported recording and editing functions are available for selection, for example, the Flow creates panorama photos up to 360°, hyperlapses or dolly zooms on request. The Hoop mode is specially designed for basketball fans, where the AI tracks the basketball and the basket to detect when a basket is scored, and saves the highlights as individual clips that can later be edited together into a reel.
The Insta360 Flow has a 2900 mAh battery that is supposed to last up to 12 hours and also makes the device usable as a powerbank, for example to charge the smartphone even while recording.
The integrated selfie stick comes to a length of 215 mm, and the tripod legs can be extended from the handle to set up the Flow for selfie shots, effects like motion timelapse or 360° photos. An accessory shoe is built in and accommodates an optionally available microphone, for example.
The Insta360 Flow costs 169 euros and comes with a magnetic smartphone clamp, a charging cable, a grip cover and a protective case. It is compatible with a wide range of smartphones with a thickness between 6.9 - 10 mm and a width between 64 - 84 mm (compatible smartphone weight 130 - 300 g). Since functionality varies depending on the smartphone used, it is recommended to study the compatibility list in more detail before making a purchase.