One argument in favor of 360° cameras - assuming sufficiently high resolution and good optical quality - is the possibility of being able to frame one's shots later on, since practically everything is included in the (panoramic) picture during recording. Surround camera specialist Insta360 introduces this principle for drone filming with its newly launched Sphere duo camera, which should make it even easier to create impressive aerial shots. After all, when determining the image section, all kinds of "maneuvers" can be "flown" through the 360° footage afterwards.
Insta360 Sphere with DJI Mavic Air 2/2S
Sphere consists of two camera modules that together cover 360° and strap around a DJI Mavic Air 2/2S as if on a belt. The camera specifications are the same as the Insta360 ONE, for which a aerial module for drones was teased back in the day. Like the 360° module, Sphere also films in 5.7K at max. 30fps and an F2.0, optionally in a log profile. As always, the images are effectively stabilized via FlowState. One battery charge should be enough for about 48 minutes of shooting.
The Sphere camera setup weighs 192g - the extent to which the additional weight reduces the flight time of the drone is not discussed. According to Insta360, Sphere should not get in the way of the Mavic Air's GPS system or otherwise interfere with the flight. And vice versa, the drone is automatically edited out of the finished footage completely during stitching.
Insta360 Sphere costs about 510 euros and is available now.