Insta360 Pro 2 vs Pro 1 vs Kandao Obsidian S in 3D 360° 60fps 6K REVIEW

Insta360 Pro 2 vs Pro 1 vs Kandao Obsidian S in 3D 360° 60fps 6K REVIEW


After three different productions and
field tests of the Insta360 Pro 2 – I want to share some of the
footage with you like what you are watching right now in 3D 360 in 6K 60fps. To me personally what excites me of this camera is the
possibility of shooting high frame rate 3d 360 video in professional quality
without complicated setup. So for this first review video of the brand new
Insta 360 pro 2 VR camera, I want to focus on high frame rate 3d
video quality. I will compare it with another popular high frame rate 3d 360
camera the Kandao Obsidian S and original Insta360 Pro. With optical flow interpretation you can also get 6K 60 frames per second 3D
video out from the original Pro camera. We do not just stop in-camera comparison. I will also show you the real world application of the 60 frames per second
video when the camera is on the move with FlowState(TM) stabilization.
How about mixed lighting and low light? High frame rate video does require lots
of light and I will show you how it performs in a sunset low-light situation.
We will compare i-LOG: a special LOG mode designed for colorist by Insta360. And we will test the dynamic range in High frame rate shooting with beautiful dancers and gorgeous sunset in the middle of the ocean if you are ready put on your VR
headset and join me on this high frame rate 3d 360 VR adventure… Before we start I just want to point out all the switching is done in the free Insta360 Stitcher So you see lots of stitching issue.
Especially in high frame rate videos please follow this Mistika VR tutorial to
fix the issue okay let’s focus this video in high
frame rate video quality comparison First we have the Insta360 Pro 2, full
auto setting, native sensor level 60 frames per second in 6k 3D and Stitched
with the Insta360 Stitcher. Here is the setup of all three cameras they
stack on top of each other. 60 frame per second gives you more information
between frames and less motion blur in the headset so a more comfortable
reality like experience compared to 30 frames per second. Okay pay attention
when I’m crossing the stitch line. Let me rewind and go through it again and now
slow motion. It’s pretty smooth with just very minor 3d motion flickers which is
almost unnoticeable. By the way, if you need real slow motion this is not the
correct way to do it. Set your sequence to 30 frames per second and slow down
the 60 frames per second footage in half speed will give you silky smooth slow
motion. Here is the resolution chart in a distance. Color and focus chart 5 feet
away from the camera which is standard distant and then I ran 30 feet away from
the camera to see how good is the resolution and sharpness for distant
objects and I ran into the shadow to show you the dynamic range. Okay let’s
switch to the original Insta360 Pro now So here is the original Insta360
Pro. It actually only shoot stereoscopic 3d in 6k 30 frame per seconds but the
Insta360 Stitcher has this optical flow feature they can double
the frame rate with the software. Lots of people think
they do not need to upgrade to Insta360 Pro 2 – because the software will give
you the exact same thing which is what you are watching right now. But if you
pay close attention around me you will see a weird halo around motion that try
to hide the motion blur and blend the pixel that were not really there to
begin with. So if you want silky smooth motion use the optical flow faked high
frame rate processing it’s not the way to go. Also you notice the Insta360 Pro 2 captured way more detail than the Pro 1 – both in dynamic range and sharpness. The Pro 2 is clearly a win in image quality in 60 frames per second
compared to the original Pro. And this gave me comfort for my investment on the Pro 2. But how about compare it to a more expensive Kandao Obsidian S. Another VR camera that loved by lots of professional VR filmmakers. On paper the
Obsidian S actually only do 50 frames per second with software boost to 60
frames per second as you are seeing the action here in a 60 frame per second
timeline the Obsidian footage looks sped up. As 60 frames per second is a
more common frame rate than 50 frames per second
this gives Insta360 Pro 2 a huge advantage on high frame rate production. Lots of producers might even not consider Obsidian S just because of the
50 frames per second they are not used to. If you put the frame rate difference
aside and let’s look at the resolution the Obsidian 6K is in a lower
resolution than the 6K Insta360 Pro 2 or Pro produce. But let’s look at
the image quality of obsidian s. It definitely looks better than the pro one
both in dynamic range and sharpness. Is it better than the pro 2 though? That is
arguable. I think the dynamic range of the obsidian is still slightly better than the Pro 2. There are more details in the shadow if you
look back on the pro 2 footage in the same spot I pointed out under the bushes. The stitching quality in motion of the box is better in Obsidian. Especially
when I wheel through the stitch line. In Pro 2 if you really pay close attention
you still see some stereo motion flickers when are crossing the stitch
line in 60 frame per seconds. In the Obsidian s the stereo motion flicker is
less noticeable. There is a lot less motion blur in high frame rate
production so good left and right eye stitch matching in motion are a lot more
crucial than regular 30 frames per second production. Something that you
should keep in mind when your action is crossing the stitch line. All professional VR Cameras have some kind of LOG mode. As you know from my original Insta360 Pro review the pro flat mode, as you are
watching it right now, it is unusable. The brand-new Pro 2 introduces i-log: a
dedicated LOG mode to protect highlight and shadow and to give us the freedom to
color grade in post-production. It is actually necessary to shoot in LOG in
high frame rate to protect shadow so we don’t lose important details in the dark
area. You are watching the pro 2 LOG mode right now if you look at the Sun – LOG
mode really protects the highlight to prevent blow out compared to the regular
mode you just saw. But I want you to pay extra attention to the shadow which is
the area above my chair and below my ceiling and also inside of my house.
Remember what you see and we will switch immediately to the Kandao
obsidian log mode. Now you see the dramatic difference in dynamic range in log mode.
There is a lot more information in the shadow in obsidian, like the inside of my
house, the reflection of my chair, and the ceiling. If you have not turn around fast
enough here again is the pro 2 LOG mode on the right. Now you know why so many
professional colorist prefer obsidian log footage. Personally I like obsidian
log footage more than Yi Halo, GoPro Odyssey and Z Cam V1 Pro Z log for this
exact reason. The dark area is protected with very very low noise. To achieve this
impressive log capture you do need to update to the latest obsidian firmware.
So now you see the comparison if you are into a high frame rate production
upgrade to the Insta360 Pro 2 from your pro 1 is a no-brainer. You
will be very very happy with the image quality increase. Pro 2 is a close match
with obsidian. I think they are both great cameras. You should download this
comparison footage from the link in the description below and sideload to watch it on your VR headset. If you want to avoid YouTube compression to crowd your
judgement and comment below and tell me which one you think it is better and
give your reasonings. So your comments will help others as well so you may ask how about low light in high ISO of the Insta360 pro 2. As we all know for my other reviews the original
Pro cannot go past ISO 400 even with NeatVideo denoising. You are actually
watching a real world pro 2 footage in ISO 800 right now. The Sun just set in
the middle of the ocean and the only light source is the remaining of the Sun
leaks. This is in i-log and we can grade it with official LUT as you can see
right now. So the footage is actually really good there is noise but totally
removable and the pro 2 i-Log captured the true color of the golden hours
really well and I’m very happy with this low-light performance. When the sun fully
set, I will switch to 30 frames per second and keep the ISO at 800 which I
will show you in my next pro 2 review video in 3d true 8K 30 frames per
second The last thing I want to show you about
high frame rate performance of the pro 2 is when the camera is on the move with
the FlowState stabilization. In this clip I am literally running behind my
friend on the Ronin, protecting his back at the same time doing a 360 behind the
scene capture. Talk about multi tasking. Pro 2 is a great point and shoot
professional 360 camera for documentary filmmakers when the action
is live and you just need to capture it I think the up-and-down movement does
make you sick in the headsets but FlowState and high frame rate combined do give you pretty smooth 360 without using a motorized dolly or
rover. See this other clip with my more stable hand it is totally usable. So if
you are using FlowState, I would highly suggest also shoot in high frame rate. So
in post if you need the footage you can slow it down for a more smooth movement
in 30 frame per second expensive rover like mantis from Motion
Impossible will be a history soon. I will show you in my 8K 30 frames per second
review in the next video.

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  1. Original Footage is added NOW – with 2880P 60FPS for direct sideload onto Oculus Go for best viewing quality. Also, CrystalView original 6K version. I also added afterthought after feedbacks from the community – you should read that. The next comparison will be better and I am learning as well (from you, your feedback and comments, and more gigs that I can use the Pro2, and of course, clients' bitching lol)

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