Insta360’s upgraded Go 2 action cam will have a ‘Minions Edition’

Following a couple of solid 360 cameras, Insta360 is back in the action cam space with yet another “world’s smallest action camera,” the Go 2. While this thumb-sized magnetic camera bares a strong resemblance to its predecessor, it's actually a little bigger and comes with many handy upgrades. Most notably, the camera now supports much longer clip lengths — up to 10 minutes with FlowState stabilization or up to 15 minutes with basic stabilization. This is a much welcomed change, considering the original Go had a mere 30-second limit per clip at launch, with the assumption being people would only need to shoot bite-size clips (a 60-second mode was added later on). Now that the time limit is practically gone on the Go 2, users naturally have more creative freedom.

Other notable changes include a much improved click button which is now placed on the front side, along with a standalone run time boosted from the old 20 minutes to 30 minutes (1440p30 basic stabilization video). And instead of being just splash-proof (IPX4), the Insta360 Go 2 has an IPX8 waterproof rating, meaning you can take it down to 4 meters (13 feet) deep right out of the box.

Like before, the Go 2 comes with a handful of accessories to allow for different scenarios. The package includes a redesigned pivot stand with a reusable sticky pad, an easy clip which finally allows for angle adjustment, a magnetic pendant for wearing the camera on your chest, and a replaceable lens guard which is preinstalled on the camera. If needed, there's the optional Magnetic Prong Mount to go with other action cam accessories, as well as the Action Mount should you need to clamp the camera down tightly for more hardcore sports.

Insta360 Go 2
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The charge case here has gone through a major redesign, in order to double as a Bluetooth remote and a kickstand — very handy for timelapse or just quick selfie videos. Its built-in LED display helps you identify the camera's current shooting mode, resolution, field of view, storage capacity and recording time. Gone is the Lightning plug (WiFi transfer is faster, anyway), but it's gained a 1/4-inch mounting point to go with your selfie stick or tripod, thus offering an extra use case. Unsurprisingly, the old micro-USB port is now replaced by a USB-C socket.

Of course, the charge case still provides additional run time, pushing it from the old 60 minutes up to a total of 150 minutes (1080p30 basic stabilization video) when the camera is used while attached. For comparison, that's a bit more than the 130-minute run time we got from the GoPro Hero 9's 1080p mode. When depleted, the Go 2 itself takes around 35 minutes to be fully charged, whereas its charge case needs around 65 minutes (the battery capacities are 210mAh and 1,100mAh, respectively).

Insta360 Go 2
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Thanks to the new 1/2.3-inch image sensor (and presumably a new processor), the Insta360 Go 2 is capable of shooting stabilized videos at a sharper 2,560 x 1,440 at either 50fps or 30fps (25fps or 24fps when in HDR), and likewise for timelapse or hyperlapse (up to 6x) videos but at just 30fps. To support these larger video files, the Go 2 comes with 32GB of storage space (28GB of which is usable), which is a big jump from the original Go's 8GB. If you insist on shooting at 1440p at 50fps, that 28GB space should be good for around 47 minutes of footage. Slow motion is also supported, but only in 1080p at 120fps.

The Go 2 still offers single press or double press shortcuts to instantly start shooting in different modes. By default, when powered off, a single press toggles basic stabilized video recording, whereas a double press captures a photo (2,000 x 2,000). Long press for one second turns on the camera, and from here, a single press triggers a FlowState stabilized video recording, and a double press starts a hyperlapse video recording. These require a bit of learning to begin with, but if needed, you can customize the shortcut assignments the app. Or just use the charge case's Bluetooth remote control feature, if not the app.

Speaking of, the Insta360 app offers a variety of “FlashCut 2.0” templates that use AI to put your clips together with matching music, while still leaving with you the option to choose your desired part of each clip. These tend to be only around 13 to 15 seconds long, though I find this to be about the right length for my attention span after a day trip. Any longer would require more thinking, not to mention the longer wait time for exporting the videos. That said, you do have the option to extend your stories based on these templates. I've included two samples above to give you a taste of what the template library offers.

Insta360 Go 2 Minions Edition

It goes without saying that the Insta360 Go 2 makes a more compelling case for tiny action cameras than its predecessor did. There are far fewer limitations this time, not to mention the improved video quality, and how some of the accessories make the camera even more versatile this time round. But if you need more persuasion, the Go 2 will be getting a cute Minions Edition — a very fitting match, given the camera's design — some time this summer. This will be available exclusively on Insta360's website for $329.99 (US, Canada, Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan only).

If you'd rather not wait, the regular Insta360 Go 2 is already available for ordering on the official website, starting at $299.99 (or £294.99 for UK folks). You'll also have the option to design your own “skin” for the device on the site.

Insta360’s upgraded Go 2 action cam will have a ‘Minions Edition’

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