Insta360 One RS 1-Inch 360 Edition review: the big picture

Two-minute review

The Insta360 One RS 1-Inch 360 Edition is a modular 360-degree action camera with unusually large image sensors. On each side of its lens module are two 1-inch sensors, which are much bigger than the ones we’ve seen in previous cameras like the Insta360 One X2.

This downsides of this approach are that the One RS 1-Inch 360 Edition is bigger and pricier than our current pick of the best 360 cameras. But does the image quality justify these drawbacks? If you’re looking for the highest-possible quality from a consumer 360 camera, then the answer is most likely yes.

The main benefits of its larger sensors is higher dynamic range, which means better highlight retention, and superior low-light performance. The former is the most significant, as this still isn’t a video camera that’s particularly comfortable shooting at night. Once you crop into night-time scenes, the clarity gains over alternatives like the GoPro Max (and its 1/2.3in sensor) are marginal.

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Still, despite its painfully long name, the One RS 1-Inch 360 Edition is a great example of what’s now possible with 360 cameras. If you’re not already familiar with them, 360 cameras let you capture the entire scene around you, then decide where to point the camera in a traditional ‘flat’ video afterwards.