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The Insta360 Titan is an 11K 360-degree camera with 8 Four thirds sensors

Insta360 has most user types of 360-degree cameras covered, offering cameras from the consumer-level One X all the way up to pro-level 8K models. However, it seems there is demand for even more powerful cameras with higher resolutions.

With the new 11K Titan camera Insta360 is catering to VR cinema professionals with the highest demands. The camera features eight lenses with Four Thirds sensors, which is the largest sensor size on any stand-alone VR camera.

The camera supports 10-bit color and in video mode can shoot 11K or 10K 3D at 30 fps, 8K at 60 fps or 5.3K at 120 fps. In still mode it can capture 11K 360-degree images in 3D and monoscopic.

To cope with the amounts of image data that is captured, each lens/sensor combo requires a high-speed SD card. Gyroscopic metadata for Insta360's FlowState stabilization and low-resolution proxy files, which can be used for quicker editing with Insta360's Adobe Premiere Pro plug-in, are stored on an additional card.

In addition to the company's very efficient FlowState stabilization, the Titan also supports Insta360's Farsight radio technology which allows for remote control of the camera and was first introduced with the Pro 2 model. The CrystalView conversion tool can be used to play back and watch the camera's 11K video output.

This much technology does not come cheap, of course, and priced at $14,999, the Titan is squarely aimed at the VR professionals camp. If you think the camera could be a profitable investment for your business, you can reserve one now with a $150 deposit. Shipment is expected for April. If you'd like to get an idea of the image quality the camera is capable of, head to the Insta360 Youtube channel for resolution, low-light and stabilization comparisons.

This Is Titan: Insta360 Opens Reservations on 11K, Eight-Lens VR Cinema Camera

Insta360 today opened reservations for the Insta360 Titan, an eight-lens cinematic VR camera that captures 360 photos and video at up to 11K resolution.

The Titan uses eight Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensors, the largest sensors available in any standalone VR camera. These sensors maximize image quality, dynamic range, low-light performance and color depth, raising the bar for realism in high-end professional VR capture.

Insta360 will show the new camera at the CES show in Las Vegas this week. The Titan is set to ship in April, following a pilot program with select filmmaker partners.

Creators can reserve their Titan here today to secure a priority shipment in the first batch.

Introducing Insta360 Titan: https://youtu.be/9VhxtmV7mZQ

Turn it up to 11.

The Titan is the first standalone 360 camera ready to record in 11K. Key shooting modes include 11K at 30 FPS, 10K 3D at 30 FPS, as well as 11K 360 photos in 3D and monoscopic formats.

Additional shooting modes include 8K at 60 FPS and 5.3K at 120 FPS.

A sensor so good you’ll want eight.

360 cameras use an array of sensors to cover every direction of the action. Most use small sensors on par with those found in smartphones or action cameras — useful for installing in a smaller camera body but not for maximizing image quality.

The Titan bucks this trend, sporting eight optimized Micro Four Thirds sensors that combine the benefits of a large sensor area with a relatively compact design. These high-performance sensors are the key to achieving a cinematic image quality that’s been unattainable to VR creators until now.

Natural light and color.

The Titan supports shooting in 10 bit color, allowing for billions of color combinations and extreme color accuracy, while its high dynamic range lets creators capture natural lighting and low-light scenes to achieve an unparalleled realism in VR.

Make your move with FlowState Stabilization.

The Titan uses Insta360’s signature onboard FlowState Stabilization technology, allowing for gimbal-like 9-axis stabilization with no accessories or added effort from the user. Onboard stabilization lets creators achieve the stunning dynamic shots necessary to tell a compelling story in VR.

Not in the shot. But still in the action.

The Titan comes standard with Insta360’s Farsight live monitoring system, consisting of a transmitter and a receiver that can be easily attached to a phone or tablet.

Using Farsight, VR filmmakers can easily preview and control their shoots remotely. VR directors used to have to yell “action” and then jump behind a tree to avoid ruining the shot. Farsight saves them the sweat.

Deliver what you shoot.

Ultra-high-res VR content presents a distribution challenge. Most playback systems aren’t ready to decode immersive video at higher than 4K, let alone 11K.

CrystalView, Insta360’s proprietary playback tech, lets creators deliver what they really shot. It renders in real time exactly the part of a video a viewer is watching – with no computing power wasted on displaying what’s behind their head — so that even mainstream smartphones can play back full-quality Titan content.

Reservations open now.

Starting today, VR filmmakers can reserve their Insta360 Titan and be among the first owners when the camera ships this April.

The Titan is priced at $14,999 USD, and the reservation is confirmed with a fully refundable deposit.

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Biowizard
Biowizard

Surely the SENSORS are 4/3rds, not "micro-4/3rds"?! The "micro-" prefix refers to the smaller than original lens mount that Olympus adopted for their mirrorless PEN and OM-D cameras after discontinuing their E-series DSLR range.

Brian

2 weeks ago
Roland Karlsson

This question has been answered below. Both FourThirds and MicroFourThirds are mounts. If you want to refer to a sensor that fits them, then you can use any one. No probz. The sensor itself is called 4/3".

2 weeks ago
robbieswildlife

We just brought the Insta360 Pro to the jungles of Sumatra and it worked excellent. We will be releasing all the footage soon, and surprisingly it survived all the heat and 97% humidity.

2 weeks ago
Debankur Mukherjee
Debankur Mukherjee

My next Christmas purchase.........9-))

2 weeks ago
Elite83

My only hope is no one tries to use this for a film in the name of "innovation". There's a time and place for innovation, but I don't want to be "looking around" during a movie because it's supposed to somehow "immerse" you... It's like when Peter Jackson so poorly tried to use a FPV with GoPros in the Hobbit pt. 2. It just looked cheesy.

2 weeks ago*
nevada5
nevada5

Please enlighten me. Micro Four Thirds is a lens mount. The sensor is Four Thirds. Or, has something changed?

2 weeks ago
Revenant

Both Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds are lens mounts. The sensor size is called 4/3", referring to the diameter of old video tubes, just like 1", 2/3" etc. It's an archaic naming system, but it's the one that's widely used.
I think the names of the lens mounts are referring both to the sensor size of 4/3", and to the aspect ratio of 4:3.

2 weeks ago
DiffractionLtd
DiffractionLtd

So i guess this isn't intended for boring youtube skate park videos shot by people with beards who wear woolen caps in the summer?

2 weeks ago
Scottelly
Scottelly

11K? What do you play THAT on? Oh, and "reservations" huh? I guess they won't build it until they get enough "reservations" to pay for the first few . . . so it will ship in April . . . 2020 (or maybe 2021 . . . or maybe never).

2 weeks ago*
semorg

that's total resolution of 360 degree image. When cropped to 16:9 dimension it's more like 4K or so.

2 weeks ago
winkalman

You play it on a VR headset. A Vive Pro will need around 10K pixels to match it's 2880 screen resolution with a 110° view if you want a full 360° video.

2 weeks ago
gianstam

Sometimes you should get yourself your guesses or questions

2 weeks ago
mosc

1920x1080x8 with 30% lost to stitching would be 10,560x1080. I assume the resolution looks something like that which isn't particularly impressive. That's ~1080P over a 90 degree arc.
at the roughly 960 pixels across for a "K", 10,560 is 11K

2 weeks ago*
mosc

Correction, that's 1080P over a 65 degree arc, not 90 degree.

8x 2mp webcams for $15,000, even with fancy software, seems excessive.

They say M43 but that doesn't seem to line up with their resolution. Even the 16mp sensors would offer more than 11K with double stitching.

2 weeks ago*
winkalman

I'm pretty sure downsampled M43 footage will beat a 2MP webcam every time. If you know of a camera that will stitch 11K 360° video in real-time at higher quality and a lower price, I'd love to hear about it though.

2 weeks ago
otto k

You cannot be for real. There are more m43 sensors than ones in mainstream consumer cameras. And Insta 360 has a series of very good products at very competitive prices in their portfolio so it's not like this is you typical Kickstarter scam-ish operation.

2 weeks ago
EGuitarStar
EGuitarStar

Interesting concept, not for me and with that price tag looks to be for professionals.

I thought someone from Panasonic said that 8K couldn't be done on m43?

2 weeks ago
eit412608

each sensor is less than that. combined the total output from all 8 sensors is 11k.

2 weeks ago
inorogNL
inorogNL

M4/3 sensor, and what lenses?

2 weeks ago
eit412608

from product spec page:
200 degree f/3.2 fisheye lenses.
180Mbps per lens
h264 and h265 in camera encoding

2 weeks ago
Imager of
Imager of

$15,000 hahahahahaha. Have they lost their minds! My iPhone can do pretty much the same thing.

2 weeks ago
FTOG

Real time 10K 3D capture at 30 FPS? Now, at last, that's an iPhone I would buy.

2 weeks ago
JordanAT
JordanAT

Yeah, you need to move up to Samsung Exnos* for that kind of rate. :-D

*The 9820, due to ship in Galaxy S10 series, can do 4k/10bit/150 or 8k/10bit/30, which would scale to 10k/8bit/30 based on the 4k rate...still not quite 11k, but very close.

1 week ago
cosinaphile

its ambitious and expensive . good luck to anyone bold enough to fuse this many 225sqmm sensors . the tiny sensors often used fall apart image wise ..but iq from 1 m43 sensor ,or 8 can be great

2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
photo_rb

Why why?

2 weeks ago
Lars Rehm
Lars Rehm

If you have to ask this question it's probably not for you :)

2 weeks ago
winkalman

Because 3D 360° video can be awesome on a VR headset, but it mostly looks like trash when you have 4K or even 8K spread across an entire sphere.

2 weeks ago
photo_rb

Just to be clear my Why why was to be taken as why the why. I'd like to know what the OP is thinking on this.

2 weeks ago
Franz Weber
Franz Weber

Imagine they would have used 8 medium format sensors from Phase One

2 weeks ago*
SHood

Total fail without dual SD cards for each camera/lens. It should have had 16 SD slots.

2 weeks ago
trebledee

Bonkers.

2 weeks ago