Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS: What’s the Best 360 Action Camera for You?

If you’re looking for the world’s best 360 action cameras, look no further than the Insta360 ONE Series cameras. But when it comes to Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS, which one should you get?

While these two cameras are similar in a lot of ways, they also have some key differences. Insta360 ONE RS is an all-in-one tool with interchangeable 360 and wide-angle lenses, while Insta360 ONE X2 is a pocket-sized powerhouse specialized in 360 capture. 

Trying to decide which one you should pick up? Fear not, here’s the lowdown on what you can do with Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS. 

FEATURE INSTA360 ONE X2 INSTA360 ONE RS 
360 Video Resolution 5.7K 360 Lens: 5.7K
Wide Angle Video Resolution 2560×1440 (Steady Cam Mode) 4K Lens: 4K
1-Inch Lens: 5.3K
Photo Resolution 18MP 4K Lens: 48MP
1-Inch Lens: 19MP
360 Lens: 18MP
FlowState Stabilization & Horizon Lock
Invisible Selfie Stick
AI Editing (Shot Lab, Deep Track 2.0, Auto Frame)
Waterproof  ✓ IPX8 to 10m ✓ IPX8 to 5m
Microphones 4x
Ambisonic and stereo audio
3x
Stereo audio
Battery 1630mAh Standard: 1445mAh
Boosted Battery: 2380mAh
Run Time 80 minutes 4K Boost Lens: 75 minutes
360 Lens: 82 minutes
1-Inch Lens: 84 minutes
Video Coding H.265, H.264 H.264
Screen Color touchscreen Reversible color touchscreen
Webcam Mode
Live Streaming ✓ 360 Lens

Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS: How to choose

When choosing between Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS, ultimately your decision will depend on what you’re looking for and how you plan to use your camera. Insta360 ONE X2 might be a better choice for some creators, while Insta360 ONE RS might be better for others. 

First, let’s take a look at what’s similar between the cameras. Thanks to both of the cameras’ 360-degree capture capabilities, you can shoot in every direction. You’ll never miss a shot and you don’t even need a cameraman or drone to get epic third-person views. Simply mount ONE X2 or the ONE RS 360 Lens on the Invisible Selfie Stick and it will disappear automatically in your video.

 

Whether you pick up Insta360 ONE X2 vs ONE RS, there are some things you’ll be able to do with both 360 action cameras:

  • Shoot super 5.7K 360 footage, with the option to reframe in the app into flat footage
  • Take epic Invisible Selfie Stick shots
  • Get super-stable shots with FlowState stabilization and horizon leveling 
  • Live stream in 360 
  • Use it as a web cam

Now here’s a rundown of what other factors you should consider when choosing a 360 action camera. 

Convenience or flexibility?

Do you want a pocket-sized device you can pull out and just start shooting with right away? Or do you want the ultimate flexibility for shooting any kind of shot anytime, anywhere? 

For the former, Insta360 ONE X2 fits perfectly in your palm or in your pocket with its vertical form factor. Just turn it on and start shooting right away for ultimate convenience. You can even take it underwater up to 10 meters without a case. And it has a built-in ¼” mounting point so you can screw in your selfie stick or other accessories directly.   

Insta360 ONE RS involves a little more setup if you need to switch between lens mods, compared to ONE X2’s convenience. But if you want to shoot both impossible 360 shots and ultra-high-res 5.3K low-light shots in one device, Insta360 ONE RS offers ultimate flexibility. You will need to use the included Mounting Bracket to mount ONE RS to a selfie stick or when taking it underwater up to 5 meters. 

Traditional wide-angle resolution

As amazing as 360 content is, sometimes you might still want to shoot traditional wide-angle shots as well. You might already know exactly what you want to shoot and want to use your 360 camera like a traditional point-and-shoot camera instead. 

Insta360 ONE RS offers the highest resolution wide-angle footage with its interchangeable lenses. It’s truly like two (or even three) cameras in one—just swap out the 360 Lens for a wide-angle lens. 

For 4K resolution, you can get the ONE RS Twin Edition which includes the 4K Boost Lens and the 360 Lens. The 4K Boost Lens is the go-to choice if you’re looking for a rugged action cam. As the newest ONE RS lens, it’s also got a few more bells and whistles for wide-angle shooting, like: 

  • A 1/2″ sensor for shooting detailed 4K 60fps video and 48MP photos
  • Active HDR mode, a new HDR mode designed for action sports that minimizes ghosting and reveals details in the highlights and shadows.
  • 6K Widescreen mode, which outputs cinema-like 2.35:1 widescreen videos in stunning 6K

You can also consider the Expert Edition, which includes the 1-Inch Wide Angle Lens co-engineered with Leica and the 360 Lens. Using a 1-inch sensor, the 1-Inch Lens shoots 5.3K resolution video and delivers the best image quality in low-light conditions.

With Insta360 ONE X2, you also have the option to shoot wide-angle footage with “Steady Cam mode”, which enables you to shoot with just one of the camera’s lenses. You can shoot up to 2560×1440, which depending on how you’ll use the shots, might be all you need. It’s a little more convenient compared to ONE RS, if you just want to point and shoot without switching out a lens mod.

 

You can also consider the Expert Edition, which includes the 1-Inch Wide Angle Lens co-engineered with Leica and the 360 Lens. Using a 1-inch sensor, the 1-Inch Lens shoots 5.3K resolution video and delivers the best image quality in low-light conditions.

With Insta360 ONE X2, you also have the option to shoot wide-angle footage with “Steady Cam mode”, which enables you to shoot with just one of the camera’s lenses. You can shoot up to 2560×1440, which depending on how you’ll use the shots, might be all you need. It’s a little more convenient compared to ONE RS, if you just want to point and shoot without switching out a lens mod.

Whether you shoot with ONE X2 or ONE RS, you can also use Deep Track 2.0 to keep your target center-frame. Deep Track’s algorithm can track humans, animals and other moving objects, never losing sight of your target, even through obstacles. 

Another new editing feature available for both cameras is Snap Wizard, which makes reframing 360 footage easy by automatically recording your edits automatically. All you have to do is open a 360 video, tap the record button and then let the app record your edits. You can change the angle in one of three ways:

  1. Physically move your phone to point the video in the direction you’d like 
  2. Swipe the screen to pan around or zoom in and out
  3. Use the app’s built-in “Deep Track 2.0” to select a target.