The Insta360 GO Hands-On Review

Strap it to your running dog, and you’ll still get crisp, usable footage.

Testing the Insta360 GO was a really fun experience. Being able to capture anything, anywhere opens a whole new can of possibilities for my filmmaking. Being the world’s smallest stabilized camera, no wonder it’s so proudly called “GO”.

To Know:

I’m an artistic filmmaker and photographer, especially when it comes to daily creation and inspiration. Using this bad boy was a super fun experience and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to test it in the field. First impressions is that it’s perfect for grabbing quick video of fast-paced action with a well-rounded view of your scene (literally). Best part is you can attach it to any squirmy animal or child, and it’ll still be as crisp as day.

What We Love:

Stabile and Smooth

GO uses proprietary FlowState stabilization to keep your footage impossibly smooth. No gear. No hassle.

Super Fast Hyperlapse

GO shoots stabilized hyperlapses and recommends the perfect playback speed for your shot.

I Don’t Even Need To Edit!

GO uses AI-powered FlashCut to find your best shots and edit them together on beat.

The Details:

Brand: Insta360

Price: $159.99

Product Type: Action Camera

Best For: Anyone with a need to capture sporty actions with an easy-to-use, simple device.

Shop Insta360 GO

The best way to capture the impossible.

It’s a twenty gram steadicam — yep, exactly what it sounds like. A mini camera that attaches to pretty much any surface of your personal body or sports equipment that captures everything you want in a smooth, stabilized fashion. GO uses proprietary FlowState stabilization to keep your footage impossibly smooth. No gear. No hassle. Just buttery action that's ready to share. The camera is ready for iOS or Android, just plug it in with the Charge Case's onboard Lightning connector or link up with the included Type-C cable. It shoots 30- or 60-second clips at the press of the button — anytime, anywhere. It then uses AI to help you find and edit your best shots, which is an incredible feature I didn’t know existed in modern day cameras. What’s important to note is that with the Charge Case, GO's run time is 60 minutes for standard video. Clip length can be set to 15, 30 or 60 seconds, while hyperlapses support recording times of up to 30 minutes, and timelapses offer longer recording times. The hyperlapse function is pretty dang sweet, as well, by condensing your next trip into an extra-strength shot of awesome. It not only shoots stabilized hyperlapses, but recommends the perfect playback speed for your shot.

Because of its unique size and shape, you’re able to shoot fixed-perspective timelapses for hours at a time. No angle is out of reach. Find the perfect spot, set a shooting interval and capture the flow of time. It also shoots 100 frames per second so you can slow down the highlights, even doing the dishes looks better in slow-mo! Complete your saucy cinematic skills by doing a Barrel Roll, as the GO lets you adjust the rotation of your shot with a swipe. Epic shots that used to take expensive gimbals and fancy footwork are now as easy as walking. Best part about this little guy is its extreme durability – its IPX4 water resistant that can handle rain, splashes and even a quick dunk.

Between 16:9, 1:1, or 9:16 ratios — automatically choose any aspect ratio to fit any platform or device. Film wide and large, friends, because GO's Charge Case slips into your pocket to keep you going for days. Plug into your phone and transfer in a snap. With the Charge Case, GO can capture 200 clips, averaging 18 seconds each. Run time and clip count vary with shooting mode. Luckily, if you don’t want to necessarily attach the camera to your person or hard surface, simply use the Pivot Stand to achieve impossible angles.

And, not that I had time to do this on a company-wide camera, but you’re able to engrave markings or initials into the camera for that added personal touch. Make it yours, why not?

Video Resolution:

  • Standard: 2720x2720@25fps(Captured)/1080@25fps (Exported via app)
  • Interval Shooting: 2720x2720@25fps(In Camera)/1080@25fps (Exported via app)
  • Static Timelapse: 3040x3040@30fps(Captured)/1080@30fps (Exported via app)
  • Hyperlapse: 2720x2720@30fps(Captured)/1080@30fps (Exported via app)
  • Slow Motion: 1600x900@100fps (Captured) /1600x900@25fps (Exported via app)

In Detail:

Because this little bad boy can fit pretty much anywhere, on any surface, it’s imperative that it’s water resistance works well. I found it to be quick durable, even a quick dunk in a water pool kept it working. But what’s perhaps the most important aspect to this little guy is its automated stabilization system; making even the craziest of drudgy footage look usable and stable. That’s a great sign for those looking to attach the camera to sports equipment, like a surfboard or mountain bike, for those extra saucy shots.

What It Has:

  • Photo Modes: Standard
  • Video Modes: Standard, Interval Shooting, Static Timelapse, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion
  • EV: Auto
  • WB: Auto
  • Bluetooth: BLE4.0
  • USB: Micro-USB for Android device / PC / Mac
  • Lightning: For iPhone / iPad
  • Onboard Storage: When connected to the phone, GO content will be auto-transferred.

What It Does:

  • Edits video clips for you
  • Awesome automatic stabilization
  • Comes with a Pivot Stand for awkward angles
  • Comes with a charging case to keep you going all day long
  • Fixed-state timelapses for hours at a time
  • Choose any aspect ratio to fit your platform
  • You can do a dang Barrel Roll


  • Charging Method: GO charges in the included Charge Case.
  • Charging Time: Insta360 GO approx. 30min, Charge Case approx. 90min
  • Run Time: 60 minutes of run time for standard video (GO + Charge Case). Equivalent to 200 clips a day, averaging 18 seconds a clip.
  • Weight: Insta360 GO 18.3g, Charge Case 43.3g
  • Size: Insta360 GO 49.4x21.4x14.85 mm, Charge Case 50.46x59.76x25.5 mm
  • Aperture: F2.1

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