Virtual reality has arrived in 2016 in the form of headsets, apps and now attachable smartphone cameras. With all the hype around virtual reality these days, it’s cool to see products offered at a lower price point than an Oculus Rift ($599) or HTC Vive ($799) that offer a unique experience for mapping your own virtual reality with 360-degree photos.
For those who love tech, photography and love taking selfies, the new Insta360 Nano device will be a fun, welcomed VR experience. But those who get annoyed easily should test before they commit.
The Insta360 Nano brings virtual reality to your iPhone offering the ability to record and share experiences directly to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s a high quality camera that links two 210-degree fisheye lenses and is able to shoot and stitch panoramic photos in real time. Though the video definition can go as high as 3K at 30fps and image resolution is at 3,040 × 1,520, you will have to export the photos or videos and open in a media player to fully experience the high quality, as the image you see on your phone will appear grainy and blurred.
Currently, the device is only compatible with iPhones (iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus) and connects to Apple devices using an Apple Lightning cable. Essentially, you plug the device into your iPhone, turn it upside down and then you have a neat little contraption that shoots 360-video and lasts for about 70-minutes.