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I played around with the Insta 360 Pro at NAB last year and was impressed with the quality specs, but unfortunately the real issue for improving image quality in these 360 cameras is not resolution but the HMD limitations and the image stabilization for action shooting. The Insta360 pro was excused on the second part by the sales engineer as "we intend for the Insta 360 Pro to be mono-pod mounted in the center of activity. So that's why I will remain with my Vuze360 for now. But for VR180, I was looking for something that can travel forward view only in a VR world. The Vuze XR seems to be satisfying that choice.
As for a video screen, it is true that for flat screen recording a monitor is really needed. That's why I shoot with one for my old GoPro 3D rig and use the smart phone app for my Vuze 360 cam, but only to verify the horizon level of the camera. Same for VR180. But once the horizon is set, the monitor screen is really not necessary. People like my friend tom who insist on a screen for a VR camera just do not understand what VR is all about, I believe. Given that VR180 will see EVERYTHING in front of the camera and nothing behind not just in a 180° wide FOV horizontal, but also 180° vertical, that's all you really need. I'm more concerned with the quality of image stabilization and the stitching for the 2D 360. Then trying to view VR on a flat screen without the proper player to adjust the rectilinear format is also a problem.
For my Vuze 360 3D there is really only one way to do quality work for a traveling video in 360VR and that is with the Gimbal. Unfortunately, in many environments, the rig draws too much attention so I tend to tone down the setup. The most frustrating is with security police these days. I spent last week at Disney World and they do not allow ANY camera supports now in the Park. A guy in front of me had his gimbal confiscated. Another woman had the handle to her GoPro confiscated. I knew the new rules and didn't carry any supports. The first day I had the Vuze 360 but the security was so bothered by it that I decided to just not bring it the rest of the week. I mounted my GoPro on my hat and nobody tried to confiscate my hat, at least not this trip. I could imagine the stares I would get with an Insta 360 Pro. They would want to call in the bomb squad!
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Don Landis HT System: Projector Sony VPL VW665ES Players: Samsung UBD K8500 OPPO BD93 Sony BDP S6200 All Regions Player Denon AVR S940, 7.1 JBL Professional series and Klipsch PS3, XBOX360, Dish VIP722K; 3D Edit Suite:Adobe Premiere, Edius7.53, Vegas Pro v13, Power Director16, i9-7980XE/GTX1080Ti, LG 3D TV DM2752