With the popularity of live webcasting and the popularization of the concept of home office, live broadcasts and online meetings not only require smooth playback, but also clear picture quality to ensure quality has gradually become a rigid need. Recently, Insta360 launched a brand new product: the Insta360 Link network smart camera. This camera supports up to 4K image quality and supports gesture actions, bringing convenience to online live broadcasts and online meetings.
In terms of appearance, the Insta360 Link is small in size and consists of a 3-axis gimbal and a camera. It comes with a clip on the bottom that can be attached to monitors and laptops. The body is small, but the core configuration is outstanding. Using a 1/2″ sensor, F1.8 aperture, supports 720P, 1080P and 4K image quality output.
In terms of connection, the Insta360 Link is directly connected to the computer through a USB cable, and then functions such as gesture control and PTZ control can be enabled for the camera through dedicated software. The dedicated software also supports gesture control and PTZ control functions, which can not only be directly used in live broadcast and conference scenarios. And there are more high-level functions in the dedicated software to meet the needs of users.
This device not only supports Windows system, but also supports macOS system, which can be used on a wider range of devices. In addition to being clipped on the monitor, it can also be placed on the desktop through a tripod.
After the user opens the video, in the environment of 1080P image quality and normal brightness, the captured picture is quite clear. You can also turn on HDR mode. If the network configuration is good enough and you want a clearer picture, you can also choose a better 4K resolution.
A major feature of the Insta360 Link AI smart camera is automatic tracking. After the automatic tracking function is turned on, people can always stay in the center of the screen, which is a very useful function for live broadcasts or conferences.
In the actual experience, the tracking speed is very fast, moving left and right, the screen can follow the movement of the characters in time, which has a very good tracking effect. However, if the movement range is too large or the speed is too fast, the target will also be lost. At this time, you can re-enter the screen to complete the tracking again.
Insta360 Link supports three gesture actions, which are Gesture Action L, Gesture Action V and Palm. Corresponding to the screen zoom, whiteboard mode and automatic tracking function. The gesture action L can zoom in or zoom out the image, and the gesture action upward is to zoom in, and the action logic is relatively clear. In addition, there is a very detailed design in Insta360 Link. After the camera recognizes the gesture, the indicator light on the camera will enter the blue light flashing state, and then change back to the normal green light display. In whiteboard mode, the indicator light turns yellow and flashes. In the process of use, you can confirm whether the function is turned on according to the color change of the indicator light.
The short video platform requires a vertical screen for live broadcast, and the Insta360 Link network smart camera can also meet this requirement. In the live mode, the camera can be directly erected to achieve a lossless vertical screen live broadcast. After enabling the live broadcast mode, select a vertical screen resolution such as 1088*1920 or 736*1280 on third-party software such as OBS, and you can get a full-quality live broadcast experience.
To enable the above functions, you need the cooperation of exclusive software. Download and install the Insta360 Link Controller on the computer, which provides functions such as PTZ control, image settings, switch gestures, and software upgrades. The functions provided by the software are very rich, as well as the functions of setting composition, anti-flicker and so on. Basically, where you want to adjust, most of the Insta360 Link Controller can do it.
In general, I feel that the Insta360 Link network smart camera satisfies the use of two types of people. For online meeting people, if there is a higher requirement for the meeting screen, this webcam can provide better picture quality than the laptop camera. And character tracking, gesture recognition, and whiteboard mode can also be assisted. The second is live streaming. Vertical screen shooting and overhead shooting modes allow Insta360 Link to cover various live broadcast scenarios such as game live broadcast and product unboxing. For white-collar workers and professional anchors, the features and functions of this product can meet their needs.