Insta360 goes after GoPro: Meet Insta360 Ace & Ace Pro

Insta360, known for its 360° cameras, just released in partnership with Leica, a pair of groundbreaking, wide-angle GoPro-like action cameras. The Insta360 Ace & Ace Pro are powered by AI to allow a smarter way to shoot inside and out.

The flagship version of the camera is the Ace Pro. Co-engineered with Leica, it boasts superior imaging performance courtesy of an elite 1/1.3″ sensor, 5nm AI chip, and Leica SUMMARIT lens. Creators can enjoy stunning 4K120fps video, 48MP photos, PureVideo for low light shooting, PD fast charging to 80% in just 22 minutes, and more. Insta360 Ace is the budget-friendly option, with the key differences being a smaller 1/2″ 48MP sensor, regular lens, and standard charging.

Both action cameras are packed full of unique, smart shooting features that utilize the latest AI developments. Practical elements like a vlogging-friendly 2.4″ flip touchscreen provide excellent creative flexibility. Meanwhile, innovative functions such as the option to pause or cancel a recording, gesture, and voice control, plus the brand new AI Highlights Assistant and custom-keyword-based AI Warp feature, transform the shooting and editing experience.

Insta360 Ace & Ace Pro: Unbeatable imaging quality day and night

Ace Pro’s premium 1/1.3″ sensor immediately sets it apart from many of its competitors as a major determinant of a camera’s image quality. It captures more light and offers far better dynamic range, making it capable of high-level performance even in fast-moving action scenarios or with challenging lighting. Not only that but Ace Pro was co-engineered with Leica, bringing all their expertise in optical design and imaging to the camera.

Ace and Ace Pro also have a unique, dedicated low-light shooting mode: PureVideo. Powered by a 5nm AI chip, the cameras use a custom-trained AI neural network to denoise the footage for a clearer image in real time. Meanwhile, that big, beautiful sensor on Ace Pro captures huge levels of detail with impressive stabilization, even at night! This expands the use you’ll get out of the camera, from twilight strolls to late-night urban shooting.

During the day, Ace Pro comes packing heat with built-in Active HDR (High Dynamic Range). This is especially helpful for shooting scenes with bright and dark areas, with more details in the highlights and shadows and more vibrant footage. A serious amount of work has also gone into color accuracy. Ace Pro delivers accurate and rich colors, excelling even when underwater.

AI is a key element in the overall image quality, too. Insta360’s dedicated R&D teams have specifically trained computational photography models, based on the cameras’ unique lens and sensor data. These models underpin the 48MP Photo Mode and 4K30fps PureVideo, enhancing the signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range in low light, surpassing all other action cameras on the market.

Action anytime and anywhere

With their waterproof design, the Ace series can handle depths of up to 33 feet (10 meters). The Dive Case allows you to take your camera even deeper, down to 196 feet (60 meters).

It isn’t just water where these cameras shine, either. They operate smoothly in temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F), making them ideal for winter sports shooting. The cameras utilize Insta360’s cutting-edge FlowState Stabilization technology, ensuring your videos remain incredibly smooth, no matter how intense the action gets. 360° Horizon Lock takes things to the next level by keeping your videos perfectly level, even when you’re on the move. So, whether you’re racing down a mountain trail or capturing high-speed action shots, your footage will remain steady as a rock.

Ace Pro also prioritizes convenience with fast charging. The battery charges to 80% in just 22 minutes (full charge in 46 minutes), ensuring you spend more time capturing the action and waiting less.

These action-ready cameras are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers who demand high-quality performance and durability. Whether you’re exploring the ocean or conquering snowy mountain peaks, the Ace series stands ready to capture your most thrilling moments.

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Pricing, availability, and options

Insta360 Ace and Ace Pro can order globally from Tuesday, November 21st, 2023, via, Amazon, and select retailers. The Ace retails for US$379.99, while the flagship option, Ace Pro, is priced at US$449.99. Both action cames have eight package options from “Standalone” to “Endurance kit”.

Insta360 Ace Pro vs Ace: In-depth comparison table

Ace ProAce
Sensor Size1/1.3”1/2”
35mm EFL16mm16mm
Video Resolution8K (16:9):7680×4320@24fps
6K (16:9):6144×3456@30/25/24fps
Photo Resolution48MP (8064×6048)
36MP (8064×4536)
12MP (4032×3024)
9MP (4032×2264)
48MP (8000×6000)
36MP (8000×4512)
12MP (4000×3000)
9MP (4000×2256)
Video FormatMP4MP4
Photo FormatJPG
DNG RAW (can be exported via app or Studio)
DNG RAW (can be exported via app or Studio)
Video ModesVideo (with built-in Active HDR), FreeFrame Video, PureVideo, Slow Motion, Starlapse, Timelapse, TimeShift, Pre-Recording, Loop RecordingVideo, FreeFrame Video, Active HDR , PureVideo, Slow Motion, Starlapse, Timelapse, TimeShift, Pre-Recording, Loop Recording
Photo ModesPhoto, HDR Photo, Interval, Burst Photo, StarlapsePhoto, HDR Photo, Interval, Burst Photo, Starlapse
Color ProfilesStandard, Vivid, FlatStandard, Vivid, Flat
Video CodingH.265 & H.264H.265 & H.264
Max. Video Bitrate170Mbps170Mbps
Exposure Value±4EV±4EV
ISO Range100-6400100-6400
Shutter SpeedPhoto:1/8000 – 120s
Video:1/8000 – to the limit of frames per second
Photo:1/8000 – 120s
Video:1/8000 – to the limit of frames per second
White BalanceAuto, 2000-10000KAuto, 2000-10000K
Audio ModesWind Reduction, Stereo, Direction FocusWind Reduction, Stereo, Direction Focus
Audio Format48 kHz, 16-bit, AAC48 kHz, 16-bit, AAC
Dimensions (W x H x D)71.9mmx52.15mmx38.5mm71.9mmx52.15mmx38.5mm
StorageNo built-in storage. Supports microSD cards up to 1 TB.No built-in storage. Supports microSD cards up to 1 TB.
Battery Capacity1650mAh1700mAh
Charging Time46min (30W fast charging adapter)
63min: 5V/3A
70min: 5V/3A
Run Time100 mins
*Tested in a laboratory environment at 25°C with AI Highlights Assistant off, recording 4K@30fps Active HDR video. Battery life may vary under different conditions.
100 mins
*Tested in a laboratory environment at 25°C with AI Highlights Assistant off, recording 4K@30fps normal video. Battery life may vary under different conditions.
Use Environment-20℃ to 40℃-20℃ to 40℃
WaterproofWithout Dive Case: 10m
With Dive Case: 60m
Without Dive Case: 10m
With Dive Case: 60m
BluetoothBLE 5.2BLE 5.2
Wi-Fi2.4GHz, 5GHz
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2.4GHz, 5GHz
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Gyroscope6-axis gyroscope6-axis gyroscope
Color Depth8-bit