Insta360 GO 2 vs SMO 4K: Which Is Better For Your Drone?

Insta360 GO 2 versus BetaFPV SMO 4K

Not sure if you should get the new Insta360 GO 2 or the ‘naked’ Insta360 x BetaFPV SMO 4K for your drone? Then you’re definitely in the right place – in this article, we compare all the features and specs of these two lightweight cameras to help you find the best one for you!

There are lots of things to consider when buying a camera for your drone. When it comes to micro FPV quadcopters, the additionally installed camera’s size and weight are critical. The Insta360 GO 2 is not just lighter (26.5g vs 30g) than the SMO 4K but also much smaller. By comparison, the SMO4K measures 61.5 x 39.4 x 29.2mm and the Go2 52.9 x 23.6 x 20.7mm.

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The SMO 4K was developed by BetaFPV in collaboration with Insta360. While follows the design of GoPro style action cameras it can’t be used for standalone operation. In order to make it as light as possible does not have a built-in battery nor status display. Instead, you need to connect a power cable to your quadcopter’s flight controller. The cable can also be used to enable the flight controller to control the Insta360 SMO 4K remotely.

Insta360 GO 2 vs SMO 4K comparison table

In the table below, I tried to compare the most important specs of these two Insta360 cameras. I highlighted with red where the SMO 4K excels and with blue where the GO2  shines.

  BetaFPV SMO 4K Insta360 GO 2
Size 61.5 x 39.4 x 29.2mm 52.9 x 23.6 x 20.7mm
Weight 30g (1.06oz) 26.5g (0.93oz)
Internal storage None 32GB
External storage Micro SD slot, up to 1TB No
WiFi connectivity Yes, 5GHz No
Remote control via FC Yes No
Water-resistant No IPX4 up to 4meters
Max video resolution 3840×2160@60fps 2560×1440@50fps
UHD 4K Yes No
Max video bitrate 100Mbps 80Mbps
Max recording time No limit 30 minutes in FPV mode
ND/UV filter compatibility Yes Yes
HDR mode Yes Yes
FlowState Yes Yes
Built-in battery No Yes
Standalone operation No Yes
Release year 2020 2021
Price $229.99 $319.99

Both cameras incorporate gimbal-like Insta360 FlowState stabilization. While the SMO4K is capable of recording 3840×2160@60fps videos with up to 100Mbps, the GO2 2560×1440@50fps with up to 80Mbps.

That charging case is key to the Insta360 Go 2’s design and the way it works. Equipped with a 1100mAh battery, it can refill the Go 2’s internal battery four times over. Furthermore, It can be used as a remote controller as well.

Insta360 SMO 4K sample footage

Insta360 GO 2 sample footage

Bottom line

Thanks to the built-in battery, the Insta360 GO 2 has much wider usability. It is also water-proof for up to 4 meters allowing it to be used for water sports. Its small form-factor makes it almost invisible when you are wearing it for vlogging.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for an ultra-light UHD camera used exclusively on drones, the SMO 4K is a better option since it is much more affordable than its rival.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Insta360 GO 2 for micro (2-2.5″) and SMO 4K for medium-size (2.5-4″) FPV drones. For big 5″+ drones, GoPro 9 all the time!!!

  2. I already own an SMO 4K, which performs pretty well. But due to its size, it is hard to install on TinyWhoops, so I decided to purchase an Insta360 GO2 as well.

  3. I just lost my GoPro Session. What can I buy to replace it? (I don’t want a naked one). What do you suggest Insta360 GO 2 or SMO 4K?

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