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.
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)|
|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|
|Max video bitrate||100Mbps||80Mbps|
|Max recording time||No limit||30 minutes in FPV mode|
|ND/UV filter compatibility||Yes||Yes|
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
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.
So disappointed with the SMO 4k. I get better footage out of the tiny GO 2…
SMO4k is a shit. It changes the hue while recording, which is impossible to correct in post. It sucks in connecting with your phone, you can easily spend 15 min before you get connected.
It has a LOT of noise to compare with GoPro.
Finally, you never know if it was recorded or not. The first record after powering it works fine, but then… :( You should always unplug, plug, hit record to be sure it will record.
I am really, really sad I’ve chosen it.
And especially sad, if you saying that Go2 even worse :(((
GoPro naked is an expensive one.. but if the quality is your top priority, not many to choose from.
Turn off auto white balance
Do I did a mistake buying an Insta GO2 instead of SMO 4K? I have 3 and 5-inch quads.
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!!!
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.
Is anybody willing to trade a new-like SMO 4K for an Insta360 GO2?
SMO 4K! It has much better video quality. The GO2 is more for vlogging than droning…
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?
I love the form factor of the GO2, but image quality can’t be compared with the SMO 4K!
The Insta360 Go has remote connectivity and WiFi through the remote.