How to Use ONE R as a Wide Angle Webcam and Why!

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How many remote meetings have you attended in the last year? How many Zoom chats have you had with friends, family or colleagues? For many of us, this has been a big part of 2020, and looks likely to be a big part of our lives going forward.

The good news is that you can make all these chats better and easier using Insta360 ONE R! Not just an action camera, this versatile piece of tech doubles as a sophisticated, easy-to-use wide angle webcam. In this post we will explain how to use ONE R as a wide angle webcam and the benefits of doing so.

So, it’s easy to use?

Yes! Whether you work from home or just want to catch up with family and friends, using ONE R as a webcam couldn’t be easier. Essentially, it’s a plug-and-go system with just three basic steps:

  1. Connect ONE R with the 4K or 360 Mod to your Mac or Windows computer via USB cable
  2. Select Webcam mode on the ONE R
  3. Open your video conferencing platform and select ONE R as the camera

That’s it, DONE! The cool thing is that unlike many other webcam options, there is no need to download any additional webcam software or programs. ONE R is a zero-hassle option that also comes with plenty of other benefits.

OK. But why not just use the camera on my laptop/PC?

Good question. Here are four main reasons:

1) Improved image quality

With webcam footage shot on Insta360 ONE R you will get an output resolution of 1080p (1920×1080). For reference, on your average laptop, such as a MacBook Air or Pro, the built-in camera outputs 720p (1280×720). While these are both classified as HD, ONE R with its 1080p has more than double the number of pixels, resulting in greater detail and image precision.

2) Wide-angle field of view

Another benefit of ONE R is that as a wide angle webcam, it offers a wider field of view than your laptop camera. That means if you’ve got your whole family in the room, you can make sure they’re all in frame without squeezing in next to the computer.

3) Auto-zoom (4K Mod only)

Another cool feature, this clever algorithm automatically detects who is in the shot, and adjusts the image to fit them perfectly in frame. If someone leaves the room, the camera re-adjusts to focus on whoever is remaining. And… if you move around the room, the camera will follow you to keep you in shot. Smart or what?

4) Doubles as a 360 webcam (360 Mod only)

An extra bonus is that you can also use ONE R as a 360 webcam. For group meetings just swap out the 4K mod for the 360 mod and place ONE R in the middle of the table. The camera will output a split screen of everyone on both sides of the table.

Nice. And can I use ONE R with any video conferencing platform?

Yep. ONE R is compatible with all the most widely used video conferencing software, including Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and more.


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23 Comments

  1. Florian Reiß 2021/02/11 at 6:36 pm

    Hi is there any way to disable the auto zoom feature on the 4k-mod? As many other users I like the feature but it often zooms randomly to certain parts and is very sensitive to light. It would be amazing if one could just set an own focus and zoom and then it stays fixed and if desired the auto zoom can be reactivated. This would be amazing. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Love the updates and the One R please keep up improoving it further!

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    1. Insta360 2021/02/18 at 10:01 am

      Hi Florian, you can now enable or disable the auto zoom feature under “Webcam Zoom” in the ONE R camera settings with the latest firmware. You can download the latest version from our website or the App Store. https://www.insta360.com/download/insta360-oner

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      1. Angel 2021/03/04 at 5:18 am

        I can’t seem to find the option to turn auto zoom off, I have the latest firmware V1.2.18

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        1. Insta360 2021/03/04 at 10:13 am

          Hi Angel, you can find the option under Settings – General – Webcam Zoom on the camera screen. Hope that helps!

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        2. Oliver 2021/09/18 at 8:12 pm

          Hi Angel,
          the Webcam Zoom option is only available in the settings when the 4k Module is mounted

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  2. will hanse 2021/02/25 at 1:20 am

    I was able to the web cam to work using the usb gen 2 cables by Wirotech. I used the 10 foot cable so I could incorporate it into my desktop. Excellent quality.
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WFL18MY

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  3. jay 2021/03/11 at 5:58 am

    Hmm really cool… I should have brought this as a fricking webcam in 2020!!!!!

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  4. Scott 2021/06/05 at 4:55 am

    Webcam doesn’t show up as an option when using the Leica mod. Why?

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    1. Insta360 2021/06/09 at 11:16 am

      Hi Scott, Sorry, webcam mode is only available for the 4K and 360 mods at this time. We will pass on your request to our R&D team for further evaluation.

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      1. Flo 2021/10/30 at 10:59 pm

        I agree that this would be great to have. The Leica lens is so nice and I want to use it as a webcam. Thanks

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      2. Ghost Dog 2021/11/19 at 3:56 am

        Any updated on this? Actually I bought 1″ and supposed that webcam support will be implemented in reasonable time. I don’t insist on 5k mode, evethough it would be nice.

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        1. Insta360 2021/11/23 at 9:53 am

          The webcam mode is only available for the 4K and 360 mods at this time. We hope to work on integrating the 1″ sensor into the webcam mode but we don’t have an exact timeline for this.

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  5. Nat 2021/07/21 at 9:04 pm

    Is there a way to use the 360 lens as a webcam to a PC and output the equirectangle view as opposed to a split screen?

    I’d like to use OBS to broadcast a 360 view to YouTube that users can control.

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  6. Jef 2021/07/24 at 11:41 am

    The camera by itself works great, and it used to do the same when I used it as a webcam (half the reason I purchased this camera) but now, for months, when using my One R as a webcam my colors are totally off — making everything look like an old western photo — with no settings that I can figure to adjust it back to normal. Please help. Frustrated.

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    1. Oliver 2021/09/18 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Jef,
      I also had this when fideling with Amcap and setting the Insta360 One R to any resolution lower than 1080p -> try setting the camera of the SW to 1080p and see if this fixes the situation. Nonetheless, would be nice with Insta fixes this problem!

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  7. Oliver 2021/10/18 at 1:17 am

    Hi Insta360,
    I have another feature request (besides the above mentionen making the splitscreen optional for the 360° Module and making the Webcam mode also available for the 1-Inch Module):
    – give the User the option to choose FPS, resolution and FOV for the Webcam Mode (currently only Wide and 30FPS possible) -> would love to use my Insta360 One R at 1080p and 200 FPS in FOV at linear for head tracking!
    – allow PC software to change the exposure of the camera settings (with other webcams gamma, gain, exposure etc. can be changed over Amcap but Insta360 One R cannot due any of that!)
    – perhaps having a basic and pro mode for the Webcam mode would allow this
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. Insta360 2021/10/19 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Oliver, thanks for your feedback and suggestions. I’ve added them to our feedback sheet for the ONE R team. I hope we can get some of these features you requested integrated into our software and cameras.

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  8. Gerry 2021/10/29 at 9:15 am

    The video quality and color are not working when plugged in as a webcam to a Macbook pro. The video has blocks of color artifacts. I’ve tried turning it on and off, removing the battery, and reconnecting to the computer numerous times without success. I recorded a video with just the cam and it works fine. Any tips?

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    1. Insta360 2021/10/30 at 11:30 am

      Hi there Gerry,

      Could you please let us know what Firmware version and which mod (360, 4K) are you using during webcam mode?

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  9. Tom 2022/02/16 at 4:37 am

    I’m trying to use my insta 360 one R as a webcam with skype on my Windows PC (windows 10). I have set the device to webcam mode, and have made sure that the ‘privacy’ settings in windows allow cameras to be used for this application. The camera isn’t appearing as an option to select at all – I’m a bit lost here….. help! I can’t use the insta360 one R in the basic ‘Camera’ app on my PC either. The computer doesn’t seem to pick it up?

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    1. Insta360 2022/02/17 at 8:54 am

      Let’s get this fixed for you. Please reach out to our customer service team. Either through our website live chat or by emailing service@insta360.com. They’ll be able to assist you with troubleshooting your camera.

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