Friday, August 19, 2016

Take the Samsung Gear 360 and Insta360 Nano underwater with these waterproof pouches


A while back, I posted about a couple of inexpensive waterproof pouches for the Samsung Gear 360 (reviewed here) and Insta360 Nano (reviewed here).  I took my family for a brief vacation, and I've now had the chance to use them to take some underwater photos and videos using inexpensive waterproof cases.  Here are samples.


For the Insta360 Nano, I used a Stalion waterproof case, which is transparent on both sides and has an unobtrusive border.


The case performed as expected.  It kept the Nano dry and easy to control.  Incidentally, I found out the case could float with the Nano in it, as long as there was a little air.

Here is a sample 360 photo:



And here's a sample 360 video from the Nano.


The Samsung Gear 360 won't fit on the Stalion, so I had to use a larger case, the Dry Pak DPC-69.  It kept the Gear 360 dry and I could easily use the buttons.  However, I did not anticipate that the Samsung Gear 360 would roll around inside so much (I thought the vinyl would 'stick' to the Gear 360's lens).


I only had my S6 with me (not my PC), so the video was downsampled to 2k.  In addition, when uploading to YouTube from my phone, it limited me to 720pm.  FWIW, here's a 720p sample video:


I'm going to update this when I can upload a 4k sample.  I'm also going to try a couple of ways to stabilize the Gear 360.