Vuze XR vs Insta360 EVO: Which One is Better?

The Vuze XR and the Insta360 EVO are two high-end 360 cameras that have been released in recent months. Both of them offer a lot of features, but which is better? That’s what we’re going to take a look at today! The table below will show you some important specifications for each camera so that you can compare them side by side. Afterward, I’ll discuss how they perform in different conditions and give you my opinion on which one is worth your hard-earned money!

About These 360 3D Cameras

Insta360 EVO

Insta360 EVO

Experience a new level of immersion with 180°3D + 360°. This product captures true-to-life depth in immersive detail and folds up EVO to capture every direction at once. Shoot videos at a crispy 5.7K resolution, and capture 18MP photos with HD photo + video and Headset Ready integration.

Vuze XR

Vuze XR

Looking to take your video skills up a notch? The Vuze XR has you covered, with in-app stabilization that ensures smooth, shake-free footage, regardless of whether you’re shooting in 360 or VR180. You’ll also enjoy high-resolution recording ([email protected] fps, [email protected] fps and [email protected] fps), as well as the option to reframe your shots with the Directors Cut tools. So join the pros and capture your world like never before with the Vuze XR!

Design

These two cameras have the same goal: to allow you to capture 360 and 180 video. However, they accomplish this through a completely different design. The Vuze XR, an elongated device that has two lenses that can automatically switch between 180 and 360 modes with the touch of a button, is a longer version. The EVO, a smaller device that requires manual movement, is made up of two lenses.

The Vuze XR is a better-designed device in both looks and functionality. It is much easier to switch between 360 and 180 modes with the Vuze XR than it is with EVO.

Vuze’s build quality is superior. The Vuze can be used one-handed due to its long body. The EVO cannot be used without a tripod, selfie stick, or other accessories. Also, the plastic used in its manufacture feels cheap.

The screen on neither camera is very good, but they both have manual controls that allow you to toggle between video and photo modes as well as the shutter and power buttons.

Video and Photo Quality

The Vuze and EVO both shoot 5.7K 360 videos and 180 videos, respectively. Although the EVO video has a higher resolution, it is not enough to make a significant difference. The cameras have basic optics, so you shouldn’t expect high performance in low-light situations.

Comparing the Vuze XR to EVO at the same place, I noticed that the Vuze video was slightly brighter but overexposes bright areas more. The difference between them isn’t too significant and both videos look pretty good.

Because I believe this is the most common way people will use the cameras, I tested them in their 180 modes. The 3D effect was good in both cases, and I didn’t notice any significant differences when using a VR headset.

The EVO’s HDR mode, which can dramatically improve video quality, is a major advantage over the Vuze. The EVO’s HDR video is clearly superior to the Vuze. HDR can improve colors and dynamic range in ways that Vuze cannot. The Vuze XR does not have an HDR mode, but this may change in a future software upgrade.

Both cameras offer the option of shooting at different frame rates. The Vuze offers 4K at 60fps while the EVO offers 4K at 50fps, and the EVO offers 4K at 50fps. The EVO also has 4K at 50fps while the Vuze can shoot at 4K at 60fps. While the EVO is capable of shooting at 4K at 60fps, the Vuze can shoot at 4K at 60fps. The EVO allows you to capture and 3K at 100fps. The 4K at 60fps was the best and most practical for slow-motion video. Although 3K at 100fps creates a more slow-motion effect, it is not as enjoyable to watch.

When shooting photos you get a similar story. The Vuze images in normal mode look slightly better, which is indicative of better lenses. However, the EVO HDR mode can create better-quality images.

Other differences

Stabilization

The Insta360 EVO is without a doubt a better camera for moving videos. Insta360’s flowstate stability software works well and smoothens moving video whether you are running or walking. Vuze, on the other side, doesn’t perform as well when it comes to moving video. It only has basic stabilization. Moving video is not very useful for 3D shooting, but it’s better than none!

Audio

With its many microphones, the Vuze can record ambisonic sound. This creates an immersive experience when viewed through a VR headset.

Livestream

Only the Vuze XR offers a Livestream mode that allows you to stream 360 and 180 videos to Facebook, YouTube, and other services. Although the live stream quality is not as good as the normal video, the connection is reliable and fast.

Software Comparisons

Insta360 had to invest a lot in developing a software system that works with 360 cameras. The EVO has full access. You can have complete manual control of your camera, including ISO, light balance, and shutter speed.

Insta360’s free capture program can convert 360 videos to 1080p. Vuze is a simpler app and allows you to do very little manual manipulation. Vuze can only adjust the exposure or change video modes.

Each camera comes with free desktop software. Each camera has its own unique features. The EVO desktop software can be used to capture 360 videos and make adjustments.

Vuze lets you color-correct your video prior to stitching. This can make your video look much better. This desktop software is an excellent alternative to Premiere Pro.

Conclusions

The Insta360 EVO has a wider field of view, larger maximum file size and better stabilization. In comparison to the Vuze XR, it is only slightly bigger as well as heavier. It also comes with an underwater case which you have to buy separately for the Vuze XR. The latter has a five-axis stabilization system though – something that no other consumer 360 camera offers at this point in time.

Jeremy Carney
360camreview.com creator. I'm a professional photographer and videographer. Making 360 videos is my passion and I share it with you.