Insta360 Pro certified and ready to add images to Google Maps Street View

Last year Google announced a new certification program for 360-degree capable cameras that would aid in connecting user captured images with Google Maps’ Street View. Historically Google has dispatched their own vehicles around the world to capture Street Views. By certifying cameras capable of meeting the programs requirements, Google can start to crowd source some of the Street Views material and images. Insta360 has announced that their $3,500 Insta360 Pro camera is ready as the first certified camera in the program.

Besides the actual camera itself, users will need the suction cup mounts to place the camera on top of a vehicle, a gps module for geo-tagging purposes, and Insta360 Stitcher software to handle workflow, preparation and delivery to Google on the backend. According to Charles Armstrong, Street View product manager,

“The majority of 360 imagery on Google Maps was captured by Google’s fleet of camera-equipped vehicles, but the world changes quickly, so there’s always more to cover. With the Insta360 Pro, it’s easy for anyone to extend Street View coverage on their own, whether it’s to document an updated storefront or share an immersive adventure across the globe.”

The Insta360 Pro is capable of capturing 5 frames-per-second in shooting mode at a whopping 8K resolution. At this speed and resolution, the resulting shots will be easily converted to the evenly spaced Street Views accessible through Google Maps. When done taking a ride with the camera running, users can load the footage into the Insta360 Stitcher software. After some processing, an in app option can be used to publish new footage directly to Street View. Once uploaded, Google will take over and handle the remaining geocoding and matching everything up on Google Maps.

source: Insta360

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Konrad Roberts

    Interesting article Jeff, thanks but I presume that as the Insta360 Pro isn’t IP rated, it’s indoor use or sunny days only outside for GSV.
    On reflection the the sun always seems to shine in GSV land but for my purposes I have to record outside data regardless of the weather.
    The IP rated Iris 360 Pro has been cancelled and it’s replacement will be megabucks so may have to reschedule and wait for the rain to stop.
    My sign off can’t beat yours!