INSTA360 ONE R (1-INCH)
INSTALLATION AND USAGE GUIDE

IMPORTANT: Insta360 ONE R modules are not waterproof after modification. The MFT mount is compatible with manual lenses only.

Install / Remove the IR-Cut Filter

The IR-Cut filter blocks infrared light so that your images have normal color and is recommended for use for most normal applications. You may wish to remove it in order to clean it or switch filter types. Replacement filters are available in the accessories section of our shop. The video below demonstrates how to remove, clean and replace the filter.

CLEANING

Routine changing of lenses and/or filters may cause the need for cleaning the filter and/or image sensor. A symptom of this is may be small dark spots in your images when your iris setting is high. In many cases just using a puffer to blow dust off the filter is sufficient. Never use tissues for cleaning as they leave a lot of small debris behind and can create tiny abrasions.

  • Remove the filter as outlined in the section above
  • Before cleaning use a puffer to blow loose debris from the filter and image sensor
  • We recommend using a LensPen MiniPro followed by a puffer for optimal results. Both can be found at photo stores online and in camera stores for just a few dollars. Use small circular motions to clean lenses and filters, then follow-up with a puffer.
  • You may also use lens fluid and a microfiber cleaning cloth. When cleaning the sensor, never spray the fluid directly on the surface. Use a puffer to blow off any loose material, then spray a clean micro fibre cloth, wrap it over the end of a cotton swab and use small circular motions. Once the surface dries, use your puffer again to remove any remaining dust.
  • To clean the filter simply drop it into a sprayed cloth and wipe until clear. If using a LensPen MiniPro, make sure to use your puffer to blow off any loose debris first.
  • Replace the filter as shown in the video, taking care not to drop the side of the filter against the image sensor.
  • Test the camera by shooting a light-colored surface such as a wall with a high f-stop setting on your lens (f16). Repeat if needed.

Switching Mounts

Switching between mounts is quick and easy. Simply use a small Philips screw driver and the small Allen key from your kit to remove the screws and hardware and replace them with the new mount as demonstrated in the video below. Make sure to keep all the parts for use again later.

NOTE: Skip to 14:38 in the kit installation guide video to see the MFT mount being installed.

Support

Got a question about your modification project? Get up and running with our help! Take a look at our Troubleshooting Guide or FAQ for some solutions to common problems, if the answer isn’t there drop us a line.

For more help with our product please visit www.back-bone.ca/support or email us

support@back-bone.ca

Using The Tripod Mount

Attaching Back-Bone’s tripod mount to the Insta360 ONE R camera is a simple process. Simply loosen the thumbscrew on the back and line the mount up with the mounting holes on the top of the camera module. Squeeze the top and bottom together and tighten the screw. Use a coin to make sure it’s nice and tight! If using the mount with one of Back-Bone’s modified modules you can use the included screw for extra strength when using larger lenses.

NOTE: The Back-Bone tripod mount for Insta360 ONE R is not compatible with the 360 VR module.

Using Lens Adapters

MFT or C-Mount adapters can be used to mount other lens types on your camera. We recommend having the IR-Cut filter installed as it effects the ability to focus at infinity with some lenses.
Pro Tip: visit www.back-bone.ca/shop for a wide selection of lens adapters

Crop Factor Information

Lenses designed for larger sensors or film formats will appear somewhat magnified when used with the smaller 1″ sensor. Depending on the camera’s shooting mode the entire sensor area may not be used. Here are the average focal length multipliers for several popular lens types. These numbers assume that Flowstate stabilization is not being used.
  • 2/3” C-Mount – 0.69x (some longer 16mm+ 2/3” lenses will cover the sensor though they are technically too small)
  • 16mm (Bolex) – 0.8x (mild vignetting)
  • Super 16 – 0.92x (slight vignette with wide angle lenses)
  • 1” C-Mount – 1.0x
  • 1.1” C-Mount – 1.1x
  • Micro Four Thirds – 1.36x
  • APS-C – 1.79x
  • DX – 1.79x
  • APS-H – 2.11x
  • 35mm (Full Frame) – 2.73x

For more information on crop factors please visit this page.

Troubleshooting: 

Video looks wavy or ‘jello’ like: Make sure the gyro is properly calibrated: Settings>General>Gyro Calibration. Your shutter speed may also be too slow. Try a higher ISO and shutter speed.
My footage looks pink! You need to install the supplied IR-Cut filter which prevents infrared light from reaching the sensor. If your footage looks pink this filter is likely missing.
Dark spots in footage, especially when iris is closed down: Your image sensor or filter needs to be cleaned. Using an air puffer is usually enough to blow away any small particles that might have gotten on the sensor. A LensPen MiniPro is also a great tool for cleaning the small GoPro sensor. Also verify that there is no dust or debris on the back of the lens.
When I shoot footage for 360° video, the image circle keeps moving around: When shooting content from circular fisheye lenses for stitching in 360° video software, make sure the flow state feature is turned off when processing in post. This only applies to our modified camera modules, not the Insta360 dual lens 360 module. Flow state should be used in that case.
The screen is small, how do I focus?: Double tap the rear screen to zoom in on the footage for more accurate focus. You can also use the Insta360 smartphone app for a larger view of the action!

NOTE: We’ve done our best to accommodate the vast majority of manual MFT and C-Mount lenses on the market. For the best results use fully manual MFT lenses. 1″ or 1.1″ format C-Mount lenses will work best as well as 16mm & Super 16 Bolex lenses. Some longer 2/3″ C-Mount lenses will cover the image sensor, though technically they are two small. Most 2/3″ lenses will vignette (dark corners).