Insta360 Flow review

The Insta360 Flow is the 360 specialist’s first smartphone gimbal, with terrific AI subject tracking but also some design quirks

Insta360 Flow
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Insta360 Flow packs a lot of stabilizing and tracking technology into a folding, pocket-sized gimbal that can be ready to use in moments. The AI subject tracking is next-level, but the vertical support can mess with the tilt axis range and the integrated tripod legs are narrow, flimsy, and springy. At last, though, here’s a smartphone gimbal actually designed for external microphones, with space to attach a cable to your phone and a cold shoe mount.


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    Deep Track 3.0 subject tracking

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    Integrated selfie stick

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    Microphone cold shoe


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    Tilt axis range issues

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    Flimsy and springy tripod legs

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There’s no shortage of smartphone gimbals to choose from and the Insta360 Flow faces established competition from DJI, Zhiyun, and Feiyutech. What it does have, though, is a couple of innovative features that could set it apart.

The best smartphone gimbals can stabilize your phone far more effectively than its own in-built stabilization system. Even the best camera phones can't replicate the movements of a gimbal. They don’t just stop shakes and jitters, they allow smooth panning motions, tilt-locking modes, horizon locking, subject-tracking, and more. They can make your smartphone footage look as if it was shot with professional filmmaking rigs.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at