Insta360 Go 2 vs. GoPro Hero 8 Black: Style, substance and everything else

In a battle of $300 action cameras, let's see if the newcomer can unseat the O.G.

Nic Henry Senior Video Producer

Not long ago, GoPro made action cameras a thing. However, in recent years, a newcomer has entered the arena: Insta360. While GoPro has established itself as making reliable tools that can be found in many a video-maker's gear bag, Insta360 has leaned into the quirky side of things. 

The new Insta360 Go 2 is small... like really small. It uses magnets and comes with a charging case that triples as a tripod and remote control. In the box, there are three more unique mounting accessories, including a magnetic necklace you wear underneath your shirt for chest-mounted, POV shooting.

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The Go 2's price ($300) lines up with 2019's GoPro, the GoPro Hero 8 Black, that I also happen to have in my own personal gear bag. Now, in terms of specs, the Hero 8 pretty much destroys the tiny Go 2 in just about every category. That being said, people seem to be really excited about the Go 2. My dad even, who's an avid cyclist, said he never uses his GoPro and was looking into the Go 2. 

My favorite of the four accessories that come in the Go 2's box. 

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So we had to ask: Can style beat substance when it comes to a $300 action camera? With both cameras, multiple skate parks and a soccer field, I put the two to work. Of course, a battle like this is best experienced visually. Please watch the video above (or perhaps in your bottom right corner) to see if the newcomer can unseat the O.G.