Freewell Pro is first!
In another article I mentioned that the Insta360 One R was getting ND filters. Well, here they are!
I say “they” because it appears that the Freewell Insta360 One R Single Filter (360 EDITION) is a three piece filter set. A mounting bracket and two independent lenses. Freewell states that this comes in a magnetic filter case, so I’m willing to bet the actual filters are held onto the bracket by those same magnets. In what I can assume from this image, the bracket likely slides down over the 360 mod, clips onto the bottom, and the magnetic lenses then attach on to it. Magnets are quickly becoming the new “hot” way to mount filters so I wouldn’t be surprised here. I am hoping however that there is enough clearance in the mount itself to slide over the lenses themselves without marking or scratching the elements themselves.
Consumer 360 cameras have been without an ND Filter system until this point. ND Filters allow the camera to have its shutter slowed down without over exposing an image. This is particularly useful for long exposures and will be awesome to see mirror smooth water, or “in camera” light painting in a 360 photo. The other major benefit of ND Filters is for recording video. It helps to achieve cinema like footage that can be tricky with digital systems.
Freewell is a manufacturer of for drones and action cams and these are available from ND4 (2 stops) to ND64 (6 stops) and marks these as available for purchase around mid-July.