Livestream your surroundings with the iPhone’s first 360-degree HD camera

The Insta360 Nano is a new way for Apple fans to make VR videos

So what have we here?

This thing here is called the Insta360 Nano and it’s a clip-on dual HD camera for the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus. In fact, it’s the very first camera of its kind for Apple phones.

And what does it do?

Many things, but its main feature are the two ultra wide-angle cameras that allow it to film full 360-degree footage. It works in much the same way as LG’s 360 Cam: each of the cameras has a 210-degree field-of-view, and the device’s software seamlessly joins up the two different pieces of video, or two still shots, to make one full 360-degree video clip or photograph.

I bet these videos take up a lot of space – and my iPhone’s running low on that.

The makers have considered such a plight and have added a microSD slot on the camera. You can add up to 64GB of storage for footage and photos, leaving your phone’s memory unburdened. There’s also an 800mAh battery inside, so it’s not sucking up power either.

So what can I do with the footage once I’ve captured it?

You can upload it to YouTube or use the app and a Google Cardboard viewer to look around photos and videos from the centre of the action – VR, in other words. Oh, and if you don’t have a Cardboard headset already, the camera’s packaging can be converted into one. How’s that for useful? 

You can also live-stream 360-degree videos, which means anybody with an iPhone and a decent signal can become a dazzling citizen journalist.

It hasn't been launched in India yet, but it's available for $199 in the US. We'll keep an eye out and let you guys know when it gets here.