Virtual reality may be the next big thing but there isn’t much kit around yet for creating VR videos of your own activities (so you can view yourself on a VR headset, share VR videos on YouTube or broadcast live in VR on Facebook, now possible). One major-brand smartphone that launched a year ago was tipped to have a companion VR camera but it still hadn’t materialised at the time of writing.
China is currently experiencing an eagerly awaited creativity spurt, so it’s no surprise that this excellent entry-level make-your-own-VR-video device hails from Shenzhen Arashi Vision Co. The Insta360 Nano, which comes with a simple VR headset, is a superlatively well-designed clip-on VR camera for the iPhone 6 (it will work fine with the iPhone 7 too). It is easy to use – very slick and smooth – and the results are excellent. There will be more VR cameras, but this is more than ample for discovering the great potential of this new, über-immersive medium. One small caveat is that the Insta360 Nano doesn’t take its power from the phone and needs charging separately.