2022 Action Camera Roundup: Insta360 X3

The X3 360-degree camera from Insta360 has been unveiled; it has a larger sensor and touchscreen than its predecessor. “With the X series, we are reinventing the point-and-shoot camera to make it easier for anyone to be a creator. X3 is built to help the next generation of creators take their creativity to new heights,” said JK Liu, founder of Insta360.

The camera records 5.7K 360-degree video with Active HDR and an Invisible Selfie Stick effect thanks to the high-resolution picture sensors. Still photographs are captured at 72MP and 18MP utilizing the camera’s 6.7mm (35mm equivalent) F1.9 lens.

The X3 is positioned by Insta360 as a camera that performs like a 360-degree capture device but can also perform like a conventional action cam since it has the option to switch to single-camera mode and shoot sharp, ultra-wide 4K footage. It can also record at up to 2.7K resolution in an even wider 170-degree maximum field of view mode.

The camera has a feature called Active HDR mode from Insta360, which employs an algorithm to stabilize action footage, reduce ghosting, and give greater quality details than other action cameras while avoiding underexposed areas. Standard, Active HDR, Timelapse, TimeShift, Bullet Time, and Loop Recording are some of the available video modes. The new 48MP image sensors make active HDR possible, and it employs an algorithm to stabilize action footage, reduce ghosting, and increase the viewable dynamic range of your footage. A resolution of up to 8K is offered by 360 Timelapse. A Matrix-like effect known as Bullet Time was made feasible by rotating the camera around your head. You can shoot at 4K/120p and 3K/180p in this unique mode. The twin lens design of the X3’s 360-degree capture mode enables the “invisible” selfie stick appearance, in which the stick or tripod is automatically removed from the video.

The X3 uses FlowState stabilization from Insta360 and a six-axis gyroscope to maintain the stability of your footage. Even when you fully rotate the camera, the horizon maintains level thanks to a 360-degree Horizon Lock.

The X3 is tough and reliable, just like any decent action camera. Out of the box, the camera is waterproof to a depth of 10m (33′). For those who prefer extreme sports, you can also install optional accessories like lens guards to boost its longevity.

The Insta360 X3 is also able to function as a dashcam thanks to the new Loop Recording mode. In this mode, video is continuously recorded, but according to the settings you’ve chosen, it only stores the most recent set of recordings for a predetermined amount of time to prevent filling up your storage with pointless film. The camera stores its files on a microSD card, speaking about storage.

BLE 5.0 Bluetooth, WiFi, a USB Type-C connection for charging, and stereo microphone recording at 48 kHz are further aspects of the workflow. The camera is 180g (6.35 oz) in weight and 114 x 46 x 33.1 mm in size (W x H x D) ” (4.5 x 1.8 x 1.3″). newest 2.29 “Four directional buttons are included on the camera, and the touchscreen is protected by toughened glass, allowing you to operate the device even with gloves on. A new, bigger 1800mAh battery that can record 81 minutes of 5.7K/30p footage is included with the X3. The camera has an exposure compensation range of +/- 4 EV and a shutter speed range of 120s to 1/8000s. 100-3200 ISO is the ISO range.

Both iOS and Android mobile devices are compatible with the Insta360 X3. The smartphone app uses AI technology to automatically choose and apply edits to your best footage. With more than 30 unique effects at your disposal, you can create highlight videos. A desktop version is also available for better editing performance and control.

The Insta360 X3 is available to order starting today for $450.

More info on Insta360’s website.

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