A significant improvement has been made to the 360 camera which is the easiest to use, and this opens up new opportunities for the development of 360 videos.
When it comes down to it, the new Insta360 X3 has a very similar feel to the previous model, the X2. It comes with a brand-new screen that improves the overall user experience, as well as a brand-new sensor and other new software enhancements. It has proven to be a successful strategy for Insta360, and I don’t believe you’ll find anything that compares well to the X3 in terms of price.
- An improved 1/2 “Sensor
- New MP4 formats, including the ability to record 360 films at resolutions up to 5.7K and as high as 4K.
- Up to a depth of 33 feet and 2.29 inches “touchscreen with toughened glass and 72 MP photographs with 360 degrees of rotation.
- 8K time-lapse feature.
The Most Interesting Aspects
The “Me” mode is not something that particularly piques my interest, but there are other aspects of the X3 that have piqued my interest. It is a significant advantage to have the ability to record a standard 4K MP4 without having to use the app.
Despite the fact that a fixed lens action camera, such as the GoPro Hero 10 or the Insta360 ONE RS, will always provide a picture of higher quality, buyers may be able to forego purchasing an action camera altogether thanks to this enhancement in the X3.
In addition to that, the screen looks absolutely fantastic. It gives the impression that it was meant to be there, and it rounds off an overall satisfying presentation. The circular display on the X2 wasn’t bothersome to me, but in this instance, a larger display would be preferable.
We will be receiving a “pre-record” mode in the next firmware upgrade that comes out. For the past few years, adding this functionality has been at the top of my wish list for Insta360, so I couldn’t be happier that it will soon become a reality.
When the user pushes the record button on the camera, the device will also store the seconds that came before. It is a feature that is quite helpful to users, as it prevents them from missing the moment. The fact that this will be captured by a 360 camera makes it extremely difficult to miss any of the action. Since the camera will be continuously buffering footage into the microSD card, my greatest hope is that this won’t have a significant negative impact on the camera’s battery life.
Should You Make the Investment?
The X3’s predecessor, the X2, or Insta360’s brand-new 1-inch sensor 360 camera are also alternatives that deserve serious consideration, in my opinion. The first option is likely to have a lower total cost, whereas the second option will almost certainly cost several hundred dollars more. In my opinion, the X3 is the perfect middle ground between the two.
The X2 is an absolutely fantastic camera, and if you can get it for a reasonable price, you shouldn’t think twice about making the purchase. The image quality is quite acceptable, and the X3 is not significantly superior to the point where you would be missing out by upgrading.
The amount of time a battery may last, the simplicity with which apps can be connected, and the overall usability are virtually the same. The screen on the X2 is not really a deal breaker for me when it comes to purchasing the device. Because most people already keep their distance when using a 360 camera, the bigger screen on the X3 is more of a convenience feature than anything more. If you are interested in vlogging, the screen on the X3 is definitely something to think about.
Then, on the other hand, the 1-inch sensor module that Insta360 introduced to the ONE RS is most certainly a step above from what was previously available. It costs $800, and the image is substantially better. However, it doesn’t shoot in slow motion. It is not a “fun” camera in the same vein as the X3, in my opinion.
The newer model, the X3, may be purchased for $450, while the earlier one, the X2, is still available for $430. Because of the very minor difference in cost, it would be in your best interest to get the more recent and advanced model.
What I Liked
- Because of the updated screen, operating the camera is now much simpler.
- The 4K mode uses a single lens.
- Enhanced personalization options, comparable to those of the ONE RS.
What I Didn’t Like
- Although it now records in stereo, the audio quality is not significantly greater than that of a standard action camera.
- There is an additional cost for the rubber lens protector.
- No one put any pressure on me to purchase the stick-on lens protectors before I scratched the lens, and I did not do so.