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Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera - 5.7K 360, 72MP Photos, Stabilization, Touch Screen, AI Editing, Streaming, Webcam, Voice Control, 64GB Card

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The modular cameras have tiny little square screens, while in the Insta360 One X2 there is a small round porthole instead. Like the X2 before it, the X3 doesn’t give you any choice of attachments or modules, it instead includes two high-end fisheye lenses to deliver 360-degree camera footage. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly yellow tint to the video footage I captured during testing. Subscribe to the What’s The Best Newsletter to keep up to date with more of the latest reviews and recommendations from the What’s The Best team. Around the edge of Insta360's X3 is a textured finish which also covers its rubber switches, giving it a water-tight feel – and then there’s the inviting 2.

Just below the screen are buttons that start capturing video and flip between front and rear lens views. A few days later we dried everything off and took it to the pounding heat of Bahrain for F1’s 2023 pre-season test, where it faced high temperatures, higher decibels and constant use, back-to-back with freezing temperatures and lashings of wind.USB: Type-C (Note: This version only supports wired connection to Android devices (via Micro-USB or Type-C). Not many action cameras can do 360 footage like the X3, but many can do much better single-lens footage.

However, the Insta360 X3 is one of the best options if you want an action camera that can “do it all”.The world of action cameras used to be exclusively occupied by GoPro, but in the last few years, that stranglehold has been eroded thanks to competing manufacturers such as the master drone aficionados, DJI and of course, the ever-brilliant Insta360. Swipe gestures are available to switch to playback mode, access the main menu, and take manual control over exposure. It’s still far lighter and more practical than the One RS 1-inch, though, and the bigger case means there’s a larger 1,800mAh battery inside.

But before I get into what the X3 is like to use while on the go, it’s first worth talking about the Selfie Stick. The Insta360 X3 holds onto a 100% charge reading for a little too long, a popular tactic in consumer electronics. The Insta360 X3 has a built-in TimeShift mode, which is a form of Timelapse shooting designed to let you use the camera handheld. The Insta360 X3 has double the water resistance of the GoPro Max, at 10m/33ft, and matches the GoPro Hero 11 Black.Instead of only one control below the screen, there’s now a pair of buttons – one to start and stop recording plus one to switch between lenses. This can initially seem a bit confusing, but does make key frame manipulation feel simpler than GoPro’s more free-wheeling approach. Auto Frame finds the best parts of your 360° videos for you, giving you a range of reframed clips to choose from.

Thanks to vibration feedback, the button operation is also easier to control in a haptic manner, alternatively, you can use voice control. Insta360 achieves the X3’s water resistance using single layer rubber seals around the charging socket and the battery, which pops out when you release its two fastening sliders on the side. It comes with a significantly larger touchscreen, an optimised operating concept and a more powerful battery.Lowlight performance was usable, though clearly not the X3’s strong suite - expect a sprinkling of noise and artefacts on your footage once you correct the exposure. If you do that, though, you’ll miss out on all the creative possibilities a 360 action camera such as the Insta360 X3 delivers. The Insta360 X3 is the ultimate pocket camera, making capturing and sharing memories easy with full creative freedom.

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