Insta360 has been on a launch spree this year. After the Insta360 One RS, Insta360 “1-inch 360 Edition” One RS, Insta360 Link, and a drone camera attachment, the Chinese brand has introduced its Insta360 X3 camera. The Insta360 X3 action camera will replace the One X2, which was launched in 2020. It packs in larger sensors, improved image quality, a bigger battery, a larger touchscreen, Me Mode, and Loop Recording mode, among other improvements.
Insta360 X3: Features, Specifications
The Insta360 X3 carries a similar design and form factor as its predecessor, the Insta360 One X2. However, the circular touchscreen is now replaced by a bigger 2.29-inch rectangular display. It allows you to preview your shots and also control various functions of the camera. The single button on the front is replaced by two glove-friendly function keys. The LED indicator light is now pushed to the bottom edge of the device. The camera is IPX8 water-resistant and can survive up to 33ft or 10m.
The Insta360 X3 sports larger 1/2-inch 48MP image sensors, which are claimed to offer an improved image quality compared to its predecessor. The lenses come with f/1.9 apertures as opposed to the f/2.0 of the previous iteration, which will allow you to capture a wider area with a focal length of 6.7mm. Another addition is the Active HDR mode, which is claimed to capture a more dynamic range compared to the normal HDR mode of the One X2. However, the video resolution remains unchanged, as it still records at 5.7K resolution.
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Talking about still images, it can capture insane 72MP shots via the Insta360 Studio desktop app as against the 18MP ones before. The X3 can also automatically remove the selfie stick from the captures, which is a feature loved by many.
The new 360-degree camera packs in a new shooting mode called “Me Mode” for recording 180-degree “flat” 1080p selfie videos at 60fps. The brand will be adding another feature in a future update called Loop Recording, which turns the camera into a 360-degree dashcam. Do note that it only keeps the last 30 minutes of the footage. So, cyclists and motorcyclists can use it for safety purposes. Additionally, the Time Lapse and Bullet Time mode have received a bump up in resolutions to 8K and 4K respectively.
In terms of battery, the Insta360 X3 is powered by a bigger 1,800mAh battery pack under its hood when compared to the 1,630mAh of the One X2. It should offer an improved battery life but the larger battery pack has made the camera a bit chunkier. Furthermore, One X2’s battery won’t be compatible with the new X3.
Insta360 X3: Price, Availability
The Insta360 X3 comes with a price tag of $450 (approx. ₹35,786) and is available for purchase in the US. There is no word about its India launch yet.