One of the main reasons I decided to pursue a career in technology journalism was my fascination with smartphones. Whether it’s the revolutionary form factor of the Galaxy Foldables or the computing power of the Pixel camera, the latest phones have always caught my attention. Even in 2022, nothing intrigued me in this area.most smartphones bored Do iterative upgrades here and there.
As a result, I had to shift my focus elsewhere. I started looking for gadgets that will launch in 2022 and offer something unique. Something that caught my attention.something that makes technology fun again for me. At that time, I came across Insta360 X3. The Insta360 X3 is a small, pocket-sized camera that records 360° video. It doesn’t look like it at face value, but the Insta360 X3 turned out to be one of the coolest gadgets I’ve used in his 2022.
Insta360 X3: Specifications
|sensor||2 x 1/2″, 48MP|
|video and photo resolution||5.7K, 72MP|
|battery||1,800mAh (80 minutes)|
The concept of small, portable cameras that record video in high resolution and ultra wide angles is nothing new. Brands like GoPro and DJI, he was one of the early pioneers of action cameras, have been doing it for some time. So what is the difference of Insta360 X3?
Insta360 X3’s dual-lens setup stitches together two separate video feeds to create a complete 360-degree video sphere. One of the most important benefits of this is that you can start shooting without worrying about framing the shot. This is because you are capturing the perfect sphere, so you can reframe the video at any time.
The idea is to stay involved in the activity without worrying about framing yourself properly. I want to focus on the activity. This is exactly what the Insta360 X3 can do. All you have to do is hit the record button and continue what you are doing.
triple the fun
According to me, there are three key aspects that make using the Insta360 X3 so much fun. The ability to switch between different perspectives, Insta360’s feature-rich app, and the magic of invisible selfie sticks. Let’s take a look at each.
1 camera, 2 lenses, 3 functions
Insta360 markets the X3 as a 360° camera, but it’s much more. The marquee feature, of course, is the ability to record 360-degree video. However, if you don’t want to be in the frame too much, you can switch the camera into action camera mode with the push of a button.
In this mode, you can choose to record from either the rear lens or the front lens. If you want to use the camera for his PoV recordings, this is the way to go. You can also use this mode to create vlogs with your camera as it gives you an ultra-wide field of view.
The third function is to take pictures. If you have a large gathering or just want to click your selfies from up high for a fresh perspective, the Insta360 X3 has you covered. Click high-res 72MP photos with crazy perspectives.
Edit like an expert
I really enjoy watching 360 degree videos. But editing is the biggest challenge when it comes to such videos. However, Insta360 makes it easy to edit all videos through the app. There are apps for Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. So no matter what platform you use, you’re covered. The app’s features (which we’ll get to in a moment) are certainly the highlight, but it’s the ability to easily edit 360-degree videos that really sets this camera apart.
You don’t need to learn complex keyframing techniques or masking to edit your footage. The AI engine integrated within the app takes care of it all. Insta360 makes it even easier to do many types of editing by providing easy instructions in video tutorials within the app itself.
drone in pocket
Finally, the invisible selfie stick is what sets the Insta360 X3 apart from other action cameras. Thanks to some AI magic here too, the camera is smart enough to detect the selfie stick and stitch it out of the final video. It can be obtained.
You can attach the selfie stick to the front of your bike to get the perspective that someone is filming you when you are in front of them. You can also use the selfie stick to emulate drone shots. The possibilities are endless. It’s like having a movie crew in your pocket all the time.
Besides selfie sticks, there are several accessories for the Insta360 X3 that can help you record different kinds of activities.
Insta360 threw in the kitchen sink when it came to what the camera had to offer. The size of the sensor is quite large at 1/2 inch, and the display on the front is significantly larger than the previous generation. A big advantage of the large display is being able to see what is being captured within the frame, which is useful when using action camera mode.
The X3 records up to 5.7K video at 30fps with HDR enabled. Deprecating the HDR setting allows you to increase the frame rate to 60fps while lowering the resolution to 4K. Exporting a standard 16:9 video from now on will end up with a 1080p output.
In good lighting, the Insta360 X3 captures great detail with pops of color. Stability is very good, better than any camera I’ve seen so far. This makes it an excellent purchase for anyone who needs a camera for recording physical activity such as running or biking.
If you don’t want to shoot 360-degree video, you can take advantage of the single-lens mode that shoots up to 4K 30fps. If you want a higher frame rate, you’ll need to lower the resolution to 3.6K.
Video quality is good during the day, but takes a hit in indoor lighting conditions and low-light situations. This is typically the case with most action cameras, but we hope Insta360 will work on improving low-light performance in the next iteration.
tinker with effects
All the above modes can be used with your creativity to create amazing content. However, if you want to take it to the next level, the Insta360 app has some nice effects.
From tiny planets to color-changing skies, there are tons of cool effects to make your videos stand out. You can add these effects and upload your videos directly to social media.
The best part about these effects is that the app takes care of everything for you with the tap of a button.
Why I Love Insta360 X3
We talked about video resolution, effects, and many other parameters related to cameras. But what makes it so cool is its versatility. Do you go cycling? Used for PoV footage. walk on the beach? Please use it for overhead photography of the drone. Going on a road trip? I use it as an in-vehicle camera for my car.
The best thing about the X3 is that it unleashes your creativity. You’re always trying to find different ways to shoot with it.It captures everything around you so you don’t regret missing a particular shot.
In fact, I enjoy using the Insta360 X3 so much that I carry it everywhere in my backpack. It records moments that could not be captured with just a smartphone or an ordinary action camera. And that’s exactly what makes it so special and fun.
Insta360 X3 is more than just a 360° camera. This is a mighty Swiss Army knife for videographers and hobbyists alike. Don’t go by that size. Small, but packs a punch. I just wish the battery life was longer than his current 80 minutes.
What makes up for these shortcomings, however, is the joy that comes from experimenting with different modes and effects.
Smartphones may have disappointed you, but the Insta360 X3 fun I was looking in the technical field.