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Insta360 X3: Great 360-degree Camera!
As a motovlogger going on two years now, I’ve been on the lookout for a 360-degree camera that can capture my rides in stunning detail, while also being user-friendly for someone new to the world of 360 videos. The Insta360 X3 caught my attention, and after trying it out, I’m excited to share my experience with this versatile and feature-rich camera. I just started using the Insta360 X3, paired with my old GoPro Hero 7 Black camera mounted to my helmet.
Design and Build
First impressions matter, and the Insta360 X3 does not disappoint. Its pocket-sized design and rugged IPX8 waterproof build make it the perfect companion for my motorcycle adventures. The natively waterproof construction allows me to fearlessly ride through unexpected rain or puddles without worrying about damaging the camera. The built-in 1800mAh rechargeable battery ensures that the X3 lasts for the duration of my shorter rides, so I never miss a moment. I will connect my USB charger to the camera (any camera, for that matter!) for long rides (more on this later).
Image and Video Quality
The X3’s upgraded 1/2″ sensor delivers impressive image quality. Its ability to capture 5.7K 360 video, 4K single-lens video, and 72MP photos can allow for some stunning content. Switching to MaxView mode with 2.7K resolution, I can capture ultra-wide 170-degree shots, providing an immersive experience for my viewers. While the Insta360 X3 comes with its own editing software, I’m still editing my videos using Camtasia Studio and have only uploaded my first couple of test videos in 1080p. I need to play around with Camtasia a little more to take full advantage of what the Insta360 X3 camera can do. 🙂
As a motovlogger, clear audio is a must. The Insta360 X3’s four built-in microphones and upgraded audio algorithm deliver stereo audio with reduced wind noise, even at high speeds. The Voice Control 2.0 feature allows one to switch settings hands-free, but I have not tried this feature as it obviously won’t work for me when wearing a motorcycle helmet!
Stabilization and AI Features
The standout feature of the X3 for me is its 6-axis gyroscope and FlowState Stabilization technology, ensuring ultra-smooth footage even on bumpy rides. The Horizon Lock keeps the horizontal plane consistent, giving my videos a professional look. The only issue I’ve encountered so far is that I did have to customize a stem mount on my Kawasaki Ninja 400 to ensure the camera will be more stable on my next rides. We’ll test out the new mount once the weather gets warm in my area.
The AI-powered reframing tools make editing a breeze. The various capture modes, such as “Me” Mode, automatically reframe my 360 footage, eliminating the need for post-production work. It feels like having a professional camera crew following me on my rides.
New Recording Modes and App Integration
The X3 offers several new recording modes, including 8K 360 timelapse and 4K slow-motion bullet time at 120 fps, perfect for capturing unique perspectives of my rides. The pre-recording mode ensures I never miss the action, while loop recording turns the X3 into a dashcam for added versatility. Really, I’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to what can be done with this camera. I’ll keep experimenting!
The Insta360 app makes editing and sharing my motovlogging content a breeze. A simple method for me is to simply choose to upload a 360 video or use reframing, such that the AI creates a video from multiple angles.
Battery life with my GoPro Hero 7 Black is not that good, requiring me to go on a ride with multiple batteries or connect to a battery pack in my jacket. I figured I’d have a similar issue with the Insta360 X3 camera but its reported that battery life is around 80 minutes, which is much better than the GoPro. However, I have not really tested to find out yet as I have a 12v USB charger on my motorcycle that keeps the camera charged and running indefinitely. Installing the 12v USP charger on the Ninja 400 was a “must” for me to make. It can ensure my cameras or my cell phone are always charged when riding.
The Insta360 X3 has exceeded my expectations as a first-time 360-degree camera user. Its user-friendly features, combined with top-notch image and audio quality, make it the perfect motovlogging companion for beginners and experienced riders alike. If you’re looking for a camera that can capture your rides in stunning detail, while providing a seamless and intuitive experience, the Insta360 X3 is worth considering.