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Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera

Insta360 have recently released their newest action camera, the Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera, successor to the Insta360 One X2. The world of 360 degree cameras and filmmaking has emerged in the last few years as the technology has rapidly advanced. In the past, these types of cameras have generally been marketed towards travel vloggers, extreme sports enthusiasts and consumers simply curious as to what this technology is all about.


The technology is quite interesting when compared to the traditional style of filmmaking. With 360 degree filmmaking, framing basically becomes redundant as you can now reposition the frame extensively in post production, as well as changing the field of view. As one might assume, the Insta360 X3 can capture an entire 360 degree field of view through the use of multiple camera lenses and digital stitching, which seamlessly blends the frames together into one massively wide shot.

The Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera worn by a mountain biker with a chest harness.
The Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera attached to motorcycle handlebars with a motorcyclist sitting behind.
The Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera attached to a selfie-stick as a person snowboards.
The Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera attached to a surfboard with a man surfing.


While the camera itself is quite similar to its predecessor, it's basically upped its game in all technical areas. Larger display, larger sensor, better battery life, and you guessed it, a larger price tag as well. The new 48 mega pixel sensor delivers improved image quality and dynamic range, giving users the ability to capture sharper and more color accurate footage. This has been one of the big drawbacks in the past with 360 degree cameras; poor image quality and horrible parallax issues. These seem, for the most part, to be addressed in the X3, with the new sensor and the cameras ability to shoot at 5.7k resolution at 30 FPS and down to 4K resolution with up to 60 FPS. Although these numbers do seem impressive, and the footage coming out from this camera is definitely an improvement, the resolution technically compresses down into 1080p, but this is also to allow for the ability to easily modify and reframe your footage in post production. Getting away from the 360 degree capabilities, the X3 also has a single-lens mode, recording in the more traditional style, and allows recording of 4k at up to 120 FPS.


In terms of pricing, for the camera alone consumers would be looking at a price tag of around $599.99 CDN. Insta360 also offer variations of kits that diversify the cameras usability quite extensively. This includes the get-set kit, a motorcycle kit, snow kit, bike kit, and a few more customizations for different ways to unlock the full potential of the camera. To summarize, this technology has come a long way, but is still rapidly changing. For users curious as to what 360 degree filmmaking is all about, the Insta360 X3 could be a great option to get started and learn the ropes of 360 degree filmmaking.



*Buy the new Insta360 X3 Waterproof Action Camera at Amazon or in Canada at Lumio.


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