Insta 360 X3 Review: The Only Camera You’ll Need

Insta 360 X3 Review

Insta 360 X3 is a step up from the popular ONE X2, featuring new sensors, better resolution, and new features. This is the next logical evolution in what had been the ONE series. First came the ONE, then the ONE X, followed by the ONE X2. Now, Insta 360 has ditched the “ONE” and upped the ante with the X3. The specs look impressive on paper and feel like the only camera that’ll you need!

Insta 360 X3
Insta 360 X3


  • Aperture: F1.9
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 6.7mm
  • Photo Resolution: 72MP (11968×5984), 18MP (5952×2976)
  • Run Time: 81min
  • Charging Time: 90min(5V/3A)
  • Weight: 180g

Image Quality

360 cameras are popular for everything in the scene, whether you’re shooting in still or video modes. X3’s new 1/2″ 48MP sensors deliver big resolution and image quality improvements compared to one X2. If your content only requires one point of view, the Single-Lens Mode is something you can’t ignore! Now upgraded to 4K resolution, this mode is perfect for immersive first-person views of the action, especially chest-mounted shots. A new extremely wide 170° MaxView is also available at 2.7K for even more immersive POVs. X3 delivers the most megapixels ever in a 360-action cam with 72MP photos for ultra-detailed stills. It also captures 8K 360 time-lapses, perfect for cityscapes and landscapes alike. Bullet Time, the Matrix-like slow motion effect made possible by swinging the camera over your head in a circle, has also got a boost in resolution and frame rates to 4K 120fps and 3K 180fps.


For your ultra-smooth videos, X3 packs a six-axis gyroscope & flow state stabilization. Another good thing that Go pro hero 10 & X3 have in common is their 360-degree horizon lock, which keeps the horizon level even when you completely rotate the camera. With so many actions happening, X3 is very easy to use, with four buttons that make it easy to control your shot even when gloved up. 

Additional Features

There’s also a 2.29-inch tempered glass touchscreen for intuitive settings adjustments and previews. Shoot now and edit later is now a common trend amongst camera manufacturers. X3 also goes in the same direction by shooting first in 360 degrees and then reframing later in the insta 360 app. X3 now also comes with a bigger 1800mAh battery to keep the camera powered through the action and comes rugged and waterproof up to 33ft out of the box.

Wrapping Up

Insta360 makes excellent products, and each iteration of this line has seen significant improvements. If you’re thinking of getting into the 360 worlds or mounting one of these on a drone, everything we’ve seen so far and certainly the company’s promotional video indicates you’ll be getting some very serious quality for the money. If you already own the ONE X2 and shoot a lot of 360 content, you’ll see a difference here and certainly enjoy the larger screen. But this won’t be a selling point for many. However, you can’t go wrong if you own something older than the ONE X2 or are thinking of taking the plunge into the 360 world. This thing will rock and capture your world.

Joe Pfeffer

Joe Pfeffer

What started off as just a dream for Joe Pfeffer, turned into his passion and livelihood. He started his career as a wildlife photographer and then transitioned into becoming a cinematographer. With a decade of raw on-the-field experience, Joe Pfeffer has all the technical knowledge about the ins and outs of cameras. Now, he uses his vast experience to educate others about photography.