I thought a 360 camera would ruin a family vacation – but I took it anyway

Family photo taken with Insta360 X3 360-degree camera in Spain
(Image credit: Adam Juniper)

Packing for a long weekend with the family on a budget airline, there was no room for a grown-up camera. Not even my trusty A7iii. But I wanted to try something other than the iPhone which is almost surgically attached to me, so why could I do? I'd been itching to try a 360-degree camera for an extended spell, and this seemed the perfect moment.

The device in question is my latest personal splash – the Insta360 X3 – which I acquired in part because I'm always trying to get new gadgets to lure me onto the bike and this has an awesome Third-Person Bike Handlebar Mount. Anyway, that's a discussion for another day; I certainly wasn't getting the bike in the luggage bin!

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook