Insta360 Ace Pro review: the Leica action camera

Is it a rugged action camera? Is it a vlogging camera with flip out screen? Is it a Leica? More importantly, it is any good?

Insta360 Ace Pro
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A brilliant action camera stuffed with features and deserving of the Leica branding when it comes to image quality. This is absolutely perfect for creators who see vlogging and image quality as a priority, though perhaps there are some compromises that'd irk violent sports fans and some imperfect sealing on our review unit.

Pros

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    Folding screen adds options for creativity

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    Menus easy to understand thanks to tips

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    Use AirPods as Bluetooth microphone

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    Excellent image quality, even in low light

Cons

  • -

    Screen adds weight and bulk over other action cameras

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    Door sealing seems questionable (on the review unit)

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Perhaps it's in the name, but we tend to think of Insta360 as a producer of 360-degree cameras. In reality the company is more of an innovator and while the Insta360 X3 might be the 360-degree camera of the moment, the company's tiny Go 2 camera which pops into a case might be more relevant here. That and history of making action-camera sized devices in partnership with Leica.

Insta360 Ace Pro Specs

Sensor Size: 1/1.3"
Aperture: f/2.6
EFL: 16mm
Video Resolution:
8K@24fps, 6K@30fps, 4K@120fps
Stills: 48MP
Waterproof: 10m (claimed)
MicroSD: Max 1TB
Run Time: 100mins

DJI Osmo Pocket 3

If you're prepared to tolerate one moving part, perhaps you can cope with another? The DJI Osmo Pocket 3 is a different kind of device, letting you smooth video by holding a 4K camera with 1-inch sensor on a gimbal. It might be less rugged, but it can be supplied with an excellent Bluetooth microphone.

GoPro Hero 11 Black

If you want to get the best of the action in the daylight, and record every bit of motion – even the GPS coordinates – then the GoPro Hero 11 Black was the last of the GoPros to come with GPS built-in, can shoot in 5.3K, and can now be found at a discount because the newer model (which lacks that feature) is shipping!

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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. 


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