Insta360 X3 review

Insta360’s cameras just keep on getting better! The X3 has larger sensors, a larger screen, better battery life and a 4K action cam mode

Insta360 X3
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Digital Camera World Verdict

It is pretty hard to fault Insta360’s whole 360 camera line-up. We thought the Insta360 X2 was great, but this is even better. It’s super-easy to use, the results are terrific and it can now be used as an action cam too – or even a dash cam! The bigger screen, bigger battery and bigger sensors are all brilliant, though the 5.7K video resolution is unchanged and only enough for 1080p ‘reframed’ video output, and the Active HDR mode was a bit glitchier than we would like.


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    Slim, pocket-sized dimensions

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    Really easy to use

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    Bigger touchscreen

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    4K Single Lens action cam mode

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    Shot Lab feature for the adventurous


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    5.7K doesn’t go far when you reframe video

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    Active HDR can look washed out

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The Insta360 X3 has a familiar lozenge, or “candy bar” shape that makes it really easy to fit into a shirt or a trouser pocket. It uses back-to-back 180°+ fisheye lenses and stitches their output together in-camera to produce a seamless 360° spherical view of everything around the camera. It can capture 5.7K spherical video and huge 72MP still images.

Insta360 sees this as today’s equivalent of the point and shoot camera – except with this one you can shoot first and point later, reframing your 360 video or stills into regular ‘flat’ video and photos that show whichever part of the scene you want.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at