Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

The young company Insta360 introduced a new panoramic action camera Insta360 One X. This camera shoots panoramas with 360 ° viewing angle and allows you to take pictures with a resolution of 18 megapixels (6080 x 3040 pixels).

The novelty has an improved stabilization system for FlowState. There is support for wireless Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Wi-Fi. For data storage is an SD card with a capacity of up to 128 GB.

Insta360 ONE X Panoramic Action Camera

Price: from $ 399.00

5.7K Video VR 360, Electronic Image Stabilization, 1200 mAh Battery, Ambarella H22(4K/60FPS)

Insta360 ONE X Panoramic Action Camera

Price: from $ 399.00

5.7K Video VR 360, Electronic Image Stabilization, 1200 mAh Battery, Ambarella H22(4K/60FPS)

Insta360 ONE, released at the end of 2017, is one of the most sought-after 360-degree cameras. It is compact, easy to use and has just an epic stabilization. But it is limited by the ability to shoot video with a resolution of no more than 4K. And to view the footage requires a physical connection to the smartphone.

Insta360 ONE X is its global update, especially in terms of shooting video. Insta360 ONE X shoots 360-degree video with a resolution of 5.7K at the traditional 30 fps, 4K at 50 fps, and 3K at 100 frames per second. At the same time, the camera offers a preview function via Wi-Fi.

It also provides improved image stabilization, which allows you to dynamically shoot without the need to use Steadicam.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Kit

Insta360 ONE X comes in a compact cardboard box, inside which, together with the camera, the manufacturer included a set of cables, a small setup guide, a pair of stickers and a convenient soft case with a strap for storing and carrying the device.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Design

Camera ONE X apparently differs from its predecessor. It is bigger, longer and equipped with a display. The latter is a very useful addition and allows you to perform many manual control options without the need to connect the camera to a smartphone.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Two buttons (one large and one small) are located directly below the screen and are used to navigate the menu and select specific options. Due to this, the user has access to almost all the capabilities of the camera, through the menu to change almost everything: from the video resolution to the gyro calibration.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

The case of Insta360 ONE X is made of durable plastic with an anti-slip surface so that the camera fits perfectly in your hand and does not slip out during shooting. The ONE X can be called almost perfect for a 360-degree device: the camera can stand upright on a flat surface, but it’s still better to use it with a tripod or a selfie stick, which can be connected via a standard adapter on the bottom of the case.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

On the right side of the camera, there is a compartment for a removable battery. In the previous version, the battery was not removable, which often led to unpleasant situations associated with discharging the device at the most inopportune moment. From now on, this problem is easily solved, but for quick recharging of batteries, the Insta360 offers a charging dock for two batteries.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Video

Insta360 ONE X is not only a 360-degree camera but, in fact, also a full-fledged action camera. Therefore, ONE X is quite able to press the traditional action camera, for example, GoPro Hero.

During the shooting of a spherical video, you have the opportunity to crop the image into a “normal” flat video with a manual selection of exactly the angle that the operator plans to show the viewers. All this is done at the editing stage and within one video you can combine several views at once.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

With this method of installation, you can create a truly epic video. But for this, the quality of the image source should have a sufficiently high resolution.

The original camera Insta360 ONE writes only in 4K. The Insta360 ONE X camera not only has an improved resolution (5.7K or 5760 × 2880 pixels) but is also equipped with improved lenses, whose sensors perceive colors and image details much more efficiently.

If we add to this the excellent stabilization function, as well as the ability to work not with SD, but with the HD image in preview mode, at the production stage, the result is a viable alternative to traditional action cameras for capturing cool videos in motion.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Photos

Insta360 ONE X is quite suitable for everyday shooting panoramic photos for social networks.

The camera shoots 360-degree photo panoramas with a resolution of 18 megapixels, which is actually less than the previous model. It is not yet clear why Insta360 engineers at least did not keep this parameter at the same level, which is why some users, who prefer panoramic photography in the first place, may be disappointed in ONE X before buying. However, all is not lost.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Although the resolution is indeed lower, the camera lenses are noticeably improved, which is ultimately more important for the overall quality of photography.

Light and color are perceived by new lenses with excellent accuracy, and the HDR mode further improves the dynamic range. In addition, the reduced number of pixels does not have a noticeable value when viewing photos on small screens of smartphones, where most of the content is viewed. You can compare the capabilities of the last two cameras from Insta360 using the examples below.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Camera ONE X can take RAW-photos, which open up a lot of editing options for those who like to tinker with their images at the postproduction stage.

Well, when connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, ONE X will automatically inject GPS data, allowing you to integrate images into Google Street View.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Battery

Autonomy Insta360 ONE X provides a battery capacity of 1200 mAh.

According to the manufacturer, in the recording mode of panoramas with the maximum resolution, the battery life is 1 hour. When Wi-Fi is on, the battery discharges faster.

Charging is via the micro USB port.

Insta360 ONE X review: Action Camera for 5.7K 360-degree shooting

Insta360 ONE X: Price

You can buy the Insta360 ONE X camera at the best price in the online store Gearbest for $ 399.

Insta360 ONE X Panoramic Action Camera

Price: from $ 399.00

5.7K Video VR 360, Electronic Image Stabilization, 1200 mAh Battery, Ambarella H22(4K/60FPS)

Insta360 ONE X Panoramic Action Camera

Price: from $ 399.00

5.7K Video VR 360, Electronic Image Stabilization, 1200 mAh Battery, Ambarella H22(4K/60FPS)

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