Until a few weeks ago, I was the proud owner of a GoPro Hero 8 Black. It really is a great action cam, absolutely well thought-out, high-quality, superbly finished, great features and great recordings.
But unfortunately I had to return it because of the GPS problem (the cam could not receive GPS data despite being activated)! And since it was obviously a common problem, which unfortunately also occurs with the brand-new successor GoPro Hero 9, I have thoroughly reconsidered the whole topic of ActionCams.
The GoPro Hero is actually a great action cam! Isn’t it?
Yes, it is, and yet I wasn’t satisfied with it! So what was the problem? What was the problem?
It’s funny that it took me so long to realise what was wrong … but it’s actually quite simple: whenever I was out and about with the GoPro, I concentrated on the camera to make sure I was filming the right things. Besides, the videos should be varied! And to be honest, that just got annoying in the long run. After all, I primarily want to do sports, go cycling, enjoy the countryside and, of course, you should also pay attention to where you’re going.
Unfortunately, the GoPro constantly distracted me from this; one or two times I almost ended up in the ditch! So the defect of the GoPro was just what I needed!
And then came the Insta360 ONE X!
The technical defect of my GoPro (no GPS reception) forced me to send it back. At the same time, a test report brought the Insta360 to my attention as an action cam. And slowly the idea matured that a 360-degree camera could solve all my previously described problems.
I was immediately convinced by the following features of the Insta360 One X:
Like all 360° action cams, the Insta360 has the advantage over a normal camera that it films EVERYTHING. Before and during the ride, I no longer have to worry about what I am recording. At home on the computer (Insta Studio) or with the smartphone/tablet (Insta360 app), I can calmly cut out a “normal” video from the 360° footage.
Invisible selfie stick: Sounds like a marketing bubble, but it’s a great thing and works brilliantly: as a driver, I can take pictures while driving that look as if they were taken by a third person or a drone.
The so-called “flowstate stabilisation” works excellently … all videos so far are absolutely shake-free and just great to watch, which is also due to the very good resolution and image quality.
The Insta app and software allow you to produce cool videos with great effects intuitively and with just a few clicks. Even background music is included!
Here are a few video snippets that I put together in a hurry.
Conclusion: Why didn’t I buy this ActionCam earlier?
After several days of intensive use, I can say: The Insta360 One X is simply great fun! I can finally concentrate on the essentials again when cycling or doing other leisure activities and don’t have to worry about what I’m filming or whether I might be missing something!
The camera itself is technically very far ahead, which is proven by the image quality and features. The workmanship and battery life are at least on a “GoPro level”. And the production of the videos is easy thanks to the intuitive use of the app, whether on the computer or via smartphone/tablet. Attractive videos can be edited, set to music and shared in no time at all! That’s how it should be!
The only disadvantage that all 360° cameras unfortunately have: Due to their design, the camera lenses protrude from the housing and are therefore particularly susceptible to scratches and other damage. Therefore: Always use the cover included in the scope of delivery!
Otherwise, I can only recommend everyone to test this small, uncomplicated ActionCam and to take a look at one or two video reviews before buying a new ActionCam.