Insta360 is currently teasing its “next camera” announcement on September 8, but WinFuture seems to have the details early. The German-language site has images and specs for the company’s new X3 360-degree action camera, which drops the “One” name from its branding and has a larger screen than its predecessor, the Insta360 One X2.
WinFuture suggests the Insta360 X3 will have the same 5.7k resolution found on both previous generations of the camera, although updated image sensors should achieve 4K resolution in single-lens mode, compared to the 1440p resolution on the One X2. Time-lapse videos can be shot in 8K and photos can be taken at resolutions up to 72 megapixels.
Full specs are a bit sparse, so there’s no word on frame rates or water resistance just yet, but product images show the circular touchscreen display on the One X2 has been scrapped in favor of a much larger, rectangular 2.29-inch. Our own Senior Video Producer Becca Farsace described the One X2’s quirky circular touchscreen as “one of the most responsive screens I’ve used on an action camera.” I hope this larger offering is just as impressive.
Additional buttons and improved voice control will also reportedly improve camera control, as well as a 50 percent speed boost for data transfer over WLAN. It also mentions a new ‘pre-recorder’ feature similar to: GoPro’s own HindSight function, which continuously records audio and video, allowing you to save 15 or 30 seconds of footage to an SD card after the shutter-release button is pressed. That way you won’t miss a single shot.
The price for the European market would be set at a tax-inclusive price of €539.99, which equates to approximately $540. The Insta360 One X and Insta360 One X2 sold for $399.99 and $429.99 respectively. I think we’ll have to wait until September 8 to know for sure.