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Smart, Fun, And Versatile

Better Photography|February 2020

Smart, Fun, And Versatile
Tanvi Dhulia puts the Insta360 One X, a sleek-looking action camera with a wealth of nifty features, to the test.
Tanvi Dhulia

With a bundle of features, the Insta360 One X is an action camera capable of recording 5.7K spherical video and 18MP still images that can be exported in non-360 frames. To achieve this, it is equipped with dual 200° ultra-wide fisheye lenses.


Want to make a picture of yourself, but don’t want that tacky selfie stick in the frame? The camera’s blind spot keeps it hidden. Want to race down a hill and capture every moment clearly and smoothly? The FlowState stabilisation feature has got your back.

The device records 5.7K video at 30fps, and can also manage 4K footage at 50fps or 3K at 100fps, for smooth motion in action videos, and slow-motion effects. Time-shift and Cinematic Slow-Mo features allow you to speed-up or slow-down moments in a completed video. For still images, one can activate HDR, and also record moments in RAW format. The option for a self-timer is also available.

There is a dedicated One X app that allows users to transfer, edit and share videos and images. It enables one to view and export images in various formats, like 360° fisheye, crystal ball, or tiny planet. The app locates the camera through Bluetooth, then automatically connects to its WiFi network. The camera can be connected to mobile devices through WiFi or a supplied USB cable. This allows one to operate it using the app, which also gives control over variables such as ISO, exposure compensation, white balance and shutter speed.


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February 2020