Insta360 has announced the new GO 3, a small action camera with a magnetic mounting system, a claimed weight of 35g, an upgraded 2.7K lens and longer battery life. It comes with a flip-screen Action Pod that serves as a remote control, housing and charger for the GO 3. It also increases battery life from 45 minutes without the Pod to 170 minutes when mounted on the Pod.
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Like the GO 2 before it, the Insta360 GO 3 can be worn to shoot hands-free videos using magnetic accessories, which are included in the box. Insta360 says: “GO 3 removes the hassle of bulkier cameras and offers even more unique creative possibilities”.
Compared to the GO 2, the GO 3 offers a claimed 50% increase in battery life, the new Action Pod and an upgraded 2.7K lens with unlimited clip length. While Insta360 claims the GO 2 is “the world’s smallest action camera” and comes in at just 27g, the GO 3 adds just 8g with all the extra bells and whistles.
Built for all adventures, the GO 3 is also IPX8 waterproof up to 16 feet.
Multifunctional action pod
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The GO 3 comes with an Action Pod that provides “remote preview and enhanced control”, with an IPX4 water-resistant design.
It’s a 2.2″ flip touchscreen that connects to the GO 3 via Bluetooth, so you can control the camera remotely and preview shots when it’s mounted in hard-to-reach locations.
Helpfully, the Pod doubles as a charger when the GO 3 is mounted, for a claimed battery life of up to 170 minutes.
Insta360’s proprietary FlowState Stabilization and 360 Horizon Lock are built-in and applied to the camera. The benefit of this, according to Insta360, is that you can share smooth wide-angle content on social media without having to process it in the Insta360 app.
There’s also a replaceable lens guard pre-installed for action-packed situations.
Improving on the GO 2, the GO 3 uses an additional microphone that Insta360 says “offers clearer and crisper audio.”
Voice Control 2.0 also has this upgrade, allowing for complete hands-free operation of the GO 3.
Easy and extensive editing on the go
The Insta360 app has an extensive editing suite for combining your GO 3 shots directly on your phone for quick processing and on-the-go, which is likely to be especially useful for those on multi-day bikepacking trips.
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GO 3 saves all content in any aspect ratio, and FreeFrame Mode lets you change the aspect ratio of your footage after shooting. You can edit the same clip for a 9:16 Instagram Reel as a 16:9 YouTube video.
For interesting effects, Insta360 has AI (artificial intelligence) editing features that are updated regularly. Insta360 provides an example of curating your best clips into reels or using TimeShift for hyperlapse montages.
New recording modes are also available, including Pre-recording, Loop Recording and Timed Capture. Time Capture also lets you schedule your GO 3 to start recording at a specific time, meaning you can capture that sunrise on your next bike ride while you’re still lying down.
Pricing and availability
The Insta360 GO 3 is available in three storage options: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, priced at $379.99 (~£300), $399.99 (~£315), and $429.99 (~£340) respectively. This includes the Action Pod and other accessories such as a magnet pendant, pivot stand and lens guard.
Charging time is claimed to be 65 mins, while run time is 45 mins without the Action Pod and 170 mins with the Action Pod.
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