I love this camera, but I’ll never use it

I love this camera, but I’ll never use it


This little camera entered
my life three weeks ago. It’s Insta360’s One X, and it’s good. You know what? Actually, it’s great. And I know what you’re thinking: “Becca, 360’s dead.” But hold on. Take a look at these clips. The One X uses dual 200-degree-angle f/2 lenses to create really unique 5.7k spherical video
or 18-megapixel photos. So I set out to test it. And there was literally no better timing for me to do so. I was going to be leaving this crowded, hot, low-key gross city for a beautiful vacation upstate. I mean, I’m talking flowing waters, I’m talking hiking, I’m talking sunsets on the water. Mmm! And a week later, I came back with a whopping two clips off the One X. It’s not because it’s hard to use or it didn’t work. It’s actually very easy to use, and it works very well! But this has happened to me before, and I got to show you something. Come on! (upbeat music) And this one. And nice and easy. And watch your head. And then this last step is kind of broken. All right. Got camping stuff, blankets for when people come to visit, all the winter clothes, and here we are. Okay! Here we go. Back up. What is in here? (grunts) This is my tech bin, and it’s filled with all of the things I thought were the
latest, greatest, and best in tech, and I needed to have them. And then I used them for a few months and never touched them again, which is why they landed in this bucket in my basement. I’m talking about Thetas, I’m talking about a Hero 3. It’s all the things I needed to have and then didn’t really
find them in my daily life. Which brings me back to the One X and those two shots
that I took on vacation. Let’s first break down the good stuff. The first clip was from the drive up there, and something I noticed right off the bat is that no matter which way
the camera was oriented, the image was always oriented upright, which is really helpful when you’re just blasting the camera out of a window. It’s also really helpful that I can put the camera out in front of the car without having to mount it to the car. I can just hold it out there and bring it back in
the car when I’m done. Therefore, I don’t have to stop, take off a suction mount, or put a drone up into the air. The second shot I got was from the boat we had to take to get back to our car to go home. For this, I extended the selfie stick as far as I could and just held it off the side of the boat. And you got this amazing shot of the whole side of the boat. Also, the stabilization
really impressed me. I mean, this was one of the bumpiest boat rides I have ever taken, and you would never know if
you looked at the footage. Now, Insta360’s whole goal with the One X is not necessarily to shoot 360 video for VR, which it can do if you want. It’s more to get 360 degrees of angles. So take this clip on the boat. I could reframe here or here or here, or just a shot of the boat over here. I mean, you get the point:
the possibilities are endless. And everything is super stable because of the internal stabilization, which Insta360 calls “FlowState.” Even the audio is passable. (city noise) Let’s ride! Ugh, I hate puddles! In regards to those two clips from my vacation, do you notice what’s missing? Maybe my entire vacation. You see, One X: it’s not you; it’s me. And the fact that you’re created for a very specific use
case and a niche audience, and you lose your novelty rapidly. (upbeat music) Camera manufacturers
are getting really good at making products quick
and easy to set up. And with the One X, that’s no different. But now it’s not just point,
shoot, share like a phone. There are multiple steps and multiple pieces of equipment. Even after you do quickly shoot something, you’re going to have to
upload it to your phone, edit it, and then upload it to whatever platform you’re sharing it on. They take time! Especially when there are 360 degrees of possible angles. But if you’re committed to getting really, really
unique, cool footage, the One X’s mobile app
is full of features. There’s certainly a learning curve. But for a mobile app to be able to set key frames, aspect ratios, and export in decent
quality with little lag, it’s certainly impressive. (cheerful music) In 2016, I bought the Theta S for $300. It’s very similar to the One X but obviously much more dated. And from August 2016 to February 2017, I posted 11 photos to
Facebook from my Theta. And I did absolutely nothing else with any of the footage. The posts were super well-received, and they’re really cool
to look at to this day. But the point is: I
stopped using this thing in 2017. And since then, it’s
sat in my camera graveyard. I know, comparing a product
that came out in 2015 to the latest and greatest
in consumer 360 tech is a stretch. But hear me out. The novelty will wear off. The first shot you get on the One X is going to blow people’s
minds, including your own. But by the fifth time
you do it, not so much. Now, Insta360 has fixed a lot of problems that early-gen models of 360 cameras had. (sighs) But I think it’s beyond that. I think it’s that 360 was a niche market, and currently, it still is. So back to my vacation. I didn’t use the One X because I didn’t feel like taking time out of
my already tech-involved life to use more tech. And honestly, I do a whole lot of this and not a lot of this in my actual life. I have seen some amazing
uses of this tech. Most notably, in helicopters
or for action sports. But as an average consumer that won’t be so bold in her daily life, the money isn’t worth
that little use it’ll get. There is a group of people
watching this video that this camera is
going to be perfect for. And for $400, I can’t
recommend it to you enough. So you see, One X: it’s not you. It’s just that, as a consumer, you have to know exactly what you’re
going to use this camera for. Otherwise, it’s going to sit in your basement, in a box, under a bike, behind a whole set of latches. All right, now reset. (grunts) I’m sweating! This is my old tech bin.
(laughs) It’s actually getting heavier!

100 Comments

  • The Verge

    July 30, 2019

    Friends! Is there a gadget you bought, loved for about a month, and then never touched again? Sound off! – Becca

    Reply
  • Isaac Campos

    July 31, 2019

    This video is the exact reason why I stopped buying gopro

    Reply
  • Waskitho Psycho

    July 31, 2019

    well, looking at the review make me wanna buy 360 camera :/

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  • Naomi 'SexyCyborg' Wu

    July 31, 2019

    My 360 videos shot with the Insta360 have between 1 and 30 million views each. Consistently, the same location shot with a regular camera will have far lower views, and much lower average view time that if I shoot it with a 360 camera. If your criteria is vauge, hand wavey "I just don't use it" sure, not the camera for you. If you are a content producer, it's simply numbers. Regular immersive 360 videos are a novelty, yes. But that is precisely why to incorporate them into your content- because novelty gets views and subs.

    Reply
  • Shahid Rahaman

    July 31, 2019

    If we’re being real… I’m watching this for Becca, not the product.

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  • Gary Coronado

    July 31, 2019

    I had the Insta360 one and I also barely used it though I had it with me everyday. And, 8 months in, the battery died… such a waste.

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  • spoder men

    July 31, 2019

    should have recorded this review in 360° 😜

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  • Pierre-Henri PAITRE

    July 31, 2019

    Very good message! Nice video!

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  • Gokul Krishna

    July 31, 2019

    You should make a separate video of all the gadgets in that tech bin

    Reply
  • Rio Pacheco

    July 31, 2019

    I feel like she copied dieters style

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  • Hanh Nguyen

    July 31, 2019

    What is that extension monopod / selfie stick you were using?

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  • zukacs

    July 31, 2019

    1:43 its not 'needed to have', but 'wanted to have'. hoomans dont need much 😛

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  • yorcharturo

    July 31, 2019

    I'm tech adict, but never bought an Hero or 360 camera because my life is boring, walking to the bathroom is not as thrilling as it sounds

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  • Ping Wong

    July 31, 2019

    Becca you're amazing!

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  • JayAtFlight

    July 31, 2019

    she gives me life

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  • Jazz E

    July 31, 2019

    Why did you have to put the box on the table so many times? Is it an unnecessary workout?

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  • Christian Louis

    July 31, 2019

    Bigup that selfie stick!

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  • Judgmental Cat

    July 31, 2019

    They should use this tech they have and make it a dashcam. It will work superbly awesome. Records everything and everyone with a car would need this.

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  • KK 81

    July 31, 2019

    Thats tha power of consumerism.Buying something without knowing why…

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  • AduDOMBA ABLE

    July 31, 2019

    How's Wade Wilson?

    Reply
  • Darshan Sheth

    July 31, 2019

    Please Giveaway your tech bin 😻

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  • hugo_m_o

    July 31, 2019

    More Becca videos please.her videos are really fun and enjoying to watch.

    Reply
  • suvin seal

    July 31, 2019

    you lost at $400

    Reply
  • craggolly

    July 31, 2019

    I wonder if you could use it for creating hdris

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  • Zenn Labs

    July 31, 2019

    Can I buy yours off you lol

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  • Chris Bellen

    July 31, 2019

    You're so so right. I use it for 10% vacation only and 90% for work. As an architect I use it to take videos for site investigations, interior rooms for renovating or design samples, surroundings of the job site, for field reports and design presentations.
    Only few people can use it fully. And the editing can be time consuming. I still have a lot of vacation footage that are not edited yet…..

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  • Alessandra Stancui

    July 31, 2019

    Maybe I should buy that essential 360 cam now

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  • Xabier Marquiegui

    July 31, 2019

    ^^ Did you really need to move the box so many times?? hehe

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  • killer 222

    July 31, 2019

    TECH FOR LUDDITES😜

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  • KING OF HEARTS

    July 31, 2019

    Lutz Raedye.!!! Uzzzz

    Reply
  • Own Al Rawahneh

    July 31, 2019

    I've seen a lot of comments that the verge replied to and I must say that tge verge is going a really good job keep it up! 😊

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  • Pat Ozmanov

    July 31, 2019

    It’s a great camera with amazing features.

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  • FalconNinety9

    July 31, 2019

    I have instra nano s same story thro

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  • vivek pal

    July 31, 2019

    If you have any camera, which has no use to you and can gift. Please gift to me. Love from India ☺️😊

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  • Jonatan Castro

    July 31, 2019

    Beca you should sell those things before they lost value

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  • ikwildafilmkezien

    July 31, 2019

    Love your style Becca! Keep up the good work

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  • Jimmy Quach

    July 31, 2019

    I think this would be great if you wanted to make awesome pseudo professional travel videos, and probably less for casual sharing

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  • barryborris

    July 31, 2019

    Looks at my sad, dusty fisheye lens that I've used maybe 15 times since purchasing 6 years ago.

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  • my1mcfc

    July 31, 2019

    Verge. Grow up please 🙄🙄

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  • kylewxy

    July 31, 2019

    It was basically a video about her not needing so much tech in her life to begin with. Entertaining, sure…. it could have been a 2 minute video tho.

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  • E-Boat tanit

    July 31, 2019

    2019 you are 2 years slower than other review.

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  • Adam Roach

    July 31, 2019

    I love this camera – went from the DJI Osmo Pocket to this. Love how you don’t really have to worry about missing the shot.

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  • Greg Bird

    July 31, 2019

    Honestly, the most impressive thing to me about the camera is how well it removes the selfie sick without warping the image

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  • JEEVAK V DIVAKARAN

    July 31, 2019

    Becca if you are not using them i would love to have some of the items on your tech bin…. I'm serious here coz I won't be able to afford them myself

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  • nachh7

    July 31, 2019

    What's this abomination of human?

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  • Narek Torosyan

    July 31, 2019

    I have an Insta360 Air, which is a 360 camera that connects to a phone like a dongle. I use it primarily to capture landmarks and outdoor places.
    I rarely used it, even though I'm way more into 360 content. But, I have taken lots of photos and videos, and the quality is OK.

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  • hikkupf

    July 31, 2019

    The Becca Edit. The Beccit.

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  • Chetan Reddy Piduru

    July 31, 2019

    Novelty wears off when one doesn't know how to use any tech intelligently

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  • Bryan Buffinton

    July 31, 2019

    top 5 best reviewers on YouTube. Give her a raise.

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  • Bipedal Joe

    July 31, 2019

    I have to disagree on this, the Insta360 One X is affordable, light and small enough to carry around, I don’t use it everyday, but whenever a moment comes that would make a nice 360 video or photos, I’m just glad that I have that option. I really like your video though.

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  • Fabián Salvatierra

    July 31, 2019

    I really love your reviews.
    Really.

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  • Kervis Boston

    July 31, 2019

    This cameras going to be phenomenal on my future iPhones!

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  • GLR

    July 31, 2019

    THIS IS A GREAT PRODUCT BUT NOT FOR YOU….

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  • GLR

    July 31, 2019

    THIS REVIEW OF THE PRODUCT GOT TANGLED INTO A PERSON'S DIARY AND CRITISIZING THAT IT'S NOT FOR HER…… HOW SPOILED ARE YOU AMERICANS..?

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  • GLR

    July 31, 2019

    "…..this plane is stunning… it flies you everywhere on earth… but I only fly once per year… so let's make a bad/sad review of the plane on how not useful it is." -this review

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  • matthew s

    July 31, 2019

    as a journalist did you pay for this device or was it provided to you for review?
    if it's a freebie to you then maybe as you have no investment in it you won't use it.
    where as if you pay $400 out of your pocket you are likely to make it a part of your life and use it!

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  • Hollowchris

    July 31, 2019

    Do more reviews !

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  • Avin Tan

    July 31, 2019

    How do they remove the selfie stick?

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  • Sameep Arora

    July 31, 2019

    4:20 Is that Samwell Tarly?

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  • Dave E

    July 31, 2019

    I need a video about the novelty tech bin

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  • dimitrimoonlight

    July 31, 2019

    There is no perfect camera. It depends on situations for different camera usages. 360 camera is great for sharing your experience with many people, and you want to bring less equipments to get great contents.

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  • aaarsix

    July 31, 2019

    Price: $400 – for those of you waiting to hear it

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  • ozayevable

    July 31, 2019

    inta360 is the best action camera ever made.

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  • Andradé

    July 31, 2019

    This host growing on me

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  • 'Tunde O. A. Aromire

    July 31, 2019

    Can I take it off your hands for you?

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  • vegangsta

    July 31, 2019

    What I don't get is where is the selfie stick in the videos. Has it been taken out edited and how

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  • Daniel Macharia

    July 31, 2019

    camera seems to be floating mid-air
    Me: what sorcery is this!? 🧐🧐🧐

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  • John C

    August 1, 2019

    As a mountain biker that would like to share my rides with people, I may get good use out of it.

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  • Jarkendarr

    August 1, 2019

    The issue you point here, of this piece of tech not being meaningful for regular use, it’s an issue of capitalism itself and marketing telling us to buy “great” products that we actually don’t need or really want. Overconsumption is killing our planet

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  • Richard Robertson

    August 1, 2019

    I had a One X years ago… An HTC One X

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  • ImperfectFaheem

    August 1, 2019

    where is the stick?

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  • Jesse Hattabaugh

    August 1, 2019

    I still use Google Cardboard Camera; it works on any android phone and the 3D depth is actually pretty cool when you use a headset. Doesn't look as cool as that selfie stick when you use it though.

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  • Yogesh Gosavi

    August 1, 2019

    it's creepy seeing hand holding nothing xD

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  • Noah Omila

    August 1, 2019

    just give it away 😜

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  • Mick Davies

    August 1, 2019

    I still use a hero 3+ to film my drumming at gigs, works great!

    Reply
  • kogunkogun

    August 1, 2019

    The most honest review of consumer tech ever. Thank you.

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  • Hashim Warren

    August 1, 2019

    she is great! Could have her own show if she wants!

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  • Brent Plummer

    August 1, 2019

    Per other comments, you should sell the things you don't use to support your future purchases.

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  • Wyann Rosales

    August 2, 2019

    Again …The best camera in the market is the camera that you always have.

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  • Dave Maze

    August 2, 2019

    BAH! Great title

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  • Christian Ricca

    August 3, 2019

    I'm waiting for someone to make one that could withstand being a helmet cam for my motorcycle.

    Reply
  • twitte0king

    August 3, 2019

    she is so rich, has a basement, also a bin of tech worth thousands….

    Reply
  • Marc Enriquez

    August 3, 2019

    I thought it was HTC

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  • Brandon Deemter

    August 3, 2019

    I’ll buy it from you. Please?!!?

    Reply
  • AUTO TV

    August 4, 2019

    Love the editing

    Reply
  • Luka M

    August 4, 2019

    How is the selfie stick in non of the videos?

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  • Trayambak Chakravarty

    August 4, 2019

    Just let Becca and Dieter handle reviews from now on my gosh they're good

    Reply
  • MilesAndHeights

    August 5, 2019

    I got my insta 360 just last week and when I walk with it, it shows a wobble. If it has flow state stabilization, does that mean I walk funny? Cos no one else is talking abt that wobble.

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  • rohan sharma

    August 5, 2019

    Do I really need to watch this…???

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  • matreyia

    August 7, 2019

    Yeah… very cool, but very niche…

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  • onion cutter

    August 13, 2019

    use is also as a security camera

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  • TiredOfUsrNamesLack

    August 15, 2019

    Why don’t you sell or donate all the stuff you are not using? What a pity that all those gadgets only contribute to the ever growing thash piles while somewhere someone could put them into good use.

    I just got my insta 360 one x, i am learning a sport that is very technique intensive, I need good videos of myself pretty much every day and have no one to make them for me. If I could find the insta 360 one x second-hand in my region, I would have bought it instead of the new one.

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  • sup mayn

    August 15, 2019

    Basically, you don't find a use for this camera. Doesn't mean 360 is dead…

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  • Ghost Musket

    August 15, 2019

    how about 720 Degree Camera?

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  • Jordan Stambaugh

    August 22, 2019

    I feel like a lot of people are just like you and buy tech to never use it because they're not content producers….you work for The Verge but do you consistently produce content of your own?

    I'm a hobbyist photographer and I still need to tell myself to take out my camera to "get the shot". It's very different when professionals do it because they NEED to get the shot.

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  • John Lew

    August 30, 2019

    I have the 360 One X. The footage is really great, but the workflow is just a bit of a pain in the arse. I still have clips saved that I haven't done anything with.

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  • Edward Wang

    August 31, 2019

    Love her style!

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  • Mouad EL

    August 31, 2019

    wow im impressed by this camera ! you didnt show the Insta360 Drifter
    !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Igwe Ogba

    September 1, 2019

    Becca is my favorite reviewer

    Reply
  • Badoo Renc

    September 6, 2019

    😎

    Reply

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