Insta360 X3 Firmware Adds Pre-Recording Mode

The Insta360 X3 360-degree action camera recently received a firmware update that adds pre-recording capture, as well as a few extra frame rate options. The update also improves the Me Mode for selfie shooting and more 360-degree shooting tools.

The chief new feature of firmware version 1.0.2.1, is the camera’s ability to begin capturing video footage before the record button is pressed.

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Pre-record captures the action in a continuous buffer so that if an action happens before recording is enabled, the camera has already captured it.

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The X3 is able to save 15-30 seconds of footage in the pre-record mode when it is active. Once the shutter button is enabled, the prerecorded footage will be saved along with the recorded footage in a single, combined video file.

Meanwhile, The X3’s Me Mode uses an updated algorithm and artificial intelligence to keep the subject automatically framed into the center of the image all the time.

Me Mode expands capture with frame rate options of 24, 25, and 50 frames per second, along with the original 30 and 60 frames per second.

There is also an additional 1080p resolution with support for 24, 25, and 50 fps. Insta360 says that adding more cinematic frame rates gives users more professional-looking and compelling action shots.

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Speaking of frame rates, the X3 has added more frame rates while shooting 360-degree videos. Users can now opt for 24, 25, and 50 frames per second in 4K, and up to 100 fps in 3K resolution. The frame rates provide 360 slow-motion videos with a cinematic flair.

Users can download firmware version 1.0.21 from the Insta360 Support website beginning today. To update your X3, connect your camera to the computer with the USB-C cable and copy the downloaded Insta360X3FW.bin file directly to the camera.

Insta360 says to also delete the previous firmware file and keep the file name of the newly downloaded firmware unchanged.

Once copied and replaced, disconnect the X3 and turn on the camera. The new firmware will be detected automatically and installed, while the indicator will flash blue during the update.

After the update is complete, the camera will automatically restart, and then users can confirm the firmware version in the camera info settings.

Users can also update the camera using the Insta360 app. The app should notify that a new version is available and users can select download and then follow the on-screen instructions. Any problems should be addressed immediately to the Insta360 Support team.

[source: Insta360]

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