How to use Insta360 GO 3 - Compact and lightweight 2.7K action camera weighing 35.5 gramsThe Insta360 GO 3 camera is a thumb-sized 2.7K action camera that weighs only 35.5g. It can be used as an aerial camera for FPV drones and radio-controlled aircraft.
- What is Insta360 GO 3 Camera?
- Introducing Insta360 GO 3 Camera
- Introduction of accessories for GoPro that can be used with Insta360 GO 3 camera
- Name of each part
- Shooting mode
- List of shooting modes
- What is FreeFrame video?
- Other video formats
- Applying FlowState stabilization
- What is insp format?
- What is PureShot?
- How to charge
- Basic operation
- How to use the Action Pod touch screen
- Action Pod screen
- Camera setting screen
- Advanced camera settings screen
- Quick Capture: Start shooting immediately when power down
- Customizing the GO 3 Camera Button
- Preset: Saving shooting parameters
- Importing videos/photos to a computer
- Add location information (geotagging) to videos and photos
- Waterproof performance/How to use Dive Case
- Install the Insta360 app
- Connect with Insta360 app, Set shooting mode, Remote control
- Manage videos and photos taken
- Export from Insta360 app to your smartphone
- Remove watermark logo from video
- How to use Insta360 STUDIO
- Insta360 GO 3 Camera Indicator Light Meaning
- Insta360 GO 3 Camera specifications
- Insta360 GO 3 Related Sites
What is Insta360 GO 3 Camera?The Insta360 GO 3 camera is a thumb-sized action camera announced by Insta360 in Shenzhen, China on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Japan time). With a weight of 35.5 grams, it can be used as a wearable camera that can be worn at all times, and like BETAFPV SMO 4K Camera developed by Insta360, it can be used as an aerial camera for FPV drones and radio-controlled aircraft.
The highest resolution is 2.7K30fps (2720x1530). When fully charged, you can shoot up to 47 minutes of video on its own. 170 minutes of video can be taken by connecting with the included Action Pod. Despite its small palm size, Insta360's image stabilization technology "FlowState" can be used to minimize blurring.
The product variety includes three types of models, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, with different built-in storage capacities. Each model can save up to 1 hour 25 minutes, 2 hours 50 minutes, 5 hours 40 minutes of video (at resolution 1440P/30fps, aspect ratio 16:9).
Insta360 GO 3 Action Camera
Insta360 2023/06/27 USD399.99
Max resolution: 2.7K: 2720x1530@24/25/30fp / Weight:35.5g
Weighing in at only 35g, GO 3 is an incredibly tiny action camera that you can take anywhere. Capture effortless, hands-free POV videos or creative angles at 2.7K. Perfect for mountain biking, pets, travel, anything goes! A versatile magnetic design with a set of handy accessories such as the Magnet Pendant and Easy Clip, GO 3 gives you endless creative possibilities, with angles no other camera can handle.
Insta360 2023/06/27 USD40.00
Accident compensation service. By paying a small additional fee, Insta360 will provide one free repair or replacement for accidental damage to your camera within one year. One of the following conditions must be met. Customers who purchased new Insta360 camera. Customers who have purchased an Insta360 camera and have not yet activated the product or within 3 days after activation.
Insta360 GO 2 Action Camera
Insta360 2021/04 USD329.99
Max resolution: 1440p (2560x1440 pixel, 50/30/25/24fps) / Weight:27g
Thumb-sized action camera that weighs just 1 oz. Uses a powerful 1/2.3” image sensor to shoot crisp 1440p video. Rugged and waterproof to 13ft. Wearable camera design. Mount GO 2 anywhere with its magnetic in-the-box accessories and shoot hands-free.
BETAFPV SMO 4K Camera
BETAFPV 2020/12 USD239.99
Max resolution: 4k (4000x3000 pixel, 24/25/30fps) / Weight:30g
A high-degree ultralight action camera designed for your FPV Drones! Developed by BETAFPV using Insta360 technology, SMO 4K camera only weighs 30g and is perfectly fit for FPV drones.
Introducing Insta360 GO 3 Camera
However, there is no special package called "travel kit". The camera, "mini invisible selfie stick + tripod", and "storage case" will be delivered as a set. I ordered them on Insta360 GO 3 official net store on the night of June 27, just before the product announcement, and it arrived six days later, on the morning of July 3. Shipped by FedEx - Japan Post.
A more detailed user manual can be downloaded from Insta360 GO 3 manual download page .
Is this a plot by Insta360 to sell accessories and make money?
This box contains 2 screen protectors and 2 cleaning cloths for application. If you have just peeled off the protective sticker that was originally attached to the touch screen, just put it on and it will stick well.
It's good to be able to throw away all the packing boxes that are generated in large quantities when buying many accessories and store them in one place.
This can be used to attach Insta360 GO 3 to a GoPro arm etc. using the fork-like mounting system "2 prong mount" that became famous in the GoPro series. When the "2 prong mount" part is folded, a female hole for a "1/4 inch screw mount", which is common in camera tripods, appears from underneath. This is a must-have accessory for anyone who has an arm or tripod for their GoPro series or camera.
The Quick Release Mount is shipped with what is shown in this photo. The brown sheet seen in the lower right of the photo is a spacer sheet that is attached to the holes of the 2-prong mount. If there is a gap in the connecting part such as the arm to be attached and the Quick Release Mount cannot be fixed firmly, paste this sheet to increase the thickness.
The Magnetic Pendant has a smart mechanism that allows you to adjust the total length. Surplus collars can be wrapped around the body of the Magnetic Pendant and stowed away.
This is a telescoping selfie stick with a "two-prong mount" and is not a dedicated accessory for the Insta360 GO 3. It is a convenient thing that functions as a tripod when the handle is opened. The two "locking levers" visible in the center right of the photo are used by inserting them into the holes of the 2-prong mount. Unlike general screws, it is excellent in that it can be attached and detached with one touch.
The pivot stand that comes with the camera is compact, but if you tilt the camera too far, it will tip over. Using a tripod gives you more freedom in camera angles.
The Insta360 GO 3 camera alone is water resistant to a depth of 5m (16.4ft), but the Action Pod is water resistant to IPX4 and cannot be used for marine activities. If you put it in a Dive Case, it will be water resistant to a depth of 60m (196.9ft), making it safe enough for leisure diving.
Accessories of the Dive Case are, from the upper left of the photo, a strap, a storage bag, and a manual. From the middle left, a box and a Dive Case. From the bottom left are the spacer sheet, the 2-prong mount, the screw and the handle, and the anti-fog sheet (Amazon.com) .
Floating hand grips have hollow grips that create buoyancy. It might be good to put your hotel room key in when diving at a resort.
Introduction of accessories for GoPro that can be used with Insta360 GO 3 cameraHere are some GoPro accessories that are useful for fixing the camera in various places. In either case, the camera is attached using Quick Release Mount (Insta360) introduced above.
This is an arm that can fix the camera to the handlebar of a bicycle or motorcycle. Easy to install and remove. There are also Helmet mount (Amazon.com) that you can attach to your motorcycle helmet, and Mouthpiece mount (Amazon.com) that you can put in your mouth while surfing.
This is an arm that allows the camera to be fixed to a hard, flat surface such as glass, the windshield of a car, or the body of a car. Since the adsorption is quite strong, it is also possible to attach the camera to the roof or side of the car. However, it may not stick well to strongly curved windshields.
There is a lot of variety in arm shape. Please choose according to the installation position. To install on an uneven dashboard, sandwich a gel adhesive sheet or the like.
This is an arm that can be used to secure the camera to a backpack strap, etc. If you attach a heavy camera, it will bow down, but the light Insta360 GO 3 is no problem at all.
There are also Chest mount (Amazon.com) that hold the camera around your chest with a belt, and Necklace mount (Amazon.com) that hang the camera around your neck, and Wrist Strap Mount (Amazon.com) that you can attach to your wrist.
A camera platform that rotates automatically and slowly for time-lapse photography. You can take panorama shots with time lapse.
The product in the photo has a simple construction similar to a mechanical kitchen timer, and rotates only from right to left, and the rotation speed is fixed at 360 degrees in 60 minutes. If you shoot for about 15-30 minutes with a shooting interval of 2-4 seconds, you can take a nice time-lapse panoramic video. You can also increase the rotation speed by stacking multiple pieces of this product. There is a 1/4 inch male screw on the top and a 1/4 inch female screw hole on the bottom, so you can attach it to a tripod. It costs just over USD10, is light and small, and does not require batteries, so you can easily take it with you when traveling.
There is also a product called Sevenoak SK-EBH01 (Amazon.com) that can change the rotation direction and rotation speed.
Speaking of GoPro / action camera, it is FPV drone . Small and lightweight, Insta360 GO 3 is perfect for your FPV drone. You can shoot amazing aerial videos full of speed and thrills.
Name of each part
Shooting modeIf you flick the center part of the touch screen of Insta360 GO 3 left and right, the shooting mode switching screen will be displayed (right photo). You can choose what kind of videos and photos you want to take. Insta360 GO 3 can take videos and photos as shown in the table below.
List of shooting modes
Shoot normal video. Aspect ratio can be selected from 16:9 / 9:16. Resolutions can be selected from 2.7K / 1440p / 1080p.
Shoot a FreeFrame Video with adjustable aspect ratio etc. after recording. Aspect ratio can be selected from 16:9 / 9:16. Resolutions can be selected from 1440p / 1080p.
Shoot time-lapse videos. Fix the camera when shooting, or place on an Rotating Tripod (Amazon.com) to take panoramic shots. No audio is recorded.
The shooting results cannot be played back on the camera and must be exported by Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio .
Shooting interval can be selected from 0.5s / 1s / 2s / 4s / 10s / 30s / 1min / 2min. Format is fixed at 1440p/30fps.
While shooting, the touchscreen displays two times in the format "MM:SS->MM:SS". The number on the left is the shooting time, and the number on the right is the time of the video being created. For example, the recording time required to create a time-lapse video of 10 seconds (=300 frames @ 30 FPS) is as follows.
|Shooting interval||Recording time|
|30s||9000s (150min : 2.5h)|
Capture hyperlapse (speed-up / fast forward) video. A fast-forward video with a playback speed of about 10 times (playback time is about 1/10) is recorded. This is a time-lapse video shot at 3 frames per second (interval 0.333 seconds). For example, recording for 15 minutes (900sec) will generate a video of 1 minute and 30 seconds (90sec). If you shoot while moving the camera, you can get a great effect. No audio is recorded.
The shooting results cannot be played back on the camera and must be exported by Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio .
Resolution is fixed at 1440p. Frame rate can be selected from 15 / 30. Even if you choose a frame rate of 15 FPS, the output video will be about 30 FPS, but the bit rate will be about 60% (about 50 Mbps) and the image quality will be low. However, the file size is also reduced by 60%, so you can save storage space when you want to shoot for a long time.
Shoot slow motion video. Record at 120fps and play back at 30fps, so playback speed is 1/4 of the real speed. No audio is recorded.
The shooting results cannot be played back on the camera and must be exported by Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio .
The aspect ratio is 9:16 when the camera is held horizontally, and 16:9 when held vertically. The format is fixed at 1080p/120fps.
The video will be recorded continuously for the length specified by "Loop Time", but older recordings will be deleted automatically. Always leave the video for the length specified by the loop time. For example, if you specify 1 minute as the loop time, the last 1-2 minutes will be left as a video no matter how many minutes you shoot. It is suitable for applications such as drive recorders and surveillance cameras. The loop (shooting) time can be selected from 1 / 3 / 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 minutes.
Take a normal photo. Aspect ratio can be selected from 16:9 / 9:16 / 1:1 / 2.7:1. Format can be selected from insp / insp+Raw / PureShot . Timer can be selected from Off / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 seconds.
This is a dedicated starry sky shooting mode that takes time-lapse shots of the movement of stars. You can shoot the starry sky even in the city, but the screen will be brighter. A darker place, such as in the mountains, is better for capturing beautiful starry skies. With Insta360 Studio on PC , you can choose to export photos individually or combine them as a video after shooting. Also, using Insta360 app , you can choose whether or not to leave the trail of the moving stars.
Aspect ratio can be selected from 16:9 / 9:16 / 1:1 / 2.7:1. Format can be selected from insp / insp+Raw. Timer can be selected from Off / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 seconds.
Fix the camera on a tripod and start shooting after the sky has darkened. It takes about 122 seconds to shoot one frame. Therefore, in order to generate a 10-second (=250 frames @ 25 FPS) video, it takes about 8.5 hours of continuous shooting. If you don't shoot continuously for at least 3-4 hours, the resulting video will be very short. If you press the shutter button during shooting, shooting will end after the current photo is taken.
Connect the camera to a charger or high-capacity mobile battery and shoot for a long time. If you select insp+Raw as the format and turn on PureShot when exporting, you can see a more beautiful starry sky.
It keeps taking pictures at the specified interval. With Insta360 Studio on PC , you can choose to export photos individually or combine them as a video after shooting. Aspect ratio can be selected from 16:9 / 9:16 / 1:1 / 2.7:1. Format can be selected from insp / insp+Raw. Shooting interval can be selected from 3s / 5s / 10s / 30s / 1min / 2min.
Regarding the shooting date and time information (Exif information) of photos, when you export with Insta360 app , the date and time when interval shooting start (when the shutter button is pressed) is written to all photos. On the other hand, when you export with Insta360 STUDIO , each photo has its own date and time when it was taken.
Take high dynamic range (HDR) photos. By continuously shooting underexposed and overexposed photos in addition to properly exposed photos and combining them, a photo with a wider dynamic range is generated. However, since there is a time difference between continuous shots, the composite image will be blurred when the subject or photographer is moving. Not suitable for shooting fast-moving scenes. Aspect ratio can be selected fro 16:9 / 9:16 / 1:1 / 2.7:1. Format can be selected from insp / PureShot . Timer can be selected from Off / 3 / 5 / 10 / 30 / 60 seconds.
What is FreeFrame video?
FreeFrame video is unprocessed RAW data, and can be applied with the image stabilization technology "FlowState image stabilization", adjust horizontal leveling (Horizon Lock), adjust FOV (field of view), and adjust aspect ratio (vertical to horizontal ratio), using an app or computer after shooting. This is suitable for aspect ratio changes and more sophisticated editing for TikTok, Instagram and Facebook.
The file is saved in the camera with the file name "PRO_VID_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_nn_xxx.mp4". The "YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS" part of the file name is the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second when the video was taken. The format of this file is 2688x2688 pixels resolution, and the codec is MPEG4 AVC Level5.2 Main profile.
To apply FlowState etc. to this video, you need to export using Insta360 app on your smartphone or Insta360 Studio on your computer. If you open "PRO_VID_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_nn_xxx.mp4" as it is without exporting with a media player etc., unprocessed circular image will be played.
At the same time, a preview movie with a resolution of 640x640 pixels with the file name "PRO_LRV_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_nn_xxx.mp4" is also generated. This is used when previewing in the app or on a touchscreen.
Other video formats
In-camera image stabilization is applied to non-FreeFrame videos. It is saved with the file name "VID_xxx.mp4" and can be played as is on any media player. The codec of this file is MPEG4 AVC Level5.2 Main profile.
At the same time, a preview movie with a resolution of 640x368 pixels with the file name "LRV_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_nn_xxx.mp4" is also generated. This is used when previewing in the app or on a touchscreen.
Applying FlowState stabilization
This is a function that uses the gyro sensor installed in the camera to cancel out camera vibration, and is a function that forms the basis of an “ACTION CAMERA”. You can apply FlowState image stabilization for Video, FreeFrame Video, Timelapse, TimeShift and Slow Motion. However, non-FreeFrame videos are processed in the camera during recording. For this reason, depending on the video, the processing may not keep up and the display delay may increase.
There are three strengths (levels) of FlowState image stabilization, as shown in the table below, which can be specified in the "Stabilization" field on the shooting format setting screen (right figure).
|Off||No image stabilization|
|Good for everyday activities (low preview delay)|
|Suitable for high-intensity sports such as running (medium preview delay)|
|Suitable for extreme sports such as mountain biking (higher preview delay)|
What is insp format?
The photo extension ".insp" is Insta360's own format. A raw circular image is recorded at 24bit sRGB 3040x3040 pixels. Insp file can be exported as a JPG file with the file name "IMG_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_nn_xxx.jpg" by exporting using Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio . The JPG file will have a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. When insp+Raw is specified as the shooting format, two files are saved inside the camera: insp format and Raw(DNG) format.
What is PureShot?
PureShot is an AI shooting mode developed by Insta360 that uses AI to extend the dynamic range of a photo while reducing noise and preserving details to produce sharp images. HDR photography synthesizes multiple photographs with different exposures, but PureShot is a technology that uses AI to extend the dynamic range with just one photograph. PureShot can be enabled/disabled in Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio after shooting. When PureShot is specified as the shooting format, two files are saved inside the camera: insp format and Raw(DNG) format. On the other hand, for photos with insp+Raw as the shooting format, you can enable PureShot later in the app.
This feature was added to Insta360 ONE R in September 2020.
How to chargeWith the GO 3 camera attached to the Action Pod, use the included Type-C to Type-A fast charging cable to connect the Action Pod to a commercially available USB charger. The charging connector of the Action Pod is Type-C. So it can also be charged with a commercially available Type-C charger and Type-C to Type-C cable (photo). However, Action Pod does not support the USB PD (Power Delivery) standard. Even if you use a USB PD compatible charger and cable, it will always be charged at 5V2A (10W).
When charging, both the camera and Action Pod indicator lights are solid red. It takes about 47 minutes to charge the device to 80% and about 65 minutes to fully charge. The indicator light will go out when the device is fully charged.
About battery life
The nominal value is 47 minutes for video shooting with the GO 3 camera alone and 170 minutes with the Action Pod (at 1080p30fps). In the case of photography, depending on how often you shoot, it should last at least twice as long as video. The Action Pod can be used while charging. If you want to shoot a long time-lapse or star-lapse, you can shoot while connecting the charger or mobile battery.
ActivationTo use Insta360 GO 3, you need to activate it first using the Insta360 app. First, install the Insta360 app on your smartphone.
- With the GO 3 camera set in the Action Pod, press (Power) button on the Action Pod to start it.
- Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your smartphone.
- Open (Insta360) app on your smartphone and tap the yellow (camera) icon at the bottom center of the screen.
- In the pop-up window, select the device "Insta360 GO 3" to connect and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the connection. By default, the camera name is "GO 3 xxxxxx". The "xxxxxx" part is the last 6 digits of the serial number on the GO 3 packing box.
- When connecting GO 3 and a smartphone for the first time, it is necessary to perform the "authentication" operation. Authenticate the connection on the Action Pod touchscreen. After the camera is successfully connected, follow the on-screen instructions to activate the camera.
- The app will prompt you to update the firmware if there is a newer version available. Follow the on-screen instructions to update your GO 3 and Action Pod firmware.
Basic operationWhen the GO 3 camera is set in the Action Pod and the Action Pod is powered, the buttons on the camera body are disabled. Control the camera via the Action Pod buttons or the Insta360 app.
When the GO 3 Camera is removed from the Action Pod and the Action Pod is not powered, the buttons on the camera body are enabled. When the GO 3 Camera is taken out of the Action Pod, the Action Pod acts as a remote control for the GO 3 Camera. You can control your GO 3 camera from up to 5 meters (16ft) away.
If the power is off, turn it on.
When the power is on, wake from sleep or turn on/off the touch screen.
|Hold for 2 seconds||Power off. (Release your finger when the power off animation is displayed)|
|Hold for 5 seconds||Force power off|
|Click||Take a photo or start/end video recording when powered on.|
If it is powered off, power it on and start recording (if GO 3 is powered off and in the action pod).
If Quick Capture is set to ON, any photo-taking or video recording can be started upon single-clicking or double-clicking, even when the power is off.
|Confirm the connection with the app (when connecting for the first time)|
|Click||The tutorial screen is displayed at the first startup.|
|Press once to open the Preset switch menu or Shooting mode switch menu. Press again to switch to another preset or another shooting mode. Tap the (switch) icon in the upper left corner to toggle between choosing a "Preset" and choosing a "Shooting mode".|
Insta360 GO 3 Camera
(GO 3 Button)
|Click||Take a photo or start/end video recording when powered on.
what photos/videos are taken when you single or double click this button.
If Quick Capture is set to ON, any photo-taking or video recording can be started when single-clicking or double-clicking, even when the power is off.
|Confirm the connection with the app (when connecting for the first time)|
|Hold for 2 seconds||
Turns the power on when it's off (if not set in the Action Pod).
Turns the power off when the power is on.
|Hold for 7 seconds||Force power off|
How to use the Action Pod touch screen
(tap the screen)
|Hide/Show information on the touchscreen.|
(Swipe left or right on center)
|Switch Shooting mode . Select shooting modes such as Video, Photo, Timelapse, TimeShift, and Slow Motion.|
(Swipe in from the right edge)
|Switch to the shooting parameter setting screen. You can specify shutter speed, ISO, EV, white balance, etc. for each selected shooting mode.|
(Swipe up from the bottom edge)
|Switch to the shooting format setting screen. FlowState stabilization, Aspect ratio, resolution, frame rate, etc. can be specified for each selected shooting mode.|
(Swipe in from the left edge)
|Switch to the album page. You can browse videos and photos that have been taken so far.|
(Swipe down from the top edge)
|Switch to the Camera setting screen.|
Action Pod screenWhen you start the Action Pod, you will see a screen like this.
(The image is quoted from the official user manual)
The meanings of the icons displayed around the screen are shown in the table below.
|Displays the remaining number of photos or length of video footage that can be stored in the internal storage.|
|Indicates that the touch screen is locked. Swipe up on the touch screen to unlock.|
|Indicates that time capture (scheduled recording: recording starts at the specified time) is set.|
|Indicates that a preset shooting mode is set. Displays an icon for the currently selected preset.|
|Indicates that Wi-Fi is enabled.|
|Indicates that the GO 3 camera and Action Pod are connected via Bluetooth. Appears when the GO 3 camera is detached from the Action Pod.
If this icon does not disappear after 10-15 seconds of placing your GO 3 camera in the Action Pod, check that the charging points are clean. Or try a forced power off and restart.
(GO 3 battery status)
|Displays the battery level of the GO 3 camera.|
(Action Pod battery status)
|Displays the battery level of the Action Pod.|
|Indicates the current shooting mode . Touch here to switch to the shooting mode switching screen. Swipe left or right on the screen to switch shooting modes.|
|Indicates the current shooting format. Touch here to display the shooting format switching screen. You can switch by touching and swiping each item.|
(FOV(field of view))
|Indicates the current FOV (Field Of View). Either ULTRA (ultra wide angle: UltraWide) / ACTION (action wide angle: ActionView) / LINEAR is displayed. Touch here to display the FOV switching screen. You can switch the FOV by tapping the icon.|
Camera setting screenSwipe down from the top edge of the Action Pod touchscreen to enter the camera settings screen like this. There are two camera setting screens, and you can switch screens by flicking left or right. By tapping each icon on this screen, you can configure the following settings.
|Turn screen rotation lock on/off. It is off by default. When the screen rotation lock is off, rotating the camera 180° also rotates the image 180° (upright). Turn this off when you want to shoot an upright image by fixing the camera upside down. On the other hand, when shooting an action like a somersault, turn this on.|
|lock the screen. If you lock it, even if you tap the touch screen carelessly, it will not react. Swipe up on the touch screen to unlock.|
|Sets the speaker volume. You can choose from High, Medium, Low and Mute. Default is Medium.|
|Adjust screen brightness. Adjust the brightness by sliding the bar displayed on the screen up and down. The default setting is maximum brightness. Dimming saves battery.|
|Turn Quick Capture on/off. It is on by default.|
|Turns voice control on/off. Available languages are English or Chinese only. You can use voice commands such as "Take a Photo", "Start Recording", "Stop Recording", "Mark That", "Shutdown Camera".|
Pre-Recording can be set and turned on/off. Pre-recording is a feature that starts recording 10/15/30 seconds before you press the shutter button.
When it's on, there's always a recording activity going on in the background, capturing the few seconds before you press the shutter button.
It's convenient when you don't want to miss an unpredictable photo opportunity, but constant recording may cause the camera to heat up or drain the battery faster.
I think it's a good idea to turn it on only when you need it.
Pre-recording can be specified only for Video or FreeFrame Video modes.
|Set the time capture (scheduled recording: start shooting at the specified time) function. When turned on, you can specify the start time, shooting mode, shooting format, shooting time, etc. This feature is available for Video, FreeFrame Video, Timelapse, Photo and Interval.|
|Switch the audio mode (sound setting). Choose from "Wind noise reduction" / "Stereo" / "Direction Focus".|
|Turns on/off the touch screen grid display. Showing the grid makes it easier to keep the camera horizontal/vertical.|
|OpenAdvanced camera settings screen. You can check the firmware version, set quick capture and camera buttons, turn Wi-Fi on/off, gyro calibration, reset, etc.|
Advanced camera settings screenSwipe down from the top edge of the action pod touch screen to open the "camera settings screen", and tap the (settings) icon to open the detailed camera settings screen like this. The following settings are available.
|Camera Info||You can check the Device Type (product name), Firmware version, Serial Number, Audio Authorization, Camera Hardware version, and Action Pod Hardware version.|
|General||Vibration on/off, Indicator Light on/off, Auto Power Off time (3min / 5min / 15min / Never), Auto Sleep time (60s / 90s / 3min / Never, During recording on / off) can be set.
Turn off the vibration and indicator lights and mute the speaker volume to shoot in complete silence. You can shoot without being noticed by people nearby.
|Camera Storage||You can see the total capacity and remaining capacity of the storage, and format (initialize) the storage. About 4GB is consumed as system area.|
Turn Quick Capture on/off and specify what happens when you click the Action Pod's Shutter button and GO 3 button once or twice.
Pressing the Action Pod's shutter button when the Action Pod's power is off will quickly start shooting with the mode and parameters set here. Or when GO 3 is powered off and not in the Action Pod, pressing the GO 3 button will quickly start shooting with the mode and parameters set here.
|GO 3 Button Settings||
Specifies what happens when you click the GO 3 button once or twice when GO 3 camera is running.
Pressing the GO 3 button while GO 3 is running and not connected to the Action Pod, it will start shooting with the mode and parameters set here. But pressing the GO 3 button while GO 3 is remotely connected to the Action Pod will apply the current Action Pod settings to the camera and start shooting.
|Wi-Fi Settings||You can turn on/off Wi-Fi and display SSID and password. You can save battery by turning it on when connecting to a smartphone and turning it off otherwise.|
|Voice Control||You can turn on/off voice control and select language (English, Chinese). The same screen as (Voice Control) on Camera setting screen is displayed.|
|Pre-recording Settings||You can make settings related to pre-recording. The same screen as (Pre-recording) on Camera setting screen is displayed.|
|Video Bitrate||You can select the video bit rate from High / Standard. "High" is usually fine. If you want to save storage even if the image quality is lowered, please select "Standard".|
|Video Sharpness||Video sharpness can be selected from Highest / High / Medium / Low.|
|Anti-Flicker||Anti-flicker can be selected from Auto / 50Hz / 60Hz. "Auto" is usually fine.|
|Gyro Calibration||You can calibrate the gyro sensor installed in the camera. Simply place the camera on a horizontal surface with the lens facing up and tap the button that appears on the screen. Calibrate at least once immediately after purchase.|
|Language||Specifies the language of messages displayed on the touch screen.|
|Certification||Displays the device certification information for each country that the camera has acquired.|
|Reset Tutorial||You can redisplay the tutorial screen that was displayed on the touch screen when you first started. You can choose to Confirm (redisplay) / Cancel (do nothing)|
|Factory Reset||Factory reset the Camera and Action Pod. You can choose to Confirm (initialize) or Cancel (do nothing).|
Quick Capture: Start shooting immediately when power downWhen the power is off, by pressing the GO 3 camera button (when separated from the action pod) or the Action Pod's shutter button (when combined with the GO 3 camera), you can start taking photos and videos at the same time as booting. After clicking the button, it will start up in a few seconds, take a video or picture, and then return to the power off state. This is called "Quick Capture".
This feature can be set in the settings screen of the Insta360 app or the camera settings screen of the Action Pod, and you can specify what happens when you single or double click the button. However, shooting mode that can be specified are limited to three types: "Video", "FreeFrame Video", "Photo", and "None".
When using the Action Pod, swipe down from the top edge of the touch screen to open the " Camera settings screen ", tap (settings) icon, and select [QuickCapture Settings] menu. Then you will see a button called [Single Press] [Double Press]. You can set the actions to be performed when the camera button is pressed once or twice.
Customizing the GO 3 Camera ButtonApart from the "Quick Capture" above, you can specify what happens when you single or double click the button when the GO 3 camera is separate from the Action Pod and already powered on. This can also be set in the settings screen of the Insta360 app or the camera settings screen of the Action Pod. All shooting mode and "None" can be specified here.
When using the Action Pod, swipe down from the top edge of the touch screen to open the " Camera settings screen ", tap (settings) icon, and select [GO 3 Button Settings] menu. Then you will see a button called [Single Press] [Double Press]. You can set the actions to be performed when the camera button is pressed once or twice.
Preset: Saving shooting parametersA combination of shooting modes and shooting parameters can be named and saved as a 'Preset'. Then click (Quick) button on the right side of the Action Pod to display a screen like the photo on the right, allowing you to call Presets immediately.
You can switch presets by flicking this preset menu screen left or right or by clicking (Quick) button.
By tapping (edit) icon in the lower right corner of this screen, you can change the shooting mode and shooting parameters of the currently selected 'Preset'.
Tap (switch) icon in the upper left corner of this screen to toggle between Preset selection and shooting mode selection.
The following 5 types of presets are prepared as initial settings. Furthermore, by tapping the "+" icon at the top right of the screen, you can add "Custom 1 to 5", and you can store a total of 10 presets.
Importing videos/photos to a computerBasically, videos and photos taken with the Insta360 camera are retrieved to a smartphone or computer using Insta360 app or Insta360 Studio . On the other hand, you can also connect the camera to your computer as a USB memory and access the camera's storage directly from your computer. When the camera is turned on and connected to a computer with a USB cable, the screen on the right will be displayed. If you select "U-Disk Mode", you can access the camera as a USB memory. A drive named "Insta360GO3" will appear on your computer, and you can access the videos and photos you have taken by opening the "DCIM" folder in it. When removing the camera from a computer, it is necessary to perform the "Hardware Removal" operation on the computer, just like a general USB memory.
Add location information (geotagging) to videos and photosInsta360 GO 3 does not have GPS, and photos taken remotely from an iPhone will not have location information attached. However, you can manually add location information later.
When using Insta360 GO 3, at the same time, start the GPS logger app on your iPhone and record the location information. Then, on the computer, write the recorded location information to the photos taken with Insta360 GO 3, relying on the shooting date and time information.
Geotag Photos Pro App is recommended for GPS logger function and location information writing. However, JPEG files generated by exporting photos in Raw (DNG) format or PureShot format do not have the correct shooting date and time. Before adding location information to photos, it is necessary to set the correct shooting date and time using ExifTool etc.
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Waterproof performance/How to use Dive Case
Insta360 GO 3 Camera
The camera body is water resistant to a depth of 5m (16.4ft), but a lens guard must be attached. It is attached at the time of shipment. Check the lens guard for looseness before entering the water.
Also, do not leave it in a humid environment such as a hot spring or sauna for more than 1 hour. The operating temperature of the camera is -20°C ~ +40°C (-3.9°F ~ +103.9°F).
After using the camera underwater, shake the camera well to remove any water that may have entered the microphone or speaker. Allow to air dry completely before attaching to Action Pod. In particular, dry the charging points well.
Do not heat it with a hair dryer, etc. to dry it. Otherwise, the microphone or speaker may be damaged. Also, after using it in seawater, it must be soaked in fresh water for at least 15 minutes to remove the salt.
The Action Pod has an IPX4 splash-proof rating when equipped with the Insta360 GO 3 camera. It will protect against light rain and snow, but should not be submerged in water or used in heavy rain or action sports such as surfing or water skiing. If you remove the camera, the waterproof performance will be lost.
Before attaching the camera to the Action Pod, make sure the inside of the Action Pod and the charging point are free of moisture, mud and dirt.
Insta360 GO 3 Dive Case
If you use the separately sold Insta360 GO 3 Dive Case , you can get water resistance to a depth of 60m (196.9ft). It has sufficient water resistance for leisure diving.
Before each use, make sure that there is no water leakage by submerging it in a bathtub with the contents empty. You can check for water leakage by putting a tissue paper in it. There are slots on the top and side of the lens for inserting anti-fog sheet (Amazon.com) . Please put the anti-fog sheet just before using. When using a third-party anti-fog sheet, cut it to 28x15x1.2mm. Before closing the lid, make sure that the O-ring (rubber seal) is free of sand.
After getting out of the water, wipe it with a soft towel before opening the lid. Avoid opening the lid when the Dive Case is wet. After using it in seawater, it must be soaked in fresh water for at least 60 minutes to remove the salt before storing. After use, let it dry naturally and apply silicon grease for O-rings (Amazon.com) to the O-ring (rubber seal) before storing. Also, when storing, do not close the lid tightly to avoid sticking or deformation of the O-ring (rubber seal).
Install the Insta360 appLike other Insta360 action cameras, the Insta360 GO series can be controlled with the Insta360 app. Install Insta360 app on your smartphone.
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Connect with Insta360 app, Set shooting mode, Remote control
Enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your iPod / iPad / iPhone.
Then open (Insta360) app. Tap "I have".
You can get help by tapping book icon displayed on the edge of the screen.
Press the power button on your Insta360 GO 3 camera.
Then, "Connect now" is displayed at the bottom of the screen as shown in the figure, so tap this. Alternatively, tap the yellow (camera) icon at the bottom center of the screen to initiate a connection with the camera.
When you open (Settings)-(Wi-Fi) screen, an access point with a name starting with "GO 3" will appear. This is the Insta360 GO 3 Camera. Tap this name.
Note: Make sure your camera battery is fully charged when updating. If the camera loses power during the update, it may stop working. I think it's good to update while charging with a charger or mobile battery.
By tapping the place where "Camera" is written on the upper left of the screen, you can switch the display target to "All", "Downloaded (within the iPhone's Insta360 application)", and "Camera (within Insta360 GO 3's on-board storage)".
You can play videos by tapping the thumbnail.
Tap yellow (camera) icon at the bottom center of the screen to control and configure the camera.
Tap (camera) icon to see this screen. Remaining capacity of the Insta360 GO 3 camera and battery of the camera are displayed on the upper left of the screen. In the center, the image seen from Insta360 GO 3 Camera is displayed.
Tap red record button to start recording.
You can switch between shooting modes by flicking the menu at the bottom of the screen left or right, or by tapping (Menu) icon.
By tapping icons lined up at the top of the screen, you can specify the resolution, file format, etc. for the selected shooting mode.
Tap (other) icon in the upper right corner of the screen to get a screen like this. Then tap (disconnect) icon on the top left of the screen.
Manage videos and photos takenManaging and editing videos on a smartphone is a very heavy task, so the smartphone will get hot. We recommend using Insta360 Studio on your computer whenever possible.
On the (Album) screen, if you tap (Check) icon on the top right ...
Tap (trash) to delete the selected videos/photos from the Insta360 GO 3.
Tap (Download) to download the selected videos/photos from Insta360 GO 3 to Insta360 app. Downloaded videos and photos can be played back and processed only with Insta360 app even if the power of the camera is turned off.
Tap (Favorites) to classify the selected videos/photos as "Favorites".
Tap (Export) to export the selected videos/photos to an album called "Insta360" in the (Photos) app on your iPhone. Output with effects such as "FlowState image stabilization" applied.
Export from Insta360 app to your smartphone
You can turn ON/OFF "FlowState image stabilization" on this screen. This is ON by default.
Remove watermark logo from video
How to use Insta360 STUDIOSoftware called "Insta360 STUDIO" that allows you to edit videos and photos of Insta360 series cameras on a Windows / Mac computer has been released. You can export multiple videos and photos at once on a large screen, so you can work more efficiently than Insta360 app.
You can download the free app "Insta360 STUDIO" from Insta360 Applications page
Click "Import All" to load all videos / photos on the Insta360 GO 3 into Insta360 STUDIO.
Click "Select File" to open Insta360 GO 3 in Explorer. Select the file you want to load and drag and drop it to Insta360 STUDIO.
In addition, "Import" here means simply loading the "file list" of the Insta360 GO 3 into Insta360 STUDIO. Videos and photos themselves are not copied to your computer.
Operation is easy. Double-click the video / photo you want to edit from the thumbnail on the left side of the screen. Then you can process it by clicking each icon on the right screen. Hover your mouse cursor over each icon on the screen to see a description of the function.
By clicking the icons on the right side of the screen, you can set FlowState image stabilization, FOV, image processing (colorful, vivid plus, AquaVision), audio noise cancellation, etc. You can also view media information such as the shooting date and time, resolution, and bitrate.
After editing, click (Start Export) icon at the bottom right of the screen.
When exporting photos, the screen will look like this. There are almost no items that can be set. However, for Raw (DNG) format photos, you can turn PureShot on/off by clicking (PureShot) icon at the bottom left of the photo before exporting.
For Interval/Starlapse photos, you can choose to export photos individually or combine them to export as a video. Choosing insp+Raw as the format will generate two files, one with "DNG" in the filename and one without. PureShot can be applied by selecting a file with "DNG".
You can export all photos at once by clicking the "Select All" checkmark at the bottom right of the screen as shown.
Alternatively, if you select several photos from the thumbnails lined up at the bottom of the screen, you can export only the selected photos at once.
If you specify "Interval/Starlapse Sequence" in the "Type of export" field on this screen, you can export all photos as "Photos".
Insta360 GO 3 Camera Indicator Light MeaningThe indicator lamp can be turned on/off on "General" menu of the Advanced camera settings screen .
|Indicator Light Status||description|
|Blinks slowly in cyan (light blue) and then stays lit||Booting ~ power on|
|Cyan (light blue) blinks 5 times||During power off sequence|
|lights out||Taking photo / Charging finished / Power off|
|flashing red||video shooting|
|Flashing blue||Updating firmware|
|Flashing yellow||Overheat. need cooling|
|Always lit in cyan (light blue)||USB memory mode / Webcam mode|
|Steady Yellow||Storage space full / File error / USB error|
|Fast blinking yellow||Insufficient storage space|
Insta360 GO 3 Camera specifications
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length||11.24mm|
|Timelapse Video||1440P: 2560x1440@30fps|
|TimeShift Video||1440P: 2560x1440@15/30fps|
|Slow Motion Video||1080P: 1920x1080@120fps|
|Loop Recording Video||
* Both file types can be exported to JPG through the Insta360 mobile app or Insta360 Studio.
|Photo Modes||Photo, HDR Photo, Interval, Starlapse|
|Video Modes||Video, FreeFrame Video, Timelapse, TimeShift, Slow Motion, Pre-Recording, Loop Recording|
|Color Profiles||Standard, Vivid, Flat|
|Max. Video Bitrate||80Mbps|
Photo: 1/8000 - 120s
Video: 1/8000 - to the limit of frames per second
|White Balance||Auto, 2000 - 10000K|
|Audio Modes||Wind Reduction, Stereo, Direction Focus|
|Audio Format||48Khz, 24bits, AAC|
GO 3: 35.5g (1.25oz)
Action Pod: 96.3g (3.40oz)
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||
Screen Folded: 63.5x47.6x29.5mm (2.5x1.9x1.2in)
Screen Unfolded: 63.5x86.6x29.9mm (2.5x3.4x1.2in)
|LCD screen resolution||640x320p|
|Storage||32GB (1h25min), 64GB (2h50min), 128GB (5h40min)
(Video mode at 1440P/30fps in 16:9 resolution)
GO 3: 310mAh
Action Pod: 1270mAh
GO 3: Action Pod
Action Pod: Type-C
GO 3: 23 mins to 80% | 35 mins to 100%
Action Pod: 47 mins to 80% | 65 mins to 100%
GO 3: 45 mins
GO 3 + Action Pod: 170 mins
*Tested in 25°C (77°F) lab conditions at 1080p@30fps in "Video Mode", with screen and Wi-Fi off. Run time may vary in different conditions.
GO 3: -4°F to 104°F (-20℃ to 40℃)
Action Pod: -4°F to 104°F (-20℃ to 40℃)