Originally designed specifically for (surprise surprise) action sports, action cameras have now become a great option for any situation– sports, travel, everyday life, creative photography, and more. The compact size of these devices is a huge part of their appeal, eliminating the need to carry around a more traditional, bulkier camera. But there’s one that reigns supreme in the size department and that is Insta360 GO 3, the world’s smallest action camera!
Now you might be wondering: what’s so amazing about a small action camera? What’s the point? Well, the benefits over a regular-sized cam are actually far greater than you might imagine, from hands-free POV shooting and easy wearing, to creative mounting thanks to its magnets, and next-level stabilization! In this quick guide, we’ll reveal why so many people have made the call to go small!
1) A small action camera = seriously portable
First and foremost, it’s worth considering just how small, and thus convenient, GO 3 is. You’re looking at a camera that weighs just 35g, so you can just imagine the possibilities this tiny camera can provide! You’ll get access to shots you never thought possible.
2) Stay in the moment with a wearable camera
Some people enjoy spending time behind the camera, stopping to carefully line up each shot. For others (this writer included), it can be hard to truly appreciate the moment, location or experience while recording it at the same time. That’s when a wearable camera like GO 3 comes into its own! With the help of various in-the-box accessories (see below) you can wear it almost anywhere on your body, hat, helmet or bag, and just leave it there. Then, when you see something cool, give the camera a tap and you’re shooting a video or photo, simple as that!
3) Discreet and unobtrusive filming
Ever felt a bit self-conscious having your camera out? Worried you stand out with your big selfie stick set up? Whatever your reason, there are times when having a small, discreet camera can be super handy. We’re not talking secret filming or spy cams, but a less “in your face” approach to shooting for yourself and those around you. GO 3 also has a refreshed, aesthetically pleasing design with its accompanying Action Pod, so you’re all set on the style front!
4) Capture natural POVs with ease
Another advantage to shooting with a tiny camera is that you end up with really immersive POV footage. It’s a great way to show the world from your perspective and give people the feeling of being there with you through your travels, outdoor activities, or everyday life. Community legend Andras Ra wraps up what he loves about GO 3 here:
5) Mount a small action camera anywhere
If you wanna capture unique angles and get creative with your shots, a small action camera is the perfect tool! GO 3 can fit in places that regular action cams are too big for, and is light enough to be mounted almost anywhere. In addition to the aforementioned in-the-box accessories, GO 3 is also magnetic, so you can stick it to any magnetic metal surface! Feeling creative, then? Observe:
6) A tiny camera that can be charged on the go!
Worried about the battery life with such a tiny camera? Our latest GO 3 addresses this pain point, with the all-new Action Pod! Not only can you use this to magnetically snap in your GO 3 for use as a traditional action cam, but you’ll also get the ability to charge your GO 3 on the move, and even use it for Remote Preview of your shot! Perfect if you’re planning on something creative! Combine GO 3 with the Action Pod and you’ll comfortably shoot for up to 170 minutes on a single charge. Crazy!
7) Get all the benefits of a regular action cam
Ruggedness, waterproofing, image quality, stabilized footage… these are just some of the reasons we love action cameras. But choosing a small action camera doesn’t mean you have to compromise on any of those benefits! Here’s how GO 3 stacks up:
- Ruggedness: Your GO 3 comes with lots of fun accessories, even a lens guard!
- Waterproofing: Using the GO 3 alone, dunk it down to 16ft (4.9 meters)! Get a Dive Case to go even further!
- Image quality: 1440p at 50fps is no issue here, with an ultrawide 2.7K setting as well! Crazy potential.
- Stabilization: supported by the same FlowState Stabilization technology as Insta360’s larger cameras, plus 360° Horizon Lock.
While you might not shoot the next Hollywood blockbuster on a tiny camera like GO 3, it’s great for what it’s designed for — shooting clips of your experiences that look awesome on people’s go-to device; their phone.
8) Save money!
Yep. Not only does GO 3 compete in terms of specs and performance, but it’s also the clear winner on price. The 32GB standalone version comes with the included Action Pod and accessories, at just $379.99!
9) Enjoy the simplicity
We’ll end with some appreciation for simplicity. A small action camera like GO 3 has everything in one tiny package, ready to go at all times. And if you do need to preview your shots, either utilize the Action Pod or the Insta360 app! You’re not limited at all here.
That’s it! The case has been made for the small action camera, the decision is now yours.
While GO 3 is pretty awesome, there may be some things you can’t live without. If you’re specifically looking for a camera that can shoot in 360°, for example, with reframing and all that good stuff, make sure to check out Insta360 X3, our ultimate 360 action cam! More of a smartphone shooter? There’s always Flow, our all-new AI-powered smartphone stabilizer, too!