Best Camera for Snowboarding & Skiing: Epic Shots with Insta360 X3

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Finding the best camera for snowboarding or skiing is a tough task, so, we’ve made it easy for you. With Insta360 X3, you can get shots you can’t get with any other camera, edit with ease and share your best lines in a few taps.

First of all, the X3 is a 360-degree action camera. You may be thinking “Why do I need a 360 camera for skiing?” Well, a 360 camera enables you to capture third-person angles that are impossible to shoot with traditional action cameras. It’ll transform how you shoot skiing videos entirely! With a little reframing, you can share your shots as flat videos on social media just like with any other camera.

Top Features for Skiing and Snowboarding

Whether you’re hitting the slopes by board or skis, X3 is cold weather ready. Check out the shots below to see how you can reimagine capturing your winter moments and why the X3 is the go-to camera for your skiing and snowboarding clips.

Reframe Your Run

As a 360 skiing camera, Insta360 X3 shoots in every direction so you don’t have to worry about aiming your camera. This is how a 360 camera really comes in clutch on powder day. You can simply focus on your line and choose the direction you want after the fact in the app. You’ll never miss a shot again.

The Invisible Selfie Stick

No drone? No problem. Insta360 X3 can make your selfie stick invisible.

Did you see it? This guy’s actually holding a selfie stick in his hand. X3 can make it look like there’s a drone following you by removing the selfie stick automatically from your shot. This effect is only possible with a 360 camera like X3. The camera’s dual-lens design enables the stick to be stitched out of the video. Never take “stick pics” again.

If you’re feeling up to some really wild shots, pick up the Extended Selfie Stick. It’s a ton of fun. Just be careful on the ski lift, it’s 3 meters long.

Me Mode 

If you don’t want to reframe and want the Invisible Selfie Stick effect, try out Me Mode! Recording up to 60 fps, Me Mode enables snow shredders to keep the focus on them without the selfie stick. Me Mode keeps you in frame even if the selfie stick moves. 

Invisible Helmet Cam

It turns invisible as a skiing helmet camera too.

Don’t want to hold a selfie stick while you go down the mountain? Insta360 X3 can be used as a skiing helmet camera too. 

With the Snow Bundle, you’ll get a helmet adhesive mount for traditional action shots. For third-person views, you can also mount the extension rod on your helmet and the rod will turn invisible too.

Third-Person Backpack Mount

Still want third-person views but without holding the selfie stick? Keep your hands free with the Insta360 Third-Person Backpack Mount! With this accessory, you can install the selfie stick into your backpack and mount the X3. Just make sure it’s mounted on tightly so it doesn’t fall out. There’s also the waist strap to secure the selfie stick behind you. 

Whichever accessory you choose, you’ll get epic aerial shots as you ski down the slopes.

Stabilize Even the Toughest of Moguls

Any video you shoot with X3 will come out super smooth due to Insta360’s proprietary FlowState Stabilization and Horizon Lock algorithms.

The camera’s 360-degree capture capabilities mean you can rotate the camera in any direction (say when hitting a flip) and the video will remain upright the entire time thanks to 360 Horizon Lock.

Single Lens Mode

If 360 doesn’t fit how you want to use it, X3’s also got Single Lens Mode. With Single Lens Mode, shoot like any other action camera. Using one lens (hence the name) Single Lens Mode captures awesome 4K videos. Great for when you just want to shoot like an action camera! 

Getting the X3 is like getting two cameras in one. 

AI Editing

Editing is hard, so let’s let AI do it for us! The Insta360 app includes lots of AI templates and functions to take your videos to the next level! Shot Lab is a continuously-updated collection of one-tap templates using the latest and greatest 360 editing techniques. Pick and choose from your favorites and upload them to social media with ease!

Some Shot Lab templates available for X3 creators include: 

  • Sky Swap: Swap out the sky! From famous locations to your own backyard, any sky can be dramatically changed thanks to AI algorithms in the Insta360 app.
  • Shadow Clone: This template clones your body, retaining your movements and eliminating the need for masking or laborious editing.
  • Fly Lapse: This template adds barrel rolls and speed ramping to your footage to mimic the flight of an FPV drone.

Want to speed up your reframing? Deep Track 2.0 your line instead. Deep Track 2.0 lets you focus on a subject, let’s say you, grinding a rail. Simply select your body in the app then let the software do what it does best. It’ll reframe the footage for you, keeping you center frame in the shot.

It even works if you go behind an obstacle. Cool eh? 

Best Camera for Snowboarding and Skiing

That’s just a glimpse of why Insta360 X3 is the best camera for snowboarding and skiing. On top of those epic shots, X3 is also waterproof (and snowproof) up to 10m. Its cold-weather-ready 1800mAh battery will keep you shooting for up to 81 minutes, and it’s replaceable if you want to pack a spare too.

For more shooting tips, check out our YouTube Tutorials channel. We have a dedicated playlist for using an Insta360 camera for skiing and snowboarding. 

Why wait, winter is just around the corner! If you’re still not sure the X3 is right for you or just want to find the perfect camera for your loved ones, check out our gift guide here. Find the perfect gift today!

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  1. Connor 2020/01/30 at 10:30 am

    Do I need the waterproof housing while I’m in the snow?


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