Insta360 Ace Pro review: does 8k recording make this a GoPro killer?

    I’ve been using and reviewing Insta360 cameras for years now. If there’s a defining feature, it’s that the brand never makes quite what you’d expect. We’ve got more than one on our list of the best action cameras and they each fit a unique need. The One RS is modular and fits together like a puzzle while the Go3 is about the size of your thumb and enables unique capture opportunities. Then there’s, my favourite, the Insta360 X3 that’s shaped like a candy bar and shoots 360 footage. Despite those great cameras though, what’s always been missing from the lineup is a straightforward action camera.  

    Tech specs: Insta360 Ace Pro

    Price: £429.99 / $449.99 / €479.99 / $729.00 AUS

    Video Resolution: 8K @ 24 fps (coming soon), 4k/2.7k/1080p @ 120/100/60/50/48/30/25/24 fps with HDR for 30 and below

    Water resistance: IPX8 Waterproof to 10m (33ft)

    Run Time: 1650mAh battery with up to 100 Minutes in 4K30 Active HDR (AI Highlights Assistant off). Fast-charging to 80% battery in 22 minutes and fully charged in 46 minutes.

    The release of the Insta360 Ace Pro changes all that. For the first time, Insta360 has a camera that looks like what you’d expect. Look a little closer though and it’s still unique. There’s a flip screen and accessories to turn it into a full blown content creation machine. As I’ve played with this new camera, as well as a collection of accessories, over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself genuinely inspired and excited about video for the first time. 

    I’ve spent years putting my art degree to work creating still images but I never grasped how to add dimension to a video. When I started playing with the Insta360 X3, that camera started me down a path but then I got stuck. Shooting in 360 is absolutely the best choice when on a bike but the nature of my riding meant I found a limit to what I could do. For me, the Insta360 Ace Pro adds the missing layers to the X3. If you are also interested in creating compelling content, keep reading to see if this is the right tool for you. 

    Insta360 Ace Pro front view

    With no accessories the Insta360 Ace Pro looks like other action cameras but the folding screen opens up a lot of content creation options. (Image credit: Josh Ross)

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