Insta360 X3 and Invisible Dive Case Hands-On

Insta360 X3 and Invisible Dive Case Hands-On

Insta360’s Invisible Dive Case: A Game-Changer for Underwater Filming

Images and captions courtesy of Jesse Orrall/CNET

Divers, listen up! If you’ve ever tried capturing underwater video with a small action camera, you know the struggle is real. The screen is impossible to see and the motion of the water affects camera stability. But fear not, because Insta360 has just released their Invisible Dive Case for the X3 camera, and it’s a game-changer.

Many divers have turned to 360 cameras to tackle the challenges of filming underwater. With a 360 camera, divers can capture everything and then frame up their shots in post-production. But the previous dive case from Insta360 had a design flaw that could shatter the illusion of an all-seeing, floating camera. There was a large plastic blob at the bottom of the camera called a nadir, which could obstruct the view and ruin the footage.

Enter the Invisible Dive Case. I had the pleasure of trying out the X3 camera with this innovative new case during a day of diving in San Diego. Admittedly, there was a bit of a learning curve. I had to ensure that I had the updated firmware on the camera and the updated software to edit the videos on my computer. Additionally, some of the camera buttons are different in dive mode. But once I got the hang of it, the results were astonishing.

The Invisible Dive Case opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I was able to achieve the coveted Invisible Selfie Stick effect underwater, which added a unique touch to my footage. The camera performed impressively, even recording decent underwater audio with the case on.

Of course, it would have been ideal if the camera worked right out of the box. But Insta360 requires users to activate their camera with a mobile app before use. Once you’ve gone through that process though, you’re ready to dive in.

Take a look at the video above to see some of the remarkable footage I captured with the Insta360 X3 camera and the Invisible Dive Case. From baby stingrays to guitarfish and leopard sharks, the range of underwater subjects is truly captivating.

For those interested in purchasing the Insta360 X3 camera and the Invisible Dive Case, the camera itself retails for $450 and the case is available for $100. It’s definitely a worthwhile investment for divers who want to up their underwater filming game.

So, divers, rejoice! Insta360’s Invisible Dive Case has addressed the challenges of underwater filming with its innovative design. Say goodbye to obstructed views and hello to stunning footage. Get ready to explore the depths and capture moments underwater like never before.