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Insta360 GO 3 Action Camera Review

Published Jun 27th, 2023 9:00AM EDT
Insta360 GO 3 Action Camera on a mirror in front of a BGR logo WINNER
Jonathan S. Geller

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GO 3 Action Camera

Rating: 5 Stars

A tiny, portable marvel for video recording, editing, and sharing


  • Feature-packed
  • Portable
  • Great mounting options
  • Incredible battery life
  • Love the Action Pod


  • Unit can get hot (doesn’t affect performance)
  • Requires the Action Pod to connect to app
Buy FromList PriceSale Price
Insta360$379.99$379.99See It

Insta360 has been pushing the action camera space forward for a while, making a big splash with the company’s 360 cameras, action cameras, and gimbals. The newest release, the GO 3, pushes it even further with a potent, but tiny, new model.

Insta360 GO 3 Action camera on a mirrorImage source: Jonathan S. Geller

Here’s how Insta360 is positioning the new GO 3:

  • ✅ Everyday hobbyists: GO 3 makes it fun and easy to capture and share memorable moments. From parents to outdoor enthusiasts, anyone can capture family memories, pet videos, travels, vlogs, and sports including biking, running, hiking, and more.
  • ✅ Video creators & action sports enthusiasts: GO 3 is a versatile sidekick for capturing unique perspectives without adding extra weight to your gear bag.


Measuring even smaller than your thumb and weighing only 1.2oz, the GO 3 is ultra portable to take or use anywhere. I have not used a lot of action cameras or devices previously — no GoPro or DJI action — so I went into this review from the perspective of someone who is seeing and experiencing this kind of product for the first time. I have used the Insta360 app before with the Insta360 Flow, so it’s nice that the same app is what you connect and control the GO 3 with.

Featuring a magnetic body, you really can mount this camera anywhere offering unbelievable angles and creative flexibility. I have used the included magnetic mount attachments to put the action camera on my kid while we’re riding electric scooters, on the brim of my hat while we were on a safari tour of a local zoo, and on a shirt for a splash pad excursion.

In addition to the included and flexible mounts, more impressively, the GO 3 also comes with what is called the Action Pod, a 2.2-inch flip touchscreen that charges the unit and also lets you control it without the need of a smartphone.

The screen can be used to control the camera and preview shots remotely, a feature that turns out to be extremely useful for any hard-to-reach camera positions. Additionally, it extends the camera’s battery life to up to a whopping 170 minutes, allowing for extended shooting periods. The Pod, in addition to the camera, is compatible with all magnetic mounts for quick setup. I frequently would film without the Pod, stick the GO 3 in it to charge and review some of the content, and start filming more. 

Basically similar to how I charge and use AirPods with the charging case.

35mm Equivalent Focal Length11.24mm
Photo Resolution2560×1440 (16:9)2560×2560 (1:1)1440×2560 (9:16)2936×1088 (2.7:1)
Video ResolutionVideo2.7K: 2720×1536@24/25/30fps1440P: 2560×1440@24/25/30/50fps1080P: 1920×1080@24/25/30/50fps
FreeFrame Video1440P: 2560×1440@24/25/30/50fps1080P: 1920×1080@24/25/30/50fps
Timelapse1440P: 2560×1440@30fps
TimeShift1440P: 2560×1440@30fps
Slow Motion1080P: 1920×1080@120fps
Pre-Recording2.7K:2720×1536@24/25/30fps1440P: 2560×1440@24/25/30/50fps1080P: 1920×1080@24/25/30/50fps
Loop Recording2.7K:2720×1536@24/25/30fps1440P: 2560×1440@24/25/30/50fps1080P: 1920×1080@24/25/30/50fps
Photo FormatINSP (can be exported via App or Studio)DNG (can be exported via App or Studio)
Video FormatMP4
Photo ModesPhoto, HDR Photo, Interval, Starlapse
Video ModesVideo, FreeFrame Video, Timelapse, TimeShift, Slow Motion, Pre-Recording, Loop Recording
Color ProfilesStandard, Vivid, Flat
WeightGO 3: 35.5g (1.25oz)Action Pod: 96.3g (3.40oz)
Dimensions (W x H x D)GO 3: 25.6×54.4×23.2 mm (1.0×2.1×0.9in)
Action Pod:Screen Folded: 63.5×47.6×29.5mm (2.5×1.9×1.2in)Screen Unfolded: 63.5×86.6×29.9mm (2.5×3.4×1.2in)
Video CodingH.264
Max. Video Bitrate80Mbps
Gyroscope6-axis gyroscope
Exposure Value±4EV
ISO Range100-3200
Shutter SpeedPhoto: 1/8000 – 120sVideo: 1/8000 – to the limit of frames per second
White BalanceAuto, 2700K, 4000K, 5000K, 6500K, 7500K
Audio ModesWind Reduction, Stereo, Direction Focus
Audio Format48Khz, 24bits, AAC
BluetoothBLE 5.0
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Battery CapacityGO 3: 310mAhAction Pod: 1270mAh
Charging MethodGO 3: Action PodAction Pod: Type-C
Charging TimeGO 3: 23 mins to 80% | 35 mins to 100%Action Pod: 47 mins to 80% | 65 mins to 100%
Run TimeGO 3: 45 minsGO 3 + Action Pod: 170 mins* Measured in lab conditions at 1080P@30fps
Use EnvironmentGO 3: -4°F to 104°F (-20℃ to 40℃)Action Pod: -4°F to 104°F (-20℃ to 40℃)


Included magnetic accessories in the box are a:

  • Magnet Pendant: A circular magnet that can be worn around the neck and sits beneath clothing, allowing GO 3 to be seamlessly worn on the chest for first-person POV filming.
  • Easy Clip: An accessory designed for hats, snugly fitting GO 3 above the head for a hands-free, high-angle shot.
  • Pivot Stand: A reusable sticky mount with an adjustable design that allows for tricky angles to be shot with ease. Completely redesigned, the stand also unscrews to reveal a 1/4” mounting point for attaching to a selfie stick or tripod.

As far as the technical specs, the GO 3 supports up to 2.7K video capture, no limitation on clip length, and a 310mAh battery capacity. The built-in dual microphones offer clear and crisp audio quality without lots of wind noise.

Since Insta360 is known for action cameras and devices, the stabilization and gimbal-like features offered on here called FlowState Stabilization and 360 Horizon Lock are very compelling and offer great, smooth, video capture. The unit is also IPX8 waterproof-rated for up to 16ft, so no issue with those river waterfall jumps or surfing Reels.

Image source: Jonathan S. Geller


When you’re recording on the unit, you can choose between Pre-recording, Loop Recording, and Timed Capture modes, and Voice Control 2.0 gives a hands-free control option over the camera, another improvement that sets it apart from its competitors pretty clearly.

The power of the GO 3 doesn’t stop at the camera. The camera integrates seamlessly with the Insta360 app that I mentioned, providing a ton of editing tools that make sharing your captured video very easy. The AI-powered editing features and creative modes like TimeShift, PureShot HDR, and more make it almost effortless to get good quality edits and footage regularly.

As far as the storage options, the Insta360 GO 3 comes in three models starting at 32GB, to 64GB, and topping out at 128GB, priced at $379.99, $399.99, and $429.99 respectively. 

Included in the package is the Action Pod, a Magnet Pendant, Easy Clip, Pivot Stand, and a Lens Guard for the camera.

FreeFrame Mode enables you to modify the aspect ratio of your footage after shooting, so you can edit the same clip for a 9:16 Instagram Reel as a 16:9 YouTube video. Where other action cameras force the user to pre-select the aspect ratio before shooting and only save the content within that aspect ratio, GO 3 saves all the content for sharing in any aspect ratio, offering unmatched flexibility.

Insta360’s famous features automatically curate your best clips and edit them into custom reels. The app’s intelligent features and user-friendly interface allow you to focus on your creativity while the technology handles the rest.

There’s also a whole host of creative modes to create inspiring content. TimeShift for hyperlapse montages, AI-powered PureShot HDR for photos with enhanced dynamic range, slow motion up to 120fps and stunning timelapses are all possible with GO 3.


I had a lot of fun using, recording, and sharing footage from the GO 3, and it unlocked a crazy amount of creativity based on how capable, portable and innovative the device and included mounting options are.

Whether you’re a seasoned content creator or just a casual user who wants to share snippets of your content, Insta360’s GO 3 is an easy choice, especially at only around $400 for the package.

Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan S. Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

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