GoPro MAX vs HERO 8 vs Insta360 ONE X!

hey guys I’m Ben from Authentech and this
is my comparison of the GoPro Max vs. GoPro Hero 8 black versus the insta360
ONE X now these are some of the very best action cameras out right now and at the
end of this video you should have a better idea of the pros and cons of each
camera and if you’re thinking about getting one which one might be the best
fit for you I’m a little sick right now so forgive me for that
no this video is not sponsored by anyone and as always all product links will be
down below find me on Instagram for all my behind the scenes and let’s jump
right in here’s the key questions and categories I’ll cover today pricing
design footage workflow and most bang for the buck which one is for you and it
sort of goes without saying two of these action cameras are shooting in 360 while
the hero 8 is shooting flat so some of these tests are little apples to oranges
but there’s of course lots of overlap as well today’s video is all about
producing a final flat video not shooting 360 for VR these 360 cameras
are all about over capturing the scene and then reframing afterwards so quick
pricing breakdown the max is currently $500 the hero 8 is 400 and the insta 360
1 X 400 as well on to design durability and user interface now I prefer the form
factor of the 1x best it’s slim and slips easy into a pocket and it’s most
comfortable to hold single-handed the max is a little boxy and less economic
trying to keep your fingers hidden from the lenses could be difficult now plus
the One X has a quarter twenty tripod mount built right into the bottom which
is the best however both the Max and the hero H have these little folding fingers
on the bottom which is better than nothing just not as a universal or
convenient as the tripod mount in my opinion I really like the screen on the
max over the insas LCD screen which could be difficult to see in bright
sunlight the max is easier and faster to change settings and shooting modes while
on the fly plus we can use it as a viewfinder when in Hero Mode plus it’s
great to playback your photos and video right there no need to connect to your
phone another big deal is the waterproofing on the max and the hero 8
is built right in it’s a huge win for GoPro over the insta 360 which needs a
case to protect it another bonus point to the max they include these two clear
lens caps to protect both lenses when shooting more intense action shots now I
say this is a big deal because I’ve personally scratched the lens on my one
axe in the past and that’s not easily replaceable the only way to protect is
the venture case which adds weight and bulk instead these low clear lens caps
stick on tight and it’s a dead simple solution to this issue plus GoPro also
included these two lens caps for travel nice little touches I appreciate I shot
a quick footage comparison test with and without the lens caps on and here’s the
results basically it looks like it softens the image a little bit maybe
some specks of dust can be visible but it’s not terrible and a nice option to
have now on to comparing footage both photos and video hands down if you need
the highest resolution the best quality 4k footage well you’ll need the hero 8
it looks crazy sharp and crisp compared to the 360 cameras and of course it has
more shooting modes resolutions and frame rate options over the 360 camps
for both the max and the 1x even though they combine two different lenses into
this massively large resolution canvas after reframing and exporting your video
it down scales to 1080p maximum for 1080p they both look really good and of
course widely usable for most people my wish though is that a 360 camera let’s
say the max when shooting flat like in Hero Mode could export 4k video but
sadly it cannot so what about video quality between the max and the One X
well the GoPro footage looks much more vivid and punchy saturated colors and
contrast now this will definitely come down to personal preference some people
like the flatter image on the One X it’s maybe more natural-looking easier to
color grade after the fact others will prefer the vivid colors on
the GoPros no editing needed and I sort of lean this way as of now now I heard
insa 360 is releasing some upcoming updates to
enhance visuals probably for this exact reason but it’s not out at the time of
this video stabilization is huge for these cameras and all three look pretty
Rocksteady smooth just look at the wobble and the selfie stick to see how
much e is is taking place and it’s pretty incredible when I start jogging
they separate out just a little bit and I think my favorite is the GoPro Maxx
with the 1x still looking really good but if we analyze the edges we can
notice a little bit of camera shake and jittering and the hero 8 looks smooth as
well but it’s so crazy to look at the 360 cameras as I flip the selfie stick
over and under and they keep that ground perfectly level but the flat action
camera like the hero can’t do this yet without editing after the fact
now gobro has a horizon lock feature for the hero 8 but it’s not built into the
camera yet which is kind of stupid and currently must be used through their
GoPro app one thing to mention the crushed blacks on the max is a little
too much for me we’re losing too much detail and they need to back that off
just a tad but again as for sharpness and clarity between the max and the 1x
well I think the max wins it here the 1x is just too soft and a little mushy
looking this is an audio test on the GoPro Max this is audio on the GoPro
Hero 8 black and this is audio on the insta 360 1x how does the audio sound
audio test 1 2 3 4 let’s live authentic how does the audio sound audio test 1 2
3 4 let’s live authentic how does the audio sound audio test 1 2 3 4 let’s
live authentic this is a far away audio test on the GoPro max
how does the audio sound this is an audio test on the infant 361 X it’s
super windy down here at the lake how does the audio sound it’s super windy
down here at the lake how does the audio sound it’s super windy down here at the
lake how does the audio sound a very interesting result on those three
different audio tests and I’m actually surprised that the one axe sounded the
loudest but it also was boosting everything so the wind noise was a
little bit more apparent the hero 8 sounded good and even though the max
sounded pretty good as well it has 6 built-in microphones so it could
probably win for the best directional stereo audio extended far away on that
selfie stick and if I boost the audio levels and editing this is a far away
audio test on the GoPro max how does the audio sound this is an audio test on the
infant 261 X the max sounds crazy impressive with that far distance almost
like I’m wearing a wireless laugh and then on the One X we can hear the
background noise is boosted and it’s not terrible just not as good for my taste
there is no slow motion on the max and this was a major bummer to a lot of
people now of course we can shoot up to 240 FPS 1080p on the hero 8 which wins
in this test for slow-mo but the One X can also shoot up to 100
frames per second in 3 K + 360 field of view and you’re able to capture some
insanely cool shots like this when you’re shooting in every direction so
those are extra points going to the 1x this was sort of an eye-opener to me and
maybe I’ll help some of you out there as well I originally thought that the hero
eight was like here and the max was everything of the hero A plus so much
more way up here but that’s far from the truth each lens on the max is recording
much less quality than the hero eight for example the max can shoot in hero
mode so it’s using only one lens and you just point and aim like any action
camera but that’s not in 4k res it maxes out at 1080p or 1440 4 by 3 ratio at
60fps nothing higher my dream would be to have a max have all the same features
of the hero 8 but then for maybe a hundred bucks more and on that second
lens to unlock a lot more fun unique shooting angles over capture the world
and reframe your shots later but that’s not here yet I’m guessing that cost
might be a little bit too high on a product like that
I’m not sure one big feature that the One X wins for me is the invisible
selfie stick now I shot a comparison of this as well
using the same thin poll and while the GoPro Max looks okay
the 1 X can make it look just like it’s hovering midair which produces these
incredible drone or crane jib shots of sweeping landscapes or fast action
scenes with this test I also want to see which 360 camera did a better job of
stitching the two lenses together and same again I think the One X wins for
stitching and this is a pretty major deal hiding the stitch line is massively
important for maintaining the magic of that hovering impossible shot big points
to insta 360 here I have to step back and appreciate this technology overall
the max for example each fish eye lens is recording a hundred and ninety four
degrees I believe times 2 that’s 388 that’s 28 degrees more than 360 Saphira
Cole so 28 divided by 2 that’s about 14 degrees a field of view on each lens
that is extra for overlapping and blending together all of this in real
time it’s very impressive technology that I appreciate
GoPro max has this cool power panel mode basically one shot captures this ultra
wide panoramic shot no stitch you needed and this is a nice feature to have all
three cameras can shoot hyperlapse which are very cool and fun to experiment with
the One X goes about it differently by recommending you shoot in normal video
mode then in their app scrub the timeline to select the speed up
fast-moving shots then create sections of slowed down normal speed to highlight
key scenes now I wish they also had an auto hyper lapse mode like the others
let me show you that the max has the hyper lapse mode built right in GoPro
calls it time warp and the max export res is 1080p with multiple field of view
options and multiple speed multipliers or that auto mode which is my favorite
that’s where GoPro automatically sets the speed based on a few variables Plaza
as this cool real-time button you can press on the screen mid recording so if
there’s a section you want to record at normal speed then press it again to ramp
back up into auto speed mode it’s very cool results the hero 8 I’ve covered
that in the past it can record these hyper lapses up to 4k res and it also
has multiple field of views and speeds or auto speed mode which I like clearly
the hero 8 again wins for quality of the image but the other to open up that
world of changing your viewers perspective to a new angle and sometimes
when you’re recording you just don’t know what you’ll capture so I love the
idea of over capturing the world and reframing later I shot a quick
underwater test and I use the GoPro Max naked body because it’s waterproof
built-in and even though it’s not really meant to be used underwater without a
case the results were pretty impressive now of course we can see the stitch line
but it produces some neat and usable shots next I tried the 1x underwater
with it’s adventure case and oddly enough it does not look as cool or as
good as I thought it would that transition line is way too distracting
and I’m not sure if their underwater dive case would have greatly improved it
here I’m guessing that would have but keep all this in mind don’t use the
venture case for underwater shots honestly I wish the 1x had
waterproof built right in like the GoPro max hopefully we can see this in their
next model snapped a few photos and I’d say the GoPro eight wins again for
sharpness and clarity but the max looks like a good second place and of course
it can shoot much wider field of view over the hero eight the 1x just looks
flat and natural but bit too soft the same goes again for low-light all these
sensors are just so tiny so unless you’re shooting on a tripod with long
exposures they won’t yield great results low-light video and again the 360
cameras will allow you these crazy wide-angle shots that can’t be captured
any other way then it’s sort of fun and addicting to over capture your scene
reframe later however there’s going to be a quality loss and here in the
low-light well I guess they all three look pretty grainy noisy and soft the
GoPro Max might win in terms of clarity but here’s what you can expect from all
three now just as important or possibly more important than the footage itself
is the workflow of editing your shots end of day with standard flat footage
like on the hero 8 black I can simply copy those files right over to my
computer drop into Final Cut for editing and go right from there as for the 360
cams will they add a major middle step to that workflow and that’s basically
reframing your shots converting that 360 footage and a flat footage like 16 by 9
and that middle step could make or break the whole process a lot of it comes down
to the mobile app as this is probably the used case for 80% of people out
there it’s simply faster and more convenient to simply edit straight from
your camera over to your phone wherever you’re located and this is honestly how
I edit most of my 360 shots their mobile apps are much more efficient over their
desktop apps and I’ll show you that in a minute
so which mobile app is better go pro or insta 360 well I think insta wins it
here let me show you firstly the GoPro app is not terrible and actually has
some sweet features I wish and adopted for example when scrubbing through your
footage the timeline scrubbing is much smoother than insa 360s GoPro has a nice
keyframing implementation even with transitions
like ease in out points or jump cuts we can easily pinch zoom rotate however I
really need a horizon lock feature I couldn’t find this anywhere and this was
an issue I ran into constantly needing to level the horizon while editing and
it got really tedious and annoying with the insta 360 they auto lock the horizon
by default so it saves me a lot of time speaking of editing efficiency even
though key frame editing can be nice it’s much slower and I prefer the
viewfinder or over capture mode I simply move my phone to record the angle I want
in real-time again instant 360s app wins it on this one as the GoPros over
capture mode there’s no easy way of pausing mid clip to reposition the
camera but instead the only visible button on screen is stop and if I press
that well it auto export the clip no way of going back to continue
unlike insta 360s which does it much better I can start and stop again and
again on the same clip plus it saves those little sections on the timeline
thus we can mix and match with key framing smart tracking and viewfinder
mode all on one clip speaking of insta has object tracking so I can just tap
and hold and a lot emotion track for you this is a great feature to have another
glitch I ran into on the Macs was Wi-Fi and firmware updating issues now I’m
using the latest iPhone and I was constantly running into trouble trying
to connect the Macs to my phone I tried everything I can think of and it was
totally broken I then had to manually download the firmware file from GoPros
website to my computer copied it to the SD card pop it into the camera and then
the Mac’s was able to successfully update the firmware this has fixed the
Wi-Fi issues so far another quirk I found in the GoPro app after editing and
exporting a photo or video I have to save it again to get those files into my
camera roll this is just super inefficient plus GoPro is running banner
ads in their app trying to sell me on their cloud storage I don’t love that
and for a quick overview of their desktop apps I again like the GoPro one
for smooth mine scrubbing and video playback same
keyframing options here the man’s so annoying constantly needing to level the
horizon and I did find this menu setting for mouse control traditional if horizon
leveling is disabled yet when I’m shooting 360 on the max it won’t let me
turn on horizon leveling in the settings and the horizon keeps getting tilted I’m
not sure if I’m missing something here but it honestly shouldn’t be this
complicated and an extra 10 points thrown to insa
360 for just simply working as it should out of the box
editing in the gopro player app honestly takes me forever for just one clip so I
personally will probably never use it the inso 360 studio desktop app is a
little bit more powerful with customization it’s not as pretty in
design and the timeline scrubbing is non-existent which is very bothersome
but there’s a lot more utility under the hood and I can honestly reframe a
keyframe rinse and repeat over and over much
faster in here with keyboard shortcuts over the GoPros desktop app so which one
is best well honestly if you’re thinking you just need a simple wide-angle high
quality action camera with lots of shooting modes resolutions and frame
rates well then the hero 8 might be your best bet it’s simple and straightforward
if however you’re looking for fresh unique angles and you love the idea of
over capturing the world reframing later well then 360 will open up a world of
fun shooting possibilities for you as for which one well I sort of lean in
both directions I really like the overall photo and video quality of the
GoPro Max better even though it’s workflow is not as good as the One X I
really like those protective lenses it’s built in waterproof vivid colors and
contrasts great stabilization great stereo audio quality and a lot more but
then again you are paying around $100 more for it which is where for some
people if you’re on a tighter budget and you don’t have spare cash just lying
around well that’s when I’d say go with the insta 360 1x it still has some
awesome potential and features its editing workflow is better and fast
sir it still produces incredible footage it’s smooth stabilization better
stitching better invisible selfie stick now that I’m talking about it it’s a
sweet deal for what you get and possibly more bang for the buck especially if you
can find it on sale which I heard some killer deals are coming up this holiday
season as always use my links down below to check out those special deals also
remember the One X has been out for over a year now so a well done 2 insta 360
for creating a camera that can still stand up top-tier with the rest and be I
don’t know when their next action camera will be coming out maybe the 2x or
whatever but if you can wait a while well then maybe you should and I’m
excited to see how cool their next camera is thank you guys so much for
watching and if you’re new around here consider sticking around for a lot more
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100 thoughts on “GoPro MAX vs HERO 8 vs Insta360 ONE X!

  1. Awesome I ended up buying the max JUST for the horizon leveling in hero mode. Theres no better setup for motorcycles / mountain bikes.

  2. Max’s PowerPano is stitched. It’s 270°, so it uses both lenses. Try it with the back lens cap on and see what happens.

  3. Great explanation. I appreciate your spending much time to share the detailed comparison, greetings from japan lucky 7.

  4. I love my insta360. It’s colors aren’t as vivid as the Max, but the editing workflow is so much better to me. I wish it had protective lens covers like the Max has, but i am careful with it. And it’s not enough to make me upgrade to the Max. I will keep using my insta360 one x until version 2 comes out. I do like the Hero 8 tho. Currently use a hero 7 as my main travel vlogging camera. But i am curious about the new mod case for the hero 8 that is coming out in December. I also hope GoPro does a firmware update for the Hero 7 that will give it some of the same features of the 8. No reason why they can’t since both use the same chip. But i don’t know if Gopro will do that. The main thing that gives me pause about the hero 8 is that the lens cover is not removable like the hero 7. So if you scratch the lens, you gotta send the whole camera in for repair while you can easily replace it on the 7. So gonna keep both my insta360 one x and hero 7 for now. But they are all great cameras. And i may upgrade to the 8 after the media mod comes out.

  5. You supposed to use also a insta lut to compensate soft look so u get also same image as the go pro. But yes out of the box is like u say

  6. Stepped in to decide between max and 8. Thanks for the awesome detailed comparison analysis. I will go with go pro 8. Best of luck!

  7. 360 camera's are better but action cam is better on pov but for stabilization both 360 cam is 1 hero 8 is 2nd and this comparison is actually its a good comparison but for me why would i compare a pov action cam to a 360 action cam.

  8. I've come to learn that GoPro is like the GMC, Ford and Chrysler of action cams. Yeah, it takes great pictures and is a nice looking action cam BUT sooner rather than later it will break down and have issues like the rest of GoPro's product line.

  9. Hi! In Russia there are no normal reviews( watched all your videos, but could not solve it. Tell me what is better to take for filming snowboarding? Gopro 7 with lots of accessories or gopro 8?

  10. the sticking line of the max can't really get over it , and the invisible stick is also very poor.. damm Gopro why? perhaps worth waiting for the insta SW update or the onex2

  11. Well done! Great video! I am leaning heavily towards the insta360 One X because I know workflow is a huge factor. I think I will hold off for the next generation. Any ideas on how long that might be?

  12. Ben, I have a MAX and I think you are misleading people in two different ways. The invisible selfie stick you are using has a large ring on the bottom which is visible in the eyes of the MAX, you need a smaller base. Second the "Horizon leveling" issue you are having in the software is because of the freeform controls, the camera isn't locked around the Y-axis. If you lock the rotation around the Y-Axis then you lose a lot of ability within the app (this is why you are almost forced to use the gyro controls for the insta360 to do your reframing). On the GoPro Player you can use the same y-axis lock going to traditional, which doesn't let you roll or break the y-axis, which is what you are looking for. You were so close but your lack of understanding is frustrating.

  13. Hello. I'm thinking about buying the hero 8 to video my 2 year old daughter but how would I play the videos on my Samsung smart tv? I was told a external hard drive because I don't have a laptop but I heard that some external hard drives will not work on a tv. I appreciate your information and this is a great video!

  14. GoPro 8 is more realistic for action on YouTube but one question I have Black 7 & is it necessary to upgrade from 7 to 8 for improving video regulation?

  15. Awesome review Ben 🙏🙏🙏 key word = work flow nothing new from max….Still the undisputed winner Insta360oneX imo . However I still have issues with the lcd display on onex, hope they will improve this in onex2.

  16. Hey sir i have some question regarding gopro hero 8. Does your gp8 overheats? Bcoz I'm does.. can you give some advice? Thank you so much..

  17. I have a question if the gopro 7 has the same chip set as the hero 6 and the hero 8 has the same chip set as the 7 them that means the hero 8 has the same chip set as the hero 6.

  18. Excellent Review Ben. I am going to hang onto my hero eight for the time being until go pro fixes the software for the go Pro Max. Keep up the great reviewing. Thanks Ben.

  19. Great video. Just watched some other reviews, and the GoPro Max does have gopro max horizon leveling, also has the app had an update, as the workflow looked epic, where you move the camera to the shot in real time when playing it back, custom choosing the shot that you want.

  20. hello Ben – I'm gonna ask you a silly question but serious filming. For "slow-motion" and "time-lapse" with Go Pro Hero 8, do you set the mode on DURING shotting or after shotting? I understand most people add the SLOW MO and TIME Lapse on during editing but with GPH8 it already has the feature I just don't know at what point to use it.

  21. I bought the Fusion 6 month ago an seeing the Max i really thinking about buying this one, manly because of the editing Max is doing and the Fusion doesn't.

    BTW shutting of the three dots on the upper right end press Turn Gyroscope off.

  22. Hello congratulations on the channel. Do you know if there is any remote compatible with the gopro max? smart remote ect .. thanks

  23. For a travel kit, I'm leaning to a GoPro Max with iPhone 11 Pro Max. I like the idea of using the GoPro on a stick while walking to capture 360 and pano view. I'll use the iPhone for photos, slow motion and low-light shots. And I can carry both far more easily than a DSLR.

  24. I actually found a good tripod mount for the gopro when I had the Garmin virb 360 it works a treat with the max and my 7's. I like the mount heaps more over the screw in as you get one more axis of movement.

  25. I am very curious about the new insta update (vivid colours and the improved sound). Could you make a comparison to the MAX with these updates?

  26. Does the max have the feature where you can hold it on a selfie stick, move your arm left right up down and if you edit the video properly, you can have the footage stay right on your face? In other terms, does it have the 100% stabilization feature than you can swing the camera around with and the footage will still be on you?

  27. the max have distorted image I think on the separation on both front and back cameras. However on the Insta360 it was great. 👍🏻🔥🔥🔥

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