Your Next Camera for Skateboarding: 360 or Mobile?

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Skateboarding has been around for years. From the rise of Tony Hawk, the pro skater generation, to new and emerging legends like Nyjah Huston, it's a classic hobby that many enjoy around the world.

Capturing your tricks on camera, though, isn't as easy as it sounds... So what's the best camera for skateboarding, then?

There are new, crazy ways to get your skateboarding action captured rather than setting up a camera at a static angle, or a simple POV shot. Meet the potential of 360 cameras and our leading action camera, Insta360 X3.

Bring an X3 to your next skate session and you'll get access to videos that are seriously next-level. If budget is a concern though, don't worry - we've got an AI-powered tool that's going to elevate your mobile shots too, but more on that later!

Grab your board, strap on your helmet, and let's dive in.

Why 360? A New Concept for Skateboarding

Let's face it, skating is all about the environment. It's about finding the best park, rail or gap, and hitting it just right.

So when you do find that perfect spot, instead of having to worry about finding the right angle, constantly having to check it, and then the possibility of being disappointed with the outcome (just as you nailed that kickflip), try using a 360 camera to get the full view, no matter what.

X3 lets you capture the entire view in ways that a traditional camera can't. You're not just filming yourself, you're filming everything around you! You'll get immersive shots of the skatepark or street (or wherever you choose to skate) with the ability to track your skating through the scene.

Best Camera for Skateboarding - Insta360 X3

If you're looking to capture every angle, or simply record and skate when you're by yourself, X3 might solve some of your pains when you take the board out. The beauty of 360 is the simplicity of using it: shoot first, reframe later!

Speaking of beauty, X3 shoots 5.7K 360 video and 72MP photos for unbeatable image quality. Whatever the angle, your footage looks stunning.

Combine all of this with the Invisible Selfie Stick and you're in for a treat. Try holding the stick as you skate, getting shots that look like a drone is following you!

Whether hitting the street or a gap, the Insta360 X3 will get you angles that no other camera can handle.

You'll want to try Me Mode too, allowing the camera to automatically frame you in shot, so you can just focus on your skateboarding and let the camera keep you in shot with ease.

We better mention one last stand-out feature of the X3 too: Pre-Recording.

This is a mode that constantly captures the last 15 or 30 seconds of footage before you’ve even pressed record! Press the shutter button and as X3 continues to record, the last 15/30 seconds are combined into a single file - just as you nail that trick!

What if I'm using a phone? What options do I have?

We've got good news for you. If you're on a budget (or you really like the mix of convenience and quality of your iPhone or smartphone), you may want to consider Insta360 Flow as your next pickup.

This is our latest AI-powered smartphone stabilizer, and it's packed full of features to ensure that your videos come out looking their best on mobile. Highly portable, stable shots for better mobile content on the move.

Bringing that to the skate park then... Makes sense. Its built-in selfie stick and tripod, combined with its unique Deep Track 3.0 function, means you can set it down, track your target, and let your phone create some tracked magic as you shred.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, folks. If you're looking for the best camera for skateboarding, we here at Insta360 are confident we have an option that can truly elevate your skateboarding content.

Whether you're sticking to mobile or you're curious about trying Insta360 X3, head to our store to see our full range and accessories to transform how you tackle your skate.

Check out one of our classic videos here, too - celebrating Go Skate Day!

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WRITTEN BY @Elliot Maddox
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