I’m a big fan of camera gear that enables us surfers to get close to the action — so close that sometimes it quite literally hurts. When capturing the view from inside a barrel or the moment when you land an air you do not want to be worrying about the art and science of videography. You want a device that intelligently adapts to the lighting and conditions while recording crispy ultra-high-definition footage. You also don’t want to be worrying about the device breaking under the pressure of demanding situations.
The action camera market is highly competitive, but there’s always space for a game-changing product, and that is exactly what we got our hands on: the Insta360 Ace Pro.
The Insta360 Ace Pro is not merely an action camera; it’s a surfer’s ally. Its unparalleled image quality, spearheaded by the partnership with Leica, captures the ocean’s essence with breathtaking clarity. When it comes to stability, the Ace Pro’s FlowState Stabilization is a standout, ensuring silky smooth footage even on stormy days (of which we’ve had a few recently).
Its IPX8 waterproof rating is a testament to its robust design – capable of plunging to depths of 10 meters without flinching. For those yearning to explore the abyss, the optional Dive Case extends this adventure to a staggering 60 meters.
But the prowess of the Ace Pro isn’t just in capturing the action; its fast-charging battery ensures you’re ready to roll in no time – achieving 80% charge in a mere 22 minutes and a full charge in 46 minutes. This means more time in the surf and less time tethered to a charging cable.
What I really love is the flip screen (bloggers delight!) and the robust body. Seriously, this is no flimsy amateur tool. The Leica lens is deserving of a heavy-duty (minus the weight) case, and this is what Insta360 has delivered.
In essence, the Insta360 Ace Pro isn’t just designed to accompany you on your adventures – it’s built to amplify them.
Here’s why the Insta360 Ace Pro has impressed me thoroughly:
Waterproof Excellence: Fully submersible to 10 meters without a case, the Ace Pro is a surf companion that thrives in the aquatic environment. Its robust construction means I can take on the biggest waves without worrying about water damage.
Unrivaled Image Quality: Co-engineered with Leica, the Ace Pro’s large 1/1.3″ sensor captures the subtleties of morning light and the rich blues of the ocean with a clarity that’s nothing short of stunning. The 8K video resolution and Active HDR ensure that not a single detail is lost.
Innovative Flip Screen: The 2.4″ flip screen makes framing shots from any angle effortless. Whether it’s capturing a selfie while riding a barrel or getting the board’s perspective, the flip screen adds versatility to my shots. It also great for video reviews and any video where I can see myself when presenting
Clarity Zoom: With just a double tap on the camera’s touchscreen, I can instantly zoom in (2x) without compromising image quality
AI-Powered Editing: The AI tool simplifies the editing process, allowing me to highlight the best moments of my surf with ease. This feature not only saves time but also enhances the storytelling of my surf sessions.
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Riding High and Diving Deep with the Insta360 Ace Pro
While the Insta360 Ace Pro effortlessly meets the mark as the ideal action camera for surfing, it equally shines when submerged, capturing the tranquil world beneath the waves with remarkable finesse.
The camera’s underwater footage is strikingly clear, offering a window into the ocean’s depths with breathtaking fidelity. For us, underwater aficionados, the Ace Pro has heightened our anticipation for our next snorkeling journey to a tropical paradise. We eagerly await the opportunity to document our subaquatic explorations, confident that the Ace Pro will render our marine adventures in a vividness that resonates with our passion for the ocean.
Insta360 Ace Pro Specifications
Sensor: 1/1.3” for superior low light and dynamic range
Resolution: 8k 24fps and 4K 120fps Video capabilities
Photos: 48MP for high-resolution images
Stabilization: FlowState and Active HDR for steady and vivid footage
Durability: IPX8 waterproofing up to 10m, with optional dive case
Convenience: AI editing, fast charging, pause and cancel recording features
Control: Gesture and improved voice control 2.0 for hands-free operation
Insta360 Ace Pro Test Footage
Insta360 Ace Pro Accessories
With the camera we got a Insta360 Ace Pro Creator Kit Bundle which includes Ace Pro, 1650mAh Battery, Standard Mount, Flexible Adhesive Mount, Type-C to C Cable, Multi Mount and 128GB microSD Card.
The Insta360 Ace Pro isn’t just an action camera; it’s a game-changer for surfers and adventure enthusiasts. Whether it’s the professional-grade image quality, the cutting-edge AI features, or the durable and waterproof design, this camera has been engineered to meet the demands of those who live for the thrill and want to capture it in all its glory. For athletes, creators, or anyone with high expectations from their action cam – the Ace Pro doesn’t just meet these expectations; it rides the wave right over them. In the world of action cameras, the Insta360 Ace Pro is truly the ace in the surf.