Nello X3K + is the first 8K action camera – and it’s cheaper than GoPro
No camera class escapes the resolution war – now things have really gone wild in the action camera world, as Chinese maker Nello announces the X3K +, the first action camera capable of shoot 8K videos.
It sports a Sony CMOS sensor, with an effective resolution of 64MP for still images, and uses the Ambaralla H22 chipset for processing.
Users have a number of video resolution options: you can shoot in 4K up to 60p, 6K up to 30p, or the title figure of 8K up to 15p. If you’re upgrading to Full HD, there’s a 120fps option for slow-motion footage as well.
• What is 8K?
As is pretty much required on serious action cameras these days, the Nello X3K + has two screens – a 2-inch touchscreen on the back and a 1.3-inch screen on the front for the selfie shooting. It is equipped with a “HyperSmooth” stabilization system, which the manufacturers claim is a six-axis system designed to significantly combat camera shake. The camera is also waterproof up to 10m and has a wide angle lens with a 150 ° field of view.
So far, so action camera. Where the X3K + stands out is the price – with a suggested retail price of € 104 ($ 121, or around £ 88), which is considerably more affordable than the GoPro Hero 9 Black and the DJI Osmo Action. , and qualifies it as one of the best budget action cameras around.
Indeed, Nello is clearly trying to follow these two companies behind – the makers have released a comparison image claiming to show nighttime shots of the X3K + and DJI Osmo Action side-by-side, and the X3K + appears to be producing detail and contrast. much better. .
Of course, we’ll have to wait until we can get a sample of the camera for testing before we can verify that it’s as good as the manufacturers claim.
Nello also promises an Android app for the X3K +, although at a glance at the Google Play Store, it doesn’t look like this has been rolled out yet.
There is no confirmed availability date for the X3K + yet, but it looks like it will be soon. The GoPro Hero 10 Black was a pretty gradual upgrade, reaching a resolution of 5.3K, so it will be interesting to see if this newbie competitor pushes the action camera market leader to increase its pixel count for the next one. iteration. And maybe we’ll get a – whisper – preview of the DJI Osmo Action 2 soon, and see how it stacks up.