Sony FDR-X3000 4K Action Camera Updated 2021 Review.
Sony FDR-X3000 4K: Take POV action movies to a new level with high-resolution 4K. Capture stable images as never before with Balanced Optical SteadyShot.
Shoot anywhere with Action Cam real-world rugged design. Sony FDR-X3000 has a balanced optical steady shot device. This article contains a well-detailed review on this product.
Unlike conventional optical image stabilisation using a single lens element, Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot manipulates the entire lens unit and image sensor together — effective for even high zoom and strong camera shake correction.
About Sony FDR-X3000
The Sony FDR-X3000 Action Cam has a sleek white body, measuring 1.85″ x 1.16″ x 3.27″ and weighs approximately 4.1 ounces.
What do you get in the box? You’ll receive the rechargeable battery pack, a micro USB cable, the Underwater Housing case, an attachment buckle, and the Live-View Remote.
The remote also includes a wristband, mount adapter and cradle. GoPro charges extra for these accessories, so it’s nice to see them thrown in.
The camera can record using Memory Stick Micro or Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. The small screen on the side of the camera contains a user-friendly menu and is easy to change settings like zoom.
Sony has added three red indicator lights on the front, back and top of the camera, and the camera beeps to indicate that it is recording.
It sounds silly, but is actually a great feature – you never want to find out you haven’t been recording the whole time you’ve been meaning to.
- Ultimate image stabilization from Balanced Optical SteadyShot Professional 4K with ZEISS lens and Exmor R CMOS sensor camera control.
- Splash-proof body or use incl. waterproof housing down to 197ft. Selectable viewing angle.
- Interval record at 8.3MP for stills and 4K time-lapse video high-Quality stereo sound with wind noise reductionBuilt-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, HDMI, USB and mic jack.
- Intuitive interface, 3x rec. lights and adjustable beep volume; Shoot at desired angle with adjustable FOV and zooming
The FDR-X3000 runs using an NP-BX1 3.6V battery. Considering the cameras compact size, this is pretty impressive and competitive with the GoPro.
With a fully charged battery and Wi-FI switched on, you can get 50 continual minutes of footage shooting at 4K (3840 x 2160 30p 60Mbps), or 125 minutes shooting at MP4 (1920 x 1080 30p HQ).
With Wi-Fi switch off, you can get an extra 10 minutes of footage for either setting. The live-view display has 155 minutes of battery life.
The battery is also removable so if you’re going to be out filming all day we’d recommend picking up a spare and bringing it with you.
The Live-View remote connects with the X3000R through Bluetooth V4.1. The camera is Wi-Fi capable though and you can use the camera through a smartphone app.
This is especially useful if you’ve got it mounted somewhere that is not particularly easy to access.
Using Sony’s Highlight Movie Maker, you can quickly send footage to your phone and construct a highlight movie and share it right away using your phone.
You won’t always have WiFi and the battery life to spare when you’re outside adventuring, but it’s a great feature to have, especially when you’re close to home to avoid cluttered cords.
Audio quality is reasonable with the built-in microphone, but you should know what you are getting with an action camera like this one. Hopefully, you’ll be editing your action videos with some music afterwards.
Thanks to the built-in noise reduction, the audio quality is acceptable for online video or for mixing in with your soundtrack.
If you do want cinematic quality audio, you can use the built-in mic port to connect an external microphone.
What we really believe will set the X3000R from other action cams is the image stabilization technology that Sony has integrated into the camera.
Sony’s patented Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology has been used in many previous Sony handheld cameras, but they’ve somehow managed to scale it down to fit in a miniature action cam for the first time.
Although the action camera market is still dominated by GoPro, they still seem to be missing any sort of image stabilization.
Since you’ll be using this camera in high motion environments, a jittery video can make your recording almost unwatchable.
However, with Sony’s SteadyShot you’ll get buttery smooth motion. Unlike other cameras, the image stabilization isn’t downgraded at all. You can still shoot in 4k, which really makes the difference between good and great footage.
When filming on a bumpy road or trail, rough water, or even when attached to helmets or handlebars, your video will look like it was professionally produced.
There is no shortage of great action cameras on the market. At this point in time, we truly believe that the Sony FDR-X3000 is the current king of portable action cams.
Their live view remote demonstrates that Sony is aware of the most frustrating usability issues that plague other action cams, and offers a brilliant solution to this problem. It may not be the cheapest camera on the market, but it’s priced competitively and offers incredibly high-quality footage.
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