New Sony FDR-X3000R – 4K Action Cam with Optical Stabilizer

September 3rd, 2016
New Sony FDR-X3000R - 4K Action Cam with Optical Stabilizer

In a week packed full of new camera announcements, the Sony FDR-X3000R action cam shows us that its not just about top-of-the-range, flagship cameras. With this significant announcement, Sony takes aim at the GoPro market yet again with their latest 4K-capable action cam with optical image stabilisation.

Sony FDR-X3000R

One of the main characteristics of the FDR-X3000R is the adoption of the Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology found in some of Sony’s handicam models. The B.O.SS system works by moving the entire optical path rather than just individual elements, and is supposed to achieve even greater shake reduction, making it ideal for action cam applications such as helmet or handlebar mounted operation.

In terms of hardware, the FDR-X3000R weighs only 114g, and features an 8.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor backed by a BIONZ X processor, the very same brains inside the Sony ɑ7 range, which allows for a full pixel readout without pixel binning. In addition, the new low-distortion Zeiss Tessar f/2.8 lens is adjustable in-camera to f=17 mm, f=23 mm and f=32 mm for Wide, Medium and Narrow settings respectively, and features a 3x smooth zoom while recording. All of this is housed in a splash and freezeproof body, making this action cam suitable for a variety of situations.

Sony FDR-X300R hardware

Included in the box is also a dust and shockproof underwater housing, allowing you to take the action cam down to a maximum depth of 60m. Also included is the new Live-View Remote used to monitor the image and control camera functions remotely via WiFi and Bluetooth, and which can be used as a watch-style wearable. These items are certainly a nice addition to the starter package, as Sony could have easily made them available as extras.

Sony FDR-X300R in the box

Sony FDR-X300R – What’s included in the Box

List of features of the FDR-X3000R at a glance

  • XAVC S, 4K 3840 x 2160 recording at 30p/25p/24p at 100Mbps.
  • XAVC S, FullHD 1920 x 1080 recording at 30p/25p/24p at 50Mbps.
  • High frame rates also available in FullHD up to 120p/100p, and beyond at lower resolutions.
  • B.O.SS stabilisation technology available also in 4K and high frame rate mode.
  • Time-lapse recording using 4K, 8.3MP stills, as well as Burst Shooting mode.
  • Recording media: Memory Stick Micro (M2) and Micro SD / SDHC / SDXC Memory Card (class 4 or higher).
  • Micro HDMI, Micro USB and mic jack at the rear of the camera for easy access. 4K HDMI output available.
  • Live streaming compatible via UStream.
  • GPS records location, route and speed information.
  • Built-in stereo mic.
  • Removable NP-BX1 battery.

All in all, the FDR-X3000R sounds like a solid alternative for those looking for a capable and flexible action cam for that interesting extra angle. There will be some nice accessories available for it upon launch— such as the AKA-FGP1 Finger Grip and AKA-MCP1 MC Protector — but the camera already comes as a very usable package straight out of the box. The B.O.SS technology is certainly a welcome addition for this style of camera, and the ability to record in 4K means it offers a solid platform to further stabilise in post if needed.

The Sony FDR-X3000R will be available in November for an estimated retail price of around EUR 600. For more information, be sure to check out Sony’s product page.

Do you think GoPro is in trouble yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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sanveer mehlwal
sanveer mehlwal
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September 5th, 2016

Excellent Action Camera, except the $666 price tag. Most of the features seem almost class leading for an action cam.

 Patricio Gutiérrez
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September 5th, 2016

Buena info Fabian, saludos desde V región, Chile.

 Alex Messeri
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September 5th, 2016

I agree with some of the views that this Sony and a GoPro 4 are not playing in the same field– because of optical stabilisation for starters. The strength of the GoPro lies in the ecosystem, despite the optical stabilisation you may still require a gimbal for example (motion controlled shots etc): plenty of choice for GoPro, only one so far for the Sony, and the results published in a 3-header test with a GoPro and an Osmo weren’t good (although the images from the Sony were winning all the other categories, in particular in low light conditions thanks to the backlit sensor). So, an alternative to the GoPro 5? Not yet, and it’s not because of GoPro….

 Jamie Coats
Jamie Coats
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September 4th, 2016

Looks interesting but not available until November so a comparison against the Go Pro 5 more likely to have a fairer comparison. Also remember the Go Pro is less expensive. That said if budget not an issue it would seem that this may be the one to have.

I have 5 Gro Pro’s, 2 Hero 4’s and whilst I think the menu and nav is a pain for the price you can’t knock them. I think the Sony coming is going to be brilliant but so are the GoPro’s for the money. We don’t need to bash one or the other, just be thankful we have these amazing toys. :-)

Tulio Campregher
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September 4th, 2016

GOPRO is being eaten by DJI and Sony.

Josef Spajon Xavier
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September 4th, 2016

Show me footage

Richmond Ampene
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September 4th, 2016

Nice

Ben Dely
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September 4th, 2016

Toma Ml
Dino Pascool ML

Vos genre de ActionCam
Alternative GoPro !!

Disrupteurs !

Dino Pascool ML
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September 4th, 2016
Reply to  Ben Dely

Mega lourde !

Jack Lewis
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September 4th, 2016

Too big for a drone but better than a GoPro Cameron Mcgrath

 Kevin Almodovar
Kevin Almodovar
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September 3rd, 2016

I have its predecessor and it blows away GoPro in reliability. I’ll never go back again. GoPro is not pro. Too Glitchy.

Josue Gaxiola
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September 3rd, 2016

Anibal Aviles?

Freddy Fn
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September 3rd, 2016

I’ll use this as my new Webbie.

Santtu Kimpanpää
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September 3rd, 2016

Ville-Veikko Heinonen I think it was your comment/writing about Sony action cameras a while back, that led me towards buying one for myself instead of GoPro. I found it from Singapore at a very reasonable price and have been in love with it ever since. So I guess, thank you! :-)

Ville-Veikko Heinonen
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September 3rd, 2016

Nice! Been using Sonys instead of Gopros for years now, they’ve been more reliable with at least as good image quality + better wifi range and longer lasting batteries. Oh, and a proper tripod mount built in… Need to give this new one a try!

Nino Leitner
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September 3rd, 2016

I’m most fascinated by the remote watch with preview, and it’s almost instant without the typical lag of GoPros via Wifi.

Ville-Veikko Heinonen
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September 3rd, 2016

Nino Leitner there has been a previous version of that around for a while, and it works with all the Sony action cam models… Without a lag.

Nino Leitner
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September 3rd, 2016

Ville-Veikko Heinonen yep I know… Happy to report it’s just as fast with the new one too

Ville-Veikko Heinonen
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September 3rd, 2016

Nino Leitner excellent!

Alejandra Agudelo Benitez
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September 3rd, 2016

Prize?

Michel De Heer
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September 3rd, 2016

€ 599

Zach Fisher
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September 3rd, 2016

Josiah, next purchase?

Robson Correa
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September 3rd, 2016

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