The new release comes in light of Sony’s news conference at CES 2015, one of the largest electronics tradeshows on the calendar.
The Sony FDR-X1000 is small, lightweight and slash proof, but shipping with a case that is fully waterproofed.
It’ll take photos, and bursts up to 10 fps, has a built in mic and 1/4 20″ thread on the bottom for mounting.
It’ll record in 4K up to 30, 1080p up to 120fps and 720p up to 240fps. About the same as the GoPro Hero 4, right? The sting in the tail is the implementation of Sonys XAVC S codec, far more robust than GoPro’s H.264 options.
It will be interesting to see how this codec/tiny cam combo works, especially due to the fact that at 3840X2160 you are receiving a direct 1:1 pixel read out; no pixel binning.
If that wasn’t enough to stir things up, Sony has also implemented Improved Steady Shot Image Stabilization, which specifically mentions anti-vibration optimization for use on remote control aircrafts.
Stabilization is an area where GoPro is particularly lacking, which means that micro vibrations become particularly visible with the rolling shutter in GoPro images. Proper optical stabilization in such a small camera is probably what makes the Sony camera stand out most.
The FDR-X1000 is Wi-Fi enabled; with the supporting app you can control up to 5 devices at the same time. The app provides various controls including shutter, playback, timelapse and most importantly live view.
Lastly is the important manual control for exposure and White Balance. White Balance is kelvin selectable (2500 to 9900K) and exposure works in increments – ±2.0, 1.7, 1.3, 1.0, 0.7, 0.3, 0.0; these are likely combinations of set shutter speeds and ISO speeds whilst relying on a fixed aperture.
This is a fantastic competitor to the monopolising GoPro Hero 4, and at $500, they both cost the same. You can pre-order the Sony FDR-X1000 right now using the link below.