Sony just released two POV action cameras in 4K and 1080p versions, which both feature new Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization technology to compensate for camera shake caused by excessive motion during fast-paced sporting activity. The new models include the FDR-X3000R 4K and HDR-AS300R Full HD 1080p wearable point-of-view camcorders.
Both new Action Cams feature a new ZEISS Tessar lens with significantly less lens distortion than previous models. They are also equipped with a new back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with large pixels designed for 16:9 aspect ratio video plus a powerful BIONZ X processor, ensuring that video quality remains consistently strong across all settings.
The new cameras utilize full pixel readout without pixel binning technology to produce exceptionally high resolution and accurate colors in both 4K (FDR-X3000R only) and Full HD videos. This allows them to read and process data from all of the sensor’s pixels, producing highly detailed video content with minimal noise and ‘jaggies’ in a variety of formats including the high data stream XAVC S codec (100Mbps in 4K and 50Mbps in Full HD). The FDR-X3000R can also shoot 120p in Full HD and HDR-AS300R can shoot 120p in HD for impressive slow-motion footage. Both cameras offer a new angle of view adjustment, with a 3x smooth zoom or preset “wide”, “medium” and “narrow” settings. This allows shooters to get even closer to the action during movie recording, and reducing barrel distortion common with wide view POV cameras.
Each have a built-in stereo mic with wind noise reduction to reduce the impact of wind interference on overall audio quality, and are equipped with stereo microphone input for advanced recording.
Sony’s new Action Cam models will be offered in a kit (labeled as ‘R’ in model name) with a compact Live-View Remote that is about 30% smaller than previous versions. The remote, with a mountable design, acts as an extension of the camera and allows users to see what is being recorded when the camera is not accessible. The remote has the ability to control various functionalities including shooting settings, start/stop recording, power on/off and more. It also features an “auto display off” mode that turns off its LCD screen display automatically during shooting in order to save power of both camera and remote.
The versatile remote accessory can be attached to various optional accessories such as Finger Grip (AKA-FGP1), Shooting Grip (VCT-STG1) or Handlebar Mount (VCT-HM2) using supplied mount adaptor, or worn as a wristband using supplied belt. Users can also utilize Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application – available for both Android and iOS – to control the new Action Cam with a smart device.
Based on extensive feedback from athletes, filmmakers and more casual users, the new cameras and Live-View Remote feature a more in-depth user interface and menu system, with a rich indication of camera settings that makes it easier to navigate menus and customize settings as needed. The new models also offer Wi-Fi high power mode, which extends to communication distance between the camera and Live-View Remote for more flexible shooting.
Both include a unique Time-lapse Capture feature that shoots still images in pre-set intervals that can later be transformed into a stunning 4K time-lapse movie utilizing the Action Cam Movie Creator software. The Action Cam App can also create time-lapse movies in Full HD.
Built-in GPS inherited from previous models is available, allowing location tracking and speedometer to be added to the video file when Action Cam Movie Creator is used. This also allows GPS Data Overlay on video to read your speed data and generate another video file that includes your route, speed information, etc.
Additionally, an updated version of Sony’s own in-built movie creator – Highlight Movie Maker – is available in the new cameras. The innovative feature, which now utilizes face detection technology, automatically assembles footage into a video highlight package and pairs it with custom music for the ultimate viewing experience.
For the more advanced user, there are an expanded scope of manual controls and setting adjustments including white balance, and auto exposure shifting. Loop recording is also available, allowing users to maximize usage of available memory card space to ensure they get the exact shot they are looking for.
The FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R have a splash-proof body and are waterproof with supplied Underwater Housing (MPK-UWH1) 7 that is certified down to 197 ft. / 60m in depth. A new range of accessories for Action Cam has also been announced, including the Finger Grip (AKA-FGP1) that is an ideal travel accessory as it enables flexible one-handed shooting and the MC Protector (AKA-MCP1) for extra protection from lens scratches and dirt.
Pricing and Availability
Sony FDR-X3000 (body only) $400 US ($550 CA)
Sony FDR-X3000R (kit with new Live-View Remote) $550 US ($700 CA).
Sony HDR-AS300 (body only) $300 US ($400 CA)
Sony HDR-AS300R (kit with new Live-View Remote) $450 US ($550 CA).