For all intents and purposes, GoPro still reigns as the king of action cams. Heck, it’s what we use. How long they’ll be able to keep the throne, however, remains a question, with competitors working hard to one-up the action cam stalwart’s gear. For its latest action cam, the FDR-X3000, Sony pretty much rips features straight off its Handy Cam line, bringing the line’s proven tech to help improve your action shots.
Chief among the additions is optical image stabilization via the outfit’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology, which allows you to capture steady, shake-free action videos like never before. Even better, the stabilization kicks in through every mode, even when recording 4K footage or high-speed action clips.
The Sony FDR-X3000 comes with a new 8.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor that’s been designed specifically for shooting videos, which boasts enhanced sensitivity, enabling shooting even in lower-light conditions. It also gets a ZEISS wide-angle Tessar lens that boasts significantly-reduced distortion, as well as the outfit’s Bionz X processor that promises to handle your footage with ease. Instead of having to fiddle with the camera in the heat of the action, it comes with a small remote that you can either hold in your hand, wear on your wrist, or mount on any of their optional accessories.
Features include a built-in GPS for location tracking, advanced editing features, built-in stereo mic, a mono speaker (for playback), Wi-Fi, a battery rated at 135 minutes of recording time, and a bundled housing that’s waterproof, shockproof, and dust-proof. It can record 4K at 30 fps and 1080p at 120 fps.
Slated to hit stores in November, the Sony FDR-3000 is priced at $399.99.