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. 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. 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 – 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.Read more
UPDATED – Here’s the recording of the free webinar! Details below … The tools to shoot fast-paced action sequences have become more accessible than ever before, with tiny action cams and high-frame-rate-shooting cameras more commonplace than ever, and advancing constantly. But the tools alone are not enough – new tools require new approaches to use the new capabilities to full effect. Sony is organizing a free webinar called “Capturing the Action”, transmitted live from Pinewood Studios in London, on this coming Wednesday (November 19) at 2pm GMT. You can sign up for free here! In the webinar, I will be hosting the UK sports and action shooting specialists geebeebee media. Check out some of their stuff on their website – they definitely are the go-to guys for fast-paced sports action. I am very much looking forward to talking to them about how they approach their shoots, how they choose their gear and settings of their cameras. You will learn a lot about capturing fast-paced action from this one-hour webinar! This behind-the-scenes video of their shoot will give you a good option of what to expect from the webinar: It will be interesting to compare experiences with the geebeebee media team, and talk about what kind of cameras make it easier than ever before to capture sports action in previously unseen angles. This webinar will cover: Power versus portability Shots and angles to make your video stand out Creative uses for slow-mo Enhancing your on-screen look with 4K Choosing fixed or interchangeable lenses Webinar starts at: 2pm GMT on November 19th – sign up here!Read more
The announcement is making its rounds on the web: GoPro just presented the specs for their new GoPro HERO 3 camera. It’s 4K!!! Well yes, it’s 4K, but only at 15fps – So it’s kind of not 4K then. Still, 15fps at 4K is very powerful for such a small camera and the 2.7K resolution the HERO 3 achieves will probably produce a very nice, sharp image to create some action shots that go well with your 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera. With the ProTune update released this week (LINK) that allows better integration and a higher bitrate this camera even looks interesting for the video and film production market. The specs promise comparably cool quality over the previous HERO 2 camera. 2x faster video recording, less distortion and finally a flat lens that allows for unblurred underwater recording. They also say they vastly improved the sound quality and built wifi into the camera (remote included). Additionally the camera is 30% smaller and more lightweight than the previous one. Sweet. Frame Sizes and Rates: – 4K at 16:9 or 17:9: 12-15 fps – 2.7K at 16:9 or 17:9: 24-25/30 fps – 1080p: up to 60 fps – 720p: up to 120 fps It’s also nice to see the camera will be shipping next week! This one will surely make big sales, as everyone is crazy about the 4K number and everything else also looks like a futuristic deal. Make sure you buy wisely and thoughtful. New cameras around every corner… You can pre-order the HERO 3 for $399 here: Here’s their new nice GoPro HERO 3 image video:Read more
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