Sony has launched a new 4K action camera called FDR-X3000R. It includes Sony’s patented Balance Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) technology, which has been is available across Sony’s premium Handycam range, but has been adapted for use in Action Cam for the first time. The camera features a 1/2.5 type 8.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor that can take video with 16:9 aspect ratio.
In addition to taking 4K video, FDR-X3000R can capture approx. 8.3MP interval recording shots for 4K time-lapse videos. The addition of B.O.SS technology in the action camera helps capture stabilised video recordings even in a jerky video. The action camera looks like a smaller version of a handy cam, and can be mounted on a car or bicycle, or held in the hand using optional accessories.
The camera comes with Sony’s latest Live-View Remote that can be attached mounting accessories. This remote may be worn like a wristband or could be attached to various accessories such as a Shooting Grip (VCT-STG1), or on the new Finger Grip (AKA-FGP1). You can use the remove to power on/off and start/stop video recordings. Users will also be able to control the camera with their smartphones and tablets using the free PlayMemories Mobile app.
Sony FDR-X3000R is powered by a BIONZ X processor – same as in the company’s flagship ɑ7 cameras. The camera also features a Zeiss Tessar Lens for natural images with less distortion. A user will be able to capture high-bitrate recordings in 4K at 100Mbps and Full HD at 50Mbps.
It offers Loop Recording, Live Streaming, Burst Shooting and the ability to manually adjust white balance and auto exposure shift. The camera can be made waterproof using a fully waterproof Underwater Housing that is effective down to 60 metres. It also offers an in-built tripod socket.
Sony FDR-X3000R will start shipping in November 2016, and will be priced at £500 (approx Rs 44,000).
Garmin recently launched Virb Ultra 30 action camera with 3-axis optical image stabilisation and voice control. The camera is capable of taking 4K video at 30 fps, and is designed to be small and lightweight. It can take slow motion video at 720p and 240 fps.