Sony FDR X3000 Review – Overview
The design of the FDR-X3000 is more or less similar to Sony’s prior action cameras, such as the HDR-AS50.
However, rather than making just another rectangular camera like the Go Pro, Sony has designed the FDR-X3000 to resemble a small camcorder.
Sony’s action cameras are renowned for being ergonomic for hand-holding, and this is more pertinent than before with the FDR-X3000.
In addition, the stabilization on this camera is so impressive that you’re able to capture footage while walking without any interference.
Like the FDR-X1000V, which precedes it, the FDR-X3000 is available in a sleek white finish.
However, it also weighs about 115 grams which is the same weight as the FDR-X1000V. This is very impressive, considering the level of image stabilization you’re getting.
The camera’s body is IPX4 splash-proof, and if you want to take it underwater, you’ll need to pop it inside the included waterproof case.
The case enhances the camera’s underwater resistance up to 60 meters, but it also adds substantial bulkiness to the camera.
Sony must have been listening to people’s complaints about previous cameras because you now get three recording lights as opposed to two in prior units.
So, let’s look at the technical specifications of the FDR-X3000 and some of its other outstanding features.
Sony FDR X3000 Technical Specifications
- Sensor Type: 1/2.5 type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Sensor
- Sensor Size: 7.20mm
- Optical Resolution: 4K (2160p)
- Image Capture Speed: 10 fps
- Image Stabilization: Yes
- Optical Zoom: 1x
- Video Format: H.264, MPEG-4 and XAVC S
- Video Output: HDMI and USB
- Native ISO: 1600
- Shutter Speed: 1/30 – 1/10,000 sec
- Audio Input: XLR-type 3-pin
- Audio Output: 3.5 mm jack
- Storage: 1x SD card and 1x Memory Stick
- Microphone: Built-in stereo microphone
- Battery: NP-BX1 rechargeable battery
- Weight: 4.1 ounces
Other Key Features of Sony FDR X3000
Professional 4K quality
With the new Zeiss Tessar lens that has significantly less distortion than previous models and the acclaimed BIONZ X processor, the FDR-X3000 features video quality that remains consistent in all settings.
With full pixel readout, the FDR-X3000 shoots in high-res, and colors are accurate on both Full HD and 4K. There is also a built-in stereo mic with noise reduction.
The body of the FDR-X3000 is freeze-proof and splash-proof even without the waterproof housing.
So whether you’re snowboarding, hiking on a rainy day, or capturing dirt bike footage, the FDR-X3000 will hold its ground.
In addition, with the tripod screw mount on the body of the camera itself and the waterproof case, you can easily fasten the FDR-X3000 to a tripod stand.
Underwater Housing as Standard
There is no need to buy additional gear; you can take the FDR-X3000 underwater up to 60 meters with the included underwater housing.
The underwater housing has convenient camera buttons on the side and a flat port in front of the lens.
This enables you to control all functions through the casing easily. In addition, the housing protects this rugged, compact camera from dampness, dust, rust, sand, and shocks.
You get to explore the underwater marine environment and rough terrain with the FDR-X3000.
Remote Camera Control
With the included Live-View Remote, you can control the FDR-X3000 and stream a live preview of the footage you’re capturing.
The remote gives you the ability to control a couple of functions on the camera, such as power on/off, start/stop, shooting settings, etc.
You can also use Sony’s Play Memories app for live previews; it’s available for Android and iOS.
The FDR-X3000 has built-in Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi for instant control, connectivity, and tracking your epic adventures.
You also get a new intuitive interface, adjustable beep volume, and three recording lights, among other things.
There is also an HDMI port, microphone, and USB on the back for enhanced accessory attachment and ease of connection.
Stereo Sound with Wind Noise Reduction
Using the FDR-X3000, you can make your footage better with superb audio. The built-in microphone enables you to capture sound in a two-track stereo natively.
The camera’s wind noise reduction lessens the impact of wind interference on general audio quality. Crisp sound with reduced noise enhances even the most sophisticated footage you capture.
You also get a microphone jack for when you need an external microphone.
To sum it all up, Sony does things a bit differently with the FDR-X3000. However, it’s still a unit with a ton of impressive features, and you can take it pretty much anywhere with the waterproof housing.
Battery life isn’t great and can rundown when shooting at higher resolutions, but it’s an excellent camera and a viable alternative to GoPros.