Famous for its camera sensors, Sony has now launched two new action cameras: FDR â€“ X3000 and HDR AS300. The only difference between them is the 4K UHD video recording which is available only on FDR-X3000. The HDR AS300 on the other hand can record full-HD videos. However, this is not what Sony boasts about these cameras. Action cameras as we know requires a lot of stabilisation.
Both the FDR-X3000 and HDR AS300 come with an innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology in which the camera and lens are fused together for smooth results in certain situations such as running or cycling. For the purpose of viewfinder, the company is also planning to launch a new live remote which reportedly is 30 percent smaller making it more portable. For easy shooting, Sony is also packing in a wrist strap in a bundle and tripod in the live remote bundle.
Jumping into the specifications, both the cameras sport a Sony Exmore R CMOS sensor for capturing images and BIONZ X image processor. Further the FDR X3000 can record videos at 100Mbps and 1080p at 120fps. On the other hand, the HDR AS300 can record 1080p video at 50Mbps and 720p at 120fps.
The FDR X3000 have integrated GPS & WiFi Plus stereo microphones for smart noise reduction. For underwater shooting, there is also a water and dust proof casing which makes it water proof up to 60 meters and comes in a separate bundle.
Action cameras are generally for situations where you want to record smooth and steady footage in a bumpy scenarios. Generally it is used to record videos while trekking or rough riding on a vehicle. These cameras are extremely popular among YouTube vloggers. If not that, these action cameras obviously offer similar results in less shaky situations.
As far as the pricing goes, the FDR X3000 starts at $400 (approx. Rs 27,000) and for the live remote bundle which comes with the name FDR X3000R it will cost you $550 (approx. Rs 37,000). On the other hand, the HDR AS300 costs around $300 (approx. Rs 20,000) and for the live remote bundle, HDR AS300R will sell at $450 (approx. Rs 30,000). Both these camera will be available in North America starting late September. As of now, there have been no information about Indian pricing and availability. Last month Garmin also unveiled its own improved action camera with the name Virb Ultra 30 with 3-axis OIS and voice controls at $499.