• Sony Launches FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 Action Cameras on Sept. 12

    Posted on September 12th, 2016 Echo Brown | No comments

    In order to expand its product portfolio, Sony today announced two new live action cameras: FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300, which both offer advanced image stabilisation. They are priced starting at $400 and $300.

    The big difference between the two cameras is that the Sony FDR-X3000 supports 4K UHD video, while the Sony HDR-AS300 only supports full-HD recording. Sony highlights the big talking point of the new action cameras to be the image stabilisation feature called Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS). The camera and the lens are fused in a way that they move together for a more smooth result. Sony claims that footage shot on the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 will be smooth irrespective of handheld shooting, even while you are running or cycling.

    The company is also launching a new live remote unit that becomes the viewfinder while capturing footage. As compared to previous generations, the live view remote is 30 percent smaller making it more compact and portable. Sony is also bundling a watch strap to enable wearing it on the wrist.

    Both the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 include a Sony Exmore R CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor. The 4K Sony FDR-X3000 captures video at 100Mbps, and can shoot 120fps video in 1080p. Users can takle and watch 4K videos without any limits. The Sony HDR-AS300 captures video in 1080p at 50Mbps, and shoots 120fps video in 720p. There’s an additional underwater housing bundled with the cameras that makes them splash proof and waterproof for up to 60 metres.

    As for the price, the Sony FDR-X3000 will be sold at $400, and the live view remote variant called the FDR-X3000R will be sold separately at $550. The Sony HDR-AS300 is priced at $300, and the live view remote variant called Sony HDR-AS300R will be priced at $450. Sony will first sell the two action cameras in North America starting late September.