New Sony FDR-X3000 4K & HDR-AS300 Action Cams Debut With SteadyShot

Company’s first two POV cams with joined lens and sensor stabilization
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Company’s first two POV cams with joined lens and sensor stabilization
Sony's 4K FDR-X3000

Sony Electronics has launched new flagship 4K and HD action cams, its first point-of-view  (POV) models with advanced image stabilization built in.

The new FDR-X3000 4K model and HDR-AS300 FullHD model  feature Sony's Balanced Optical SteadyShot, a form of image stabilization where internally, the camera’s lens and sensor are joined and moved together to compensate for camera shake caused by excessive motion.

Both feature a new Zeiss Tessar lens with significantly less lens distortion than previous models. They are also equipped with a new back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor with large pixels designed for 16:9 aspect ratio video, and a BIONZ X processor, ensuring that video quality remains consistent across all settings, Sony said. 

The new cameras utilize full-pixel readout without pixel binning technology for video content with minimal noise and “jaggies.”

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The FDR-X3000 can shoot 120p in FullHD and HDR-AS300 can shoot 120p in HD for clear slow-motion footage. Both cameras offer a new angle of view adjustment, with a 3x smooth zoom or preset “wide”, “medium” and “narrow” settings.  This allows shooters to reduce barrel distortion common with wide view POV cameras.

Each model has a built-in stereo mic with wind noise reduction.

They will be offered in a kit with a compact live-view remote that is about 30 percent smaller than the previous version. The remote has the ability to control shooting settings, start/stop recording and power on/off and more. It also features an “auto display off” mode that turns off its LCD screen display automatically during shooting in order to save power of both camera and remote.

The Sony FDR-X3000 will be sold as body only for about $400, the kit version with the new remote for about $550. The HDR-AS300 will be sold as a body only for about $300, and the kit price is about $450. They will ship later this month.

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