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Sony - X3000 4K Waterproof Action Camera - White-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 84 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    Posted
    nepalisherpa
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    After using a GoPro Hero 4 Black for two years, I switched to a Sony FDR-X3000 and I love it. While it does not have the same popularity level as GoPro, it does the job better than GoPro. First of all, my main reason to switch was OIS. Most of my GoPro clips are unwatchable unless I heavily edit them to reduce motion but that takes away other things. Yes, I could have used a Gimbal but I have one of these so that I can just throw them in my pocket and use them when I need to. With Sony, I have tested walking around, going up/down the stairs, and even light running, and because of the OIS, the clips come out looking great and stable. It is not just the OIS but if you watch few reviews on Youtube, you will see that Sony does a better job with colors and low-light videos. If you are worried about tons of GoPro mounts not working if you switch, you can buy a $5 adapter to solve your problem. Some may not like the shape of Sony but, compared to my Hero 4 Black, I actually prefer this shape for hand-holding it. Overall, I'm glad I switched.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Optical Stabilization is the Best!

    Posted
    InsaneDiego
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    Let's face it, the form factor on this camera is a bit odd and the stark white makes it even worse by standing out like a sore thumb. If picture quality is your most important feature though then this camera rocks! I'm riding a stand up bike shooting video and holding the camera in my hand. The video is very smooth. If you are viewing the raw video, vs. the youtube version, it's like you're there. The camera is wide angle (adjustable to some extent) and from about 14" to 3-6 feet away it's sharp as a tack. As it gets further away it does lose a little bit of sharpness but as an action cam, especially wide angle, you aren't going to see great detail anyway. I'm able to film selfie material and take landscape shots just fine even though I don't have a viewfinder. The camera is small enough to fit in my pocket and I'm finding it great to take on outings to capture some live action. I put in a fast 128Gb card and I'm shooting 1080p/60fps @ 50Mbps and the footage is stunning. Two things that are a bit of a turn off. First, there is no lens cap. Strange. Second is the menu system. It's workable and you don't have to be in it too much but I wish there were a couple of options that were slightly easier to get to. Another thing I like about it is that it has a little red light on the back and front when you are recording. It makes it easier to confirm you are in record mode. All in all, very happy with the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Took my GoPro5 back and bought this one. I'm happy

    Posted
    satxcollins
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    It was a toss up between the GoPro5 and this. I originally went with the GoPro5 but was not happy with the image stabilization. I did not want to spend another $300 for a gimbal. I took it back and went with this one and I am happy with the OIS. I also feel the Sony lens has better unedited quality then the GoPro5. I am going to be using the camera to film my kids and family vacations. I also work in Real Estate and plan on using it for virtual tours. I use it on a tripod for the vitual tours and the unedited quality is great. It is not as good as a $1000 video camera but still way better than expected for only $349. The fisheye effect is much less with the Sony as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Small camera

    Posted
    genesilence

    Have been debating this with Gopro Hero5. I am not using it for a lot of sports event, just want to have a good camera taking videos of kid and family for day to day life and trip. If I took Gopro hero5, the karma grip seems like a must-have. But that would add another $230 at least. So after I tried sony x3000, I just decide to take this. Maybe it is not good enough as Hero5+gimbal, but the footage is smooth enough with OIS for day to day usage. And you get something in your pocket which you could use it right away rather than holding the gimbal. Also, the sony x3000 provide decent results without editing which is also a win for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding small camera: quality and flexibility

    Posted
    Pitz
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    My main purpose was to attach camera to my instrument and record finger movements. It worked great, with the GoPro instrument mount. So small, it fits easily in my pocket. Optical stabilization is excellent when handheld or walking. Audio is surprisingly good. Instructions are not always clear, so allow some time for new uses such as viewing directly on a TV via HDMI mini cable. I could hold this in my hand in the store, unlike GoPro, which was a primary deciding factor. Plus I have a 4 year old Sony camera, and lens is excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than gopro

    Posted
    TheMan
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    This camera is amazing. The image quality has an edge over gopro. The app connects flawlessly and you can connect and disconnect from the camera while its still recording with no interuptions. The menu works great. Different angle settings allow it to be used as a distortion free camera. Only drawbacks are the lack of a live view screen and it should really come with the lens protector. It does come with the underwater case, but that muffles the sound. A backlit menu screen would have been nice. But the image and optical stabilization more than makes up for it. 4k is so gorgeous!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Picture but gets Hot!

    Posted
    Clem2098
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    The picture is amazing. The battery life is good. I only had one problem so far. I was shooting in 4K without the case and streaming to my iPhone. I was 17 min into recording and it turned off due to a heat warning. The battery was almost dead after 17 minutes. I reset the camera and reformatted the card. Ran it again after charging the battery and did not stream to my phone this time. Battery still got very hot at 130F degrees but did record for 1hr and 7 min before the battery ran out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beats the GoPro hands down!

    Posted
    SmoothFlyer
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    After looking at GoPro action cameras for quite some time, i ran accross some reviews of the Sony X3000 4K action camera. The feature set of this camera is what really caught my eye. This camera has fantastic imagage stabalization that makes for some of the smoothest action shooting I've ever seen. When I saw an "open box" unit available at my local BB, I couldn't pass it up. I am very happy with my purchase, and have absolutely no regrets in NOT buying a GoPro. Anything you can so with the GoPro, you can do BETTER with this action camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony x 3000 is very impressive.

    Posted
    EugeneS
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    this thing is very impressive. Not also the capability of having a better video image quality of a 4K, it also have a capability of a better image stabilization. These FDR-X3000 has no fisheye lens unlike the previous action cam from FDR-X1000. Even if i'm using an MP4 format instead of XAVC format, the video quality is very nice. the battery life is excellent, battery life on MP4 format would be pretty long. Sound quality is very nice as well with the stereo built in microphone. Overall, i'm happy I bought it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is the action camera to get!

    Posted
    Nick6877
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    If you want to record your outdoor activities or looking to start Youtube channel, this is a great action camera, since it has optical stabilization built-in. It is way better than software-based image stabilization that other manufacturers are using. It also has a dedicated mic input! GoPro needs an expensive huge USB-C adapter if you want to use an external mic. You will need extra batteries, since standard battery does not last a long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent video and stabilization

    Posted
    whotod
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    I was tossing around the idea of getting a new GoPro or this Sony...I made the right choice. The video and image quality is outstanding, but where this action-cam really shines is the image stabilization. I am not the steadiest of hands and often get dizzy after watching my video captures. This camera makes everything smooth as butter! I no longer have to take dramamine when watching my stuff, haha ))

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gift

    Posted
    Kevin
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    Bought this as a gift for my brother, after reading and watching comparison's with the Go Pro and HG Tracker I narrowed it down to this camera because of its features and functionality. The video quality was Spectacular!! He took a video of his ice fishing trip in Colorado and I was impressed, it was in a 1080p. Curious to see how clear the 4k looks. Great Camera and you will not be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best action camera, image quality, stabilization!!

    Posted
    Darrell
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    After too many hours of reviews and testing in person between this and "the other brand action camera" I chose this. Could not be happier. I owned the previous AS200V and now this, lens distortion is fixed! All the features I wanted were now here, 4k, 4k timlapse, better low light, BOSS stabilization. You will not regret. This can be used for vlogging it is that good. Also stereo sound is really good, but even has a mic input.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Its ok, not as good as I thought it would be.

    Posted
    ricer
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    Like the size of the camera. menu system is ok, kind of hard to navigate as the included instructions are pretty poor. The first movies I did on 4K so far have been glitchy and not smooth at all. But were inside in not optimal light. Hoping outside will make better videos. At this point I would not recommend this item to other people

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Worth It

    Posted
    Myles
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    I'm just trying to make dance videos. The external microphone input is awful. The USB port doesn't let you see what the camera sees. The camera only hooks up to Android through wifi and the app keeps "updating". The HDMI port is very obscure. The battery does not last long and the label underneath was quick to chip away on my tripod mount.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent H20 Camera

    Posted
    BACARDI316
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    I was shopping around for a waterproof camera for a family vacation trip to the Caribbean. At first I was set to purchase the GoPro Hero 5 until I stumble upon this Sony camera. This camera is excellent, exactly what I was looking for. It beats the GoPro in so many levels. The image stabilization is great and the image quality is wow!! THE BEST!!! Overall Great camera. Totally recommended and pick up and extra battery as well for longer recording time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love Sony action camera X3000 Awesome!

    Posted
    verygoodom
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    Why I bought Sony x3000 is the Sony's unique vivid video quality with great stabilizer technology. I tested it when I run also I did test under water. Really good keeping balance with inner stabilizer & recording under water is clear. Anyone who is interested with this, try this. Really awesome action camera. When I compare with the other action cameras I have, this will be the best action camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    easy to use, comes out great

    Posted
    expectgreat
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    almost no editing to be done, I never have to touch my videos, the quality is great, color pops, no shaking due to the built in stabilization. I picked the sony because I have a friend who uses professional sony 4k cameras in the movie industry, he says they have the best sensors in the cameras in the market, the way they process and handle the image. And this model has tons of features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great little action cam

    Posted
    buttabean
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    I've been using this cam for my hd fpv truck. hdmi output latency is similar levels of a gopro. The optical stabilization really makes this camera stick out from the pack. One thing to note is that you should look online for compatible uc1 3 speed micro sdcards because this camera can be finicky with recording at 100mb/sec bandwidth. There's only a hand full of cards that work at that level.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 4k Camera

    Posted
    BoKnowsTech
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    Purchased this for a trip to Cabo to catch the beautiful scenery. This camera performed excellently. Great image quality and the image stabilization worked great when filming as I rode wild cat atv's thru the desert and along the coastline. The 4k Video produced looks amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend