Description: When you talk about camera, the first brand comes to your mind must be Sony. The FDR-X3000 is Sony’s latest flagship 4K action camera. Although it isn’t the best 4K camera in its range compared to the GoPro Hero 4, still, it delivers the performance that people expect in an action cam. It’s very interesting to note that Sony has employed the Digital Image Stabilization into its FDR-X3000 4K video. Apparently, it’s exclusive only for this series. There’s also a speedometer in the camera setup that will tell you how fast the filming speed is.
Able to capture 4K videos
Includes waterproof case
Supports playback system
Has speedometer to measure your speed while filming
Using Digital Image Stabilization (DIS)
Employs 35mm f/2.8 wide angle Zeiss lens & 8.2MP back Exmor R CMOS sensor
Sound produced from the in-built microphone is clear
Videos and images look very smooth, sharp and stunning
Footage somehow a bit blurry especially on the ground area
Not the best 4K in the market compared to GoPro Hero 4 (4k @100Mb/s)
Effective Pixels How much effective pixels the action camera has, it's measured in MPX (megapixel). These pixels are used for capturing the incoming light. These pixels are the ones that take the image/video. New cameras have the ability to decreas the pixel number, which you would use if you want to make a picture smaller. This process doesn't use less pixels, it just resizes the image.
8.3 Mpx (megapixels)
Video Resolution This is the pixel number that a display or a camera sensor has (refers to the digital image of the action camera). If the action camera has a higher resolution, that means that it is capable of taking shots that have more pixels. If you have more pixels then they can provide the display with the ability of more visual information. So, simply put, the higher the resolution, the better images/videos your action camera will be able to take. The best resolution an action camera can have is 4K, Ultra HD (3840 x 2160).
Video Frame Rate The frame rate or FPS at which the action camera takes it pictures/videos. Many high quality cameras record at 30 fps. Frame rate or FPS in many occasions is reffered to as frame frequency. This is measured in hertz. Most of the movies are made at 24 fps so, you won't be needing more than 30 fps on your action camera.
Image Sensor Detailed information about the model of the sensor used by the action camera. There are 2 types of camera sensors: CCD (charged coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor). CCD sensor are now older and a bit outdated. The CMOS sensors are more efficient, they require much less power, and are performing better for high-speed burst modes.
Sensor Size The size of the sensor that the action camera uses. Small cameras have a sensor that is 1/2.3-inch or a 1 inch. There are lots of sensor sizes such as the 1/2.3-inch (6.3 x 4.7mm), 1/1.7-inch (7.6 x 5.7mm). 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8mm), Micro Four Thirds or 4/3 (17.3 x 13mm), APS-C (23.5 x 15.6mm), APS-H (26.6 x 17.9mm), Full-frame (36 x 24mm) and the largest one - Medium-format (44 x 33mm).
Telemetry Telemetry has the ability to automatically collect data or measurments on places that are not accessible and it transmits them to the receiving equipment so it can monitor them. Basically this is a remote data transfer between your camera and designated device.
HDMI Output HDMI is a cable that outputs image and sound at the same time. This cable is used more and more nowadays for computers, laptops, TV's and more. It's good to have this function on your action camera because it's a very easy and fast way to connect to a display of your choosing.
Wi-Fi Information whether the action camera can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi is a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) technology. It is used to provide high-speed data connections between the data from the action camera, mobile, other devices and nearby Wi-Fi access points.
Bluetooth Information about whether this device has bluetooth connectivity. This allows the camera to connect to a device that has bluetooth such as a smarthpone, TV, Laptop, tablet, etc... And with this you can either control the camera via your phone, laptop, etc. or simply transfer files.
Wide Angle How wide the angle of the lens is. A wude angle lense is used to take small scene pictures or close up pictures.
130 ° (degrees)
Maximum Aperture The Aperture of a lens shows us how much light goes through the lense. The bigger the aperture the more light goes through, unlike a small aperture which lets less light in. The Aperture is measured in f-stops. The larger the aperture the smaller the f-stop number.
Auto Focusing, Auto-Power On, Camera Timer, FPV Output, G-sensor, GPS, Loop-cycle Recording, Night Vision, Time Lapse
Memory card support Information that lets you know if the action camera is capable of recieving external storage. A memory card is basically an external storage card on which you can store anything you like. There are memory cards up to 512 gb of storage. So, you would like to have a camera that has a memory card slot.
Display screen Whether or not the action camera has a display screen. The display screen is used for viewing images or videos you take with the camera or when you want to take a picture/video with it, you can see what the camera sees through this screen.
Screen size Of the full size of the action camera, how much space does the Display area cover (measured in inches)
1.5 " (inches)
Battery Capacity Information about the capacity of the battery. Measured in Milliamp Hours or mAh. The bigger the mAh the longer your action camera stays up and running. The battery capacity on cameras is around 1000-1500 mAh.
Waterproof This means that the action camera is water resistant. In case you drop it in water (if it's waterproof) it will not sustain any damage.
Length How big the camera is from one end to the other.
Width How big the camera is from one side to the other.
Height How big the camera is from bottom to top, or head to foot. Basically how tall the camera is.
Weight How much the camera weighs. Measured in grams (g)
89 g (grams)
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