Meet Sony’s new X3000R 4K action camera with optical image stabilization

by on September 13, 2016

Stephan Jukic – September 13, 2016

Few cameras on the market could be said to more badly need an optical image stabilization system than action cams and few companies on the market offer better optical image stabilization for compact cameras than Sony. Now the two have paired together to deliver the first ever 4K UHD action camera with its own high quality optical image stabilization system all in one.

This new device, which is coming on sale in this very month of September is called the Sont FDR X3000R and though it  was originally announced much earlier in 2016 for availability to the UK and Australian markets among others, the new Sony action camera is finally coming to the U.S market.

Image stabilization in an electronic form, called EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) is of course nothing new to the world of mountable action cameras and many famous and highly popular models like the GoPro Hero 4 Black or the even better Yi 4K Action Camera couldn’t work effectively without it while being used to record videos and photos in the field, but EIS is also a technology which can ruin image resolution due to the way in which it narrows field of view in favor of better sharpness during motion.


Sony’s already renowned BOSS (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) system seeks to remedy this deficiency by joining a cameras lens with its image sensor into one integrated unit which then obviously moves as a single recording device during moments of camera shake. This in turn compensates for said shake and delivers a mechanically generated full view of high optical sharpness even in 4K ultra HD video or 17mm ultra wide angle lens –at least in the case of the X3000R camera.

The X3000R can also be used in conjunction with Sony’s latest version of Live-View remote, which has also been refined further to be 30% smaller than its previous version according to Sony. This little remote device offers a camera-eye view of what is being recorded while also delivering full camera control capability for the X3000R through both Bluetooth and WiFi where it’s available.


As for pricing and availability, we can happily say that the Sony FDR-X3000R hits US store shelves at the end of September for an expected retail price of $400 for the camera alone and just over $500 for the camera plus Live-View Remote.

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