Thanks to competition from GoPro’S Hero 4 camera, Sony adds 4K video to its Action Camera models

by on January 14, 2015

Stephan Jukic – January 14, 2015

Thanks to the enormous popularity of the GoPro Hero 4 Action camera, Sony is now also adding 4K resolution to its own action cameras by putting ultra HD into its latest and best mountable camera model, the X1000V.

The little camera, which like the Hero 4 can be mounted for live action filming, has the same shape and features as earlier Sony action cameras but it is also capable of shooting ultra HD video at 3840 x 2160 pixels at a rate of 30 frames per second. All previous action camera models from Sony were only able to manage 1080p video footage.

The camera will be going on sale to the public as of March and will retails for $499 for the camera alone and $599 for a setup that includes a live-view remote.

Best of all, because the X1000V shoots 4K video, it can be used to capture numerous still shots from the footage reels it records, 30 per second in total. This is a particularly useful feature for exactly the kind of action sequences this device is designed to film.

The 4K video captured by the X1000V can also be played directly on a 4K TV via HDMI calbe and other camera specs include an ultra-wide-angle 170 degree lens, an Exmor R CMOS sensor with back illumination and Sony’s proprietary Bionz X image processing technology. The X100V also comes with the same full pixel readout technology that Sony uses in many of its high-end 4K cameras for even better resolution and image clarity.

Unfortunately, the X1000V doesn’t include optical image stabilization, but it does come with Sony’s Steadyshot electronic stabilization system and Sony itself claims that they have put particular effort into tuning the stabilization system for using this little action camera in drones.

In addition to 4K video at 30fps, the X1000V can also shoot 1080p HD video at 120 frames per second and 720p footage at 240 fps, which makes it useful for some pretty good slow motion effects.

The GoPro Hero 4 is a much tougher action camera than Sony's new arrival

The GoPro Hero 4 is a much tougher action camera than Sony’s new arrival

While the GoPro Hero 4 black and this latest camera from Sony share a lot of excellent video shooting features, Sony’s overall image quality is probably slightly superior. However, where the GoPro Hero 4 really beats the X1000V is in terms of sheer ruggedness. The Hero has been fully designed for truly rough outdoor use and is not only impervious to dust and mud splatter but also waterproof down to well over 60 feet of depth and highly impact resistant.

Needless to say, the Sony action camera isn’t nearly this tough, and it shows on its design.

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