Sony has announced two new cameras to their action cam lineup — the Sony FDR-X3000R and the Sony HDR-AS300R. The X3000R replaces the FDR-X1000V as Sony’s flagship 4K action camera while the AS300R takes the reigns as Sony’s flagship HD action camera. Both of the new action cams feature new enhanced image stabilization with Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot, or B.O.SS. These are Sony’s first action cameras to use this technology.
Face detection & a revamped menu system has been added to both the new cams. The FDR-X300R & the HDR-AS300R features a redesigned Zeiss Tessar wide-angle lens and 1/2.5-type 8.2M Exmor R CMOS sensor, along with a Bionz X processor that allows higher resolution and more accurate color reproduction. As far as movie-recording goes, you can shoot 4K at up to 30 fps, as well as 1080p at a max of 120 fps — that’s going to come in handy when you want to slow down footage.
The action cameras are also waterproof up to 60 meters (roughly 197 feet), but that’s only if you have the housing on it. Additionally, both cameras now allow for 3x smooth zoom and have presets for wide, medium and narrow field of view settings. Both feature a stereo mic with wind noise reduction built-in or you can connect your own microphone via a stereo microphone input. Other features include built-in GPS, expanded manual controls, loop recording a new Time-lapse Capture feature for producing 4K time-lapses. The new cameras also offer Highlight Movie Maker, a built-in movie creator that can automatically assemble your best clips into a highlight video with custom music.
Along with the two action cameras, Sony also introduced a smaller Live-View Remote, which will be offered as part of a kit along with the new action cameras. In addition to a more compact design, the new Live-View Remote will offer a more in-depth menu promised to be easier to navigate and customize, as well as a new Wi-Fi high power mode, allowing for communication with the camera across larger distances. Two new optional accessories have also been announce including the Finger Grip (AKA-FGP1) and the MC Protector (AKA-MCP1) for added lens protection.
The Sony FDR-X3000 is priced at $400 for the body alone & $550 for a kit that includes the Live Remote. The Sony HDR-AS300 will be available for about $300 or $450 with the Live-View Remote. Both are scheduled to be available in North America in late September.