Overview: The Sony FDR-X3000 is a lightweight, durable digital
4K video camera that captures your point of view while performing action sports. The camera body
itself is splashproof (IPX4), and comes with a
waterproof clear plastic case. The Action Cam can record
pro-quality XAVC-S 4K video, as well as Full HD 1080p MP4 video and 12 MP still
images. The X3000 also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your videos
wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet or control it remotely.
Image Sensor: The X3000 is equipped with a 1/2.5" (7.2mm) Exmor R CMOS image sensor
with 8.57 gross megapixels, and 8.18 effective megapixels for movies and still
Lens: The ultra wide angle 2.6mm Carl Zeiss Tessar lens gives you a
wide perspective for video and still images. It has a bright F2.8 aperture, and
a variable (35mm equivalent) focal length that changes with the Angle Setting:
Wide: 17mm, Medium: 23mm, Narrow: 32mm. The minimum shooting distance is
Digital Zoom: When the digital zoom is set to On, you can
enlarge the image up to 3x. The higher the zoom rate, the more deterioration of
the image quality will take place. You can operate the zoom control from a connected smartphone. The zoom is not
available during movie shooting, loop recording, live streaming, or time-lapse
Underwater Housing: The X3000 comes with the MPK-UWH1
Underwater Housing that allows you to shoot images underwater up to a depth of
60 meters (197 feet) for up to 30 minutes continuously.
Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS): The Sony FDR-X3000
features Balanced Optical SteadyShot, an advanced form of image stabilization.
B.O.SS effectively compensates for camera shake due to excessive motion by
controlling the lens and image sensor together. Balanced Optical SteadyShot
allows you to record clear and stable images, even in 4K or high frame rates.
Recording Media: You can record HD video and Still Images onto Memory
Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory cards. For
recording XAVC S or 4K video, micro SDHC or microSDXC memory cards with SD speed
class 10 or UHS speed class 1 (U1) or faster are recommended. For high speed
recording (100 Mbps), you must use UHS speed class 3 (U3) memory cards.
Built-in Wi-Fi: The X3000 has built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE
802.11b/g/n - 2.4 GHz). You can operate the camera via Wi-Fi using the remote control function of your smartphone. You can also transfer and display images to a smartphone or tablet wirelessly
via the downloadable "PlayMemories Mobile" app (compatible with iOS
Android 4.0-7.0). Some Android devices can be connected via
NFC (Near-Field Communication) One-touch Functions. The Multi-Camera Control
function lets you connect and control up to 5 cameras to the PlayMemories Mobile app on your smartphone.
Bluetooth: When the camera is connected via Wi-Fi, it can
also communicate with those devices via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth connection
allows you to turn the camera on or off to save battery power.
GPS: The X3000 is equipped with a GPS receiver that will
record the location information and movement speed while recording movies. The
PlayMemories Home software (downloadable to your PC) allows
you to import movies with the GPS log to a computer and view them with a map
showing the location information.
Video Recording: The FDR-X3000 can record professional quality
4K and HD video
in the XAVC-S Format with LPCM audio, as well as easily shareable MP4
video with AAC audio. Audio from the built-in stereo microphone is captured
along with your videos. A 3.5mm microphone input is provided for connecting an
optional external microphone, if desired. You can choose from the following recording resolution
|Recorded Image ||Resolution ||Frame Rate |
|XAVC S 4K Format |
|XAVC S 100 Mbps ||3840 x 2160 ||30p/25p |
|XAVC-S 60 Mbps ||3840 x 2160 ||30p/25p |
|XAVC-S 100 Mbps ||3840 x 2160 ||24p NTSC only |
|XAVC-S 60 Mbps ||3840 x 2160 ||24p NTSC only |
|XAVC S HD Format |
|XAVC-S 50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 ||60p/50p |
|XAVC-S 50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 ||24p NTSC only |
|XAVC-S 100 Mbps |
High Speed Recording
|1280 x 720 |
1920 x 1080
|XAVC-S 60 Mbps |
High Speed Recording
|1280 x 720 |
1920 x 1080
|MP4 Format |
|MP4 1080 PS |
|1920 x 1080 ||60p/50p |
|MP4 1080 HQ |
|1920 x 1080 ||30p/25p |
|MP4 720 STD |
|1280 x 720 ||30p/25p |
|MP4 720 HS |
|1280 x 720 ||120p/100p |
|MP4 480 HS |
|800 x 480 ||240p/200p |
Note: The video system can be set to NTSC or PAL, depending
upon the TV system of the country where you use the camera. Some functions
are not available with the PAL system.
Still Image Recording: The X3000 can record still images at
different resolutions, depending upon the Angle setting:
|Angle Setting ||Still Photo Resolution |
|Wide ||12.0M - 4624 x 2600 |
|Medium ||6.1M - 3280 x 1848 |
|Narrow ||3.0M - 2304 x 1296 |
Time-Lapse Capture Mode: The camera can record still images
at regular intervals of 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds. The number of images you can take are 300, 600, 900, or until you stop shooting (up to 40,000). You can choose 8M (3840 x 2160) or 2.1M (1920 x 1080)
image sizes. Software is available to transform these images into impressive
time-lapse movies. Action Cam Movie Creator (v.5.1 for Windows, v.3.1 for Mac)
and Action Cam App for iOS and Android (v.2.0 - HD only) allow you to import
movies for editing and creating time-lapse movies.
Burst Shooting Mode: The FDR-X3000 can record multiple still
images in a short burst to catch fast-moving action. The Burst Shooting Mode
image size is the same as standard still image shooting, and depends upon the
Angle setting (see Still Image Recording above). You can choose from the
- 10f 1s: Records a total of 10 still images in 1 second (10 fps)
- 5f 2s: Records a total of 10 still images in 2 seconds (5 fps)
- 2f 5s: Records a total of 10 still images in 5 seconds (2 fps)
Motion Shot LE: With Motion Shot LE, you can capture an
entire action sequence in a single frame. A 2.1M (1920 x 1080) composite image
of the subject in motion is created from a burst of single frames, shot at up to
10 frames per second.
Loop Recording: You can set the camera to record in a loop
to avoid missing an upcoming event or moment. The loop duration can be set to 5,
20, 60, or 120 minutes. When the recording reaches the end of the loop, it
starts overwriting the recorded video from the beginning of the loop.
Viewing Images: The FDR-X3000 has a Micro HDMI connection on the back
of the camera for playing back videos and still images to a TV that has an HDMI
input. A Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not included) is required.
Battery: The X3000 comes with the NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.6V, 1240mAh, 4.5Wh). The battery can be charged in the
camera from your computer's USB port in approximately 4 hours 25 minutes. You
can also charge the battery using the optional AC-UD20 USB charger (sold
separately). The estimated battery life of the NP-BX1 is as follows:
|Image Quality ||Activity ||Wi-Fi On ||Wi-Fi Off |
|4K 30p ||Continuous Recording ||50 min ||60 min |
|Typical Recording ||40 min ||45 min |
|Playback Time ||90 min ||100 min |
|HQ ||Continuous Recording ||125 min ||135 min |
|Typical Recording ||80 min ||85 min |
|Playback Time ||170 min ||195 min |
Computer Compatibility: The FDR-X3000 comes with no software, but
you can to download "PlayMemories Home" software free from the Sony website.
Once you have downloaded the software, you can connect the camera and register
it with the software so its functions can be used. "PlayMemories Home" is
compatible with Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, and Windows
10, as well as
Mac OS X v10.9 - v10.11.
Note: XAVC S movies may not play back smoothly with Mac OS X.