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Sony FDR-X1000VR

4K Ultra HD action cam with Wi-Fi® and Live View remote

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Overview

Our take on the Sony FDR-X1000VR

The Sony FDR-X1000VR goes where most video cameras can't, and shoots 4K video (3840 x 2160) of whatever you see in your travels. This action camera's compact chassis is splashproof on its own, and the included plastic housing seals against dust, grime, and mud, and is waterproof to 197 feet. That means you can take it biking, skydiving, surfing, skiing — anywhere your adventures take you. The included Live View wrist-mounted remote is also waterproof, and it lets you control the camera even when it's out of easy reach. And you can relive those adventures in glorious ultra-high-definition with a 4K TV.

Trust us; this is a moment you'll want to relive in 4K.

Trust us; this is a moment you'll want to relive in 4K.

Shoot full 4K video of your adventures

The Sony FDR-X1000VR goes where most video cameras can't, and shoots 4K video (3840 x 2160) of whatever you see in your travels. This action camera's compact chassis is splashproof on its own, and the included plastic housing seals against dust, grime, and mud, and is waterproof to 197 feet. That means you can take it biking, skydiving, surfing, skiing — anywhere your adventures take you. The included Live View wrist-mounted remote is also waterproof, and it lets you control the camera even when it's out of easy reach. And you can relive those adventures in glorious ultra-high-definition with a 4K TV.

Wi-Fi®, NFC and GPS help you share your adventure

No need to wait to share footage of your good times. The FDR-X1000VR is equipped with Wi-Fi and GPS. The included PlayMemories™ Home software allows you to gather and display helpful information such as speed, route and geotagging telemetry data. NFC (Near Field Communication) technology lets you use a compatible mobile device as a remote control, as well as a Live View screen. NFC also allows quick touch pairing with compatible mobile devices. The Live View remote allows you to control up to five cameras for a multi-angle shoot that can really dazzle. Sony hasn't forgotten about sound, either — there's a built-in stereo microphone under the lens so you can hear as well as you see during playback.

Expanded creative functionality

The FDR-X1000VR has all of the functionality of other Sony action cameras, with even more creative options. Upgraded manual controls allow you to choose your own preferred settings, including an expanded interval shooting menu. There are also new ways to share: the camera automatically creates a highlight reel in MP4 format, so it's easily uploadable to social media. If you want distant friends to have a more immersive experience, the X1000VR can livestream your adventures via Ustream™.

Features:

  • shoots professional 4K video up to 3840 x 2160 resolution (maximum 4K frame rate: 30p)
  • shares movies via Wi-Fi® with compatible Android™ and Apple® smartphones and tablets through free downloadable PlayMemories Mobile™ apps
  • one-touch NFC (Near Field Communication) technology simplifies pairing to compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • control up to 5 FDR-X1000VR cameras at the same time using Sony's Live View remote
  • built-in GPS adds location and speed information to your videos
  • ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® f/2.8 lens gives a sharp, clear 170-degree viewing angle
  • included rugged, waterproof housing seals against dust, grime, and mud, and is waterproof to 197 feet
  • splashproof camera body takes the worry out of weather, even when camera is outside its included housing
  • SteadyShot® image stabilization with active mode helps to cancel the effects of camera shake
  • low light imaging effective down to 6 lux
  • threaded tripod mount is integrated into the waterproof housing
  • snaps high-quality 12.8-megapixel still JPEG images
  • stereo microphone built into chassis
  • interval recording function can be set to 1/2/5/10/30/60 seconds
  • automatically creates shareable MP4 highlight video out of clips from your movie
  • share adventures as they happen by livestreaming via Ustream™
  • records to Memory Stick Micro™ and micro SD/SDHC cards (not included)
Live View Remote:
  • equipped with NFC pairing and Wi-Fi so you can control your camera wirelessly
  • waterproof to 9 feet
  • 2-7/8"W x 2"H x 1"D
Technical Specs:
  • includes camera, battery, adhesive mount, waterproof case, and tripod mount
  • includes NP-BX1 lithium ion battery
  • micro USB cable included
  • micro HDMI port for easy playback on an HDTV (cable not included)
  • 1"W x 2-1/8"H x 3-1/2"D
  • weight: 3.1 oz. with battery and memory
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • FDR-X1000V 4K Action video camera recorder
  • SPK-X1 Clear waterproof case (installed)
  • NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
  • 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other)
  • Attachment buckle
  • Flat adhesive mount
  • Curved adhesive mount
  • RM-LVR2 Live-View Remote
  • Reference Guide (Eng/Span/Fren)
  • Startup Guide (Eng)
  • Startup Guide (Span/Fren)
  • Live-View Remote Startup Guide (Eng)
  • Live-View Remote Startup Guide (Span/Fren)
  • Limited Warranty sheet (camcorder)
  • Limited Warranty sheet (accessory)
  • Sony Canada Consumer Warranty sheet
  • Mounts and Accessories promo sheet
Reviews

Sony FDR-X1000VR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

WAY WAY better than GoPro!

California Action from California on 4/19/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This action Cam blows away the competition! Ease of use, functionality, picture and video quality. The remote is awesome. Forget about wondering if your video is turned on or if you have the shot you want. You can see what the camera is seeing form the remote or your smart phone; with up to 5 of these cameras!!!! I like this action Cam so much, I am going to buy 4 more. Thank you Sony, for making a professional superior action Cam. The GoPro products are toys compared to this camera. Even though this camera is expensive, you get good value for money. It does everything and it does it right. Everything about these Sony action Cams is better, fit and finish, user interface, everything is world class top notch. You can feel the quality. You can't go wrong with a brand like Sony. This is a home run. I have a lot of older action Cams form various manufacturers, I am selling all my old GoPros and other stuff on Ebay so I can get more of these cameras. Sony has set a new standard!

Pros: Has all the features you need. Superior quality Well thought out product for what it is intended to do. Remote viewing !!! Remote control of camera.

Cons: Wish it was less expensive.

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Features

Overview: The Sony FDR-X1000V is a 4K Action Cam that lets you capture professional 4K (3840 x 2160) video. This lightweight, durable digital 4K and HD video camera captures your point of view while performing action sports. The camera body itself is splashproof (IPX4), and comes with a waterproof clear plastic case. It can be mounted in a variety of places, using the supplied surface mounts and other optional mounts. The Action Cam can record pro-quality XAVC-S 4K and HD video at very high bit rates, as well as Full HD 1080p MP4 video and 8.8MP still images. The X1000V also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can share your videos wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet or control it remotely. This FDR-X1000VR "Live-View Remote" package includes the RM-LVR2 Live-View Remote.

Image Sensor: The X1000V is equipped with a 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS image sensor with 12.8-million gross pixels and 8.8-million effective pixels for movies and photos.

Lens: The ultra wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens gives you a wide 170° perspective. It has a bright F2.8 aperture, and a 17.1mm focal length (35mm equivalent) for video.

Recording Media: You can record 4K and HD video and Still Images onto Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory cards.

Note: High-capacity Class 10 or higher microSDXC cards are recommended for recording XAVC-S movies. Class 4 or higher cards are recommended for MP4 movies.

Built-in Wi-Fi: The X1000V has built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). You can operate the camera via Wi-Fi using the included Live-View Remote, or Smart Remote Control function of a smartphone. You can also transfer and display images on to a smartphone or tablet wirelessly via the downloadable "PlayMemories Mobile" app, compatible with iOS (7.0 or later) and Android (4.0 or later). Some Android devices can be connected via One-touch Functions via NFC. The Smart Remote Control function allows you to start/stop recording, change shooting mode, and change the SteadyShot and Field Angle settings.

GPS: The X1000V is equipped with a GPS receiver that will record the location information and movement speed while recording movies. The PlayMemories Home software (downloadable from the internet 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-X1000V can record pro quality 4K and HD video in the XAVC-S Format with LPCM audio, as well as easily shareable MP4 video with AAC audio. You can choose from the following recording resolution options:

Display Recorded Image Resolution Frame Rate
XAVC-S HD Format
1080 60p 50M XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 60p
1080 30p 50M XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 30p
1080 24p 50M XAVC-S recording at high 50 Mbps bit rate 1920 x 1080 24p
720 240p 100M XAVC-S 100 Mbps High speed recording 1280 x 720 240p
720 240p 60M XAVC-S 60 Mbps High speed recording 1280 x 720 240p
1080 120p 100M XAVC-S 100 Mbps High speed recording 1920 x 1080 120p
1080 120p 60M XAVC-S 60 Mbps High speed recording 1920 x 1080 120p
XAVC-S 4K Format
2160 30p 100M XAVC-S 100 Mbps 4K recording 3840 x 2160 30p
2160 30p 60M XAVC-S 60 Mbps 4K recording 3840 x 2160 30p
2160 24p 100M XAVC-S 100 Mbps 4K recording 3840 x 2160 24p
2160 24p 60M XAVC-S 60 Mbps 4K recording 3840 x 2160 24p
MP4 Format
1080 60p PS Highest resolution/smooth image recorded at 2x frame rate 1920 x 1080 60p
1080 30p HQ Highest resolution 1920 x 1080 30p
720 30p STD High resolution 1280 x 720 30p
720 120p HS120 High Speed recording/smooth image recorded at 4x frame rate 1280 x 720 120p
480 240p HS240 High Speed recording/smooth image recorded at 8x frame rate 800 x 480 240p
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 X1000V can record 8.8MP JPEG still images with a resolution of 3952 x 2224 (16:9). You can also take a series of 2.1MP (1920 x 1080) still photos at regular intervals. You can choose from 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 second intervals. In Motion Shot LE mode, 2.2MP images (1984 x 1120) are taken.

SteadyShot: The camera has built-in SteadyShot for reducing camera-shake when shooting. When the field angle is set to 170°, SteadyShot will be set to Off. When SteadyShot is On, the field angle is reduced to 120°. SteadyShot is not effective in High Speed recording mode.

Underwater Scene Mode: When preparing to shoot underwater using the supplied SPK-X1 waterproof case, you can activate a special scene mode for underwater shooting. In all other cases, the Normal scene mode should be used.

Viewing Images: The FDR-X1000V has a Micro HDMI connection on the back of the camera. You can connect the camera to a TV that has an HDMI input with a Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable (not included). You can play back movies or still images via HDMI, and select them using the Previous and Next buttons on the camera.

Battery Options: The X1000V comes with the NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The battery is charged in the camera via USB in approximately 4 hours 5 minutes. The optional AC-UD10 USB charger (sold separately) will charge the battery in 1 hour 55 minutes. The Recording and Playback time are as follows:

Battery Pack Continuous Recording Time Typical Recording Time Playback Time
NP-BX1 115 min
(125 min)
75 min
(80 min)
205 min
Note: Times in parentheses indicate Wi-Fi remote control function is Off.

Accessories: The FDR-X1000V offers the following accessories:

  • Included Accessories:
    • Waterproof Case (SPK-X1): This clear plastic waterproof case allows you to shoot movies in the rain or at the beach. It has a locking case cover with an O-ring seal to maintain its water resistance. Once the X1000V is inserted into the case, you can only operate the Start/Stop button and the PREV and NEXT buttons. To prevent accidental operation, the case has a sliding Hold lever next to the Start/Stop button. The case has a standard 1/4"-20 tripod thread on the bottom so you can mount it on the supplied attachment buckle or a tripod.
    • Live-View Remote (RM-LVR2): The Live-View Remote can be used to operate the Action Cam via Wi-Fi, while you monitor your video on the remote's LCD screen. The remote is waterproof, allowing you to use it in the rain, snow, or the beach.
    • Attachment Buckle/Adhesive Mounts: The supplied Attachment Buckle mounts to the Waterproof Case via the 1/4"-20 tripod thread. The Attachment Buckle slides and locks into either of the supplied Adhesive Mounts. The camera comes with a flat Adhesive Mount and a curved Adhesive Mount for applying to different shaped surfaces.
  • Optional Accessories:
    • Headband Mount (BLT-HB1): The Headband Mount lets you wear the camera on your head for an eye-level perspective.
    • Adhesive Mount Pack (VCT-AM1): This Adhesive Mount pack includes the attachment buckle, along with two flat and two curved adhesive mounts. These are the same buckle and adhesive mounts included with the Action Cam.
    • Suction Cup Mount (VCT-SC1): The Suction Cup Mount allows you to mount the Action Cam to your vehicle, motorcycle, or boat for shooting action video. It has a 3-3/8" diameter suction cup and a standard 1/4"-20 tripod screw. The mount is hinged, and has a ball-and-socket mount so you can tilt and aim the camera in most any direction.
    • Handlebar Mount (VCT-HM1): The Handlebar Mount is used for attaching the Waterproof Case on the handlebar of a bicycle. The mounting plate is adjustable so you can set the camera at the angle you desire.
    • Waterproof Head Mount (VCT-GM1): The Waterproof Head Mount kit allows you to attach the Waterproof Case to a strap or headband.

Computer Compatibility: The FDR-X1000V comes with no software, but requires you to download "PlayMemories Home" software 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  8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Mac OS X v10.7 - v10.10.

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