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Sony FDR-X1000V/W 4K Action Cam
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- Professional 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording with up to 240p HD / 120p HD
- SteadyShot™ image stabilization works from bikes to aerial shot and more
- Control up to 5 Action Cam via phone1 or LiveView™ Remote (Sold Separately)
- Splash proof body with universal tripod mount
- Built-in stereo mic for quality sound with wind noise reduction
- Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
- Loop recording prevents running out of memory card
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||6.37 x 3.25 x 5 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 grams|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Sony NP-BX1|
|Video Capture Format||xavc_s|
|Video Capture Resolution||4K|
Grab pro-level footage in gorgeous 4K resolution, with advanced image stabilization to counteract vibration and 240p recording for super slow-motion HD video. All in a splash proof body with manual controls, stereo mic with wind noise-reduction and built-in Wi-Fi. You can even edit your best moves into one video with included Highlight Movie Maker software.
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4K Action Cam
Grab pro-level footage in gorgeous 4K resolution, with advanced image stabilization to counteract vibration and 240p recording for super slow-motion HD video. All in a splashproof body with manual controls, stereo mic with wind noise-reduction and built-in Wi-Fi. You can even edit your best moves into one video with included Highlight Movie Maker software.
Professional 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording with up to 240p HD / 120p Full HD
Capture the finest details and your most thrilling moments in true 4k (3840 x 2160) video. The FDR-X1000V 30p/24p allows incredibly high resolution, to produce vibrant and extremely realistic images. The Action Cam is capable of shooting in 10 different shooting modes to create a diverse amount of looks to include 240p in high definition and 120p slow motion in FHD. Users can also select 240p in VGA for super slow motion video. Additionally, pro quality XAVC S recording with high bit rate of 100Mbps in 4k and 60Mbps in HD enables the FDR-X1000V to capture quick action with smooth image motion.
SteadyShot image stabilization works from bikes to aerial shot and more
SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for greater degrees of camera shake. SteadyShot image stabilization has evolved to compensate for shake in different shooting scenarios to include different vibration frequencies from land sports to aerial shots on drones.
Control up to 5 Action Cam via phone or LiveView Remote3
Turn compatible smart phones1 and tablets in to remote control viewing devices via Wi-Fi with One Touch Near Field Communication (NFC). When using LiveView Remote RM-LVR2.3 Now you can frame your shot, change the shooting modes, turn on GPS, and control up to 5 Action Cams with the use of a single LiveView Remote or compatible smart phone by simply using the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app (for Android or iOS).
Splash proof body with universal tripod mount
The FDR-X1000V was built with a splash proof body (IPX4-class). Enjoy carefree use of the Action Cam outside of its included housing3, even in rainy weather or splash-prone situations. With a universal tripod screw mount on the body of the Action Cam itself, you can easily attach the camera directly to a tripod.
Built-in stereo mic for quality sound with wind noise reduction
A built-in stereo microphone allows you to capture all the exciting sounds of your adventure with sense of direction. Wind Reduction reduces noise and interference that is produced when wind passes over the microphone, giving you clearer, cleaner sound.
Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
Highlight Movie Maker produces a short highlight movie clip to share and enjoy instantly. Highlight Movie Maker selects the best scenes from your videos based on motion gyro. The movie, which is saved in MP4 format, is easy to share through social media.
Loop recording prevents running out of memory card
Set the recording loop duration from 5/20/60/120 minutes or unlimited. This will help ensure you catch the most thrilling moments of your day without running out of space on your card. No matter what interval you set your loop recording setting to previously recorded content on the card is protected.
Live stream your video via Ustream
Share the adventure as it happens via Ustream. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to Ustream from anywhere.
Advanced manual control allows flexibility in movie expression
Advanced manual control of settings such as white balance and AE shifting enable more pro-style movie shooting to meet diverse needs. Adjusting the brightness and hue levels of your video will allow you to match the video shot from other cameras easily, providing a solid baseline for professional-looking movies.
Ultra wide up to 170° pro quality f/2.8 bright ZEISS lens
With an ultra-wide angle professional ZEISS lens, you will increase your perspective (up to 170-degree viewing angle) while you venture out on breathtaking views of dynamic terrain to include ski slopes and mountain trails. With SteadyShot turned on you will shoot a wide 120 degrees. With an aperture of f/2.8 this lens helps to produce stunning detail and clarity in low light situations.
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Battery Life when recording in 4k XAVC S is about 50 minute to 1 hour depending on your battery.
Memory space when recording in 4k XAVC S is about 40gb before the battery runs out. (So pretty much its about 800mb per minute.)
All of my old attachment still works on the new action camera.
The back end of the Sony action camera has two way to open it. One way is open the back completely which lets you changed the battery/memory card and all the ports. The second way is to open only one side which is the ports for charging and etc. Which is really awesome since you can technically just plug it into a power source and keep recording without the waterproof case.
The camera definitely gets pretty warm/hot when recording in 4k. (So be careful recording in hot area. It will shut off when it gets too hot.)
Whatever you do, DO NOT LISTEN TO THE SONY REP GUY! That guy straight up lied to me saying any memory card will work on this camera as long as it's a class 10. That is not the case. If you want to use all the modes on your camera it has to be at least U3 for 4K. So this the memory card that I eventually found and worked.
Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB
As you can see if you look at the bottom left of the memory card picture you see the letter U with a 3 in it. That has to be on the memory card of whichever micro SD card you want to buy in order to record 4k.
The things I don't like so far is battery life and lack of big memory card (Which will be fixed in July with Lexar new microsd card 128gb U3 Speed!) Also I hate how sensitive the record button is on top. At least on mine. I barely touch the record button and it starts recording. So lets say I'm going through setting and I touch it on accident. It either enters whatever setting i was looking at or if I wasn't in a setting yet it starts recording.
I still haven't found out if you can still use the old Live view remote to playback and delete pictures and video off of the action cam. Or if that's only for the new Live view remote that can do that. I broke my old live view remote before I got the new FDR-X1000.
Other than that. This camera is freaking awesome!
First I set about trying to understand every mode and setting which the Sony cam offers. Initially I was extremely put off by several things, namely: the lack of a dedicated on/off button, slow menu response times when tweaking settings on the camera, and the amount of clicks it takes to get through the menus. As I used the cam more and got used to the way Sony does things, the menus didn't seem quite as complex and I was finally able to completely understand the way that the video resolutions are labeled. I also connected my smartphone to it via Wifi and the free Play Memories app and began exploring what it had to offer. The app definitely doesn't let you access as many settings as the GoPro app, however it does let you adjust the white balance to whatever color temperature you wish (between 2500k & 9900k), auto download any picture you take to review it, and mirror or add grid lines to the live view picture displayed on your smartphone. There is also an underwater mode which I haven't quite figured out what it does technically, but does seem to improve the accuracy of colors when filming underwater.
The question which most people are likely wondering is: “How does the video and image quality compares to the GoPro 4 Black?" Video quality is at least as good as the GoPro across all of the modes/resolutions, however the Sony cam tended more often to under/over expose scenes than the GoPro and had no option to change the metering (though it does have manual exposure compensation in 0.3EV increments when using the app). The Sony cam also has a lot more barrel distortion (think fisheye) in resolutions which use the whole sensor (170°) and doesn't offer wide, medium, and narrow modes like the GoPro. Other than that, the Sony excels at video with built in image stabilization (not in 4k however) and stereo mics, two features which are implemented very nicely and actually propel it ahead of the GoPro in certain situations. It also can record at 100Mbps in Sony's efficient XAVC codec.
Now while video quality on the FDR-X1000V gives the GoPro 4 Black a run for its money, the quality of its still images is really lackluster. This has has to do a lot with the aforementioned tendency to mis-expose a scene, but also because the Sony cam only gives you the option to takes pictures with an aspect ratio of 16:9 (the same is true for video but it is less of an issue there). I noticed the difference in still image quality between the two the most when looking at the time lapse comparisons I shot.
With all of those facts, and given that the Sony FDR-X1000V is the same price as the GoPro HERO 4 Black, I can't recommend that people looking to buy their first action cam go for this camera rather than the GoPro. While it definitely rivals the GoPro with many of its features and almost beats it video quality, the poor still image quality plus the lack of a "Night Mode” or in-camera time lapse (all standout features of the GoPro 4) make the Sony FDR-X1000V a less well rounded action camera. There is nothing extremely wrong with it, the GoPro 4 Black is just a better camera overall. This could change though as Sony could easily fix all of the "problems" I mentioned with a firmware update down the road. If you don't want to be mainstream, already own a lot of the Sony action cam mounts, or absolutely need to have built in optical image stabilization, then the Sony action cam is for you. Otherwise, go for the GoPro HERO 4 Black. I know personally that if I could only take one with me on a trip, it would be the GoPro 9 times out of 10.
4k action cam with same resolutions as GoPro 4
Built in stabilization for video (good for drones!)
Longer battery life than GoPro 4 Black in many situations
Water/shock resistant without a case
Built in GPS
Control up to 5 cameras from one phone
Can record at 100Mbps in Sony's efficient XAVC codec
Poor still image quality
No dedicated power button
Slow menu response times on camera
Considerable barrel distortion at edge when using whole sensor (4k, 170° pics, 1080p/120fps, etc.)
Just a note: The Sony FDR-X1000V CANNOT record 4k with just any Class 10 Micro SD card and requires a microSDXC card with a UHS-I U3 rating. The only one I found to work was the SanDisk Extreme PRO (http://amzn.to/1I3pJzf)
The first unit I had overheated, but it was summer time and I chalked it up to the ambient temperature. This current unit took longer to overheat, but I think it is just because the ambient temp presently is around 70F. So it just took longer to get to that point. This thing needs to be redesigned so it can record hours 2.7k or 4k video. Presently this FDR-X1000V/W is a bust -- you don't know when it will stop recording. Same on Sony for not doing something to fix this overheating issue. This appears to be their top of the line Action Cam. No idea why they would not have come up with a design fix in the one year that has elapsed.
FWIW the memory card used (also purchased from Amazon) was: SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3 Micro SDXC Memory Card Speeds Up To 95MB/s With 4K Ultra HD Ready-SDSDQXP-064G-G46A
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2. PNY Micro SD Card, 4K & U3 is not compatible when recording in 4K or HD, 100mbps
3. The recording time is beneficial.