Sony FD1000

Sony FD1000

The FDR-X1000V is Sony’s flagship action camera. Besides all the attention for GoPro’s product lineup this is actually one of the best action cameras available. Let’s take a look at the specs:

 

Sony FDR-X1000V Specs:

Image Sensor:
8,8 MP Sony EXMOR R CMOS Sensor Typ 1/2,3
Which is a little smaller than the GoPro Sensor which is 12 MP.

Chipset:
Sony BIONZ X Processor

Lens:
f2.8 ZEISS lens, 120° with SteadyShot, 170° without
Focus Distance is 50cm min.

Video Resolution:

  • 4K – max. 30fps
  • 1080p – max. 120fps
  • 720p – max. 240fps

Same as the GoPro Hero 4 black edition. I’m not aware of another action camera currently available offering these resolutions and frame rates.
The bitrate is up to 100 MB/s

Recording Format:
The videos are recorded in .mp4 files , 4k in XAVC

Photo Resolution & Format:
max. 8,8MP (3.952 x 2.224 px); .jpg

Display:
Display on camera and Live-View Display on a wrist band with remote!

Sony RM-LVR2 Live View remote

Sony Live View Remote – Controls up to 5 cameras!

 

Battery:
1240 mAh battery, which is larger than any competitor: SJCAM 900 mAh, Xiaomi Yi 1040 mAh, GoPro Hero 4 1160 mAh

Storage:
Memory Stick Micro™ and SD

Connectivity & Ports:
The camera offers wifi and NFC (near field communication) for wireless remote, a USB port, HDMI port for HD video output and a mic jack.

Dimension & Weight:
24,4 x 51,7 x 88,9 mm; 114g (incl. battery)

Accessories included:
Waterproof case, USB cable

Special Features:
GPS, to record geodata, e.g. speed. Contour includes GPS, GoPro unfortunately currently not
Electronic image stabilisation (SteadyShot)
NFC (Near field communication)
Splash Proof Body
Tripod Mount on Body (1/4″)

Price:

The camera was offered once for 299 EUR during an Amazon Special Sales Event.

check link for current price – for updated prices see my camera comparison page

 

Conclusion

I think this camera doesn’t get its attention it deserves. It can soot up to 4K with a bitrate of up to 100 MB/s, has a Zeiss lens, electronic image stabilization and offers lots of features:
GPS tracking to record data such as speed, NCF connection for a Live-View display which can control up to 5 cameras! The body is splash water proof and an underwater case is also included. AND the price is lower than for a GoPro Hero 4 black edition.
Unfortunately I haven’t tested the camera yet, but I definitely would be happy to do so!

 

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