The Best Action Camera — Sony FDR X3000 In-Depth Review [4K]

The Best Action Camera — Sony FDR X3000 In-Depth Review [4K]


Hey look what I have here this is Sony’s action cam FBR x3000 and it shoots 4k video actually 4k 30 frames per second in hundred megabits per second this thing doesn’t overheat has an unbeatable balanced optical stabilization system that creates Warner’s at a simple mic on it and you can use it as a vlogging camera that it’s simple light and painless the footage is charged satellites and beautiful this is the best action camera out there today I hate funny faces there’s not getting away from you [Music] I go ahead two weeks ago I decided to document my vacation deals vlogging but my camera Sony rx100 mark 4 felt too short for such tasks since it doesn’t have a mic in I had to make a wind diffuser myself then I had to deal with the constant overheating in 4k and of course extremely full battery life I’m not even going to talk about the focusing problem on top of that the lack of proper stabilization in 4k made things quite difficult also literally a drop of seawater paralyzed Sony rx100 mark 4 shutter button the camera thought the shutter button was being held down constantly and this created too much drama for a simple vlogging project so I decided to get a new camera the first thing I had in my mind was to buy a GoPro but while I was researching about it I came across this little monster that does everything in a better way and let’s see what’s in the box a mount USB cable and PBX one battery Sony rx100 uses a battery as well and some papers in this book this has the camera that is in its housing looks like the gum Hansel gave to Rey InfoSphere in HDMI out movie input and the microphone input this is where the battery goes perfect let’s look at that balanced optical stabilization system along with the low-light test most action cameras use electronic image stabilization which means you have to sacrifice from the image quality and resolution some cameras like Sony rx100 microphone can’t even know for such thing in 4k because it means extra pixels and some upscaling to produce the electronic stabilization but this action camera does this simply by having a floating optical path which means the footage does need to be stabilized electronically which means more battery life and higher quality images and that is what blew my mind about this camera because it just works it can do 4k time lapse we’re going to take the 4k time lapse using this gorilla pop arm the only problem I had with the time lapse is that I had to make the video myself from the hundreds of photos it took which can get a little messy for editing videos and you’re already buried in a lot of video file has a stereo mic if it has wind noise reduction we’re going to test that and compare it to this this is so nice microphone wind noise reduction is not turned on this is Sony SDR x3000 with the noise reduction turn off this the sound test using rode videomicro it is splashes them and it comes with a housing then it is water-resistant hmm I think I can find I think I can find a couple of places to test [Music] in 1080p can shoot up to 120 frames per second and in 720p 240 frames per second so you can shoot slow-motion videos with this the menu on this device is pretty simple this is how you turn it on and when you hit this to go into the menu and you can move around with this and if you see something you like you hit this button to get into that menu and everything is pretty simple and pretty easy to understand even without looking into the manual now of course you can get this one with a live remote and with a live remote you can control your camera you can see what is going on unfortunately here they were out of that so I wasn’t able to get one you can also control this device using your tablet or your phone over Wi-Fi now let’s pair this to my iPad you can pair it to your tablet to your phone doesn’t matter I’m going to use my iPad because I’m recording the sound with my iPhone right now what you need to do is go in your play memories mobile app and then open this part up and in here you’re going to see a QR code we are going to scan that QR code scanning complete hit OK and then we install this profile in profile skill time Wi-Fi and there it is what’s coming to that let’s go like to play memories and put the camera here and as you can see we are we can control the camera using this app and we go to the settings in the settings you can have the camera remote power on and off this is done over Bluetooth you can see the images on your camera you can turn digital zoom on or off right now it’s on as we can see I can zoom in there’s a little lag this happens with every Sony device and then we have white balance you can set your white balance to auto to tell them you can have a custom white balance setting and then scene selection normal is when you’re using a camera normally and underwater while you’re on the water and then we have color settings neutral or vivid and then record mode 100 megabits 30 frames per second you can change this to anything else you like movie format mp4 is ABC SX ABC s 4k and steady shot you can add this to the shaft active standard or you can turn it off I don’t know why you would but you can audio recording on or off wind noise reduction on or off vertical flip if you’re using the camera upside down you can use that Bluetooth power settings it’s now it’s right now it’s disabled you can enable it be both connected device be volume I think it’s too low when I’m using it by itself and I set it to normal when I’m using it with the housing for the underwater housing because it block 2 sounds really good land sitting light all lands when you’re recording so you know what’s going on or some lamps or does not light land if you want to do something shady one touch recording this is as soon as you hit record it starts recording can be it can be useful while you’re on the water and you see something and then you want to record it right away you don’t need to turn it on first you just recording it starts recording and we have the pal ntsc selective power save start time then we can format the memory cards multi camera control settings using this you can control multi ftrh 3000 cameras you can it show at the same time and have a matrix effect if you like and then we have the camera information it’s from where one point zero zero and you can turn the grid line on or off and we can turn the mirror mode on or off but that’s not all if I change this to mp4 when I go to my settings is you can see now there is new angle settings and in the angle settings I can set it to wide which is how it was in the 4k and I said it’s medium this is medium or I can change it to narrow and now it has less fish eye effect but this doesn’t work in 4k after using this camera for a couple of days I can easily say the battery life is pretty good I use this camera right now for vlogging which means I turn it on and off all the time and with two batteries I can go through a day without any problems at all and this is my setup for vlogging I can hold it like this and film it into the microphone if I see something I like I hold it like that I’m going to make this a little better when I go back home because with this setup I cannot sit down on something without speech status and it’s possible so as far as the action cameras go this is probably the best one out there right now well done Tony well that I wish you did this good with Sony rx100 mark 5 well thank you very much for watching this episode and I hope you enjoyed it please hit that subscribe button I must have a subscribe button somewhere here on the screen he said subscribe button and join the world domination and please let me know what you think about funnies action come in the comment section pillow this is another film it’s not scone well it’s the best we can do and until I see the next time take really good care of yourselves and horse chocolate [Music] and

100 Comments

  • iPhonedo

    February 23, 2017

    After I shot this video, I exchanged my Sony FDR X3000 with FDR X3000R https://twitter.com/iPhonedo/status/827681992191864832 , then I prepared a complete comparison to GoPro Hero 5 Black. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/hMdVJPQDsmc?list=PL4wRmHlxpJVVeloBr2x-j1s-t_Y1DJtaw

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  • Moein & Esther

    June 15, 2018

    IT is because of the warranty , i was gopro user for 5 years and they reject me when my hero 5 has water leaked in to front display , shame. Gopro Support is just shit.

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  • Johnny Athanasiadis

    June 19, 2018

    CAN YOU MOUNT THIS CAM TO A HAT FOR PISTOL SHOOTING

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  • Mango

    June 19, 2018

    IS that Hawaii?

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  • Dave Nelson

    June 19, 2018

    Excellent information! You are my info hero! The detail of information is superb sir. A tip of the hat to you. I now give GoPro the cold shoulder.

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  • 1CBRDUDE

    June 21, 2018

    I had one lasted a year broke Sony is crap .I will never buy a Sony product again.

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  • Mrs Lolly Kebab

    June 21, 2018

    do you have used external ligth and a red filter?

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  • Canberk merdin

    June 22, 2018

    I''ve question about the live view remote kit. Does it working underwater?

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  • kyuuyoshibi

    June 25, 2018

    Can I turn on this camera with a smartphone? And does the Live-Remote have to be turned on constantly in order to record? I just want an easy way to turn the cam on without wasting too much time and battery.

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  • Maialino Babe

    June 26, 2018

    May I connect live view to action cam by USB Port? I prefer don't use WiFi connection. Ty

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  • Cristian Spiridon

    June 28, 2018

    Heeeelp! I have a Sony fdr x1000. Is there a gimble i can get for it??

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  • MizNaturalist

    June 28, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing. Now I can make an effective decision!

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  • Mike kharitonov

    June 29, 2018

    Thanks for good review, I'm ready to buy it. 👍

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  • Maleha Nori

    July 3, 2018

    Where you buy
    And how much

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  • charlie brownau

    July 3, 2018

    Gday
    I bought this camera, some things I found about it

    Good – 3.5 mic port
    Good – Lasts 1 hr on 4k recording
    Good – takes still photos

    Bad – Does not livstream on youtube/fb/twitch
    Bad – Does not support RMTP protcol/api
    Bad – Does not have a simple touch screen that doubles as viewfinder

    Other issues:
    Does not come with swapable non wide angel lens
    Does not come with opensource firmware

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  • Ian's Travel Tales

    July 7, 2018

    I just started watching your videos , i like all the information you provide buuuut you sound just like Gru from despicable me 😂😂😂 much love ✌

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  • darkstepwarrior88

    July 12, 2018

    I liked that you really go in depth with the live view function. To see all the options you have

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  • Öz Ay

    July 17, 2018

    Kendinize has uslubunuzla gerçekleştirdiğiniz incelemeleriniz başarılı. Merak ediyorum sizin çekimlerde kullandığınız kamera veya kameralar hangi model? Aydınlatırsanız sevinirim. Selamlar….

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  • Grant Booysen

    July 21, 2018

    Pretty cool review, thanks!

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  • John Draws

    July 28, 2018

    You shoot and edit such good videos. Sony should pay you for this one.

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  • Cheesecake BMX

    August 1, 2018

    Ok ok ok!!!!! I'm getting that camera no doubt about it!!!

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  • Joespn

    August 4, 2018

    Haha this was just awesome!

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  • Agustin Maldonado

    August 8, 2018

    Great video.

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  • MobileMusic

    August 9, 2018

    There is always a weird gadget on the block. This one doesn't have a viewing screen and so, I don't know what I'm filming. That's a bummer to use it for YT vlogging videos.

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  • Sanem Yaman

    August 10, 2018

    GoPro’dan girdim bu videoyla ciktim ve su an almaya karar verdim. Tesekkur ederiiimm:)

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  • joefox3001

    August 13, 2018

    Wow, thanks, this will be my next camera!

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  • TOOLS HACK

    August 20, 2018

    That's nice.i need money for buying this camera.

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  • SOLO Lim

    August 21, 2018

    where's the place???? so beautiful!

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  • Wayne Berry

    August 24, 2018

    Excellent video

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  • PincheAls Garage

    August 24, 2018

    I have theb1080p version of this cam and all I can say is Wow! I had go pro Hero 5's and have sold them because of this camera. I film all my YouTube Videos with it.

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  • Momen Galal

    August 26, 2018

    I got my FDR X3000 because of you 🙂 thanks

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  • miamimo

    September 1, 2018

    Where was that , Hawaii?

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  • Dieseldud

    September 8, 2018

    I JUST got mine this July and it's awesome:)

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  • Jay Emti

    September 9, 2018

    But no screen thats the problem

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  • Drewism

    September 11, 2018

    I wanted to get an action cam. This looks awesome but I don't like the "camcorder" form factor. I wish it was the cube design like the GoPro. If it had that then I would buy it immediately.

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  • Adam Pate

    September 11, 2018

    Have you been able to live stream to facebook or anything on it? I just got one for that purpose and am having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to do it. It says it pairs with USTREAM but I'm having no luck. Also the bluetooth doesn't work at all.

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  • Guilty Crown

    September 11, 2018

    So all I’m wondering is what is his diving mask?

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  • Eduard Simoni

    September 14, 2018

    Thenks

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  • Naiyana Lavigne

    September 17, 2018

    Hey, I've been trying out different settings on my FDR X3000R. I'm having a bit of setting problems. What setting would you recommend for good video quality and memory efficiency? HELP.

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  • OMGWTFLOL

    September 23, 2018

    Where's the screen? How do you know what you're framing? What if you want to zoom? Seems half-baked. Just saw the Hero 7 and I think that's the one for me.

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  • can güven

    September 24, 2018

    abi go pro hero 7 yle karsilastirma videosu gelicek mi?

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  • esphi LEE

    September 26, 2018

    There is no dual Card Slot!!! Stupid camera!!

    *Pun intended. Ya Tony.

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  • Photography Australia

    September 28, 2018

    the sound without the mike is better

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  • Jimmy P

    October 5, 2018

    Is it available in black?

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  • Антон Иванов гора снов

    October 7, 2018

    да пидары они все!

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  • Carlo Raciti

    October 10, 2018

    Before buying this Sony action cam for its supposedly incredible image stabilization, please see video footage I've shot and read about the problems I''m having https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6U2-ZiCARk&t=17s

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  • icaktan

    October 14, 2018

    Faruk abi bu videoya basladigin yer (teras gibi) neresi allah askina soyle. LA`mi Hawaii mi neresi? Bu kadar guzel bir manzarali ev gormedim. Harika bir yer. Burada yasiyorsan felaket sanslisin.

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  • Meban

    October 15, 2018

    Which one is better Go-pro or Sony FDR-3000???

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  • Brian Mitchell

    October 16, 2018

    GoPro Hero 7 Black kills this thing now. GoPro is top again.

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  • vinniesdayoff

    October 16, 2018

    Hi guys, can anyone tell me if there is a time limit to how long this camera will record ?

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  • From Clapham Junction

    October 16, 2018

    Great video, thanks.. I am already a user but its nice to know I am not alone in my appreciation see https://youtu.be/DZ_QLxQ0R_w

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  • logika dan kenyataan

    October 22, 2018

    Minta saran best action cam fhd dengan eis terbaik dan audio rec terbaik gan… Untuk record band band gitu gan…

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  • Radar Spoton

    October 22, 2018

    Hi everyone, I have some issue on the FDR-x3000. When i want to view the video i have flim it is so choppy. My SD card is Sandisk extreme pro V30 128Gb and my setting is 4k 30fps. Is it my computer is too lousy to just even view the video. I use VLC to view the video but is really unbearable to watch because is too choppy. please help if anyone have this issue and if you have the solution, please share it with me. Thanks

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  • Meaningful comment

    October 23, 2018

    Does SPLASH RESISTANT allows you to use it under the rain? Lets say for bicycle commuting on helm…

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  • CumPow 1

    October 28, 2018

    Hi new to your channel and I subscribed.. your reviews are very entertaining and helpful for me to make a decision on a product to purchase 👍.. thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge..

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  • Shobi Shobu

    October 30, 2018

    Hey its is great Action Camera Review I saw recently like you have done everything which is in the book of Test(that's made up by me)to test the camera and I was a bit confused over the Sony's X3000 but after seeing your review for the camera I am now 100% confirmed to buy one soon(actually I am on Budget😊) I say thanks for making this detail Review video and I believe like me you have helped a lot of guys Cheers 😇✌

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  • Marley Butler

    November 4, 2018

    It has no viewing screen … it is for vlogging

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  • Ptee Pan

    November 6, 2018

    I know this is old BUT maybe you'll see this and be able to help, what is the largest Micro sd card it will take and more important is which one it best NOW that your post is almost two years old perhaps better fast Micro SD cards have come out
    Thank for any help on this.

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  • Nikola Nikolov

    November 6, 2018

    dude where is place you make video

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  • Mick Scarsbrook

    November 10, 2018

    Faruk love your reviews, People know me in Turkey as Mick Amca, famous for my comical Turkish videos and my film “ Türkiye bir cennet” about the rubbish problem in Turkey, i’d love to do something with you to help the environment especially in Turkey are you ever around Fethiye?

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  • ar halimi

    November 12, 2018

    hi .. with more than 1 1/2yrs behind, tQ for the review, fun but very informative review.
    I love the x3000 form factor..
    tQ n take care Sir.
    p/s u r a very good presenter.

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  • Xiouq

    November 18, 2018

    PLOT TWIST: he recorded this whole video with the camera…

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  • laksh dilliwal

    November 22, 2018

    Gopro hero 7 black is best ever

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  • EcoCentric Homestead

    November 22, 2018

    It IS the gun Han Solo gave to Rey!

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  • henryssurfshowcase

    November 23, 2018

    Funny how they'll call it wind noise reduction, when it's just a bass cut low pass filter making the sound soooo thin and unusable.
    I found that feature worthless on all the brand cameras I've tried! 3:35

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  • Keluarga Bercerita

    November 23, 2018

    Do you prefer buy x3000r or go pro 7 black?

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  • HansI Gurtner

    December 2, 2018

    Forget this expensive camera. Tomtom can do that too and now costs only 250 euros

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  • AutoNuts - Everything On Wheels

    December 6, 2018

    great review… enjoyed ur Borat voice too! 😆

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  • puluq emil

    December 7, 2018

    BEAUTIFUL FISHES

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  • juerhe1

    January 13, 2019

    Where was this filmed in Hawaii? Please tell me if you know someone who needs a Bavarian Engineer there! …and what are your Top5 ActionCams today? (in terms of price and videoquality)?

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  • Henry Darr

    January 14, 2019

    Do a follow up video to let us know if it's still good.

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  • Paul Wence

    January 17, 2019

    good review!!!

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  • Kristina Washington

    January 20, 2019

    great. 🙂

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  • 쓰리유S

    January 21, 2019

    nice video 👍

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  • mhs vz

    January 29, 2019

    You’re responsible for selling more of these cameras than any other person alive! Sony should pay you.

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  • Apache Cowboys

    February 14, 2019

    Love the Sony action cameras too… non stop action my Channel… Wild West style. https://youtu.be/ipXzukTJ60c

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  • Gunaraj Paudel

    February 18, 2019

    try osmo here best quality ever !!! https://www.facebook.com/Open-house-club-1953120128150358/

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  • Korup7ion

    February 21, 2019

    it has a 3.5mm mic input and not a stupid unnecessary adapter, pay attention gopro

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  • Trygve Veslum

    March 3, 2019

    Hi, has anyone managed to find any high quality ND-filters for this camera? -T

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  • Dieseldud

    March 3, 2019

    YouTube is red Twitter is blue you have the Sony FDR X3000 and I do to:)

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  • GaVVXI-Spurdoo

    March 11, 2019

    😀 tek türk benim adnaldsa

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  • Khashim Iskandarov

    March 26, 2019

    WHAT ABOUT NIGHT VIEW RECORDING? Is it has night view? I am going to install this in my car as a dash cam. I wanna make sure it will have a nice view when its dark.

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  • SoCalVtg

    March 27, 2019

    Good life

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  • gjagun

    April 1, 2019

    Had AS15…. and Im sick with the rattle problem… is this rattle free?
    TIA.

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  • SMEACRaptor

    April 8, 2019

    Kailua Beach! Lived on Kbay for 6 years!

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  • Amun Ra

    April 14, 2019

    27,000 unread emails!!!

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  • Savage 1776

    April 26, 2019

    To bad the watch comes separate…

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  • Oliver Roozen

    April 28, 2019

    Surprisingly, I think the key feature of the GoPro has become its rather unorthodox form factor; the rear LCD touchscreen is excellent. Also on the newer models, their ability to be waterproof without a bulky external enclosure.

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  • Tony in Tasmania

    April 28, 2019

    I bought one recently because I was getting annoyed with Gopro issues. Never going back to Gopro

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  • Malder Fox

    May 4, 2019

    Один из лучших обзоров, есть всё, даже больше, чем ожидал. Согласен? Ставь лайк под моим постом! 😁

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  • lolyaaaa

    May 5, 2019

    is it possible to record a vid with Sony FDR X3000 and then transfer the file to iphone via wifi (and then upload it to youtube)?

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  • The Map Channel

    May 13, 2019

    What kind of Mic was connected to the Sony?

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  • bristol

    May 24, 2019

    can you give me any advice on the audio, when the video plays there is no audio even when I put the micro card in the tablet 4………………

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  • Martin Lopez

    June 12, 2019

    niceee

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  • Danny Dana

    June 28, 2019

    is this camera waterproof without the waterproof case?

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  • Luke, I'm your father!

    July 15, 2019

    Jan 2017!!!

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  • Luke, I'm your father!

    July 15, 2019

    Today is July 15, 2019

    Reply
  • Gordon Pilcher

    August 7, 2019

    Your review had me sold except I had to go a buy a USB battery bank, no problems found 25,600 bank for $79AUD solved the time lapse using Sony action cam software So, Now I'm an advocate for the Sony FDR X3000R not sure why I have an R$ on the end of the 3000 but it is all good

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  • Dylan Slater

    August 19, 2019

    The X1000v is still better than the latest go pro.

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  • i_fish

    September 8, 2019

    are you greek?

    Reply

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