Sony announced two new action cameras with advanced image stabilization, the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300. The FDR-X3000 is priced starting at $400 (roughly Rs. 26,800) and HDR-AS300 will cost $300 (roughly Rs. 20,100).
Out of these two cameras, only FDR-X3000 can record 4K UHD videos, Sony HDR-AS3 only supports full HD video recording. The image stabilization features called the Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) is being highlighted as the biggest feature of these two cameras. The camera and the lens are fused in a way that they move together for a smoother result. The company claims that the videos recorded using the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 will be smooth even while you are running or cycling.
Both action cameras will come with a Sony Exmore R CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X image processor. The 4K capable Sony FDR-X3000 captures video at 100Mbps, and it can record full HD videos at 120fps. The Sony HDR-AS300 captures video in 1080p at 50Mbps, and shoots 120fps video in 720p.
Sony also launched a new live remote unit that can be used as the viewfinder while capturing videos. Compared to previous generation remotes, the new model is 30 percent smaller. The company will also be bundling a watch strap to enable wearing it on the wrist. There will be an additional underwater housing bundled with these two cameras, which makes them waterproof for up to 60 meters.
The Sony FDR-X3000 will be sold at $400 (roughly Rs. 26,800), and the live view remote variant called the FDR-X3000R will be sold separately at $550 (roughly Rs. 36,800). The Sony HDR-AS300 is priced at $300 (roughly Rs. 20,100), and the live view remote variant called Sony HDR-AS300R will be priced at $450 (roughly Rs. 30,100). Sony will start sale of these two action camera in North America starting late September. There is no word from the company regarding Indian launch and price.