Sony FDR-X3000 Detailed Review

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Also FDR-X3000 was introduced by Sony in September 2016. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Brand Sony
Category Outdoor & Action
Date 09/2016

Sony FDR-X3000 has environmental sealing and different protection features. Let’s see in the list below:

Waterproof – meter
Drop from height – meter
Temp. range from 0.00 °C
Sensor Properties

The FDR-X3000’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 8 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
Resolution 8.00 Megapixel
Continuous 10 FPS
RAW support
Focal length 17mm
Aperture 2.8

The FDR-X3000’s shutter speed varies from 1/10000s to 1/30s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/10000s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/10000s
Min. shutter speed 1/30s
Sensitivity Properties

The FDR-X3000’s usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 1600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The FDR-X3000 supports all general exposure modes.

Center weight
Flash Specs

The FDR-X3000 doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Sony’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs
Video Specs

FDR-X3000 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Sony FDR-X3000 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The FDR-X3000 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The FDR-X3000 will only accept Micro SD cards. The Sony does not support SD cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards Micro SD

The Sony FDR-X3000 works with a NP-BX1 battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 500 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The FDR-X3000’s battery battery parameters:

Type NP-BX1
In-camera charging
Battery life 500 photos

The Sony FDR-X3000’s dimensions are 29 x 47 x 83mm³. (1.1″ x 1.9″ x 3.3″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 114 grams (3.7 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the FDR-X3000:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The FDR-X3000 is not much bigger:

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