Sony is bringing optical image stabilization to action cameras with the X3000R — and it’s a pretty big deal. Image stabilization is hard to come by in the tiny cameras, yet action cameras are the most prone to getting bounced around.
Along with the new stabilization system, the Sony X3000R shoots in 4K at 30 fps (the GoPro Hero 4 Silver shoots at 15 fps and the Black at 30 fps, though we’re expecting an update soon). The sensor has also been redesigned for a more natural image than the previous version, according to Sony.
Unlike most action cameras, the X3000R also has a slight zoom —it’s just 3x but it gives the user three different perspectives to choose from when shooting.
The camera’s built in GPS will also record your speed and route to save details about your adventures, while a the bundled Highlight Movie Maker software automatically selects clips and combines them into a shareable video.
On the outside, the camera is compact, weighing just 4.1 ounces. Included housing allows users to take the Sony X3000R underwater as deep as 60m.
The 4K resolution paired with image stabilization is going to make the Sony X3000R a serious contender for action video. While GoPro is expected to update the HERO 4 sometime this year, the X3000R beats the popular model in several categories with the stabilization and faster 4K frame rate. The camera is expected to start shipping in November 2016 for $400 or $450 with a Live View remote.