The 4K cameras are becoming increasingly common nowadays, and new generations of this recording devices are incorporating this resolution technology with some outstanding results in all kinds of situations and for all types needs.
The action cameras are just another manifestation of this trend.
One, of course, is the Sony, a leader in 4K resolution and being a manufacturer of some Ultra HD cameras fom the consumer range to the professional range.
This time, Sony send us the FDR-X1000V, an action camera 4k, a highly flexible robust camera to capture the best moments of all sports lovers or outdoor activities.
There are many things to love on this little camera, from its overall design to its performance in photography and video in all aspects. And you will notice that the quality that we are accustomed to seeing in Sony products is also present in this device.
To start the small size and the design make this camera not so easy to assemble on an helmet or an harness as its rivals such as the Go Pro Hero, yet still offers plenty of flexibility, to use on a bike ride, or skydiving or to use on a motorcycle ride, moreover this small camera can resist some dust and moisture, without the need of the water proof case.
Next up, the photo and video chops of the FDR-X1000V are certainly nothing to laugh at. This little action camera definitely delivers some excellent 4k ultra HD video at a solid 100Mbps and the photos and footage produced by the FDR-X1000V/W are remarkably good by the standards of a POV action camera.
Finally, the camera’s included waterproof casing expands filming options widely by being able to handle submersion in up to 33 feet of ocean or fresh water and the generally tough design is good at handling some rough treatment.
This camera comes with a waterproof case that can be submerged up to 10 meters deep, or 33 feet. A remote control and of course the typical adhesive supports.
Using FDR-X1000V is quite simple, using one of the three buttons for more than 1 second turns on the camera.
Change the resolution display or mode is also relatively simple and fairly quick, as well as can be changed from the application of Sony PlayMemories free in the apple store and google play, or from the remote control.
To make the most of this little beauty, I advise you to use the xavc s, and enable 4K mode, with these settings I guarantee you that you will get an excellent resolution at 4k, and may take quite clear images with excellent sharpness 8.8 megapixels. This camera does an excellent job to produce realistic color, good contrast and excellent clarity.
Its battery life is pretty good, fully charged should be quite able to endure a few days if not continuous recording, but there is always the resolution factor to consider. A fully charged battery is able to last 2 hours of continuous recording in Full HD (1080p), on the other hand 4K is able to last much less than 2 hours.
The downside of the small Sony FDR-X1000V it looks a bit larger than the other Sony action cameras without to mention the Go Pro Hero, this makes it a little more difficult to mount on a drone or an helmet, but despite that, during our tests we always found a solution.
Another drawback is that when leaving the water with the water proof case, it leaves small water droplets on the lens which means that there are some distortions in the images, but nothing that most other action cameras don’t do also.
To shoot in 4K at 100mbps it has a small restriction, using the xavc S format Sony requires the Mirco SD card with SDXC, so you need to buy a Micro SD a little more expensive than ordinary cards that we use in our mobile phones or action cameras.
I think Sony FDR-X1000V is a great rival to the Go Pro Hero 4. With its very good video quality, excellent image stabilization that surpasses any action camera that has been tested by us, and excellent photo quality as well for a cacmere of these dimensions.
I can only say I did not expect less from a great company as Sony.
And I recommend this little beauty for extreme sports in 4K
Camera Type: 4K POV action camera Size (W x D x H): 1” x 3.5” x 2” Wright: 3.14 oz Video Resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels Photo resolution: 8.8 megapixels Sensor Type: Exmor R CMOS ½.3” Recording Formats for photos: JPEG Recording formats for video: H.264, XAVC S Lens system: Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens – 2.8 mm – f/2.8 – wide angle with 17.1 m focal equivalent to 35mm camera Recording media: SDXC Max shutter speed: 1/10,000 sec Minimum shutter speed: 1/30 sec Image stabilization: electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode) Connectivity: USB 2.0, HDMI 1.4 Frame Rates video: XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 30 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 25 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 24 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 30 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 25 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 3840 x 2160 – 24 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 120 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 100 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 120 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 100 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 1280 x 720 – 240 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 1280 x 720 – 200 fps – 100Mbps XAVC S – 1280 x 720 – 240 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 1280 x 720 – 200 fps – 60Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 60 fps – 50Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 50 fps – 50Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 30 fps – 50Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 25 fps – 50Mbps XAVC S – 1920 x 1080 – 24 fps – 50Mbps H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 60 fps – 28Mbps H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 50 fps – 28Mbps H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 30 fps – 16Mbps H.264 – 1920 x 1080 – 25 fps – 16Mbps H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 30 fps – 6Mbps H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 25 fps – 6Mbps H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 120 fps – 28Mbps H.264 – 1280 x 720 – 100 fps – 28Mbps H.264 – 800 x 480 – 240 fps – 28Mbps H.264 – 800 x 480 – 200 fps – 28Mbps