Sony’s latest action camera, the FDR-X1000V, lays down the gauntlet to GoPro, matching the top-of-the-line GoPro Hero Black in 4K video capability, and trumping it with its SteadyShot image stabilisation feature.
Camera shake is obviously a critical issue when cameras are mounted on bikes, helmets and the like, and Sony’s heritage in video technology gives it a real edge which GoPro will find it difficult to match.
The electronic image stabilisation in the X1000V has reportedly been further improved to better address the low amplitude vibrations associated with drones without mechanical stabilisation.
The X1000V also features live-streaming over Wi-Fi, NFC, loop recording, stereo microphones with wind-noise reduction and built-in GPS.
It has a 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, an f2.8 Zeiss Tessar lens, and weighs 114g with supplied battery.
Another difference with the GoPro range is that the Sony X1000V is ‘natively’ water-resistant, while the GoPro isn’t. On the other hand, the GoPro comes with a waterproof case, while a waterproof case for the Sony is an optional extra, and doesn’t handle the depths of the GoPro case. .
Sony also announced the X200V, which records at respectable 1080p at 60fps at 50Mbps, with slow-mo at 720p at 120fps, and WVGA at 240fps.
The Live View Remote RM-LVR2, a waterproof, wrist-mounted remote unit/LCD screen, is compatible with the new models.
While there are no local release dates, the new cameras are shipping in the US in February for US$500 and US$300 respectively.