Sony brings optical stabilization to sports cams

Flagship FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300 get major anti-shake updates

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The latest innovation from Sony is the integration of optical image stabilization technology into an action camera.

The latest innovation from Sony is the integration of optical image stabilization technology in their action camera.

POV cameras have improved immeasurably since the original GoPro was released. We’ve gone from VHS quality to 4k in just a few short years. The latest feature brands have begun toting is stabilization. Sony has offered electronic stabilization since they introduced their Action Cam series and other brands have begun to catch up.

Unlike other brands who offer electronic stabilization for some modes but not others, Sony’s system will work in every mode - from 720p to 4k.

Unlike other brands who offer electronic stabilization for some modes but not others, Sony’s system will work in every mode, from 720p to 4k.

The resulting footage is far more watchable than the clips produced by non-stabilized models such as GoPro, but there’s still room for improvement. Enter the new Sony BOSS system, which stands for Balanced Optical Steady Shot. This is the first action camera from a major manufacturer to use optical image stabilization. Hit play in the video below to get a load of how well Sony claims the system works.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=22&v=bAl_1kthAB0

Please note that the shaky footage on the left is simulated, so you know…they might be over hyping the quality. It’s also interesting to note that they’ve issued a disclaimer that image quality could be affected when the BOSS system is used in close proximity to vibrating motors or engines. Be warned e-bikers.

In addition to the new image stabilization, Sony has launched several new accessories, including a waterproof case capable of being submerged up to 60m.

In addition to the new image stabilization, Sony has launched several new accessories, including a waterproof case capable of being submerged up to 60 meters.

The new BOSS system will be available in two flagship models, the FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300. The FDR is capable of shooting 4k and retails for $450. If you’re interested in the option Live View remote, the FDR can be purchased as a kit for $550. The HDR does not film in 4k. It’s available as a kit with Live View for $450, or as a body only for $300. You’ll have to decide for yourself if the 4k functionality is worth an extra $150.

For more info, visit www.sony.com.

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  • bob says:

    there are other youtube videos if you look for AS300, mainly from japaneses that already have the camera.
    the AS300 and its bigger model both do a noticeably better job at stabilization on their videos.
    definitely much better than the AS100V. it looks almost like its on a 500USD gimbal.

    the tests i found that I cannot link are on a bicycle, walking, train and motorbike.all made by regular people (not reviewers or sony)

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