The Sony FDR-X3000 sports an EXMOR R 8.2-Megapixel backside illuminated CMOS imaging sensor and BIONZ X image processor for capturing its 4K video and still images. The Zeiss f/2.8 lens features 3 selectable zoom settings of Wide (17mm), Medium (23mm) and Narrow (32mm); giving you a little choice with your composition. Optical SteadyShot keeps the lens steady as you shoot, stopping every little bump and movement from showing in your movies. At the bottom you can see the built-in stereo microphone that collects all of the sound closest to the camera.
The black and white LCD screen on the side of the camera makes it easy to see and adjust the camera settings. The two arrow and menu buttons actually allow for fast and easy menu navigation and setting selection once you learn where the settings are located, allowing you make fast changes while shooting.
On top of the camera you will only find the record and power buttons. This helps to keep the operation of the camera simple, especially when you are in active situations. The record button also acts as the enter button when changing your camera settings.
On the back of the camera you will find the input/output ports. From top to bottom you will find the HDMI output, high-speed USB multi-port and an audio input at the bottom for increased audio quality if the shooting situation allows the back of the camera to be open.
A microSD card is inserted into the bottom of the camera to store your videos and still images. With 4K video capture, you will want the fastest card possible, like the Sony UHS-3 (95MB/s) 64GB SDXC memory card that is shown here and used to test the camera.
Powering the X3000 is the NP-BX1; a 3.6V, 1240mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. The battery is enough to capture approx. 50 minutes of 4K video or 125 minutes of Full HD with the WiFi turned on or approx. 60 minutes of 4K or 135 minutes of Full HD with it off. The camera comes with a USB cord to charge the battery inside the camera, but the optional BC-TRX charger (about $35 from Amazon
or $50 from Sony) will allow you to charge a battery in the charger and another inside the camera via USB at the same time.
The camera's included underwater housing (which is included with both the X3000R and X3000 kits) gives it its extreme situation abilities, allowing it to be waterproof down to 60M (197ft.), dustproof and shockproof; so it can withstand anything that you can or more. All of the camera's controls are easily accessed on both the top and side of the camera and the LCD screen is easily visible.
Another great accessory for the X3000 (and there are so many more) is the Live View Remote, allowing you to get a first-hand view of what the camera sees in real-time. It connects via WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1, offering complete control of the camera. While a working range is not listed, we were able to control the camera from over 25 yards away.
Although it is a little big, the wrist strap for the Live View Monitor is a fantastic way to keep it on you and accessible. This allows you to see and have total control of the camera while you are active and not able to reach and control the camera. It features the same controls as the camera and will even allow you to turn it on and off.