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Using the SONY 4K FDR X3000 budget but great

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Hi, just thought I'd mention this. I own 2 at present of the SONY FDR X3000 action cameras and with appropriate housings one can get some great shots with these cameras and their low light performance is outstanding compare to similar cameras. Ive had plenty of footage picked up for TV shot with these cameras. So if anyone is thinking about them and whether the image quality is any good then, I reckon it is. Mine got used until they started growing fins on themselves LOL. But they do of course have limitations they are not 30K plus broadcast cameras in 50K UW housing with another 30K of titanium housed lights attached LOL.

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Interesting, thanks - there's some UW X3000 footage on YT but it's pretty much in line with action camera footage.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=X3000+underwater

Could you share some personal examples highlighting the camera's possibilities?

In the action cam world, the new Paralenz models such as the Vaquita also have interesting specs
https://www.paralenz.com/product/vaquita

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Hi there. yeah sure. (just as a qualifier, I've also used extensively Go pros as well but the SONY FDR at the end of the day was what we chose to go with). Ok so O've fonud them invaluable shooting 4K at the full res of the camera settings for UW stuff in well lit or even not so well lit waters (natural light I mean and shallow depths). The kind of subject material is a bit boring but it helps to pay the bills, for example gliding over sea grass beds and filming all the oxygen being evolved when the sunlight strikes the grass, is one example. Being able to rapidly deploy such cameras and avoiding the bigger bulky ones when it just isn't necessary is the key for my company's work.  The drawbacks with this camera is that due to the processing, at 4k it gets hot and if one hasn't totally removed all of the humidity from the housing it came with or off the camera body itself, then they will fog depending upon the duration of filing and or water temperature. To that end I have a specialist aluminium housing which can accommodate the addition f silica gel to help prevent fogging. This housing will also be featured for some work of mine at great depths remotely operating the cameras.

The other main feature i really like is a true gimbal system within the camera itself and not just relying upon software to render a smooth sequence.

 

 

I'll write more in a bit and try and put some sequences here if possible as examples. Thanks for those links, I'll check them out. I won't say any more about the deep sea stuff as it's sort of confidential at present.

 

regards

 

Francis

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