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Action cameras have become an integral part of travel. Many bloggers share their experiences of exciting trips around the world by recording countless videos on such devices. Their advantages are simple: compactness, ease of use and long battery life. However, there are also disadvantages that relate to the level of quality and equipment options: as a rule, such cameras are very limited in applicability due to the lack of the ability to change the lens.

Over the past few years, gadgets from Sony have shown the greatest qualitative growth in the segment. In this regard, the editors of Expertology magazine, with the support of rankquality.com resource analysts, decided to rank the best action cameras of this Korean company, as well as talk about what you need to pay attention to when choosing a good and efficient model. The following criteria were chosen as the criteria for selecting goods for the rating:

  1. technical indicators of cameras;
  2. consumer reviews and in-house experts’ opinions;
  3. cost parameter;
  4. level of reliability and equipment (complete set).

How to choose an action camera

When choosing an action camera, many buyers start from the basic indicators of the matrix, namely the number of megapixels, which affects the quality of the shooting. This approach has a place to be, but we recommend paying attention to other parameters:

Form Factor This aspect is responsible for the shape of the action camera. At the present stage, only 3 form factors are distinguished:

  1. rectangular or square – a traditional type of device that is easy to find in any store. As a rule, such cameras are cheap and it is for them that the bulk of additional equipment is developed.
  2. cubic – a more voluminous type of action camera, combining ease of manipulation and nice design. It does not have fundamental differences from traditional models, but almost always costs more.
  3. Goggles are the most advanced type of action cameras that are integrated into travel goggles. Allows you to capture frames from the first person, i.e. observe the environment through the eyes of the operator. They are expensive, so they are not so common in hardware stores.

Permission. This parameter determines whether the cameras belong to amateur or professional. At this stage of development, gadgets that shoot in HD (1280×720) or Full HD (1920×1080) resolution are considered amateur. But those cameras that shoot in Ultra HD (3480×2160) are considered to be pro-devices.

On the one hand, the higher the resolution, the more detailed and high-quality the content is. However, it will take up more space in the device’s memory, which will require you to purchase a capacious (and expensive) flash card.

Frame frequency. This aspect of filming is usually inseparable from resolution. It’s simple: the higher the fps, the smoother the video. To achieve acceptable shooting results, only 30 frames per second at 1920×1080 resolution pixels are enough. However, devices are now widespread, the frame rate in which can reach 60 and even 120 per second.

Stabilization type. There are 2 main types of image stabilization:

electronic (digital) – the task of compensating for jitter and blurring of the frame is solved using the central processor. It crops up to 10% of the image around the perimeter, thereby increasing image clarity without using a tripod.

  1. optical – a fundamentally different way of stabilization, which retains the original size of the image. Any deviation of the camera is compensated by turning the lens in the opposite direction. As a result, the picture is clear and smooth. Such devices are more expensive and consume more energy from the built-in battery.

Control. In simple models of action cameras, the control is carried out manually, using the buttons on the body. More modern and advanced devices can be controlled via the remote control, as well as via a smartphone thanks to a special application and connection via Wi-Fi / Bluetooth.

Matrix. And finally, we should talk about the matrix. As the action camera segment progressed, experts began to divide models depending on the power of this element:

  1. 5-8 megapixels is a good solution for those who want to shoot in HD and Full HD resolution. It copes well with its functions during the day, but it manifests itself much worse at dusk and at night.
  2. 8-20 megapixels are more interesting options for matrices that allow you to record video in the dark. These options pair perfectly with Ultra HD 4k resolution, but we recommend that you pay extra attention to the quality of the backlight.

Rating of the best action cameras from Sony

Nomination place Name of product price

Rating of the best action cameras from Sony

one

Sony FDR-X3000R

28 990 ₽

2

Sony FDR-X3000

23 990 ₽

3

Sony HDR-AS50R

19 990 ₽

four

Sony HDR-AS300

16 990 ₽

5

Sony HDR-AS50

12 990 ₽

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Sony FDR-X3000R

Rating: 4.9

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The presented action camera model is perfect for creating impressive content even when moving at high speed. It has a single Exmor R CMOS sensor with an effective resolution of 8.2 megapixels for stills and video. At the same time, the maximum resolution corresponds to the Ultra HD 4K format. It is worth noting the shooting frequency equal to 30 frames per second. For professional content, this is more than enough.

The Sony FDR-X3000R has an optical image stabilizer that monitors camera angles relative to a fixed axis. This measure helps to avoid image blur in photographs and videos. Thanks to a capacious battery, the device can work autonomously up to 2.5 hours – this is also worthy of praise.

Advantages

  • you can work in the cold – frost-resistant;

  • stylish design solution;

  • available remote control;

  • there is protection against moisture and water;

  • the presence of an optical stabilizer.

Flaws

  • No ND filter to work in bright light.

Sony FDR-X3000

Rating: 4.8

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The second line of the rating goes to the FDR-X3000 – a simplified version of a solid next-generation action camera. Thanks to the 8-megapixel sensor, it provides excellent shooting in all presented modes. Excellent battery life and has an optical image stabilizer, which allows you to avoid blurring photos and videos.

Among other things, the Sony FDR-X3000 has a 3x digital zoom function and can record adequate quality even with total zoom. The gadget comes with only one lens from Carl Zeiss Tessar, but it is enough to produce sufficiently high-quality and varied content. There is also a system of automatic focusing of the image, which is important. In conclusion, we note that the camcorder is able to work offline up to 2.5 hours thanks to a 1240 mAh lithium-ion battery.

Advantages

  • when shooting, there are no extraneous noises;

  • excellent image stabilization even with severe camera shake;

  • high quality of footage;

  • compactness and lightness of the model (114 grams);

  • shooting at intervals is possible;

  • battery charge for 2.5 hours of continuous operation.

Flaws

  • lens is not resistant to scratches and abrasions.

Sony HDR-AS50R

Rating: 4.7

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Sony HDR-AS50R belongs to Sony’s junior series cameras. It has an 11.1 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Unlike the FDR series, the maximum photo and video resolution is 1920×1080 pixels, which corresponds to the Full HD format.

Analogies between HDR-AS50R and competitors above can be drawn in terms of peripheral equipment. The presented model uses Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, identical to those used on the FDR-series. The camera aperture has a focal length of F2.8, which allows you to influence the depth of field quite strongly and thereby improve the exposure. The battery life of the device reaches 3 hours thanks to a capacious lithium-ion battery. Due to the fact that the model supports a mobile application, and also has a Wi-Fi module, the user has the opportunity to control the camera directly from his smartphone. The kit also includes a remote control of the Live-View family, but if it is lost, a backup remote control system based on a mobile phone will come to the rescue.

Advantages

  • excellent stabilization;

  • shock-resistant plastic case;

  • there are no extraneous sound interference even during filming in a noisy area;

  • the presence of an ultra-wide-angle lens;

  • illumination from the rear side of the camcorder;

  • compactness and lightness (83 grams).

Flaws

  • remote control may cause rare failures;

  • a small viewing angle that creates a fisheye effect.

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Sony HDR-AS300

Rating: 4.6

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Another representative of Full HD 1080p action cameras that support shooting widescreen videos and have a matrix with a resolution of at least 8 megapixels. The camera is equipped with a liquid crystal screen and an optical image stabilizer, so that you can record media content even with dynamic, “ragged” movement. The case of the device is made to support high standards of quality and protection, so that neither dust nor moisture can get under it (thanks to the included aquabox, it can easily dive to a depth of 60 meters).

The Sony HDR-AS300 is great for long outdoor adventures, with a battery life of up to 2.55 hours to capture your most memorable moments. The gadget is equipped with a built-in GPS sensor, a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, as well as a whole bunch of ports for flash cards and other drives.

Advantages

  • excellent shooting in low light;

  • there is stabilization, which allows to exclude blurring of the picture even with sudden movements;

  • compact and ergonomic body;

  • lightness (only 109 grams);

  • excellent recorded sound quality (however, no high-frequency noise filtering)

Flaws

  • the camera turns on more slowly than competitors;

  • there is no port protection for a flash card: it can be inserted in any direction, even with a slight skew.

Sony HDR-AS50

Rating: 4.5

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The cheapest and unremarkable, but at the same time, the representative of action cameras from Sony, beloved by users. The HDR-AS50 has an 11-megapixel CMOS sensor, which does not perform well in twilight and night, but allows you to get a juicy and detailed picture in good daylight. The focal length of the lens is adjustable from 18.4 to 21.8 millimeters, thereby making it possible to change the angle of capture of the camera and situationally adapt to the events captured.

Unlike competitors, this device has an electronic image stabilizer – the picture may shake slightly when recording in motion. However, there is no need to complain: consumers highly appreciate the potential and capabilities of the camera in terms of the purchase price. In addition to Full HD recording, it provides a whole set of additional “gadgets” that allow you to shoot both on land and under water. By the way, do not forget about the low weight of 53 grams, which makes the HDR-AS50 the lightest device in the ranking.

Advantages

  • the lightest representative of the rating (53 grams);

  • sufficiently powerful matrix of 11 megapixels;

  • electronic image stabilizer;

  • attractive appearance;

  • low price.

Flaws

  • despite the presence of an aquabox, the camera requires the purchase of an additional lens for shooting underwater;

  • the image may “shake” due to the limitations of electronic stabilization.