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  • Sony FDR X 3000 R Action Camera - Best Helmet Camera?

    Courtesy of Driver 'N' Rider
    Best Biker Action Camera?

    Riding a motorcycle requires your undivided attention with just a few inches of rubber keeping you on your bike. And tires are designed with safety in mind for grip and stopping power. Equally, manufacturers of motorcycle accessories from GPS to action cameras try to keep things as easy and straightforward as possible to keep your attention on the road. For adventure or insurance, which helmet cam can you rely on?
    A Cornered Market

    Three manufacturers stand out from the rest for motorcycle use: GoPro, Drift and Sony.
    GoPro, the market leader and the dudesfavourite have cornered just about every aspect of the action camera scene. Clever marketing and a very good product have caught the attention of surfers, adrenaline junkies and bikers alike. GoPro has since come a long way from the Woodman Labs era, and while not the first action camera to capture the first-person action, they certainly influenced the market we see today.
    GoPro perfectly timed their explosion into the extreme sports world as the World Rally Championship (WRC) gave us on-board views that amazed TV viewers, the rush of downhill skiing and fear - . But like many other manufacturers in other industries, the timing was their key to success,
    But lets forget surfing, skiing or scuba diving for a second, and let us focus on the all-Sony FDR X 3000 R Action Camera
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    The Sony FDR X 3000 R requires 3 adjustment for setting up. A threaded nut to secure the camera. Tilting hinge to level it left to right, and a rotating pad to lift and lower front image.

    The Drift has a single, screwed clamp. Once the desired angle is selected, the rotating lens makes setup easy and complete withing seconds.
    Below, Sony's push wedge still doesn't secure the camera firmly enough.
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    In contrast, the Drift Ghost-S is miles ahead in this area with a simple screw-mounted bracket which clicks into the pad with a rotating lens for picture alignment. There are no pivot points or elbow joints in the helmet mounting system. Setup takes 15 seconds or less.
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    Last edited by Jesus Jones; 11-13-2017, 09:34 AM.

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    Good Restraints Add to the Fun!

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    Riding with Quality and Stamina

    Picture quality is of course very important. 1080, 4K, 4K ultra and the next newness temptation around the corner. In reality, most vloggers in the car and motorcycle section will rarely use their material on a large screen TV. Viewers will tend to use Youtube via a PC, and more likely, their phone. The newness factor tends to distract from the overall quality of a device.

    The Sony FDR X3000R probably has the best picture quality out there at the moment. For family holidays, I prefer to use the Sony over my DJI Osmo+ simply because the Sony is quicker to set up in this scenario and does a fantastic job; both movie and still snapshots with its active stabilization.


    All is Fair in Lithium-ion and Volts

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    One thing to point out from the above and the subject of the bracket. It has a slider which allows you to tuck it up a little more firmly to the soft pad. While it did help, there is still too much movement.
    Using the wristwatch remote, I set the Sony up to 1080 60fps and ventured out for a ride. On this occasion, the journey was all road. Feeling a little uncertain toward the battery life, I pulled over to check the display on the little watch LCD for batter life. 25 minutes on and two blobs of juice were left to continue with my run. I ventured a little further before heading home not knowing if the battery still had juice. A quick glance revealed one blob of battery life left, so about an hour in 1080 60fps mode when using wifi to the wristwatch. Not bad, but half the life of the Drift Ghost-S in wifi mode and a meaty 3hr life without wifi enabled!

    Is it the Best Out There, Damn it!

    Has the Sony FDR X 3000 R filled in the gaps of both GoPro and Drift? And is it the new King of Helmet cameras?

    Last edited by Jesus Jones; 11-13-2017, 09:29 AM.


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      Added notes

      The weight difference between the two is marginal as can be seen by my highly advanced scales. Add the overly sized mounting pad to the Sony, and they are more or less identical.
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      To stiffen things up a littleDrift's bar mount and helmet mount make a speedier and more sturdy option to Sony's own. If mounted to the helmet, the best position in this configuration and setup is to mount it on top. While the image can be flipped in Sony setup presenting a side-mounted option, this will create a vertical image and not widescreen.

      Three-Year-Old Drift Ghost-S
      My three-year-old Drift is usually mounted to the crash bars and has survived many drops and scrapes over time, but it is still going strong. I've been so impressed with it despite the odd crash and restart, I bought another which is used constantly on the helmet!

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