Five years ago, Sony released their FDR-X3000 action camera, with class-leading BOSS stabilization. Many of YouTube’s most popular Vloggers – like Harald Baldr and Bald and Bankrupt (Benjamin Rich) – have used it to rack up billions of views. But, five years later, is it still worth buying this legendary Vlogging camera?
To find out, I’m going to compare it to the DJI Osmo Action – the best Vlogging action camera you can buy in 2021. And there will be plenty of side-by-side comparisons of video quality, audio quality and a discussion about Usability. We’ll also compare stabilization systems, pitting DJI’s Rocksteady agains’t Sony’s “Balanced Optical Steady Shot”. Can the modern electronic image stabilization compare to the gimbal-like BOSS system of yesteryear?