But Gopro had very little competition in the sport/action camera, some tried but failed....Until now.
Yes finally a true challenger! Thanks to Sony they have popped the Gopro bubble with their latest camera, the FDR-X3000. What's the big difference? Well there two big ones. The fist is the fantastic image stabilisation that the Sony offers.Thanks to a clever built in optical stabilisation, Sony offer very steady footage, and steady footage for an action camera is a VERY big deal! And you can have smoother footage all in 4K. This little beast can give you super smooth slow motion shots too with 120 fps at 1080 and 240 fps at 720.
Now the second big thing : the microphone.
Sound quality is a lot better than the Gopro 5 and you have a jack port to plug in an external microphone, if you use it without the waterproof case. And that is a huge step forwards still don't understand why Gopro never done this...
For those who like the little screen on the more recent Gopros, Sony have a clever little monitor that looks like a watch. Sony use as usual a quality Zeiss lens on the FDR.
I have been looking for a very long time for something else ( and better) than a Gopro and finally there is something out there! Its not cheap, with a retail at 550/650€ but neither is the Gopro 5 at around 429€. But i really think the extra money will go a very long way here.
Here is a nice little video to show you more why i am switching to the Sony side.