Page 2 : Closer Look At The Sony X1000V, The Live View Remote
Closer Look At The Sony X1000V
The Sony FDR-X1000V camera has just 3 buttons to control and navigate the menu. In fact, it doesn’t even have a dedicated On/Off button. Turning on is simple – just press any of the 3 buttons, except the Record button on top. Pressing that obviously turns the camera on to immediately start recording a video based on your last recording mode.
Turning it off is a completely different story. You actually need to navigate through the menu to turn the camera off, depending on your existing recording mode. Alternatively, you can wait for the camera to turn off by itself in 20 or 60 seconds. This option can be disabled if you want.
The Next and Previous buttons at the side allow you to navigate the recording mode and the setup configuration, where the Record button doubles as the Enter button. The buttons’ tactile feedback is pretty inconsistent, especially the red Record button which failed to register my presses on some occasions.
It is also painful to navigate using the buttons, as they are not very responsive due to a laggy menu. The small LCD display also makes navigation and changing settings onerous because it cannot display the name of the options in full. It is much easier and faster to change the settings using the Live View Remote or the PlayMemories app on your smartphone.
The battery compartment, MicroSD slot, and other miscellaneous cable ports can be found under the back cover. As you can see, it is rubber sealed to prevent water seeping in.
There’s a 3.5mm microphone input jack at the bottom of the X1000V. You can attach an external microphone to it, should you require better sound recording.
The Sony FDR-X1000V also comes with built-in GPS capability. You can even create videos with GPS overlays using the Action Cam Movie Creator, if you turn on its GPS when you take photos or record a video.
If you have other Sony action cameras, you will be happy to know that Sony FDR-X1000V retains the same NP-BX1 battery. However, battery life is not that great if you are recording in the highest quality mode with WIFI enabled – it will last about 1 hour. Thankfully, Sony threw in an additional battery for free, which is a sweet deal.
The Live View Remote
The Previous and Next buttons on the Live View Remote has the same lack of tactile feel. However, the other buttons are fine. This inconsistency is not something I would expect from Sony. Thankfully, this is the only major concern.
The response time of its screen is almost seamless, with minimal lag. All the important options can be modified on the remote, and you can even playback and delete footage on the remote. It makes recording video so much easier, especially if the camera is out of your reach.