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Old December 12th, 2016, 07:52 PM   #1
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Sony FDR X3000 audio Test

The audio of the Sony X3000 is excellent. Here is a test: an *unamplified* violin playing in the basement of Grand Central Terminal. Of course there is lots of noise - people walking around, construction, carts going by. But the violin comes through clearly. More importantly, there is no sound pumping from bad AGC - when the violinist stops playing, you do not hear a bump up in background noise. And the sound of the violin is gorgeous.


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Old December 13th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #2
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Mark - thanks for posting your audio test example as that is good to know.

In addition to the audio, one other “test” I noticed was how the video can be done incognito, or candid, as hardly anyone seemed to notice the cam. On the other hand, if the video was being done with a large cam then there would surely be a different reaction from the passersby. There are many people who react differently if they know they’re being recorded. Something like a shoulder cam installed inside an attache case (to hide it and with a hole for the lens) then mounted on a tripod probably wouldn’t cut it.

The past couple months I was trying to take candid family videos with the AX53 but is was difficult, even without the Rode SVM on it. I was able to get some but not nearly as much as I would have liked. Last week I had it locked off in an out-of-the-way corner of the room and the birthday girl asked me about the little red flashing light on the cam. Oops, reminder to self: cover light with some tape.

The Grand Central Terminal looks like an interesting structure. I was looking at the support beams in the ceiling and the wide clear span. Impressive.

Just noticed your note at the bottom of the post, and you did that video handheld? Wow! Also impressive!
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Old December 13th, 2016, 11:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for the comments. The X3000 actually has an option to turn off the led's that light up when shooting - with a choice of which ones to turn off (there is one in front, on top, and in back).

It is really fun to carry a little 4K, stabilized camcorder in one's pocket and shoot anywhere, inconspicuously. The good audio and video are a bonus.
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Old December 13th, 2016, 02:10 PM   #4
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Re: Sony FDR X3000 audio Test

The AX53 has the option to turn off all the lights too. I shoot in the theatre and all my cameras have the record lights off and just the card indicators light up on the back or side. No need to stick tape over them.

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Old December 16th, 2016, 08:25 AM   #5
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Has anyone tried the Live-View wrist remote for the X3000? Or do you just use your phone?
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Old December 16th, 2016, 10:49 AM   #6
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Has anyone tried the Live-View wrist remote for the X3000? Or do you just use your phone?
I use the live-view remote attached to the Sony finger holder. This makes the X3000 essentially a one-unit tiny, pocketable 4K camcorder with BOSS (and good audio).
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