Sony FDR-3000 vs DJI Osmo Mobile | What’s Best for YouTube?

In this review we take the Sony FDR-3000R and DJI Osmo Mobile out for a London field test. Testing the cameras under various conditions to see how they cope primarily with image stabilization and secondarily for day to day vlogging and field reports. During the tests we also flip out the device audio with an external Rode VideoMicro.

Tests
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0:29 Night Time Jogging
0:42 South West London Trains
1:25 London Underground
2:00 Selfie
2:48 Running
3:20 Walking Backwards News Report
4:03 Verdict
4:27 Welcome to London

Notes for the DJI Osmo Mobile
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This was our first field test with the DJI Osmo Mobile. Since then we’ve got better at using the Osmo and its features such as run mode, slower panning and all the quirks with making sure you place the external microphone connection carefully to avoid crackling audio when the wires collide with your hand.

We paired the Osmo with a Samsung S7 and a Rode VideoMicro for the footage seen here.

Notes for the Sony FDR-X3000R
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For some strange reason the camera was recording upside down so we had to flip the footage in post production. We recorded in 4K mode which meant that we had to use the fish eye lens. The remote was a pain to connect on the field, it worked ok indoors in the city but outside it wouldn’t connect. The battery bars fluctuated from 1 bars to 2 bars to 3 bars and back. The GPS also managed to never connect so no GPS meta data was included in the videos.

Additional Notes
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In the upcoming full review we’ll break down other features of using both setups, but a very important I’d like to mention is ease of use of getting the footage. With the DJI Osmo Mobile, as I was using my phone, I could simply hook into my current arrangement of automatically uploading the footage to my peronsal NAS drive, allowing me to instantly edit on my laptop. While the Sony required me to either eject the SD card or wire it in via USB, but more importantly, the naming convention on the Sony was barbaric with files being named C00001, C00002, C00003 and so on.

Where to Buy | Affiliate Links
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DJI Osmo Mobile
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Sony FDR-X3000
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Rode VideoMicro
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Rode SC4 Connector Cable
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