The Sony FDR-X3000R is a GoPro Hero 5 action camera rival that really packs a visual punch, but what are the best accessories you should buy and what do they do?
For those who want an action cam from someone other than GoPro, you have the Sony FDR-X3000R. This 4K-capable video camera has a Zeiss Tessar lens, Exmor CMOS sensor and Bionz X image processor, which combine to offer excellent video quality.
But what really separates the Sony FDR-X3000R is that it offers physical image stabilisation at 4K, where the GoPro Hero 5 only offers it digitally for a less effective result. Sony’s BOSS system (Balanced Optical Steady Shot) really does smooth out video footage nicely.
In its X3000R version, you get the Live View Remote, which can be attached to a number of accessories or worn on your wrist as a watch. Not only does this make recording convenient, it lets you line up a shot regardless of whether you can physically get there.
If you already own the Sony FDR-X3000R, you probably know all that anyway. But what you may not know is what accessories are worth buying, how much they cost and where you can get them from. Here’s what you need to know.
You can also check out our guide to how to get the most from your Sony FDR-X3000R action camera.
£475.60 | Sony FDR-X3000R 4K action cam
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Finger Grip
The Sony FDR-X3000R is too small to really hold on its own, which makes the Sony AKA-FGP1 Finger Grip rather useful. The trigger shape makes it comfy to hold, while it comes with a lens cap and has somewhere to mount the Live View Remote display.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Lens protectors
In terms of cost, the Sony AKA-MCP1 MC Protector is pricey, but it does provide an extra layer of protection for the lens, which is much pricier to replace. It locks into place tightly and the string ensures you avoid losing it.
Given the price of the Sony FDR-X3000R, this is a really useful accessory for peace of mind. Filming outside a car, for instance, could easily see a stone kick up and do some serious damage that could otherwise be minimised or even prevented.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Shooting grips
Sony’s VCT-STG1 shooting grip is a little plasticy, but the construction is solid and it provides a comfortable way to use your FDR-X3000R action cam and Live View Remote. The string attachment helps ensure you never drop it.
Little tripod legs make it useful for certain shots, although there is no screw hole on the bottom to put it on another tripod for increasing the height. It is also pricey, but we find ourselves using this the most, especially as it works well for vlogging.
For a cheaper camera grip, the Fantaseal Pistol-Style camcorder mount is good (especially as it has a screw hole at the bottom for attaching other accessories such as a microphone), but it may get you more attention at airport security. The soft plastic is comfy to hold.
The Neewer Camera Handle Pistol Handheld Stabiliser is even cheaper, but feels a little less comfortable than the Fantaseal.
£9.99 | Neewer Camera Handle Pistol Grip
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Battery packs
The official Sony battery lasts quite a while on the FDR-X3000R action camera, but it is worth carrying two for longer video shoots. The NP-BX1 rechargeable battery is pricey, but does the job flawlessly.
A third-party alternative is the ChiliPower NP-BX1, which comes with an external charger and two batteries ─ both of which have a larger capacity and last as long as the Sony above. Sadly, it is unavailable at the time of writing.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Selfie sticks, bike mounts & chest straps
There are so many accessories out there for action cams and one of the better options is the LuxeBell accessories kit as it comes with everything from a bike mount and chest strap mount to a head strap mount and car suction cup mount.
In terms of Sony, you can get the VCT0HM2 Handlebar Mount and or the VCT-HSM1 Helmet Side Mount but both are rather pricey and no less effective.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Car suction mounts
For filming cars of anything fast-moving, a suction mount is for you. The Sony VCT-SCM1 is, however, a bit rubbish as it struggles to stick to dashboards and its short length makes it less useful.
We would actually recommend the Delkin Fat Gecko Triple Mount as it sticks to interior and exterior materials very well and is able to cope with larger DSLR cameras if you buy the two or three-mount kit or just the one for the Sony FDR-X3000R.
£25.97 | Delkin Fat Gecko Suction Mount
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: MicroSD cards
You can film 4K footage at up to 100m quality, but doing so requires the right microSD card. The Lexar microSDHC 1,000x is fast enough, as is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. SDXC cards are the fastest.
32GB or 64GB makes the most sense as there is no harm in changing the memory card once in a while. Losing all your footage because of a corrupt card is, after all, going to be worse than losing part of the shoot.
You could try other microSD cards, but anything too slow will cause the 4K 100m option to be blacked out, which is bad because if you are filming at the maximum resolution it seems weird to go for anything but the best quality.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Camera shoe mounts
Bit of a niche product, but if you want to attach your Sony FDR-X3000R to your DSLR there is the Sony VCT-CSM1 Camera Shoe Mount. You can use it to film yourself or film whatever your camera is looking at.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: SD card cases
Storing your SD cars makes sense as you will either want them in working condition before using them or need to carry your footage home without losing or damaging them. A waterproof and shockproof case makes sense such as this one from Beeway.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Travel cases
Just about any small case with soft lining and a hard exterior will be perfect for transporting the Sony FDR-X3000R (we actually wrap ours in a microfibre and leave in the waterproof case). The iGadgitz EVA Carrying Hard case is worth a look given the low price, even if it is somewhat pokey.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Video tripods & monopods
Because the Sony FDR-X3000R is very small and weighs very little, you can get away with budget tripods although a video tripod makes the most sense as these allow you to pan smoothly.
Alternatively, the Manfrotto Monopiede monopod is cheap, strong and provides extra stability (as well as a great way to carry your camera) for your video though less than a full tripod obviously. Extends up to 145.5cm.
£16.99 | Manfrotto Monopiede monopod
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Microphones
The internal sound recording of the Sony FDR-X3000R is actually pretty good (better than the Hero5, anyway), especially as it has a setting for reducing wind noise, but an external microphone is essential if you want to improve the quality of your videos.
Official Sony microphones make more sense on a DSLR such as the Alpha A7 series (check out our Sony A7 accessories guide here), so we opted for something from Rode. The VideoMic Pro and VideoMicro Compact is a solid choice and it comes with a dead count that reduces wind noise.
The only issue with using the Sony FDR-X3000R is that there is nowhere to attach a microphone to the camera itself. A way around this is to buy the SmallRig 1960 Cold Shoe Mount Adapter and stick it to the side, but this inhibits the use of the waterproof case.
Sony FDR-X3000R accessories: Underwater housings
There is a video online of how to protect your Sony FDR-X3000R in the waterproof case you get in the box and keep a microphone plugged in permanently, which can be useful but it does stop the waterproofing. Luckily you can buy a replacement, but it is expensive.