GoPro and Sony are two of the most popular brands in the action camera market. Both offer great features and advantages, but which one is the best for you? In this article, we will compare GoPro vs Sony action cameras to help you decide which one is right for you.
Nick Woodman founded GoPro in 2002. It is known for its high-quality action cameras. The first-ever action camera was designed by the CEO with the intention of capturing himself surfing.
Since then, the company has seen tremendous growth. GoPro is one of the most respected action camera manufacturers in the world. It is used today by adventurers all over the world, as well as casual users.
GoPro is essentially a small camera that has almost all of the same positive characteristics as a camcorder and point-and-shoot camera. GoPro cameras are compact, waterproof, durable, and virtually unbreakable, which is a major advantage over the other two.
A GoPro camera usually has an image sensor, a wide-angle lens, and a processor. There are a maximum of three microphones. These cameras have a cleaner interface with just two to three buttons. Advanced versions include touchscreen functionality that allows for better control. The company makes its own video editing software.
Sony is a well-known name in technology. It is a Japanese company that makes electronic products for both professionals and consumers. The company was founded by Masaru Ibuka, Akio Morita, and began as a telecommunications firm that produced tape recorders.
Its niches include entertainment devices, gaming systems, mobile phones, and televisions. Cyber-Shot is a brand that offers a wide range of point-and-shoot and digital cameras.
In 1996, the first of these cameras were released. This was back in a time when digital cameras were considered a luxury. Slowly, the company expanded into other types such as DSLR and reflex cameras. It also sells high-quality action cameras, which are slowly becoming the norm in the world.
GoPro Vs Sony
GoPro HERO 9 Vs Sony FDR-X3000
The GoPro HERO 9 has a larger height, width, depth, and camera than its predecessor, the HERO 8. The removable lens can be removed by twisting and pulling. It also has a larger battery, larger sensors, a wider front display, and a square back display.
The rare screen measures 2.27 inches, and the front screen is 1.4 inches. The camera features a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and a 23.6-megapixel sensor. It can record 5k at 30fps, up to 1080p @ 240fps, and can also record 5k at 30fps. The battery is 1720mAh. It has a HyperSmooth 3.0 that provides excellent stabilization.
This action camera is the most advanced and modern on the market.
GoPro HERO 9 offers a resolution range of 5k-30fpf, 40k-60fps, and up to 1080p 240fps.
The stability of the GoPro HERO 9 is HyperSmooth 3.0.
It is bigger than its predecessor, HERO 9. The back has a large screen. The rare screen measures 2.27 inches. The front screen measures 1.4 inches. It measures 71mm in width, 55mm high, and 33.6mm in depth.
It is 158g in weight. It is lighter than the GoPro Max action camera models. The GoPro Max is also a good choice.
This powerful action camera features a 23.6-megapixel sensor. A camera’s megapixel count determines its image and video quality. HERO 9’s high megapixel makes it possible to capture 5k videos and 20-megapixel still photos. This sensor allows you to capture still images from video. This sensor must be powerful to produce high-quality images.
It comes with a removable 1720mAh battery that can last for 2 hours and 11 minutes.
The GoPro HERO 9 is available for purchase at $449. It is not cheap, but it is well worth it.
The Sony FDRX3000 has Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth built-in. It also includes a microphone jack and rechargeable battery pack. Attach buckle, underwater housing, and a start guide. It is splashproof, dustproof, and waterproof to 197 feet. You can choose from Narrow, Medium, and Wide viewing angles.
You can control and remote it via Wi-Fi. The built-in stereo microphone allows you to produce excellent audio. The interface is simple. The LCD screen has all of the menus easily accessible. You can control the camera via your smartphone using a mobile app.
This image has a resolution of 4k. It can record at 30p and 24p (3840×2160). It can record HD 1080p at 50 mb/s with XAVC and up to 28 MB when using the MP4 compression mode.
The ultimate in image stability is achieved by this action camera. The Active mode and Balanced Optical SteadyShot Stabilization combine to give it stability. This amazing stabilization system makes it easier to capture crystal clear still images while on the move.
It measures approximately 29.4mm wide, 47.0mm high, and 83.0mm deep.
It is 114g in weight. It weighs 114g, including the battery.
The sensor type is BSI-CMOS. The sensor’s dimensions are (5.744 x 4308 mm). The effective pixel is an 8.2-megapixel sensor
It has an NP-BX1 3.6V battery. The battery life is 125 minutes when Wi-Fi is turned off. It can also be used to shoot MP4 (1920×1080 30pHQ). The battery can be charged for up to 155 minutes if Wi-Fi is turned on.
- 4k Video: Yes
- Sensor: 1/2.3’’ Exmor R(r). GoPro does not officially release sensor specifications.
- Photo Megapixels 12MP
- LCD Display: Yes
- Touchscreen: Yes
- Audio Input: Special GoPro adapter needed
SONY FDRX3000 ACTION CAMERA
- Yes, 4k Video
- Sensor: 1/2.5’’ Exmor R(r), CMOS
- Photo Megapixels 12MP
- LCD Display No
- No Touchscreen
- Audio Input: 3.5mm microphone jack
- Waterproof No
SONY RX0 II
- 4k Video: Yes
- Sensor: 1.0’’ Exmor RS(r), CMOS
- Photo Megapixels: 15MP
- LCD Display: Yes
- Touchscreen: No
- Audio Input: 3.5mm microphone jack
Video and Image Quality
Sony RX0 II
The Sony RX0 II excels in image and video quality. If quality footage is your primary concern, the RX0 II will be preferred to the GoPro and the Sony FDR X3000 Action Cam.
The sensor in the RX0 II is much larger and more powerful than that found in a GoPro, X3000, or X3000. You will get a better dynamic range, better low-light performance, and some depth in the field. The autofocus isn’t continuous, but it’s not a major issue in the grand scheme.
It is amazing how small a camera can achieve such quality depth of field. Vloggers will love this camera because the focal length of the RX0 II is ideal for blurring the background and getting your face. This is why the RX0 II was made to be more of an action camera than a vlogging cam.
Advanced users will love the fact that the RX0 II can shoot in SLog-2. This allows you to have more control over the footage after it is shot. SLog-2 is an excellent feature, but it’s only for people who are willing to spend some time editing footage with third-party software.
The RX0 II’s excellent video quality has two limitations. It is not a good choice for an action video. The focal length of the camera is 24mm. A GoPro Hero7 in Wide mode, on the other hand, has a focal length of only 6mm. The RX0 II’s video quality may be superior, but it will not give you the wide angles you need to capture action shots.
Another problem is that the RX0 II can overheat after approximately 15 minutes of 4k filming. This is not a problem for those who shoot short clips with these cameras, but it could be a deal-breaker for those who need longer videos.
GoPro HERO7 BLACK
While the RX0 II is superior in image quality and video quality, the GoPro is better for actual action. The Hero7’s view field is much wider than that of the RX0 II, and that alone gives it an edge in the action department.
The Hero7 is a significant step up for GoPro. It is easily the best action cam in terms of video quality, and it’s amazing how much it can accomplish with such a small sensor.
My only gripes with the GoPro are with color and low-light performance. To avoid excessive saturation, you will need to tweak the settings. While some people like the look of oversaturated footage, I don’t love it. Low light performance is just part of the beast, even though it has a tiny sensor.
The Hero7 can capture some great action footage. Low light is the only area where it really struggles. This is a good compromise for a small, powerful camera.
It is difficult to rank the Sony FDR X3000 last without mentioning that it is several years old. It is a very good camera that holds up against GoPro’s image quality and video quality.
The X3000 Action Cam does a great job of delivering good footage in a compact package. Many users still love it because they can get more natural-looking footage with less effort.
Stabilization of Image
GoPro Hero 7 Black
GoPro has invested a lot of time and effort in image stabilization. The Hero7 Black offers the best image stabilization on the action camera/mini cam market.
You’ll find many bloggers and vloggers calling the Hero7 a “gimbal killer” because of its excellent stabilization. Although I can confirm that such a statement is absurd, it doesn’t diminish the Hero7’s impressive performance.
This thing is amazing when it’s just being held in one hand. The Hero7 has a significantly reduced amount of side-to-side shake and jitters than the Hero6 model. Although you will still experience some bounce while running, it is not as severe as the Hero6 model.
As with all things in digital photography/videography, the image stabilization performance falls off significantly in low light. If you shoot in low light often, the FDR X3000 and the RX0 II may be worth your consideration.
The GoPro uses electronic stabilization instead of the Sony options that use physical image stability. While the electronic image stabilization of the GoPro is an undisputed champion in most settings, it can’t compete with Sony’s low-light physical image stabilization.
When it was released a few years ago, the Sony FDR X3000 was widely regarded as having the best image stabilization on the action cam market. While GoPro has improved its stabilization, the X3000 remains a strong contender.
The X3000’s stability has the greatest advantage because it uses physical stabilization instead of electronic. While the impact of this could be discussed for hours, the main point is that the X3000 will be a little more stable than the Hero7 Black in low-light settings.
SONY RX0 II
It is somewhat of a technicality that the Sony RX0 II comes in last for image stabilization. If we did not account for focal length, it would be likely to be ahead of FDR X3000.
The RX0 II’s stabilization is excellent for its price. It has a 24mm focal length, which is why it can’t match the X3000. The X3000 has a focal length of 17mm when it is set to “Wide.”
24mm focal length makes it more “zoomed-in” than true action cameras such as the Hero7 and FDR X3000. Even though the RX0 II is very stable relative to image stabilization, it won’t look as stable as action cameras with wide-angle fields of view.
SONY RX0 II
Two reason the RX0 II wins is its design. It sounds good right out of the box, despite being waterproof. It also has a built-in 3.5mm microphone jack. The Rode VideoMicro is my favorite mic to pair up with the RX0 II
In recent years, cameras have improved in audio quality and added protection against the elements. Previously, waterproof cameras could produce terrible audio. You can get serviceable performance from a waterproof camera that can still be submerged.
The RX0 II wins in audio, thanks to its 3.5mm audio output. The RX0 II combines the best of both audio and waterproof audio. It also offers endless options to attach an external microphone.
Let me just say that it was hard for the Audio Quality category to choose between second and third place. For a few reasons, I prefer the FDR X3000 to the Hero7.
First, the X3000’s sound is better than the Hero7’s. Surprisingly the x3000 sounds better out of the box than the RX0 II. The X3000 isn’t waterproof unless it is placed in a separate waterproof housing.
Next, ask yourself, “How does waterproof housing affect the X3000 sound quality?” The answer is “a lot”. The Sony FDR X3000 Action Cam’s audio quality is the worst when it is placed inside its housing.
The X3000 has a 3.5mm microphone jack, which is a balancing point. You have much more flexibility to attach external microphones, which will significantly improve audio quality.
GoPro HERO7 Black
We don’t give GoPro’s Hero7 an advantage over the Sony FDR X3000 because the Hero7 lacks an audio jack. The X3000 would be behind if the Hero7 was waterproof without an audio-muffling waterproof case.
It seems absurd that the GoPro does not come with a microphone connector. The waterproof audio quality is good, but the GoPro would not be complete without a microphone jack.
You have a solution, so don’t be too worried. GoPro sells an external microphone adapter that connects to the Hero7. Although it’s awkward to hang on your GoPro, it solves the mic jack problem.
If you are wondering, yes, GoPro forces you to buy a 3.5mm microphone jack adapter rather than include a built-in one. It’s not a major issue, but I will give it a pass. There are so many positive aspects to the Hero7 that it shouldn’t stop people from purchasing it.
User Interface & Ease of Use
GOPRO HERO7 BLACK
You shouldn’t be surprised if you have used a GoPro camera over the past few years that the Hero7 is the best because of its ease-of-use interface.
GoPro did an amazing job creating a stunning interface. It is very easy to use and allows for quick access to all features with just a few swipes and clicks. You can adjust settings on the fly without having to go through endless menus.
The LCD screen is touchscreen-enabled, so the Hero7 has that feature as well. It’s amazing how useful it is to be capable of navigating menus using a small action camera screen.
GoPro also has some great apps for your smartphone. These apps make it easy to convert your footage into edits that can be shared on social media.
There isn’t much more to be said. For anyone who is looking for a simple interface on a small camera, the Hero7 wins. You can turn it on and change some settings or nothing, and then you are good to go.
SONY RX0 II
Although the RX0 II interface has a lot of power, it can be difficult to use. Anyone who is familiar with modern Sony cameras will understand what I mean.
I’m not being facetious. When it comes to full-frame and APSC cameras, I am a big fan of Sony. The A7III is my primary camera. My A7III is rarely available, so I use my A6000 with the best crop sensor lenses. My point is that I am very comfortable using Sony interfaces.
I can understand why the Sony interface can sometimes be frustrating for people who don’t want to spend too much time learning it. The RX0 II doesn’t make this any easier. It can do almost anything you want (e.g., Eye AF), but it does require some learning.
The RX0 II’s standout feature is its rotating flip-screen LCD. This LCD flip screen LCD is a dream for vloggers. If you consider it a disadvantage, it’s that it’s not a touchscreen.
It’s not something I will sugarcoat: The interface of the X3000 Action Cam is terrible. Although there are many things I love about the X3000 Action Cam, the interface is not one of them.
The X3000’s screen is quite small compared to the RX0 II and Hero7. This tiny window only shows the most important information. It’s simple and straightforward on the one hand. It’s also outdated and obsolete in today’s times.
I don’t think the X3000 is inferior. Even though it is several years old, it performs very well against the competition. It struggles in this area.
Durability And WaterProofing
You immediately feel safe and secure when you buy a Sony RX0 II. It is.
The RX0II can be waterproofed up to 33ft and shockproof up to 6’5′. It is also crushproof up to 400lbf. The RX0II can take anything you throw at it.
The RX0 II can be stored in a small box. There are no protrusions that could cause weak spots or catch on to things.
GOPRO HERO7 BLACK
While the Hero7 may not be as durable as the RX0 II, it is still very durable.
The GoPro can be taken up to 33 feet underwater. Although it is difficult to find exact durability measurements, Hero7 has been field-tested and can withstand serious abuse.
The X3000 is tough. It can’t take the beating of an RX0 II and Hero7.
The X3000’s greatest weakness is its inability to waterproof. Although it is somewhat water-resistant, it is not waterproof unless it is placed in external housing. It can withstand a small amount of water but not enough to submerge it.
GoPro HERO7 BLACK
The GoPro brand has built an ecosystem that is jam-packed full of accessories for the uninitiated.
GoPro sells everything you need: grips, microphones, tripods, and mounts. They almost all work with the Hero7.
Even novice users will find it easy to find the accessories that they need for the Hero7. Everything is plug-and-play compatible with GoPro cameras.
SONY RX0 II
The Sony RX0 II is definitely the best-selling accessory in the accessories category. It is essentially a miniature version of a full-featured camera.
Advanced users have unlimited options because the RX0 II allows them to use any third-party and Sony-brand accessories. The RX0 II can take almost any digital camera.
It is worth noting that the RX0 II features built-in threading at the bottom. This allows you to attach it directly to tripods, mounts, or gimbals.
Although the X3000 comes with a few accessories and mounts, it is not as robust as its competitors. You will find enough options to satisfy most users, but you might be surprised at how many accessories are available for the RX0 II or GoPro.
The X3000 has threading at the bottom, just like the RX0 II. It makes it easy for mounts and tripods to be attached to the X3000, but users may not want to create advanced cages around its unusual shape.
we can say that Sony has a better quality of pictures. The colors are more natural, and the photography is much more professional. As for the battery, the same, you will have to buy many batteries to have fun with your camera. The GoPro is really great because you can also use it as a camera when you are in the wild. The GoPro is a little bit cheaper than the Sony camera. This is why we can say that it is a better deal for you.