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Expert
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Registered: ‎02-03-2016
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Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

I am finding that even disabling the optical stabilisation on the X3000 still results in jello even in the smallest vibration.

 

On the same mount, the X1000 had totally zero. So it looks like the lens module is wobbling around, perhaps on springs.

 

I am tempted to open it up and put some epoxy in there. Any suggestions on how to do this?

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Registered: ‎11-02-2015
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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

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Maybe a Tom Tom bandit would be what you're looking for or either a Contour or a Garmin Virb 30.

I would ask this person: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE5HbW1za7E on how to safely disassemble the camera.

 

Have you ever tried to use the Sony AKA-MVA Motor vibration-dampener.

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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

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I wondered if the AS300 didn't have optical stabilisation?

 

I can't use that mount because the camera is in the waterproof housing which is very rigidly mounted to the platform.

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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

The AS300 uses the same hardware the X3000 uses.

:/
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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

OK thanks.

 

That youtube video is actually terrible... but it does show that the mechanism is very simple. It isn't a floating lens assembly like some old camcorders used. Sony are using fixed optics and move the sensor about behind them - like Pentax etc.

 

No wonder it is sensitive to vibration even when stabilisation is OFF.

 

I will fix it in place and report...

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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

I dismantled the X3000 and it turns out that it powers the sensor stabilisation mechanism all the time even when Steadyshot=OFF.

 

This is perhaps predictable since it is quite floppy...

 

I will epoxy it in place, in its central (stabilised) position.

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Message 7 of 28 (751 Views)

Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

Keep us updated and maybe shoot some images/a video on your mod to share with others.
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Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

Expert
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Message 9 of 28 (725 Views)

Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

Thank you very much Smiley Happy

I really appreciate the detailed commentary.

You risking to damage the camera during disassembly definetly helped to understand how the BOSS works on this camera.

I am going to share the video on the SonyActionCam subreddit - if someone asks a question in the comments there, I would recommend that you personally come by and answer it (IIRC you have a reddit account by the name of http://reddit.com/u/peterh337 ).
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Registered: ‎07-21-2016
Message 10 of 28 (718 Views)

Re: Which camera is dimensionally identical to X3000 but has NO stabilisation?

Would you opt for, instead, selling your cam and getting an AS50? No BOSS there!

Id gladly buy your cam if you didnt damage it

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