Today, Sony announced the release of the new RX0 II, a successor to the RX0, which we reviewed about one and a half years ago. Quick reminder: those types of cameras are waterproof/dust-proof, shockproof, crushproof and ultra-compact.
The most significant changes, compared to the previous model, are the ability to record 4K/30 internally (full pixel readout and no pixel binning), the deployment of the much needed and requested image stabilisation solutions (In-body electronic stabilisation) and on top, there now is an up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater.
According to Sony, some camera functionality can be enhanced further when footage is exported to a smartphone or tablet running the ‘Movie Edit add-on’ application, where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness. Another new feature that can be accessed via Sony’s ‘Movie Edit add-on’ is ‘Intelligent Framing’, where the selected subject is kept in the centre of the frame and image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, the required aspect ratio can then be selected.
Additional movie features of the RX0 II include Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1000 fps, uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording.
Sony RX0 II specs at a glance:
- 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP image sensor
- ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens
- Internal 4K video recording recording (Up to 100Mbps)
- New in-body electronic image stabilisation solutions
- Flip screen (up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen)
- S-Log2 picture profile
- ISO range: 80-12800
- Waterproof (up to 10 metres deep)
- Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1000 fps
- Microphone Input
- Clear Image Zoom
- Shockproof up to 2 metres and crushproof up to 200kg force
- Microphone input jack and Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1)
- Multi-camera solution option
- Advanced functionality for stills photography including up to 1/32000 sec. Anti-distortion Shutter and up to 16fps continuous shooting
The new Sony RX0 II will be available during May 2019 and will cost €800 (in Europe) while already being available at B&H for pre-order for $698.
What do you think about Sony’s new ultra-compact camera? Did you have a chance to use the original model in any of your productions? Please share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.