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Designed to compete against industry giants like GoPro and DJI, the Sony RX0 II (model DSC-RX0M2) is the company’s latest Ultra-Compact camera, packing an absolutely wide array of features into an absolutely tiny form factor.

The Sony RX0 II, along with shooting grip (VCT-SGR1), bracket and microphone. Image: Ian Ling

The RX0 II packs a 1.0-inch stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor into an ultra-compact, rugged and highly-compact body. The Zeiss T* 24mm f4.0 fixed wide-angle lens ensures ultimate image quality and controlled distortion at 4K internal recording. It has a minimum focus distance of 20cm.

4K recording is performed with zero pixel binning, instead oversampling about 1.7 times the required data to reduce moire and jagging to deliver smooth, high-quality 4K footage. This data can then be transferred to mobile devices via the Imaging Edge application.

The RX0 II. Image: Ian Ling

Electronic image stabilisation ensures high-quality content output, and can be further enhanced on mobile devices with the Movie Edit add-on application where the footage can achieve “gimbal-like smoothness”. The add-on application can also add “intelligent framing” that keeps the subject in the centre of the frame while correcting image distortion in the final edit.

For stills, the RX0 II features a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000s with Anti-distortion Shutter, and up to 16fps of continuous shooting. It also features a sensitivity range of ISO 80-12,800.

Image: Ian Ling

The RX0 II can also record Super Slow Motion at up to 1,000fps, along with uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording. It supports Picture Profile, S-Log2 and Time Code / User Bit functions for greater flexibility in the edit.

The headlining feature of the RX0 II is its 180-degree tiltable LCD LCD panel that allows for a wider range of applications – vlogging in specific.

With Clear Image Zoom, the fixed focal length RX0 II also features Eye AF and enhanced colour reproduction possible with the advanced Bionz X image processing engine for enhanced colour reproduction and optimised skin tones.

Compatible with separately-available Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1), the RX0 II is the ideal vlogging set-up when it comes to ergonomics.

The litany of impressive features are then further packed into a compact form factor measuring 59×40.5x35mm, and weighing only 132g. It is waterproof up to 10 metres, is dustproof, shockproof up to 2 metres and crush-proof up to 200KG of force.

For more specialist uses, the Imaging Edge Mobile application can control up to 5 RX0 II cameras, with slated support for control via an access point of between 6-50 cameras slated for Summer 2019. It is also compatible with the Camera Control Box (CCB-WD1), enabling up to 100 cameras to be wired-in and controlled concurrently.

The RX0 II is slated to be available in select Asia Pacific countries from April 2019. For reference, the RX0 II retails at USD 700.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

5 thoughts on “Sony RX0 II: Action, Compact, Vlogging Camera Rolled In One

  1. Raymond P.

    Can you tell me where to get the bracket for the microphone?

  2. the stabilizer is great, it handles shocks while driving really well, in my opinion the best choice in this price class

  3. So amazing how compact it is.

  4. impressive! I might have a try with this one.

  5. I’m looking for good setup that I can use both for taking professional images of my opal rings inventory and also the one that is fine for taking videos and streaming. I was thinking about this setup but I’m not 100% sure that it will be the best

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