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 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.
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.
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.