Sony Launches RX0 II Premium Ultra-Compact Camera
Sony has announced that it is bringing out in April the RX0 II – the second generation of its pocketable ultra-compact waterproof/dustproof, shockproof, crushproof RX0 model.
The new solid-aluminum model, weighing in at 132g, now offers internal 4K recording, and a flip-up LCD screen that tilts upward 180 degrees and downward 90 degrees and that works underwater; when folded, although it increases the camera’s depth, it keeps its overall footprint compact, says Sony. The new camera, to be available for $699.99, also contains new image stabilization solutions for video recording.
The RX0 II includes a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X image-processing engine that Sony says is 1.8 times faster than the engine on the RX0. A new Soft Skin effect mode on the camera smoothes facial wrinkles and other imperfections, and the improved Eye AF is said by the company to provide better detection accuracy. Also improved is the minimum focusing distance, via its ZEISS Tessar T 24mm F4.0 fixed wide-angle lens – 20 cm (or 7.8 inches) – making it suitable for shooting selfies at arm’s length.
The RX0 II also offers 4K 30p internal movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect around 1.7 times the amount of data required for 4K video. Using the recently introduced Sony Imaging Edge mobile app, this footage can be transferred to a smartphone, edited and shared across social networks, says the company.
This model also introduces in-body electronic stabilization for steady handheld performance – which can be enhanced when exporting footage to a smartphone or tablet by running the Movie Edit add-on app, where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness. An additional new feature that can be accessed through the app is Intelligent Framing, where the selected subject is kept in the center of the frame and image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, a variety of aspect ratios can then be selected, says Sony.
Additional movie features are: Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1,000 fps; uncompressed 4K HDMI output; and simultaneous proxy movie recording.
Still photography features include an Anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32,000 sec., and it can shoot at up to 16 fps.
Up to five RX0 II cameras can be controlled wirelessly using Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app, and between five to 50 cameras will be able to be controlled via an access point (due in Summer 2019). The RX0 II is also compatible with the Camera Control Box CCB-WD1, which enables up to 100 cameras to be connected and controlled in a wired multi-camera setup.
When the RX0 II is tethered via the VMC-MM2 release cable to a Sony Alpha series camera, a press of a button on the main, larger camera can work both it and the camera mounted atop it simultaneously.