Sony RX10 II and RX100 IV Firmware Update 1.20 Released + ROXOR Stabiliser News

Sony has just released a firmware update for both the super slow-mo premium bridge camera RX10 II and the pocket rocket RX100 IV. Firmware version 1.2 fixes a focus shift bug which occurs in HFR (high frame rate) mode, when you want to shoot in super slow-motion frame rates of 240/250fps, 480/500 and 960/1000fps. Here’s the statement on what’s in the remedial firmware from Sony:

“This utility updates the camera firmware to version 1.20 to improve a focus shift condition with HFR (High Frame Rate) recording.”

I am a huge fan of the RX10 II and the smaller RX100 IV. I currently own the Sony RX10 II and have had so far a very positive experience with it. I love the high frame rates, the fact that it can shoot in S-Log2 and also the Zeiss f2.8 zoom lens with a manual aperture ring and a f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range (24mm to 200mm 35mm equivalent). For those who haven’t read my first impressions of the camera,  you can do so here and here.

You can download the RX10 firmware 1.20 here, and the RX100 IV firmware here.

GH4 Honu cage Sony RX10 2

Here’s some Super Slow motion footage I shot with the RX10 II recently:

SonY RX10 2Sony RX10 II Features

  • 20.2 MP 1″ EXMOR RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K XAVC-S 100Mb/s
  • S-Log2 Gamma
  • 29 Min Recording limit per file in 4K
  • Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Eq)
  • Built-in one stage 3 stops electronic ND Filter
  • Slow Motion Video at 240/480/960 fps NTSC or
  • Slow Motion video at 250/500/1000 fps PAL
  • 3.0″ 1228K-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine TFT LCD
  • XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Audio Input Jack + Separate Headphone jack
  • Low-Light Sensitivity to ISO 12,800

roxor gimbal


Also, yesterday FilmPower, makes of the popular single hand gimbal stabiliser Nebula 4000, shares a few more details about their latest ROXOR 4K integrated camera and gimbal stabilisers. The ROXOR is currently available to pre-order for $199 with expected retail price of $399 and going head-t0-head with a more slick and premium DJI OSMO stabiliser (which is available for $649 from B&H).

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Filmpower Roxor chart

The ROXOR will feature a 1/2.3 inch 12.4MP BSI CMOS sensor, record in 4K, Half-4K (1440p), Full HD, 720p and 480p and take 20 megapixel stills (as compared to 12MP on the OSMO). Slow-motion capabilities include, 60fps, 120fps, and 240fps.

  Film Power ROXOR
Price $199(Pre-ORDER) $399(MSRP)
3-Axis Gimbal Yes
LCD View Finder Yes;2inch
CMOS Sensor 1/2.3 12.4mp in-type back-illuminated CMOS
Video Resolution 4K;1440P;1080P;720P;480P
Photo Resolution 20MP
Frame Rates 60FPS ;120FPS; 240FPS
Wi-fi Remote Control Yes
Battery Life Approx. 2hr, replaceable battery


In comparison to the DJI OSMO, which features:

Price $649
3-Axis Gimbal Yes
LCD View Finder No
CMOS 1/2.3 12.4mp in-type back-illuminated CMOS
Video Resolution 4K;2.7K;1080P;720P
Photo Resolution 12MP
Frame Rates 60FPS;120FPS;240FPS
Wifi  Yes
Battery Life Approx. 1hr, replaceable battery

On one hand, the DJI OSMO does also include a 2.7K recording option, but does have shorter battery life. However, DJI has a really strong reputation in the field for making products easy to use and rather fool proof, at least on the pro-sumer and consumer level. Plus OSMO does seem like a more refined and slick unit, with a major advantage of changing the 4K camera gimbal for a more powerful Xenmuse X5 Pro or the Raw version.

All in all, if the ROXOR delivers on this spec and if it has decent built quality for $199 I think it may just be a permanent fixture in my bag. Can’t wait to see some footage when available. You can pre-order your ROXOR directly from FilmPower.

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