Sony just announced the RX0 II, the successor to their “ultra-compact” rugged, action-like RX0 camera. One of the biggest complaints with the previous model was the lack of 4K internal recording options. The predecessor Sony RX0 could only output 4K via HDMI to an external recorder. Well, the new Sony RX0 II remedies that with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30fps internal recording in the XAVC-S codec at 100Mbs onto a microSDXC card. S-log2 on-board is also available in addition to a 4K UHD output via HDMI.
In addition to the internal 4K recording, which nonetheless is a very welcomed improvement, the RX0 II also gets a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen (can also tilt downward 90 degrees) for all your selfie and vlogging needs. At least that’s Sony’s plan – to get this camera into the hands of vloggers.
The newly announced Sony RX0 II gets a 1.0-inch stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor and an advanced BIONZ X image processing engine for enhanced colour reproduction. The lens is a fixed ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 wide-angle lens has a shortened minimum focusing distance of 20cm.
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In addition to the 4K/30p internal recording (with full pixel readout and no pixel binning) the RX0 II also utilizes an in-body electronic image stabilization to help you get smoother shots when vlogging or running around with the camera. Super-slow motion up to 960fps/1000fps is also possible, but at diminishing resolutions, the most useful of which hover around the 120/100fps mark, which if you are familiar with the other 1.0-inch sensor cameras from Sony, ain’t bad at all.
The RX0 II retains the same compact and rugged form factor as the predecessor and weighs at just 132g. The RXo II is water-proof up to 10 meters, dust-proof, shock-proof up to 2 meters and also offers a crush-proof protection of forces up to 200 kg.
Sony RX0 II Features
1.0-inch stacked 15.3MP sensor
Waterproof, rugged, and compact body
4K UHD/30p (3840 x 2160) XAVC-S 100Mbs internal recording
4K HDMI output available
1080p/120/100fps (total resolution varies)
ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 fixed wide-angle lens
180-degree tiltable LCD panel
Records onto micro SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I U3 required for 4K)
In an upgrade from the original RX0, Sony claim that colour reproduction “has been enhanced to reproduce natural and vivid colour of human skin”, and the optional Soft Skin Effect can be applied to cover minor blemishes and wrinkles.
For those of you planning to take some snaps with the RX0 II, Sony is also adding their popular and very accurate Eye AF technology.
The new Sony RX0 II camera is estimated to start shipping sometime in April 2019 for approximately $700 US and $900 CA. Pre-orders for the RX0 II from authorised dealers such as B&H will start soon.