Sony debuted their new RX0 Action Camera at the PhotoPlus Expo this past weekend and we got to rub our grubby fingers all over the sleek aluminum-body. Capable of outputting uncompressed 4K UHD video via HDMI to an external recorder, it also records up to 1080p60 internally at 50 Mb/s in XAVC.
The big sell for Sony is that the Zeiss 24mm-equivalent f/4.0 lens provides a wide-angle view, but without the distorted, fish-eye view that plagues most action cameras. Its 21MP 1″ stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor claims to produce minimal rolling-shutter artifacts, and is protected by the RX0’s waterproof, crushproof, and shockproof body.
Sony RX0 Features:
» 21MP 1″ Stacked CMOS Sensor
» Zeiss 24mm-Equivalent Lens, f/4 Aperture
» Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Body
» Waterproof to 33′, crushproof under 440 pounds, and shockproof to 6.5′
» Records 1080p60 Video Internally
» Outputs 4:2:2 uncompressed UHD 4K to an external recorder via HDMI Output
» Shutter speeds up to 1/32,0000 per second
» Super-slow motion up to 960/1000 fps
» XAVC-S, AVCHD and .MP4 Recording
» Timecode-Sync Multiple Cameras
» Records video clips longer than 30 minutes
» S-Log2 Gamma & Picture Profile Settings
» Control via iOS or Android Sony Play Memories App
» NTSC and PAL–compatible
Other applications include employing several RX0 cameras for multi-camera recording. In fact, you can timecode-sync up to five cameras with Bluetooth or more when connected to a Wi-Fi router. This makes it useful for concerts, stunts, and other multi-camera applications. Camera control is offered via the iOS and Android Sony Play Memories smartphone app. One caveat is the aperture is only f/4, meaning low-light environments could be a challenge.
A 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor provides extended dynamic range and high-speed readout, even at super-slow motion rates of up to 960/1000 fps. This anti-distortion shutter features speeds up to 1/32000 per second, capable of freezing the action with minimal skew. Customize your image capture with multiple Picture Profiles, including the S-Log2 gamma setting.
Internal recording options include 24/25/30/50 and 60 fps at 1080p, all at 50 Mb/s in the XAVC codec. Still photos can be captured in both raw and JPEG with shutter speeds as fast as 1/32,000/second, and in continuous-shooting bursts up to 16 fps. Uncompressed UHD 4K video is output via HDMI for capture to external recorders. The Sony RX0’s additional pro-style features include manual- and auto-focus modes, a 20″ minimum focus distance, S-Log2 recording, NTSC and PAL compatibility, and on-camera control buttons.
The Sony RX0 is waterproof down to 33′, and can be used down to 330′ with the optional MPK-HSR1 waterproof housing (available separately). The durable RX0 camera is also shockproof from impacts up to 6.5′, and crushproof under weights up to 440 pounds.
The Sony RX0 Compact Camera comes with: NP-BJ1 Battery, AC Adapter, Micro USB Cable, Wrist Strap,
Memory Card Protector and a Limited 1-Year Warranty.
The Sony RX0 costs $699 and is available now.