Sony aims to persuade action sports fans with the launch of its second-gen RX0 II action camera that it is worth it to spend almost twice the price of those from GoPro, DJI, and YI. Sony hopes that buyers can ignore the RX0 II’s lack of a wider touch screen and user-friendly interface, as well as its $698 price, with special crush-proof metal construction, flip-out screen, and great color reproduction. But in the end, cameras that cost half as much will give you improved results.

Sony RX0 II: Price

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Sony RX0 II: Design

The first thing you can find about the Sony RX0 II is that its construction quality is equivalent to virtually any other action camera out there on a pedestal of its own. Although plastic housing is available for GoPro, Yi, SJCam, and even the DJI Osmo Action camera, the Sony RX0 IIs is a sturdy, robust, solid metal. According to Sony’s tests, Sony says the camera is strong down to 10 meters (33 feet) with an IPX8 waterproof level, shockproof up to 6.5 feet, and is also crushproof up to 440 lbs./feet, unlike some of these other cameras.

The RX0 II is nearly similar to the GoPro Hero 7 (2.45 x 1.8 x 1.3 inches), measuring 2.4 x 1.6 x 1.3 inches, but unlike the GoPro version, the Zeiss lens of the RX0 II resides behind a flush plastic shell rather than one that protrudes from its frame. This makes it look a little more blocky for the Sony camera than the GoPro.

Sony RX0 II: Specifications

  • 0″-type (0.52″ x 0.35″) Exmor RS® CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
  • 15.33 Megapixels
  • IPX8 Waterproof/Crushproof/Dustproof Body
  • Wide-angle ZEISS® Tessar T* 24-mm F4 lens
  • 180-degree tilting LCD
  • Internal recording of 4K movies
  • Up to 960fps/1000fps13 super slow motion
  • Built-in Wifi & Bluetooth
  • Battery NP-BJ1
  • Battery Life Approximately 60 minutes of video shooting
  • Dimensions: 2-3/8 in x 1-5/8 in (59.0 x 40.5 x35.0 mm)
  • Weight: Approx. 4.7 oz (132 g) (Battery and microSD Memory Card are included)

Sony RX0 II: Design and Portability

You would be blown away by its size if you have never used an action camera, such as the GoPro or even the original RX0. Small is this matter! Since I have fairly broad hands, I can possibly fit three of them in my palm. It weighs only 4.7 lb, as I described above, and comes in at just 2-3/8 in x 1-5/8 in.

Since it is so thin, when it comes to the amount of buttons you have access to, you are a little constrained. You have a power button on top of the camera and a shutter button that allows you to take photographs, activate the time-lapse mode and start taking videos. You will see a menu button on the rear to access the main menu, left and right buttons to navigate the settings of the camera (one double the Fn feature menu), up and down arrows and a pick button.

I am also pleased to say that the rear LCD screen now articulates, allowing you not only to see the screen from unusual angles from behind, but to rotate it straight up entirely so that it also faces in front of the camera, ideal for vloggers and to take a short selfie in the field.

It also helped to take the time to configure both my Fn menu and the “My Menu” portion of the main menu, meaning that all the device’s core features that I need frequently are still just a click of a button away. This is particularly important for me when I try to catch a timelapse on the move when it comes to participating in the Intervalometer Shooting mode. I appreciate that Sony makes it easy for me to configure their products entirely, which is what I do for all my Sony mirrorless cameras.

Sony RX0 II: Conclusion

Compared to virtually any other action camera out there, the Sony RX0 II remains in a price group of its own. I’m not really sure I would recommend Sony’s action camera for the average user at $700, particularly with GoPro, Yi and now DJI with their newest DJI Osmo Action competition.

The amount of manual control available would not disappoint experienced videographers who want maximum exposure control. It was definitely a frustrating job to access any of these settings, however. I would recommend that you first look at one of these other versions, at double the cost of the GoPro Hero 7 ($350) and the recent DJI Osmo Action Cam ($350) with a front-facing lens.

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