Sony RX0 II Review

The Sony RX0 II is, as its name implies, the second edition of the original RX0 action camera, which was made available for purchase for the first time in 2017.

The primary improvements made to the Mark II RX0 include internal 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, in-body electronic stabilization when shooting video, an LCD screen that can now be tilted up to 180 degrees up and down to 90 degrees, improved color reproduction for human skin, a closer focusing distance of 20 centimeters, and an improved Eye AF mode. Additionally, the Mark II RX0 has a shorter minimum focusing distance.

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Aside from that, the RX0 II is identical to its predecessor in terms of its primary specifications. It has a massive 1-inch sensor, approximately 4x the size of other action cameras. 

As a result, it promises to deliver much better image quality. Additionally, it has 15.3 megapixels, a fixed 24mm f/4 lens, a 1.5-inch LCD screen, ISO125-12800 (extendable to ISO 80), a top shutter speed of 1/32000 of a second,

A Cage (VCT-CGR1), a Housing (MPK-HSR1), a Filter Adaptor Kit (VFA-305R1), a Cable Protector (CPT-R1), an extra battery (NP-BJ1), and a new Microphone Jack and Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) for vlogging are among the accessories that may be purchased separately.

Sony RX0 II Build Quality

This new version of the Sony RX0, the Mark II, maintains the same fundamental design as its predecessor. However, Sony must emphasize that it is not an action camera in the traditional sense. As a result, it is not a direct rival to the GoPro Hero 7 series, the recently released DJI Osmo Action, or any of the other want tobes that appear – to be unending in number.

Yet, at first glance, the RX0 II is a high-end action camera. This is because it has dimensions and weight comparable to a GoPro; precisely, it measures around 59 by 41 by 30 millimeters and weighs just 132 grams.

The primary reason for this model’s marginally increased dimensions and 22-gram weight increase over the first-generation RX0 is the inclusion of a rotatable LCD screen (more on this later).

It is also an incredibly robust camera, with outstanding levels of build quality that makes it look quite bombproof. In addition to being waterproof (down to 10 meters, IPX8 equivalent), shockproof (up to 2 meters), and crushproof, it is also highly rugged (up to 200kg).

Additionally, it retains the original model’s 24mm fixed wide-angle lens, another important trait that the majority of other action cameras also possess.

Sony RX0 II Focusing

The Sony RX0 II has a ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm lens that is permanently attached. Although it is not as wide as the lens on most other action cameras, it is still sufficiently wide to record most of the environment around you.

Sony RX0 II Lens Distortion

The RX0 II has equipped with the same ZEISS Tessar T* lens as the first-generation RX0. This lens contains six aspheric elements organized into six groups.

Again, we could not identify any significant barrel distortion in the image we took of the brick wall, and the vignetting produced by the f/4 lens is exceptionally well managed indeed.

The sharpness in the frame’s center is kept to an astounding degree to the frame’s edges, with just a slight decrease in clarity occurring during this process.

Sony RX0 II Exposure

Because it has a bigger imaging sensor than other action cameras, the RX0 performs very well when utilized in low-light environments. As a result, you will notice improvements in the dynamic range, color depth, and noise management. In addition, the RX0 outperforms every other action camera on the market regarding its image quality in low light.

However, if you want to manage the exposure manually, the most extended shutter speed you can choose is 1/4 of a second. Because of this, it is not feasible to make photographs with a lengthy exposure, which is unfortunate considering the camera has a 1-inch sensor.

Sony RX0 II Specs

Body typeUltracompact
Max resolution4800 x 3200
Image ratio w h3:2
Effective pixels15 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ X
ISOAuto, 200-25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationDigital only
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFind, standard
Focal length (equiv.)24 mm
Maximum apertureF4
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointSingleFace DetectionLive View.
Digital zoomYes (2X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range20 cm (7.87″)
Number of focus points25
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size1.5″
Screen dots230,400
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed1/4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/32000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 sec
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesNo
Built-in flashNo
External flashNo
Continuous drive16.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weighted spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Dolby Digital1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 25 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 16 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 120p / 50 Mbps, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 6 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerNone
Storage typesmicroSD/microSDHC/microSDXC + Memory Stick Micro
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Remote controlYes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealedYes
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBuilt-in
Battery descriptionNP-BJ1 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)132 g (0.29 lb / 4.66 oz)
Dimensions59 x 41 x 35 mm (2.32 x 1.61 x 1.38″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Sony RX0 II Verdict

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It’s a part action camera, part compact camera, part multi-camera rig, and part B-Roll/C-Roll/behind-the-scenes camera. Now it’s also a part vlogging camera, thanks to a raft of improvements in that department, most notably the addition of a tiltable LCD screen, shorter focusing distance, and improved Eye AF mode, all of which combine to make it much easier to ensure that you’re always in the frame and focus.

However, Sony’s choice to install an electronic-based stabilization system has not been as fruitful as the company had hoped. It is just not as good as a simple optical system. It becomes evident when walking or running with the RX0 II or using it in an area with many movements, such as skiing or cycling.

It is adequate for hand-holding the camera at arm’s length while standing still and vlogging. Still, it is unsuitable for anything more “active” than that, so you must utilize a gimbal to stabilize the footage you capture.

Sony RX0 II FAQs

Is the Sony RX0 II waterproof?

The Sony RX0 II can withstand submersion in water for up to 10 meters. (33 feet).

What is the price of the Sony RX0 II?

The price of the Sony RX0 II may change depending on where you buy it and who you buy it from, but when it was first launched, it had a price tag of approximately USD 700.

What is the shutter speed of RX0 II?

The Sony RX0 II has a shutter speed that can go as fast as 1/32000 of a second at its fastest setting.

When did Sony RX10 II come out?

The Sony RX10 II was first made available to consumers in June 2015.

What is the dynamic range of the Sony RX0 II?

The dynamic range of the Sony RX0 II is an outstanding 15 stops, which is particularly remarkable for a camera of its size and class.

Is Sony Sony RX0 II weather sealed?

The Sony RX0 II does have a weather-sealing feature that protects it from dirt and dampness.

Is the Sony RX0 II a good camera?

The Sony RX0 II has a rugged construction, an adaptable lens, and powerful video capabilities, all contributing to the widespread consensus that it is a decent camera.

Is Sony Sony RX0 II full frame?

The Sony RX0 II does not have a full-frame sensor. Instead, it has a sensor that is 1 inch in size.

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