Sony RX0 puts a 1-inch sensor into a rugged and ultra-compact body
At its IFA 2017 press event, Sony launched the RX0: a shock and waterproof camera with very compact dimensions that uses a Sony 1″ sensor to capture still images and video.
Although the RX0 looks very much like an action cam and comes with similar dimensions, Sony is not marketing it as such. The camera is rather aimed at video professionals and enthusiasts who want to shoot high-quality footage in challenging conditions and possibly use multiple cameras at the same time.
Several RX0 cameras can be connected to capture photos, video and slow-motion footage from different angles. With Sony’s FA-WRC1M remote up to 15 cameras can be triggered at the same time and up to 5 cameras can be connected wirelessly via a Sony mobile app. A wired solution is expected to launch in early 2018.
Image data is captured on a multi-layer Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a 15.3 MP resolution. It is coupled with a Zeiss Tessar T* 24 mm equivalent F4 wide angle lens. Stills can be captured in RAW format at shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000 sec and at up to 16 frames per second.
In video mode, super-slow-motion footage can be captured at speeds of up to 1,000 frames per second, and a Clean 4K HDMI port allows for use of an external recorder. Focus peaking and an MF-assistant offer precise pre-focusing and image profile options, and S-Log2 expands the creative possibilities. Time stamps and codes help in editing when working with multiple cameras simultaneously.
The RX0 weighs only 110 grams and with dimensions of just 59×40.5×29.8mm, it can be placed in even the smallest of gaps. It’s shock proof and waterproof down to 10 meters, or 100 meters with an optional underwater case.
In Europe the RX0 will be available from October for 850 Euros (approximately $1010). No information on US availability and pricing has been provided yet.