Sony introduced this week the second generation of its pro-level cube-style 4K Ultra HD action cam called the RX0 II.

The GoPro-like action cam, which will carry a $699.99 suggested retail price when it hits stores in April, features a new 180-degree flip-up screen offering greater utility for YouTubers and action shooters requiring self monitoring from ultra-compact equipment.

Sony said the RX0 II provides durable all-weather operation, is waterproof to 10 meters, dust resistant and shock and crush resistant. It features an adjustable LCD screen that tilts upward 180 degrees and downward 90 degrees.

Key features include a 1.0-inch stacked 15.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony’s high-quality BIONZ X image processing technology, which is used in its highest-level interchangeable lens cameras.

For still photography, the RX0 II features 16 frames per second burst shoot.

Sony adds high quality optics to RX0 II in the form of a Zeiss Tessar T 24mm F4.0 wide-angle glass lens with a 20cm minimum focus distance that is ideal for selfie work.

The RX0 II was also designed to be a strong performer in low-light situations and night shooting. The camera’s ISO range is 80-12800.

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The RX0 II captures 4K Ultra HD video at 30 fps with built-in electronic image stabilization and features a microphone jack for those demanding pro-level sound recording capability. It will record video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

A 1,000-fps mode is included for those who need high-quality slow-motion sequences with uncompressed 4K HDMI output.

The camera also supports S-Log2 for advanced post-processing requirements.

The recently introduced Sony Imaging Edge mobile app enables transferring video to a smartphone where it can be edited and shared on social media. A Movie Edit add-on application allows provides Intelligent Framing that holds a selected subject in center frame while adjusting image distortion.

Like the first-generation Sony RX0, the RX0 II will run in tandem with multiple connected cameras (up to 50 at a time with a forthcoming access point or up 100 with camera control box) using wireless control for up to five of at a time using the Imaging Edge app.


By Greg Tarr


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