Sony announced earlier this week a new version of the RX0 tiny camera with 1″ sensor. This new version improves several key features including one of the main problems which afflicted the older version – overheating.
While the Sony RX0 II is externally very similar to the original version (it is somewhat thicker for a reason that we shall explain in a moment) and has similar focal length Zeiss lens (24mm f/4 fixed angle) it does include a fair number of changes from the original version including:
- 15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor (the first generation unit actually had a 21MP sensor of the same size).
- Internal UHD 4K30 Video & S-Log2 Gamma (the older generation needed an external recorder for that).
- HFR Mode for Slow Motion up to 1000 fps (new).
- ISO range: 80-12800.
- Electronic SteadyShot (works in post).
- 1.5″ tilt screen (180 degrees for selfie).
- Clear Image Zoom
- Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof.
- 16-fps Continuous Shooting.
- Price: $700.
iPhonedo also had an interesting look at the Sony RX0 II
From all the reviews it seems that Sony did a good job fixing many of the drawbacks of the older version. However, that main question that still remains is who is this camera meant for – at $700 it is not far from a Sony RX100 VA or the larger A6400 which has quite a few similar hardware parts minus the selfie screen but with a faster zoom lens and more control.
It might seem like a nice option for vloggers but it still seems to have a big drawback when it comes to continuous focus in video mode (the camera has only AF-S and is very far from the capabilities of the A6400 for example).
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