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In Depth Look at the Sony RX0 II


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.
  • WIFI/BT.
  • 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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