Sony announce RX0
1 September 2017 | Category: Motion
The RX0 sees Sony back in the driving seat of innovation, pushing the boundaries of imaging technology and this time with an action camera that builds on Sony experience in the market. Action cameras are big news enabling you to record video in places and ways that have never before been possible. They’re waterproof, dust proof and shockproof with brands like GoPro powering forward the desirability and excitement surrounding these cameras. Action cameras are cool.
Sony is by no means new to the action camera market, with a successful range already out there, but the RX0 is something different. It stands out and that’s no surprise. Sony doesn't just make action cameras, it supplies the majority of action camera manufacturers with their imaging sensors. The fabled IMX117 being one of the best known.
Really then it comes as no surprise that the RX0 pushes the boundaries of what has come before and reflects what many action camera users want. Sony’s announcement hasn't just excited existing action camera users but a wide spread of imaging professionals, as this is the first action camera that is much more.
What’s in the shape?
The style, shape and design of the RX0 look like pretty standard action camera stuff, stylish but really not a departure from the box design that has worked so well with other cameras. Size, as ever, is an important factor and the 2.38 x 1.63 x 1.19-inch (WxDxH) dimension and light weight, 3.9 oz, are very competitive compared with the GoPro.
Here’s the metric size and weight comparison:
GoPro Hero5 Black with frame case 144 grams and 62mm x 24 x 44mm (WxDxH)
Sony RXO 111 grams and 60 x 41 x 30mm (WxDxH)
However, there is a major difference. Action cameras are known for the fisheye perspective on the world, but here the RX0 features a high-quality Zeiss Tessar T 24mm f/4 lens.
This lens fronts a 1.0-type stacked 15.3 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor and a BIONZ X processor. This is a coupling we’ve never seen before.
Full video details have yet to be announced but we've been teased with big figures although we know there’s no 8K capability. Super slow motion capture of up to 960 fps, although the resolution has yet to be announced, and 4K clean HDMI output to an external recorder. Sony is of course known for its consumer and broadcast equipment and that pedigree and cross over is very apparent here.
The RX0 will feature manual focus assist and focus peaking, how this works we’ve yet to find out, but that will be a completely new feature for any action camera. It will also be capable of shooting with different Picture Profiles, S-Log2, timecode and user Bit features - all ideal when mixing video from different cameras.
What else? Sony hasn’t released any details of GPS or motion sensors which is a shame, but there’s still plenty of time for more details to emerge. The RX0 has one big feature that goes well beyond anything else that has come before.
Action cameras are all about capturing the action whether that's hurling yourself off Troll mountain, diving off the coast of Gozo or simply thrashing through The New Forest, all seasoned action camera users will tell you one thing; one camera is never enough. The Sony RX0 has connection ability that enables you to sync with other RX0s. This means that syncing footage from multiple cameras should be exceptionally easy.
The Sony RX0 isn’t just an action camera, it’s something far more. It crosses between genres and will appeal to extreme sports, every day use and broadcast. It is certainly one of the most exciting things to happen in the camera market since the launch of the GoPro.
The RX0 is due to be available in October. We have already put our order in so they should be avallable for hire at release, along with some of the accessories.