Action Cameras

Sony Releases Ultra-Compact, Rugged RX0 Action Camera

August 31, 2017

Sony’s action camera line had parted ways with the boxy designs of GoPro and its many imitators. The new RX0 doesn’t.

Measuring in at a petite 2.38 x 1.63 x 1.19 inches, the RX0 borrows the boxiness of the GoPro but not much else. Inside, it boasts a 1-inch, 15-megapixel stacked CMOS sensor fronted by a wide-angle ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm F4 fixed lens.

It supports RAW still photo capture, still photo burst modes up to 16 fps and 4K video recording with S-Log2, clean HDMI out, focus peaking and Time Code support. It can record full HD video at up to 240 fps. If you’re willing to trade off resolution for super slow motion, the RX0 can hit 960 fps.

Beyond its imaging specs, Sony has designed the RX0 to play well with… other RX0s. You can pair a smartphone to up to five RX0s at once or use the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander to trigger 15 RX0s simultaneously for features like bullet time and time-slice. Sony is prepping a wireless multi-camera access point for release in January as well as a “camera control box” also slated for January. Sony didn’t specify if the linked RX0 would support virtual reality recording, though presumably they will.

The camera is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet for up to 30 minutes without a housing. Sony will also sell a housing that will let you dive up to 330 feet underwater. The RX0 is shock proof and can survive falls from up to 6.5 feet.

Additional features include:

  • native ISO range of 125-12,800 (expandable to 80, 25,600)
  • 25 point contrast AF system
  • electronic shutter with speeds up to 1/32,000
  • close focusing up to 50cm
  • 240 shot/35 min recording battery life
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The RX0 is due in October for $700.