Sony RX0 II shoots 4K 30p video and is nearly indestructible

Following up on the original RX0, Sony has announced its successor: RX0 II. While it retains much of the original’s specs, it adds a few new things.

Let’s go over what those things are:

Video shooting has been upgraded to 4K 30p

One of the new big features the RX0 II improves on its predecessor is its ability to shoot 4K 30p video internally. The RX0 could shoot 4K video, but only via HDMI out. Plus, the maximum frame rate has been increased. The RX0 II captures stills at 16 fps now, up from the RX0’s 5.5 fps.

Sony RX0 II
Sony RX0 II. Image courtesy Sony.

Video specs worth mentioning include Picture Profiles like S-Log2 gamma, electronic image stabilization, Eye AF support for portraits and selfies, Full HD video at 120fps, a High Frame Rate mode for 960 fps in NTSC or 1000 fps in PAL, and internal recording for time-lapses. Plus the camera shoots with a Zeiss Tessar T 24mm equivalent f/4 lens. The lens offers a minimum focusing range of 7.9 inches. The lens should be sufficient enough to allow you to take selfies or even table-top shots.

Sensor resolution is smaller

Though we see the RX0 with 4K 30p video and higher frame rates, the sensor itself has been reduced in resolution. It’s down from the original’s 21-megapixels to 15.3-megapixels on a 1-inch Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor. Having fewer pixels, though, could mean the sensor is using larger pixels, which could offer better low-light shooting. It does look like that, since the ISO ranges from 80 to 12800.

The RX0 II could be a good vlogging camera

What makes the RX0 II stand out from other action cameras? It now has an adjustable LCD screen than can flip 180 degrees upward and 90 degrees down. It’s a great feature for vloggers looking for a compact camera that can shoot 4K video.

RXO II behind held with screen flipped up
The RXO II stands out from other action cameras because of its flip-up screen. Image courtesy Sony.

Nearly indestructible durability

One word that could sum of the RX0 II is “tough.” It’s waterproof to 10 meters, dustproof and shock- and crush-resistant. It can really take a beating if it has to.

Other notable features

The RX0 II has a similar size to the original, measuring out to be 2.3in x 1.59in x 1.38in. It weighs 132 grams. It also offers Wi-Fi/Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a microphone jack.

Pricing and availability

The Sony RX0 II will start shipping in April and will be priced at a costly $700 for an action camera.

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Image courtesy Sony.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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