Sony RX0 Hands-On at IBC 2017

“Definitely not an action camera”. The Sony RX0 features a 1-inch sensor, ZEISS 24mm lens and the S-Log2 picture profile.

We get hands on with the tiny Sony RX0, which includes many of the features seen in the RX100 series of cameras with the same high-quality image from the 1-inch, 15.3 megapixel sensor. The menu system will be familiar to Sony users, with the ability to change exposure settings, picture profiles, and even add markers to aid in the video framing and composition. It shoots in HD up to 60p, with HDMI out for external 4K recording.

The construction of the Sony RX0 is extremely sturdy. Sony has put it through stress tests to withstand a load of up to 200kg, and is completely waterproof up to 10m for up to 60 minutes without any external housing.

Multiple cameras can be mounted together and controlled simultaneously through the Sony Wireless Commander, the Play Memories Mobile app and a control unit that is still in development. This expands the capture capabilities of the RX0 from bullet time rigs to virtual reality and 360-degree video applications.

For further information, check out our previous article on the Sony RX0 here.

Will the Sony RX0 replace the older action cameras in you kit bag? Let us know in the comments.

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Bill Noel
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At first pass I thought this would be a nice little camera for low end/minimal crew multicamera/edit production. But seems I’d have to add external power and an external recorder to be viable. Now seems to defeat the idea.

Johnnie Behiri
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Hi Bill.

I will test the camera soon and report back.
For me, like you, it is a production tool rather then an “action cam”. Indeed the recording time that the internal battery supplies is limited and we will need to have a few batteries with us. Also, we would have loved to see internal 4K recording, but as I wrote below, for now, achieving this is a very challenging technical task.

Thank you.

Johnnie

 Jonas Zett
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Jonas Zett

When you test it, could you check it it’s possible to power it by USB power pack? That works nice for me with action cams during concerts, but the picture quality is very limited obviously.

Johnnie Behiri
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Will check and come back to you very soon with an answer.

Thank you.

Johnnie

Robin Mueller
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Why only external 4K recording?! It’s 2017 after all.

Johnnie Behiri
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Hi Robin.

After seeing and playing with the camera I can tell you first hand that implementing hi quality 4K is such a tiny device is currently almost impossible. The generated heat and short battery life would have killed the product if that feature would have been included in the specifications. For now, I think Sony’s decision to limit the recording quality to HD is a reasonable one.

Thank you!

Johnnie

 Darren Levine
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“almost impossible” to implement 4k in a tiny device? Are you not aware of the half dozen gopros, gopro knockoffs, and smartphones that record 4k?

Johnnie Behiri
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I’m sure you are aware that this is a different beast all together with a higher bit rate and better codec when shooting in 4K then any of the “action cams” you’ve noted,

Thank you.

Johnnie

 Robert Anthony
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Robert Anthony

At this point I wouldn’t even consider any camera that doesn’t shoot 4K internally. My daughter (freshman in High School) won’t even shoot 1080P anymore, LOL.

Waiting on my C200 order, then probably getting a Canon XF400 or one of the recently announced Sony 4k Camcorders (to hand off to others for behind the scenes shots) and also a few GoPro 6’s when they arrive.

My minimum specs going forward are 4K/60P.

Gerbert Floor
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You and your daughter are not going to see any difference when
You watch the footage after it’s edited on your tv or computer or smartphone. 4K is nice, but far less important than dynamic range, sensor size, color, usability of the camera. Any professional should know this.