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Sony announces RX0 uber actioncam

Sony has announced October availability for the RX0, the first actioncam member of its RX high-performance compact camera family, at an RRP of $1049. 

This is how Sony sees the new model being put to use: ‘Designed to facilitate creative photographic and videographic expression beyond current limitations, RX0 is equally adept at shooting still images, filming video or can be used as part of a multi-camera set-up to create an inspiring series of images, videos and super slow motion footage from a multitude of different perspectives. Its miniature dimensions and all-around versatility maximise freedom to tackle photographic and videographic challenges in new ways, always with the assurance of high quality results.’

It features a 15.3-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor using Sony’s more efficient ‘stacked’ design, which blows the GoPro alternatives out of the water – the Sony’s sensor has a surface area of 123mm², while the 1/2.3-inch GoPro sensor is just 28mm². 

It also sports a Zeiss Tessar T* f4, 24mm lens, which will give a more natural view – less fisheye-like than most actioncams.

It shoots stills at a rate of 16 fps with fixed exposure and focus, down to 5.5 fps without those restrictions. Shutter speed range runs from 1/4 – 1/32,000 secs. Video is at 4K resolution. For those who want to incorporate super slow motion footage the RX0 offers the opportunity to shoot at up to 1000 frames per second (at 800×720 pixels).

Weight is just 110g contained in a 59mm x 40.5mm x 29.8mm body…which is waterproof at depths of up to 10 metres (100metres with an accessory housing). It’s also shockproof when dropped from up to 2 metres and crushproof to 200kgf.

‘Users can now produce content that simply has previously not been possible and the rain, sand and space-limited or dusty environments are no longer a barrier,’ states the press release.

Advanced video
For production flexibility, you can use 4K clean HDMI output to record uncompressed video to an external recorder. With both MF Assist and Peaking Functions, the focus can be precisely adjusted to your exact specifications and Picture Profile options and S-Log2 offer creative freedom. Time Code/User Bit features provide an essential tool for multi-camera shoots in particular, making the editing process much easier. Preset Focus offer added control. 

It has a 3.5mm mic jack for higher-quality audio recording.

Accessories include the VCT-CGR1 Cage for increased system flexibility, the MPKHSR1 Housing, enabling the RX0 to be taken down to depths of up to 100 metres underwater,the CPT-R1 Cable Protector, VF-SPR1 Spare Lens Protector, VFA-305R1 Filter Adaptor Kit which includes filter adaptor, lens hood and MC protector, NP-BJ1 Rechargeable Battery Pack and ACC-TRDCJ Accessory Kit.

Press release: Sony RX0 – September


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