Sony RX0 II Review

Sony RX0 II Review

Sony has recently been doing amazing in the mirrorless camera industry. And it’s pretty evident that it’s where they have focused most of their attention at. I’m saying that because the last action camera they released was the Sony FDR-X3000. And it’s been years since that. Sure that action camera was truly ahead of its time but since then other brands have also caught up. Some even surpassed. Which is why I’m extremely happy that Sony has finally released a new action camera, the RX0 II! And unlike the previous models, the Sony RX0 II features a new unique design and plenty of features. More about that in the review below!

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 59×40.5×35 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.4″
  • Weight: 132 g / 4.7 oz
  • Sensor: 1″ Exmor RS CMOS
  • Lens: ZEISS Tessar T
  • Video resolutions: 4K 30 fps; 1080p 120 fps
  • Slow motion: 1676×942 250 fps; 1676×566 500 fps; 1136×384 1000 fps
  • Photo: 15 MP
  • Modes: Photo & Video, Time-Lapse
  • Features: WiFi+Bluetooth, EIS, 180 degrees tiltable 1.5″ LCD touchscreen
  • IPX8 Waterproof rating (Down to 10 m / 33 ft)
  • Ports: Multi/Micro USB, Micro HDMI, MicroSD card slot, 3.5 mm Microphone Jack
  • Memory: MicroSD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 256 GB
  • Battery life: 60 minutes of 4K 30 fps recording

In The Box

  • Sony RX0 II
  • Battery NP-BJ1
  • AC adapter
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Memory card protector

Design

I’m really happy when I get to review an action camera that has a unique design. It really doesn’t happen very often. So thank you Sony for making a camera that looks like no other! And there’s also a practical reason for that. The new design has allowed them to fit in a much bigger sensor than what you would find on GoPro for example. I’m guessing that it’s also the case with the shape that they have used on their other action cameras as well.

Sony RX0 II Design

That said, the Sony RX0 II’s overall dimensions (59×40.5×35 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.4″) are actually smaller than GoPro’s. Surprisingly it’s one of the smallest action cameras on the market. Yet it weighs more than any other (132 g / 4.7 oz). That’s mostly probably due to the bigger sensor and stronger case. It’s made out of really high quality plastic that’s incredibly durable. It actually has both a crushproof and a shockproof rating (up to 2 m / 6.5 ft). So yes, this actually is an action camera! Plus of course it’s waterproof as well (down to 10 m / 33 ft).

Sony RX0 II Screen

You also won’t find a touchscreen. Which would probably make the camera much weaker. So I don’t blame Sony for not adding it. Especially since the Sony UX is incredibly easy to use and navigate through. There’s a bunch of buttons on the side that you can use to navigate through the menu. Or you can also pair it up with your smartphone. Oh yeah and the screen is also tiltable up to 180 degrees. Yes, you can see yourself while taking a selfie! After all that’s the main reason we buy cameras nowadays right?

Next to the screen, there’s a compartment that holds all the ports. Sony has included Micro USB and Micro HDMI ports. There’s also a MicroSD slot and a 3.5 mm microphone jack! It’s incredibly useful for vloggers as you can attach an external microphone for better audio quality.

Accessories

Despite being an action camera, the Sony RX0 II doesn’t really come with any accessories. So if you have never owned an action camera or simply don’t have any mounts, then you’ll need to buy them separately. The only plus side for me is that Sony has included a threaded tripod adapter on the camera. So you can easily attach it onto tripods and quick release clips. Which means that you aren’t locked down to a particular brand.

Video & Features

As I mentioned before, the Sony RX0 II has a 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which is powered by the BIONZ X processor. The camera is capable of recording videos at up to 4K resolution and 30 frames per second. I’m pretty surprised that they haven’t found a way to increase the maximum frames to 60 at 4K. Simply because that’s what all of the competitors are doing. That said, Sony did mention all of their focus went into the video quality. So let’s take a look if they succeeded.

And that’s exactly the case with the Sony RX0 II. The cameras video quality is superb. It’s incredibly clear with absolutely no blur at all. Every small detail is visible and clear. And to be fair, I wouldn’t expect any less from a camera this expensive.

Here’s another example of a video recorded in 1080p. The same clear video quality is present here as well. The camera has also got really nice natural colors. Nothing about it seems over-tuned. You can always use filters or post production if you want the colors to end up more vibrant. There’s also a footage taken underwater and it performs just as well in water as well. I’m personally not a huge fan of the SUPER SLOW-MOTION recordings though. In my opinion the resolution is too low for them and the video quality really starts to hurt when you go over 250 fps.

The Sony RX0 II does include a digital image stabilization system. Unfortunately it’s not as good as Hypersmooth on GoPro. Even the one on the Sony FDR-X3000 is better in my opinion. Basically it does the job but if you want really smooth video, then you’ll need to use an actual physical gimbal.

Conclusion

The Sony RX0 II is a solid action camera that’s designed for more serious users in my opinion. Such as for vloggers for example. It’s a really good camera in the sense that it’s small, durable, you can attach it to a gimbal and add an external microphone. Really good for travelling and recording outside. I can’t justify the price tag for hobbyists. For example if you are looking for something to record some travelling videos. You can then just buy a GoPro Hero7 Black for much cheaper. Not only will you get a camera that’s pretty much on par with video quality but also the incredibly Hypersmooth that makes the videos smooth. So yeah, it’s a tough position for the Sony RX0 II.