Sony Details RX0 II Ultra-Compact Camera

Sony has announced the latest addition to its lineup of premium ultra-compact cameras. The new RX0 II serves as the successor to the previously released RX0 model, adding several new features like internal 4K video recording, an adjustable LCD screen, and more.

"With its 1.0 type sensor, ZEISS® lens and multi-camera capability all packed in a compact waterproof body, the original RX0 was designed to enable new forms of creative expression," said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Services Americas at Sony Electronics. "By adding a 4K internal recording, 180 degree LCD and upgrading many of the still image capabilities on the new RX0 II, we have further built upon this concept, allowing many new and different types of creators - ranging from travel photographers to vloggers - to realize the benefits of such a unique, versatile form factor."

The RX0 II features a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor and BIONZ X™ image processing engine. In addition, the unit includes a ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm Equivalent f/4 fixed wide-angle lens. And at a pocketable form factor of just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm and a weight of just 132g, the RX0 II is now the lightest and smallest premium camera of its type. Likewise, the device has been built for use in a variety of environments with a waterproof (up to 10 meters deep), dustproof, shockproof (up to 2 meters), and crushproof (up to 200KG force) design.

Still photo features include an anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32,000 sec., support for shooting at up to 16 fps, and Eye AF. Meanwhile, when it comes to video capabilities, the camera supports 4K 30p internal recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, along with in-body electronic stabilization and Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1,000 fps.

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The Sony RX0 II will be available for pre-order starting March 28 for $698. Shipments are expected to launch in April. Here's a full rundown of key specs per Sony and B&H Photo-Video:

• 15.3MP 1" Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor
• ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm Equivalent f/4 Lens
• Internal UHD 4K30 Video & S-Log2 Gamma
• HFR Mode for Slow Motion up to 1000 fps
• 1.5" 230k-dot 180° Tilting LCD
• Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof
• Electronic SteadyShot; Clean HDMI Output
• Interval Recording; Microphone Input
• ISO 12800 and 16-fps Continuous Shooting
• Wi-Fi & Bluetooth; Multi-Camera Control

Source: Sony