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Review Sony RX0 II: small and indestructible, but not action-camera

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In 2017 Sony came out very unusual, interesting, fancy and expensive camera RX0. It has generated interest thanks to the incredible functional saturation at modest amounts, but on the technical side, she repeated current at the time the CD of the famous series of Sony RX100. RX0 outwardly looked like a typical action camera: she was protected from the water, and her body without consequences, there could be people. But Sony initially carefully emphasized that this device can be anything, but not an action camera. The joke is that it is in this capacity RX0 behaved, to put it mildly, not the best way. And now, after almost two years comes the same camera the new generation — Sony RX0 II, which is very similar to a small, purely cosmetic upgrade.

Among the main innovations is the new screen folding design and the ability to record 4K video the camera, without external recorder. And among the possible applications of the new camera now is recording videos for vlogging and slow motion. Call RX0 II action camera manufacturer again in a hurry, but again not enough to discourage Internet users from comparisons with the GoPro and DJI. Before this comparison was obviously not in favor of Sony, but over the past two years a lot can change.

#Specifications

Sony RX0 II Sony RX0 GoPro Hero7 Black DJI Osmo Action
Image sensor 1″ (13,2 x 8.8 mm) BSI-CMOS 1″ (13,2 x 8.8 mm) BSI-CMOS 1/2,3″ (6,17 x 4,55 mm) CMOS 1/2,3″ (6,17 x 4,55 mm) CMOS
Effective sensor resolution 15 MP 15 MP 10 MP 12 MP
Built-in image stabilizer digital no digital digital
Lens EGF 24mm, ƒ/4 EGF 24mm, ƒ/4 EGF 17mm, ƒ/2,8 EGF 16 mm ƒ/2,8
Photo format RAW, JPG RAW, JPG JPG RAW, JPG
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, H. 264 MPEG-4, H. 264
Photo resolution 4800 × 3200 4800 × 3200 3648 × 2736 4000 x 3000
Video resolution up to 3840 × 2160 @ 30 fps up to 1920 × 1080 @ 60 fps up to 3840 × 2160 @ 60 fps up to 3840 × 2160 @ 60 fps
Sensitivity ISO 100-12800 ISO 125-12800 no data ISO 100-3200
Memory card microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC + Memory Stick Micro microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC + Memory Stick Micro microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC
Display Inclined, a diagonal of 1.5 inches, resolution 230 400 pixels Fixed, a diagonal of 1.5 inches, resolution 230 400 pixels Fixed, 2-inch diagonal and a resolution of 320 000 pixels Core: fixed, diagonal 2.25 inches, resolution 230 400 pixels
additional: fixed diagonal of 1.4 inches, a resolution of 144 000 pixels
Viewfinder
Interfaces microUSB 2.0, microHDMI, mini-Jack microUSB 2.0, microHDMI, mini-Jack microUSB 3.0, microHDMI microUSB 3.0, microHDMI
Wireless modules Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 4.1 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 4.2 Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Food Battery NP-BJ1, 700 mAh Battery NP-BJ1, 700 mAh Battery 1220 mAh Battery, 1300 mAh
Materials Aluminum alloy Aluminum alloy Plastic Plastic
Protection IPX8 IPX8 IPX8 IPX8
Dimensions 59 × 41 × 35 mm 59 × 41 × 30mm 65 × 45 × 35 mm 65 × 42 × 35 mm
Weight 132 g 110 g 117 g 124 g
Current price From 49 990 rubles From 25 990 rubles Of 21 490 rubles 24 140 rubles

Believe that RX0 II in fact does not involve competition with the aforementioned GoPro and DJI, it is very simple. Just look at the true line of action cameras from Sony, namely on the model of FDR-X3000 and HDR-AS300. This new range RX0 is completely irrelevant, and it is unlikely the company at least in some form would allow internal competition. So we really camera for everyday shooting: a very small, very durable and very strange, but and therefore causing concern.

#Design and ergonomics

RX0 II looks very stylish. Swear to God, if someone from manufacturers of action cameras as much bother with design as Sony in this case, we would live in a much more beautiful world. I exaggerate, of course, but from an aesthetic point of view, the camera is very good – it is pleasant to hold in hands, it looks interesting in the position, plus she is very pleasant to touch.

The main innovation of the folding screen – resulted in a marked increase in the thickness of the shell. And if the design has not changed, but being 5 millimeters thicker, Sony RX0 II in your hands a little differently. The screen itself is still the same compact, as well as all mechanical buttons around it, but now you can press them at different angles. This may sound silly, but working with this confusing interface has become a little easier.

The camera body is made from a single piece of aluminum and cuts required under the buttons and the “technical compartments”. One of these compartments is located on the right side under a thick aluminum cap with a rubber gasket and a battery. And the second located at the back left of the screen and hides all the communication connectors (microUSB, microHDMI, mini-Jack) and a slot for a memory card. And here, perhaps, it is worth to clarify that the camera is very demanding on the speed of memory cards and does not hesitate to cut some features. For example, shooting 4K video, and recording high frame rate.

Below is a standard thread for mounting on a tripod. And at the top end we have two big round buttons for on/off and shooting. The right button is a two position is the first level of depression activates the autofocus, the second makes the frame in photo mode and starts recording in video mode.

It should be noted separately patterned texture to the surface of the body on the perimeter. First, it allows to increase the resistance to compression, do not abuse the thickness of the material. And second, so the camera easier to hold, especially when working under water without gloves. And judging by how the designer camera suited to your tasks, underwater photography is clearly one of the main advantages. Case II Sony RX0 has degree of protection IPX8, it is completely protected from dust and water, can withstand immersion under water to a depth of 10 meters and that’s without any additional accessories. For the best protection is a special case, which allows you to work at depths up to 100 meters, but it will have to be purchased separately.

Moreover, the camera body is resistant to falls from a height of two meters – several times I dropped the camera on a different surface from the height of its growth without any consequences. The casing may be slightly scratched if you drop the camera on concrete or paving slabs, but the fall of a wooden floor or on the lawn even from a greater height does not threaten.

Before meeting with Sony RX0 II I have not had to deal with protected the camera with a folding screen. All underwater or pravdopodobnye devices have always had fixed displays, because in this case it is much easier to achieve water resistance. So this item gives some concerns. Alas, I have not had the opportunity to test the 10-meter depth, but in the process of preparation of the review camera been in the paddling pool in the bathroom and even in the washing machine (no spin) and it did not happen anything. So for the protection and external performance it deserves. Although she has an obvious and perhaps insurmountable problems on the part of ergonomics is for the screen, buttons around it and the interface.

#Display and interface

As you know, Sony RX0 II in General a very controversial device, but if you disassemble all the bones, the most controversial element will definitely be the screen. First, it is very small – it is difficult to estimate the correct exposure, not to mention the accuracy of the focusing. And though neither one nor the other she has no problems, but the fact that for professional use is very important.

And secondly, on a screen with a diagonal of one and a half inches appears almost the same menu as the line compacts RX100 and full-frame Alpha A7 buttercake. In itself the menu is normal, it has become a familiar and intuitive professional Sony camera in recent years on the wave of popularity, so the menu in the same style – quite logical. The only problem is that on a small screen is placed not so much information, horizontal scrolling is virtually endless, and the disk selectors for faster navigation is not provided. Switch individual settings between takes, it turns into real hell, and if you still have to do it on the go – down the drain.

Even if the screen took up all the rear surface of the body, it would still be small, plus in this case, you would have to do a touch and significantly revise the structure menu. But the touch screen while underwater is completely useless (or at least it requires a special case), so the camera would have lost one of their advantages. Well, then, the camera turned out very rich, all this was impossible to fit on a few screens to the simplified touch interface. In General, the designers, it is responsible for this part of the camera can only sympathize – the problem seems insoluble.

The problem with the assessment of exposure and the accuracy of the focusing is solved by connecting to the smartphone via wifi and control via Mobile app Imaging Edge (even if the name does not bother you, it is the ideological heir of PlayMemories Mobile). But again, this is easier to do in a stationary mode, when the camera is on a horizontal surface or on a tripod – on-the-go this option is unlikely to ride. Unless you have a personal assistant.

Anyway, thanks for the ability to tilt the screen 180 degrees up and 90 degrees down, but that doesn’t make working with the interface easier, and the process of change settings faster.

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Leica opens Silicon valley center for “computational imaging”

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CEO of Leica Harsh Mathias (Matthias Harsch) announced that Leica will create a “competence centre in computational imaging in California’s Silicon valley”.

Leica откроет в Кремниевой долине центр «вычислительной визуализации»

“After the transition from analog to digital photography in early 2000, 19 years later, we are faced with the second digital revolution in the industry of cameras and optics” — leads the source words Harsha.

According to the CEO of the company, is the industry legend, “computer visualization”, that is, the image acquisition indirectly by using algorithms that significantly affects the picture and in the future this influence will increase. Thus, creating a new research center, Leica provides a place in that future.

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Became known, the Ricoh will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pentax

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Some time ago, Ricoh has confirmed that this fall will release a new camera. It’s a little weird, as I was able to time the release to date and thus provide additional interest to the new product. The fact that on the 27th of November marks the 100th anniversary of the marches Pentax is now Ricoh.

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Camera Sony a7R IV also is “eating the stars”

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The tests showed that the algorithm is activated when the shutter speed is equal to or exceeds the 3.2 s. This is clearly seen on charts: the first corresponds to a short exposure, which is long.

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Камера Sony a7R IV тоже «ест звезды»

The horizontal axis is spatial frequency, related to the sampling frequency of the camera and on the vertical axis — the values of noise. In the absence of noise reduction graph tends to a horizontal line. Treatment is especially pronounced in the blue channel (the final chart). Presumably, this is due to the use of part of the pixels for phase focusing.

Камера Sony a7R IV тоже «ест звезды»

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