Sony seems to have pulled a rabbit from its hat; the company has announced its GoPro competitor the RX0. The all new RX0 is an action camera that costs $700, and it’s here to make a place in VR and portable video recorder market. The RX0 is rectangular, and it comes with Zeiss branding across the camera body.
The camera unit is made up of a 1-inch, 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor and a Zeiss 24mm F4 wide-angle lens which according to Sony will render a high image quality that’s comparable to the premium RX100 Mark V series. The Sony RX0 is also capable of shooting 4K video at FHD (240) and RAW stills at 16fps.
The Sony RX0 weighs in at just 110g and is apparently pretty thin. Sony has sealed the camera, and thus it is water resistant up to 10 meters and protects the camera from rain and dust. Sony is also offering an optional MPK-HSR1 housing that will allow the users to test the camera up to 330 feet deep. The camera also boasts of ruggedness and is rated to be crash proof at heights of up to 6.5 meters and weight of up to 440 pounds.
Thanks to the rugged options the Sony RX0 can be used in drones and other scenarios where in an ultra portable video recorder is required. As mentioned by the verge the Sony RX0 may shape up as a perfect choice for movie directors in search of a crash camera. Another interesting possibility is that the Sony RX0 can be used as a part of a camera rig. With the FA-WRc1M radio commander, a total of up to fifteen RXOs can be activated simultaneously. One can also use the Sony’s PlayMemories app and trigger five RX0 models.
The camera is expected to be ideal for those 360-degree videos, mixed reality, and a full fledged VR rig. The RX0 is priced at $700 and will start shipping from October 2017. Sony has been at the top when it comes to camera and imaging, and we hope that the RX0 is no different.