Sony has updated its DSC-RX0 action camera with the new DSC-RX0M2 — RXO II for short.
Like its predecessor, the RX0 II has a 1.0-type stacked-CMOS Exmor RS sensor with approximately 15.3 active megapixels. But while the RX0 could only record 8-bit 4:2:2 4K via HDMI, its successor records 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) internally and boasts a tilting LCD screen that functions underwater, along with a new image stabilization system.
The Zeiss F4.0 wide-angle 24mm (35mm equivalent) lens has been improved, too, with a new minimum focus distance of 20cm, compared to 50cm on the previous model. The whole thing weighs 132g (0.3 lbs.) and measures 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm.
Sony exec Neal Manowitz said in a prepared statement that the RX0 II has been designed for “new and different types of creators,” including travel photographers and vloggers. The camera can also be wirelessly controlled in gangs of five using a mobile app, and Sony says up to 50 cameras will be controllable via an access point starting this summer. The RX0 II can also be part of a wired set-up comprising as many as 100 cameras controlled by Sony’s CCB-WD1 control box. All of those different capture methods can generate novel imagery that requires a camera array for carefully timed acquisition of an image from multiple angles.
Sony said the RX0 II will ship in North America next month at a price of “approximately $700.”