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Sony RX0 Compact Waterproof Camera

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1.0-type sensor ultra-compact camera with waterproof and shockproof design

Details

  • Unique performance and compactness for extraordinary applications
  • 1” (1.0-type) Stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS Sensor with DRAM chip
  • 24mm1 F4 ZEISS® Tessar T* lens delivers high-resolution images
  • Matchbox sized durable duralumin, water2/shock3/crush4 proof body
  • Wireless or Wired multi camera control for multi-view applications
  • 15.3MP5 RAW up to 16fps6 continuous shooting
  • Anti-distortion shutter up to 1/32,000 sec minimizes rolling shutter
  • Full 1080/60p HD, 720/120p HD and 4K (3840x2160) via HDMI Output
  • High frame rate up to 40x Super Slow motion7 recording
  • Advanced video features incl. Time code, Picture Profile, S-Log2

Boundless capability contained within a strong, waterproof, miniature body.

A creative tool from every angle

Miniature dimensions and all-around versatility maximize your freedom to take and use the RX0 effortlessly anywhere in creative ways — even with other RX0 cameras spread around to shoot from various perspectives. Respective optical axes of multiple RX0 cameras used together can be properly aligned for flexible setups, thanks to the cameras’ minimal symmetric design. On its own or as part of a full-scale multi-camera system, the RX0 can extend imaginations and open eyes to unprecedented recording possibilities.

24mm1 F4 ZEISS® Tessar T* lens

The 24mm1 F4 ZEISS® Tessar T* lens delivers high-resolution images with less image distortion in peripheral areas, despite its wide-angle lens design. Employing 6 elements in 6 groups including 6 aspheric elements - this ZEISS® lens intensifies recordings’ contrast and sharpness. Furthermore, you can capture improved images and suppress occurrence of ghosts and flare by using an optional hood8.

1” Stacked back illuminated Exmor RS™ CMOS Sensor

This large 1” (1.0-type) stacked back illuminated Exmor RS® image sensor with DRAM chip not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure with more circuit sections; it also realizes super-fast readout speed - thanks to a DRAM chip integrated into the sensor structure. Additionally, the back illumination technology increases light collection efficiency and reduce noise in shots taken at up to ISO 12,800.

BIONZ X® image processor

The RX0’s premium lens and sensor are complimented by the high-speed Sony BIONZ X® image processing engine that powers conversion of light captured by the sensor, rendering photos and movies with natural details, realism, richer tonal gradations and low noise.

Robust, mobile design for extended shooting

The RX0’s extra rigid super duralumin body and ultra-compact dimensions make great shots easier to take even in the toughest situations. Waterproof2 down to 33 ft (10m) without underwater housing and shockproof3 to impact of drops to the ground from heights up to 6.5 ft. (2m), the highly reliable, robust RX0 is also crushproof4 under weights up to 200kgf / 440 lbf / 2000N.

Super Slow Motion7

Super slow motion7 at frame rates of up to 960/1000fps is available to transform even the most mundane moment into something spectacular. Slow motion shooting at 480/500fps and 240/250fps maintains fine images at nearly HD quality with the choice of Quality Priority mode. End trigger mode lets you capture the decisive moment in super slow motion starting from two or four seconds before the REC button is pressed.

Advanced video features

Desirable filmic looks are available with Picture Profiles which determine the character of movies by changing basic parameters like chromogenic effects and gradation adjustment. S-Log2 is a proprietary gamma setting from Sony that is invaluable for professionals seeking post-production flexibility, and extends the dynamic range of recording to reduce occurrence of blown-out highlights and black crush. Time code is also included which greatly aids in synchronizing cameras in multi-camera shooting

Up to 16fps6 continuous shooting

Despite its 15.3MP5 high pixel count, the super-high-speed image sensor boosts readout speed to the extent that the camera can achieve continuous shooting up to 16fps6. This lets you capture moments of fleeting beauty or facial expressions in an instant.

Anti-distortion shutter of up to 1/32000 sec.

Thanks to the Exmor RS® sensor’s extremely fast readout, the anti-distortion shutter is capable of speeds up to 1/32000 sec. which minimizes image distortion caused by the rolling shutter phenomenon that can otherwise distort shots of swiftly moving subjects.

Internal HD ith 4k via HDMI output

The RX0 can capture Full 1080 up to 60p and 720 up to 120p internally while 4K (3840x2160) is supported via HDMI Output. For production flexibility, you can use Clean HDMI output to record uncompressed video to an external recorder in your choice of formats and bitrates, including un-compressed 4K (3840x2160) movie. You also enjoy full pixel readout from the Exmor RS® sensor delivering stunning high-precision 4K images with suppressed moiré and jaggies without pixel binning or line skipping. Video recording is not limited to 30 minutes like other compact cameras.

Wireless multi-control function

Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, up to five cameras can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet. Simply download free PlayMemories Mobile9 app to your mobile device for remote control of camera shutter release, movie recording start/stop, and instant receiving of captured footage. Bluetooth is also available and allows remote power on/off operation from your mobile device. Wireless control of more than five cameras through an access point and wired Ethernet control of multiple cameras is under development.

Easy exposure and drive mode control

Select the best mode for your creative needs with exposure modes that include: Program Auto, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall), Movie Mode (Intelligent Auto), Movie Mode (Program Auto), Movie Mode (Manual Exposure), HFR Mode (Program Auto, Manual Exposure), Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto as well as and drive modes that include: Single, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Cont.-bracketing*, Single-bracketing*, White balance bracketing*, DRO bracketing* (*self-timer is available).

Various accessories for diverse use

The RX0 is minimal in physical dimensions and design, yet so tremendously versatile that it is wonderfully ingenious in every sense. Yet, the more accessories and other cameras you use it with, the more you can appreciate how thoughtfully every aspect of such a multi-camera system is integrated to accommodate a range of shooting needs and creative ambitions.

Preset Focus

For movie shooting, you can choose MF (manual focus) or PF (preset focus) mode. If you select PF mode, the RX0 automatically focuses on a subject in the range farther than approx. 3’ (1m). Also, while the RX0 is in PF mode, if you activate “NEAR” focusing range, the camera automatically focuses on a nearby subject (within approx. 3’ (1m) range).

MF Assist and Peaking functions refine focus

To help you fine-tune focus, Manual Focus (MF) Assist magnifies the area you are focusing on to enable more precise adjustment, while Peaking highlights the sharpest or most in-focus area with your choice of color to help determine whether further focusing adjustment is required.

LCD monitor and intuitive interface

The LCD monitor on the back of the compact body lets you easily check settings, angles and composition for shooting, and check images after they are recorded. Operation is intuitive, thanks to the clear, sensible operation menu scheme that this camera shares with RX series cameras.

Custom key creative convenience

You can program preferred frequently used functions on your choice of buttons to best adapt the camera to your shooting style. You’ll gain prompt, handy fingertip access to your selection of such settings, for faster, more intuitive camera operation.

Picture Effect for advanced image processing

Create personalized art by applying your choice of Picture Effect modes that adjust camera parameters and apply advanced image processing with real-time previews for most effects. You can choose from 12 modes, including Pop Color, Posterization, and Retro Photo.

Creative Style

Bring out the character of your scene with any of 13 Creative Style settings. The camera adjusts color and other parameters of movie and still images while letting you manually fine-tune the contrast, saturation, and sharpness to achieve the look you desire. Saturation settings are not available when B/W or Sepia mode is selected.

Footnotes:

1 35mm equivalent
2 Waterproof down to 33 ft (10m) without underwater housing. The minimum focusing distance increases underwater, causing angle of view to narrow.
3 When dropped onto plywood that is 5cm/2 in. thick from heights up to 6.5ft. Conforms to MIL-STD-810G 516.7 shock test (U.S. Military Standard).
4 No guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof/dustproof/shockproof/crushproof performance of this camera, depending on conditions and circumstances of use.
5 Approximate effective megapixels
6 In Speed Priority Continuous mode. Focus and exposure settings fixed at first shot
7 Up to 960fps NTSC / 1000fps PAL super slow motion can be recorded. Sound cannot be recorded when shooting slow motion. A Class 10 or higher SDXC or SDHC memory card is required. NTSC/PAL mode is switchable through its menu. Image quality approaches Full HD quality at 240fps NTSC / 250fps PAL in Quality Priority mode.
8 Supplied as a part of VFA-305R1 Filter Adaptor Kit.
9 Ver. 6.1 or later is required.

In The Box

  • Sony RX0
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BJ1
  • AC Adapter AC-UUD12
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Memory card protector
  • Instruction Manual

Additional Information

Manufacturer Sony
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Best Available Video Mode 4K UHDTV (2160)
Zoom No
Memory Card Type microSD

Sensor
SENSOR TYPE 1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE 15.3MP
NUMBER OF PIXELS (TOTAL) Approx. 21.0 Megapixels
Lens
LENS TYPE ZEISS Tessar T* Lens, 6 elements in 6 groups (6 aspheric elements)
F-NUMBER (MAXIMUM APERTURE) F4.0 (Fixed)
FOCAL LENGTH (F=) f=7.7mm;Still Image3:2 f=24mm;Still Image4:3 f=26mm;Still Image16:9 f=25.2mm;Still Image1:1 f=30.7mm
FOCUS RANGE (FROM THE FRONT OF THE LENS) Approx. 50cm (1.7 ft.) to Infinity
OPTICAL ZOOM -
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (STILL IMAGE -
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (MOVIE) -
Screen
SCREEN TYPE 3.8cm(1.5type)(4:3) / 230,400 dots / Clear Photo / TFT LCD
BRIGHTNESS CONTROL Manual(5 steps) / Sunny Weather
MS ASSIST MAGNIFICATION 8.6x
Viewfinder
SCREEN TYPE/NUMBER OF DOTS -
Camera
IMAGE PROCESSING ENGINE Yes (BIONZ X™)
FOCUS MODE Single-shot AF;Preset Focus;Manual Focus
FOCUS AREA Wide (25 points(contrast-detection AF));Center;Flexible Spot (S/M/L);Expanded Flexible Spot
LIGHT METERING MODE Multi Pattern; Center Weighted; Spot
EXPOSURE COMPENSATION +/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
ISO SENSITIVITY (STILL IMAGE)(RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE INDEX) Auto(ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit),125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100),Multi-Frame NR:Auto(ISO125-12800), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/256002
ISO SENSITIVITY (MOVIE) Auto:(ISO125Level-ISO12800Level, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
MINIMUM ILLUMINATION (MOVIE) Auto:6lux(Shutter Speed 1/30")
WHITE BALANCE MODES Auto; Daylight; Shade; Cloudy; Incandescent; Fluor.: Warm White; Fluor.: Cool White; Fluor.: Day White; Fluor.: Daylight;Underwater Auto;C.Temp./Filter;Custom
WB MICRO ADJUSTMENT YesG7 to M7,57-stepA7 to B7,29-step
ELECTRONIC SHUTTER iAuto(1/4" - 1/32000) / Program Auto(1/4" - 1/32000) / Manual(1/4" - 1/32000)
APERTURE F4.0
SHOOTING MODE Program Auto;Manual Exposure;MR(Memory Recall) [body 3 sets / memory card 4 sets];Movie Mode(Intelligent Auto);Movie Mode(Program Auto);Movie Mode(Manual Exposure);HFR Mode(Program Auto, Manual Exposure);Intelligent Auto;Superior Auto
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED (MAXIMUM) (WITH MAX. RECORDING PIXELS) Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 16fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 5.5 fps3 4
SELF-TIMER 10 s / 5 s / 2 s / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 s 5 s or 2 s delay selectable/Bracketing shots with 10 s 5 s or 2 s delay selectable
DRIVE MODES Single;Continuous shooting;Speed priority continuous shooting;Self-timer;Self-timer(cont.);Cont.-bracketing5;Single-bracketing5;White balance bracketing5;DRO bracketing5
PICTURE EFFECT Still Image:Pop Color;Posterization;Retro Photo;Soft High-key;Partial Color;High Contrast Mono.;Soft Focus;HDR Painting;Richtone Monochrome;Miniature;Watercolor;Illustration;Movie:Pop Color;Posterization;Retro Photo;Soft High-key;Partial Color;High Contrast Mono.
CREATIVE STYLE Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
PICTURE PROFILE Off/PP1-PP7(Black Level, Gamma(Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
FOCUS TYPE Contrast-detection AF
NUMBER OF RECOGNIZED SCENES Still Image: Superior Auto: 10 / iAuto: 10;10
Recording
COMPATIBLE RECORDING MEDIA Memory Stick Micro6;Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)6;microSD Memory Card6;microSDHC Memory Card6;microSDXC Memory Card6
RECORDING FORMAT Still Image:JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.31,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format);XAVC S;AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible;MP4
RECORDING FORMAT (MOVIE AUDIO) XAVC S:LPCM 2ch;AVCHD:Dolby® Digital(AC-3) 2ch(Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator);MP4:MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
COLOR SPACE (STILL) sRGB, Adobe® RGB
DCF/DPOF DCF/DPOF/EXIF/MPF
STILL IMAGE NUMBER OF RECORDED PIXELS (IMAGE SIZE) Still Image:3:2mode:15M(4,800×3,200) / 7.7M(3,408×2,272) / 3.8M(2,400×1,600)?4:3mode:14M(4,272×3,200) / 6.9M(3,024×2,272) / 3.4M(2,128×1,600) / VGA,16:9mode:13M(4,800×2,704) / 6.5M(3,408×1,920) / 3.2M(2,400×1,352),1:1mode:10M(3,200×3,200) / 5.2M(2,272×2,272) / 2.6M(1,600×1,600)
HFR RecordingNTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode XAVC S HD:50p 50 M (1,920x1,080/250fps), 50p 50 M (1,920x1,080/500fps), 50p 50 M (1,920x1,080/1000fps) / 25p 50 M (1,920x1,080/250fps), 25p 50 M (1,920x1,080/500fps), 25p 50 M (1,920x1,080/1000fps), NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode XAVC S HD:60p 50M(1,920x1,080/240fps)?60p 50M(1,920x1,080/480fps)?60p 50M(1,920x1,080/960fps) / 30p 50M(1,920x1,080/240fps)?30p 50M(1,920x1,080/480fps)?30p 50M(1,920x1,080/960fps) / 24p 50M(1,920x1,080/240fps)?24p 50M(1,920x1,080/480fps)?24p 50M(1,920x1,080/960fps)Sensor Readout Number of effective pixelsQuality Priority:240fps/250fps(1,676x942),480fps/500fps(1,676x566),960fps/1000fps(1,136x384)/Shoot Time Priority:240fps/250fps(1,676x566),480fps/500fps(1,136x384),960fps/1000fps(800x270)
STILL IMAGE NUMBER OF RECORDED PIXELS (IMAGE SIZE) DURING MOVIE -
Interface
INPUT AND OUTPUT TERMINALS Multi/Micro USB Terminal7, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI, Microphone jack(3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
NFC -
WI-FI Yes(IEEE802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band))
INTERFACES -
BLUETOOTH Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4 GHz band))
Power
POWER SOURCE DC3.7V(supplied battery) / DC5.0V(supplied AC Adaptor)
BATTERY SYSTEM Rechargeable battery pack NP-BJ1
POWER CONSUMPTION (CAMERA MODE) Approx. 1.3W
USB CHARGE/USB POWER SUPPLY Yes (Shooting, Playback)
BATTERY LIFE(STILL IMAGES) Approx. 240shots / Approx. 120min8
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES ACTUAL SHOOTING) Approx. 35min.9
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES CONTINUOUS SHOOTING) Approx. 60min. 10
Others
PLAYMEMORIES CAMERA APPS -
SHOOTING FUNCTIONS Eye AF;Face Detection;Face Registration;Grid Line;WB Bracket;DRO Bracketing;MF Assist;Peaking;Zebra;Marker Display;Audio Level Display;TC/UB;Photographer Name & Copyright;ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed;PC Remote Control;Gamma Disp. Assist;Flip
PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI);9/25-frame index view;Slide Show;Forward/Rewind (Movie);Delete;Protect
TRILUMINOS COLOR Yes11
4K IMAGE OUTPUT Yes
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0 degrees C. - +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F.
WATERPROO Yes (IPX8 equivalent)
SHOCKPROOF Yes (2.0m/6.5ft MIL-STD810G C1 Method516.7-Shock)12
CRUSHPROOF Yes(200kgf/2000N/440lbf)13
Print
PRINT Exif Print;PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)
Size & Weight
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) 59.0x40.5x29.8 mm(2 3/8 in. × 1 5/8 in. × 1 3/16 in.)
What's In The Box
Accessories included Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BJ1
AC AdapterAC-UUD12
Micro USB cable
Wrist Strap
Memory card protector
Instruction Manual


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