San Diego, CA—Sony unwrapped a new type of camera designed to offer entirely different imaging possibilities. The DSC-RX0 marries the image quality of the Sony RX point-and-shoot series with enhanced photo and video capabilities to facilitate creative expression. And all are compressed into a go-anywhere, ultracompact body.
Its miniature dimensions (2.9×1.6×1.2 inches, 3.9 ounces) and creative functions are meant to enable users “to approach unique photographic and videographic challenges in new ways,” Sony announced.
Moreover, the RX0 can be used as a stand-alone camera or as part of a multi-camera rig. And it can operate in any kind of shooting conditions, including rain, underwater and in sandy environments. Multiple RX0s can be linked together in various ways to film and produce content like bullet-time, time-slice and other unique styles of content creation.
In addition, Sony’s FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander can be used to trigger up to 15 RX0 cameras simultaneously. And Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app allows up to five RX0 models to be connected and controlled wirelessly from any paired device. Sony is also developing a wireless multi-camera shooting solution capable of connecting additional RX0 units when an access point is used. This will be released in January 2018 via a firmware update. For users looking for a more reliable wired connection, a camera control box is also under development for the same release date.
Sony DSC-RX0 Main Features
The RX0 incorporates a 1.0-type, stacked 15.3 megapixel Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, a Bionz X processor and a wide-angle Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm f/4 fixed lens. They are said to deliver high resolution and less distortion for both RAW and JPEG stills and across all supported video formats.
The camera’s anti-distortion shutter can shoot as fast as 1/32,000 second. It is also capable of a maximum burst at 16 frames per sec to capture even fast-moving subjects.
The point and shoot is also waterproof to depths of 33 feet on its own. It addition, it can be used down to 330 feet when paired with the MPK-HSR1 housing. Plus, the camera is shockproof to withstand a fall of 6.5 feet and crushproof to 440 pounds.
On the video front, the RX0 provides a variety of creative features. They include: super slow motion capture at up to 960 fps; 4K HDMI output to an external recorder; and MF assist as well as focus peaking to adjust focus to exact preferences. Furthermore, it has preset focus and picture profile options to enhance control, as well as S-Log2 and time code/user bit features that are useful for multi-camera shoots.
In addition to the MPK-HSR1 housing, Sony introduced other accessories to support different ways of shooting with the RX0. These include the VCT-CGR1 cage for increased system flexibility; the CPT-R1 cable protector; the VF-SPR1 spare lens protector; the NP-BJ1 rechargeable batter pack; and the ACC-TRDCJ accessory kit. Also, the VFA-305R1 filter adapter kit was announced, which includes a filter adapter, lens hood and MC protector.
The compact Sony DSC-RX0 camera will ship in October 2017. It will have a suggested retail price of $700. sony.com