New Sony Action Camera RX0 II

Sony Action Camera RX0 II
Sony RX0 II Product Video

A Very Capable Sony Action Camera

Sony announced the RX0 II action camera, a follow up to the popular RX0. It’s a very compact camera with impressive specifications. The camera features a 1″ sensor worth 15.3 megapixels of resolution. The ISO range is also impressive at 80-12800.

The RX0 II has a fixed 24mm f4.0 equivalent lens that focuses down to 20cm. As with many sony cameras, the partnership with Zeiss continues and the lens is a Zeiss Tessar T* model.

Here’s Looking At You — Flip Up Screen

The feature that most people will talk about, however, is the flip-up rear LCD screen. It’s similar in design to the flip up LCDs on Sony’s RX100 cameras and facilitates blogging. When combined with the optional VCT-SGR1 shooting grip, and a microphone, it’s a very compact rig capable of all-weather operation.

The RX0 II features robust video capabilities with 4K/30P recording and a 1000 frames per second high speed recording mode. Additionally, the camera can export uncompressed 4K HDMI output. Advanced shooters will appreciate the availability of S-Log 2 and Time Code/User Bit features for color grading and post production work.

Notably, the RX0 II has eye focus capability similar to the brand’s flagship a9 camera. The RX0 will focus on a subjects eye and track it. This is a particularly useful feature and one that is currently part of the mirrorless camera arms race between manufacturers. Sony’s eye AF remains in the lead.

One of the most notable features of the RX0 II camera system is the Sony Imaging Edge mobile app. The app can control up to five cameras simultaneously and synchronize them.

In a future update, scheduled for later this summer, the app will be able to control up to fifty cameras. Further, the compatible Camera Control Box CCB-WD1 can control 100 cameras.

The Sony RX system is an attractive option for action camera shooters or anyone that needs a small, rugged, capable system. It competes directly with GoPro’s camera, and eclipses their capabilities in some ways. However, it does cost more than GoPro’s offerings at approximately $700 for the camera without a grip or external microphone.

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Leica Announces M Monochrom “Your Mark” Limited Edition

Leica Monochrom M "Your Mark" set
Leica Product Photo of Leica Monochrom M Typ 246 “Your Mark” Limited Edition Set

Leica announced the M Monochrom Typ 246 “Your Mark” Limited Edition set. Leica produced eighty of the sets exclusively for US distribution. If you want a “Your Mark” Monochrom M, you’ll need to buy it at a Leica store. The set includes a leather strap and a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH lens.

Both the body and lens are finished in black paint. Additionally, the retro lens design lens features red and white script and round removable lens hood. The camera is covered in Horween leather, sourced through Horween Leather Company in Chicago.

Leica’s Monochrom M features a 24MP sensor that only captures luminance values and creates black and white images only.

Leica claims the black paint on the body and lens as well as the Horween leather body covering will “age beautifully over time.”

Leica Announces M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition

Leica M Monochrom Kyoto Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition
Leica Product Photo of M Monochrom Kyoto Limited Edition

Leica announced the Kyoto Edition of the Leica M Monochrom camera. Leica made ten of the camera sets to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Kyoto Leica store. The set includes a Leica APO Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens and a leather strap in matching green to the camera body’s grip.

The Leica M Monochrom features a 24MP black and white image sensor. The Summicron-M The 50mm f/2 Asph is Leica’s best (and most expensive) version of the Summicron 50mm lens.

Leica Announces the Q2

Leica Q2

Leica announced the Q2 camera and it’s available from authorized retailers today. The camera is a significant leap forward from the Leica Q and features a 47.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor. The lens is a fixed 28mm F1.7 ASPH Summilux lens, but the camera features crop modes that correspond to 35mm, 50mm, and 75mm focal lengths. Notably, the body is weather sealed.

Additionally, the camera feature built-in Bluetooth LE and Wi-FI, 10fps, and a 3″ touchscreen. Watch Leica’s product video below or read Leica’s press release here. The Leica Q2 costs $4995 US.

Voigtländer Announced Three New Sony E and Leica M-mount Lenses and Six Mirrorless Adapters

Voigtlander-Nokton-50mm

Voigtländer announced three lenses today: the Nokton 21mm f1.4 Aspherical, the Nokton 50mm f1.2 Aspherical for Sony’s e-mount, and the Nokton Vintage Line 75mm f/1.5 Aspherical VM lens for Leica M-mount.

Additionally, Voigtländer announced six mirrorless lens adapter for using m-mount lenses and e-mount lenses on various mirrorless cameras. The adapters include standard mount adapters that mate lenses to bodies and close focus adapters that include a helicoid that shortens the focusing distance of the lens on the mounted body. The new adapters are similar to Voigtländer’s close focusing adapter for M-mount to Sony-E mount. There new adapters are as follows:

  • VM-Z adapter
  • VM-Z close focusing lens adapter
  • EZ adapter
  • VM-RF lens adapter
  • VM-RF close focusing adapter
  • VM-X close focusing lens adapter

For more info on Voigtländer’s offerings, check out their site here.





New CFExpress Type B Card Announcements

Prograde Digital CFExpress Cards

Both Sony and Prograde Digital announced CFExpress Type B memory cards today. The new cards use the PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe host controller interface and perform at read speeds of 1,600MPB/s. Prograde also announced that sample cards and readers are available for “qualified partners.” Prograde will offer two lines of the cards. The CFExpress Cobalt will perform at the full 1,600MB/s read speed and have burst write capability of 1400MB/s. The CF Express Gold feature a burst write speed of 600-1000MB/s. Read Prograde’s news release for more info.

Sony CF Express Card and CFExpress/XQD Reader
Sony CF Express Card and CFExpress/XQD Reader

Sony announced their own CFExpress Type B cards. The “Tough” cards. Sony claims performance of 1700MB/s read speeds and 1480MB/s write speeds. The “Tough” label highlights Sony’s tripling of the CFexpress standard to withstand force at 70N bending force and “five times greater reliability to endure falls from up to 5m high.” Read Sony’s press release here.

If all this XQD, CFast, CFExpress jargon has you perplexed, read this article by SLR Lounge. It does a decent job of clearing it up.