New Sony Action Camera RX0 II

Sony Action Camera RX0 II
Sony RX0 II Product Video

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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 without a grip or external microphone.

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Ricoh WG-6: Waterproof and Crushproof and G900/G900SE with Industrial and Lan features

Ricoh WG-6 Orange

Ricoh announced the WG-6 compact digital camera. Designed to withstand rough conditions, the 20MP WG-6 works up to 20 meters under water. Additionally, the body is crushproof and can withstand 100 Kgf (Kilogram Force), has a built in multi-light for macro work, and a GPS module.

in addition to that impressive feature set, it shots 4K in H.264 format and is capable of ISO6400. The camera is available in black and striking orange. The expected ship date is March 22, 2019. For more WG-6 info, read Ricoh’s press release here.

The G900 is a business/industry-oriented version of the WG-600 with features like password protection and the ability to withstand sterilization equipment in medical environments. The SE version of the G900 also adds Lan functionality. Read the G900 press release and the G900SE press release.

Panasonic S1 & S1R Announced

Panasonic announced the S1 and S1R cameras. The S1 features a 24.2MP sensor and the S1R doubles that with 47.3MP. If that’s not enough for you, both bodies also feature a high-resolution shooting mode that produces 96MP images in the S1 and 187MP images in the S1R. Both cameras feature contrast detection autofocus systems with 225 AF points as well as internal image stabilization.

Video shooters will appreciate the 4K 60P capabilities of both cameras. The S1 can capture 4K 60P 8-bit video internally. Its big brother, the S1R can capture 4K 60P externally, with V-Log.

The S1 is available for preorder with an expected release date of April 4, 2019. The S1R is also available for preorder with the same release date. Both bodies are available with bundled lenses. Jump to News Shooter’s article for more info. There is also an extensive article on L-rumors.

Nikon announces Coolpix B600 and A1000

NIKON COOLPIX B600
Nikon Product Photo of COOLPIX B600 camera

Nikon announced the COOLPIX B600 compact digital camera. It features a 60x optical zoom that covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-1440mm. With additional Dynamic Fine Zoom it can achieve a zoom ratio of 120x. Additionally, the 16MP camera also features 19 scene modes and a creative mode for up to 36 effects. Read Nikon’s announcement here.

NIKON COOLPIX A1000
Nikon Product Photo of COOLPIX A1000 camera

Nikon also announced the COOLPIX A1000. This compact camera offers a built in electronic viewfinder and 35x optical zoom. It is 4K UHD capable with vibration reduction and Active D-Lighting. Further, it is SnapBridge compatible for easy transfer to mobile devices. Read the announcement here.