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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Rumor Roundup

Canon

Multiple sites report a new Canon R series body for mid-2019. Canon Rumors’ article claims that the body has not begun production and will feature dual card slots, thought not for the same memory format, and that the camera will feature a traditional joystick controller instead of the touch bar.

In Canon video news, the site reports that the XA40 and XA45 camcorders should appear at NAB 2019 this coming April.

Additionally, a Canon RF mount 50mm f1.8 IS USM lens will join the lineup next to the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 USM lens this year.

Leica

Leica Rumors updated their list of expected Leica cameras and lenses. As of this writing the Safari Edition of the M10-P was announced, the remainder of the extensive list includes a Summilux-M 90mm lens with expected f/1.5 max aperture. Additionally, speculation includes a new Noctilux-M 35mm lens which would join the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.2 lenses in the Noctilux lineup. Additionally, a silver version of the Summilux-M 28mm f1/4 lens is apparently on the way.

The article goes on to say that Leica will continue to develop vintage lenses including a 135mm M mount lens.

In another article, Leica Rumors published an article describing Alexander Hude’s hack of the M8, M9, and M240 cameras’ firmware.

Nikon

Nikon rumors reports on a new Hoodman Hoodeye Eyecup for Nikon Z cameras. Additionally, and a new round of Nikon lens rebates.

Panasonic

Mirrorless Rumors published an article that claims to show full Panasonic S lens images and specifications.