Sony RX0 II Review

June 20, 2019 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


As its name suggests, the Sony RX0 II is the second version of the original RX0 action camera that was first released back in 2017.

The updated Mark II RX0 principally adds internal 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, in-body electronic stabilisation when shooting video, an LCD screen that can now be tilted up to 180-degrees up and down to 90-degrees, enhanced colour reproduction for human skin, a closer focusing distance of 20cm, and an improved Eye AF mode.

Otherwise, the RX0 II retains the same core features as its predecessor, namely a massive 1-inch sensor which is around 4x the size of those in other action cameras, thereby promising to deliver much better image quality, 15.3 megapixels, fixed 24mm f/4 lens, 1.5-inch LCD screen, ISO125-12800 (extendable to ISO 80), top shutter speed of 1/32000th sec, 3.5fps continuous shooting, and 240 shot battery life.

The Sony RX0 II is available now priced at around £730 / $700.

There are also several accessories available, including a Cage (VCT-CGR1), Housing (MPK-HSR1), Filter Adaptor Kit (VFA-305R1) Cable Protector (CPT-R1), additional battery (NP-BJ1) and the new Microphone Jack and Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) for vlogging.

Ease of Use

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Front of the Sony RX0 II

The basic premise of the Sony RX0 hasn't changed in this Mark II version. Sony are still at pains to point out that it's not an action camera per se, and therefore not a direct competitor to the GoPro Hero 7 series, the recently launched DJI Osmo Action, or one of a seemingly endless line of wannabes.

Yet on the surface at least the RX0 II looks and feels like a premium action camera, being very similar in size and weight to a GoPro, measuring 59x41x30mm approximately and weighing a mere 132g. This is ever so slightly bigger and 22g heavier than the original RX0, principally thanks to the addition of the tiltable LCD screen (more on this later).

It’s an extremely rugged camera too, with impeccable levels of build quality making it seem pretty bombproof, not to mention waterproof (down to 10m, IPX8 equivalent), shockproof (up to 2m) and crushproof (up to 200kg).

And it has the same 24mm fixed wide-angle lens as the original model, again a key feature that most other action cameras share.

When you dig a little deeper, though, and actually use it in earnest, it quickly becomes apparent that the RX0 II is a markedly different proposition to a GoPro or other action camera, just like its predecessor - nothing has changed here, with Sony choosing to refine its original concept, rather than radically alter it.

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Front of the Sony RX0 II

So the RX0 II has exactly the same 1-inch, 20 megapixel sensor as the one used in the original RX0 and in Sony’s extensive RX100 series of compact cameras. A physically larger sensor provides greater control over depth of field and promises to deliver better image quality, especially in low light situations where conventional action cameras with much smaller sensor sizes typically struggle.

The RX0 II's fixed lens has a focal length of 24mm (full-frame equivalent) and an aperture of f/4, which is not as wide as most action cameras that usually employ a wider-angle fisheye lens to try and keep as much of the environment and subject in the shot.

This means that you can't fit in as much into your shot with the RX0 II compared to a GoPro, but on the other hand the 24mm wide-angle lens is not affected so much by barrel distortion in the same way that a fisheye lens is.

The RX0 also has a universal microphone port to connect an external microphone for high-quality audio recording. You won’t find this feature on too many other action cameras, making it an interesting proposition for other applications, including vlogging.

Especially as Sony have upped the ante and incorporated a tilting LCD screen design into the new RX0 II, making it a much more attractive proposition for vloggers. This is an up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater, should you wish to try and vlog there.

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Rear of the Sony RX0 II

Sony have also improved things in close-up situations by reducing the closest focusing distance from 50cm to 20cm. This improvement again makes things a lot easier for vloggers. On the original model the minimum focus distance of 50cm was equal to approximately an arm’s length, so you had to continually remember to keep the camera literally at arms length to ensure that your face was sharp. On the new RX0 II, this is much less of a concern.

Another new feature that should please vloggers is the upgraded Eye AF mode. The speed, accuracy and operation of Eye AF have all been improved compared to the previous RX0, and you can operate it with a simple half press of the shutter button to lock-on to the eye of the subject, just like on the Alpha camera range. The focused eye can also be selected (left / right / auto) in the menu or assigned to a custom button.

Finally, if you haven't got access to a make-up artist, the RX0 II offers both enhanced colour reproduction and a new Soft Skin Effect mode to ensure that you're always looking your best on-camera.

Unfortunately the RX0 still does not have image stabilisation, at least, it still doesn't have optical image stabilisation. Instead Sony have chosen to upgrade the RX0 II with electronic image stabilisation (for video only) for steadier footage, even when shooting handheld.

Although it's slightly better than no stabilisation at all, this electronic system is no match for a true optical solution, so much so that we'd still advise using another form of stabilisation entirely, such as a gimbal, just as we did with the original RX0.

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Top of the Sony RX0 II

Other ports include a micro USB for charging and mini HDMI out to an external recorder for clean 4:2:2 4K videos. Even without an external recorder, the RX0 II is now capable of 4K/30p video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, an important upgrade on the previous model which could only do 1080p.

There is also Sony’s HFR (High Frame Rate) modes too, which will capture short slow-motion sequences up to 960fps (with no sound). As with other Sony cameras with HFR modes, you’ll need to time the start of the sequence just right, which takes practice. Once the sequence is captured, there is a wait post-capture when the camera is out of action while the video is processed.

Another neat feature is wireless connectivity to a smart device via Sony’s Play Memories app. Asides from image transfer, one function of the app is the ability to control up to five RX0’s simultaneously. In fact, it is possible to run up to 100 RX0’s for the same shoot!

So, rather than merely being an action camera, Sony is once again pushing the RX0 II to be used in professional filmmaking productions, like in multi-camera rigs and in-car shots. Just how much the 24mm focal length restricts the camera’s usefulness in tight spaces is another matter.

Sony RX0 II

With the RX0 II being waterproof down to 10m, you won’t need a dedicated housing to protect it from water intake. In use, water glides right off the protective removable frontage, meaning you won’t get obtrusive water droplets ruining your shot so often. The same cannot be said for many other housing units.

The rear LCD screen is once again the same as on the original mode, a rather modest 1.5in display with 230k dot resolution. In bright light it is very difficult to see the display clearly. Also, the screen is not touch sensitive. Most other premium action cameras now feature larger 2-inch touchscreens, so Sony have got quite a lot of catching-up to do here.

Instead, the menus need to be navigated using the tiny, fiddly keys that are positioned at the side of the screen. It can take a little while to change camera settings, even once you are used to finding your way around the camera. Frankly, it’s still a bit of a pain.

A quicker alternative is to control the camera remotely through the Play Memories App, where the basic exposure controls are to hand. It’s not a comprehensive solution as understandably there are many controls not available in the app, but it does speed up the basic control of the camera, plus you get remove live view on a larger and clearer display.

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The Sony RX0 II In-hand

The RXO uses a NP-BJ1 battery unit which provides a battery life quoted at 240 single shots or up to 35 minutes movie recording time. In reality, the battery life really is quite modest and we could have done with one or two spare batteries for our test. That large sensor and fast processor are certainly power hungry.

However, the camera can at least be charged via USB. While out and about we made use of our own power bank when the battery drained. It is also possible to power the camera externally with a more powerful additional battery unit, although obviously this makes the overall package much bigger.

Optional accessories can have a major impact on how well cameras like the RX0 hold out in long-term use, and thankfully the new Mark II version can use all the same accessories as the original RX0. For example, if 10m is not deep enough for you, there is an optional waterproof housing available with 100m depth ability.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 15 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.


The Sony RX0 II has an ISO 125-12,800 sensitivity range for both videos and still images. It can be expanded down to ISO 80, and up to ISO 25,600 for still photos via the multi-frame NR mode.


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Focal Range

The Sony RX0 II features a fixed ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm lens. That’s not as wide as most other action cameras, but is still wide enough to capture most of the scene around you.


Lens Distortion

The RX0 II has the same ZEISS Tessar T* lens as the original RX0, which features 6 aspheric elements in 6 groups.

Once again we could not find any major barrel distortion in our brick wall test image, and vignetting in the f/4 lens is very well controlled indeed.

The sharpness in the centre of the frame is maintained to an impressive degree all the way to the corners, with only minimal drop off in clarity.



The RX0 II's offers an improved closest focusing distance of 20cm, better than the original's 50cm, but still quite modest for a 24mm wide-angle lens.


Long Exposures

When compared to other action cameras, the RX0 shines when used in low light thanks to its larger imaging sensor. You get better dynamic range, colour depth and control of noise. In short, the image quality of the RX0 in low light is superior to any other action camera.

When taking manual control over exposure, though, the longest possible shutter speed is 1/4sec. Therefore, it is not possible to make long exposure images, which is a shame given the camera's 1-inch sensor.


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony RX0 II camera, which were all taken using the 15 megapixel JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Sony RX0 II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Sony RAW (ARW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 23 second movie is 276Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 21 second movie is 252Mb in size.

This is a sample slow-motion movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 at 960 frames per second. Please note that this 11 second movie is 72Mb in size.

Product Images

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The new Sony RX0 II is slightly more capable, more versatile and more affordable than its predecessor, but it's still something of a niche proposition.

It’s part action camera, part compact camera, part multi-camera rig/ B-Roll/ C-Roll/ behind the scenes camera, and now part vlogging camera, thanks to a raft of improvements in that department, principally the addition of a tiltable LCD screen, shorter focusing distance and improved Eye AF mode, which combine to make it much easier to ensure that you're always in the frame and in focus.

Sony's decision to implement an electronic-based stabilisation system is less successful though. It's simply not as good as a true optical system, which quickly becomes apparent when trying to walk/run with the RX0 II or use it an all-action environment, such as skiing or cycling. It's competent enough for hand-holding the camera at arm's length whilst standing still and vlogging, but nothing more "active" than that, where you'll certainly need to use a gimbal to help stabilise your footage.

Which is a shame, as the Sony RX0 II delivers superior image quality for still images than all of its main rivals, thanks to its larger sensor and sharp 24mm f/4 lens - no other action camera can come close. Trying to compose images with the tiny 1.5-inch screen and change camera options via the tiny buttons quickly becomes tiresome, though, especially in bright sunlight, so we'd recommend taking a look at the more conventional RX100 camera series (which uses exactly the same image sensor) if still images are your shooting priority.

As for the price, £730 / $700 pegs the RX0 II at around twice as much as a GoPro Hero 7 or DJI Osmo Action, making it a truly niche product and an expensive one at that. But as with the original, if the Sony RX0 II does happen to suit your specific needs, you’d struggle to find a better pocket camera with this level of image quality...

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony RX0 II.

GoPro HERO6 Black

The GoPro HERO6 Black action camera features 4K video recording at 60fps, Full HD video at 240fps, a 12 megapixel sensor, the most advanced video stabilisation ever, and a new “QuikStories” app. Read our in-depth GoPro HERO6 Black review now...

Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360

The new Kodak PixPro 4KVR360 (also known as the PixPro Orbit360 4K) is a compact new action camera that uses dual lenses to capture a complete 360-degree view of the world. Is the Kodak 4KVR360 worth considering? Read our in-depth Kodak 4KVR360 review to find out...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is the latest version of Sony's flagship pocket camera for enthusiasts, now offering 4K video recording, a new image sensor and an electronic shutter. Is this the ultimate compact camera? Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV review to find out...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V offers the World’s fastest auto-focusing speed, the World's most AF points, and the World's fastest continuous shooting speed, for a humble compact camera. Is this enough to justify the $1000 / £1000 price-tag? Find out by reading our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V review, complete with sample photos, test shots, videos and more...

Sony RX0

The Sony RX0 is a premium action camera with a 1-inch sensor, which is about 4x the size of those in other action cameras like the GoPro, promising superior image quality, ably assisted by the 24mm f/4 Zeiss lens. Read our Sony RX0 review now to find out just what this innovative new camera is capable of...

Sony RX100 VI

The new Sony RX100 VI is the most technologically capable compact camera on the market, but is it the right travel-zoom camera for you? Find out by reading our detailed Sony RX100 VI review...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony RX0 II from around the web. »

The RX0 II is unusual and impressive in some ways, but it doesn't offer a compelling all-round package for most people. If you want an action camera, then the GoPro Hero7 Black or DJI Osmo Action are better bets. And if you're looking for a tiny vlogging camera, then the DJI Osmo Pocket or a Sony RX100 V are ideal. The RX0 II's electronic image stabilisation isn't great, which means it only really excels on a tripod. If this is the main way you like to shoot, and you're prepared to put up with its foibles, then the RX0 II could be a handy addition to your filmmaking arsenal. But vloggers and travellers should look at its cheaper rivals.
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Pop quiz, hot shot. What looks like an action cam, is tough like an action cam, but isn’t actually an action cam? I don’t know either, but that’s kind of the best way to describe the Sony RX0 Mark II. It’s a $700, video-centric, GoPro-shaped camera that could perhaps be called a travel camera or a vlogging camera. When the stars align, it shoots stunning footage. When they don’t, it’ll leave you scratching your head.
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With the introduction of its second gen RX0 II action camera, Sony wants to convince action sports enthusiasts that paying nearly double the price of others from GoPro, DJI and YI is worth it. With a unique crushproof metal design, flip-out screen and great color reproduction, Sony hopes that consumers will overlook the RX0 II's lack of a larger touch screen and user-friendly interface — as well as its $700 price. But in the end, you can get better performance from cameras that cost half as much.
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1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Approx. 15.3 Megapixels


ZEISS Tessar T* Lens, 6 elements in 6 groups (6 aspheric elements)
84deg. (24mm)
Approx. 20cm (0.66 ft.) to Infinity
15M Approx. 2x / 7.7M Approx. 2.8x / 3.8M Approx. 4x / VGA Approx. 13x
4K: Approx. 1.5x / HD: Approx. 2x
15M Approx. 4x / 7.7M Approx. 5.6x / 3.8M Approx. 8x / VGA Approx. 13x
Approx. 4x


3.8cm(1.5type)(4:3) / 230,400 dots / Clear Photo / TFT LCD




Electronical (for movie)
Contrast-detection AF
Single-shot AF,Preset Focus,Manual Focus
Wide (25 points(contrast-detection AF)),Center,Flexible Spot (S/M/L),Expanded Flexible Spot
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot (Standard/ Large), Entire Screen Avg., Highlight
+/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
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(ISO200-25600), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600 5
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
Auto,Daylight,Shade,Cloudy,Incandescent,Fluor.: Warm White,Fluor.: Cool White,Fluor.: Day White,Fluor.: Daylight,Underwater Auto,C.Temp./Filter,Custom
Yes (G7 to M7,57-step)(A7 to B7,29-step)
1/4" - 1/32000
Contrast,Saturation,Sharpness,Creative Style,Color Space(sRGB / Adobe RGB),Quality(RAW / RAW&JPEG / Extra fine / Fine / Standard)
High ISO NR:Normal/Low/Off,Multi Frame NR: Auto, ISO200-25600
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step))
Program Auto,Manual Exposure,MR(Memory Recall) [body 3 sets / memory card 4 sets],Movie Mode(Inteligent Auto),Movie Mode(Program Auto),Movie Mode(Manual Exposure),HFR Mode(Program Auto, Manual Exposure),Intelligent Auto,Superior Auto
Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 16 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 3.5 fps
10sec. / 5sec. / 2sec. / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable
Single,Continuous shooting,Speed priority continuous shooting,Self-timer,Self-timer(cont.),Cont.-bracketing, Single-bracketing,White balance bracketing,DRO bracketing
Yes (1-60 sec. interval, 1-9999 shots, AE lock/AE tracking(High/Mid/Low))
[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.
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
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)
Still Image:Superior Auto: 10 / iAuto: 10,Movie:10


XAVC S(100Mbps): micro SDXC/SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I U3 or higher); XAVC S(60Mbps/50Mbps): micro SDXC/SDHC Memory Card (Class 10 or higher); AVCHD/Still image: Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), Micro SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Still Image:JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.31,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format),Movie:XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
XAVC S:LPCM 2ch,AVCHD:Dolby Digital(AC-3) 2ch(Dolby Digital Stereo Creator)
sRGB, Adobe RGB
3:2mode:15M(4,800x3,200) / 7.7M(3,408x2,272) / 3.8M(2,400x1,600), 4:3mode:14M(4,272x3,200) / 6.9M(3,024x2,272) / 3.4M(2,128x1,600) / VGA,16:9mode:13M(4,800x2,704) / 6.5M(3,408x1,920) / 3.2M(2,400x1,352),1:1mode:10M(3,200x3,200) / 5.2M(2,272x2,272) / 2.6M(1,600x1,600)
NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] AVCHD: 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M(3,840x2,160/30p) / 30p 60M(3,840x2,160/30p) / 24p 100M(3,840x2,160/24p) / 24p 60M(3,840x2,160/24p), XAVC S HD: 60p 50M(1,920x1,080/60p) / 60p 25M(1,920x1,080/60p) /30p 50M(1,920x1,080/30p) / 30p 16M(1,920x1,080/30p) /24p 50M(1,920x1,080/24p) / 120p 60M(1,920x1,080/120p) / 120p 100M(1,920x1,080/120p)
NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode AVCHD: 24M FX(1,920x1,080/50i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/50i), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M(3,840x2,160/25p) / 25p 60M(3,840x2,160/25p), XAVC S HD: 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/50p) / 50p 25M(1,920x1,080/50p) /25p 50M(1,920x1,080/25p) /25p 25M(1,920x1,080/25p)/ 100p 60M(1,920x1,080/100p) / 100p 100M(1,920x1,080/100p)
Recording NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode XAVC S HD:50p 50M(1,920x1,080/250fps), 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/500fps), 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/1000fps) / 25p 50M(1,920x1,080/250fps), 25p 50M(1,920x1,080/500fps), 25p 50M(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)
Yes(1280 x 720 (Approx.9Mbps))


Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI, Microphone jack(3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Yes(IEEE802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band))
Yes (Bluetooth Standard Ver. 4.1 (2.4GHz band))


DC3.7V(supplied battery) / DC5.0V(supplied AC Adaptor)
Rechargeable battery pack NP-BJ1
Approx. 1.3W
Yes (Shooting, Playback)
Approx. 240shots / Approx. 120min
Approx. 35min.
Approx. 60min.


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,One Push AF
BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI),9/25-frame index view,Slide Show,Forward/Rewind (Movie),Delete,Protect,Cont Shoot Grouping
0 degrees C. - +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F.
Yes (IPX8 equivalent)
Yes (IP6X equivalent)
Yes (2.0m/6.5ft MIL-STD810G C1 Method516.7-Shock)


Exif Print,PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)

Size & Weight

59.0x40.5x35.0 mm(2 3/8 in. × 1 5/8 in. 1 7/16 in.)
Approx. 132g (4.7 oz.)(Battery and microSD Memory Card are included) / Approx. 117g (4.1 oz.)(Body Only)

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BJ1) (x2),AC Adaptor,Micro USB cable,Wrist Strap,Memory card protector,Instruction Manual,Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1),Hand Strap,Cable Clamper,Pouch,Set of printed documentation,Bracket


The Sony RX0 II is a new premium action camera with a 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP image sensor.

The successor to the original RX0 now offers internal 4K recording, an up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater, and new image stabilisation solutions for video recording.

The Sony RX0 II kit with the VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip and bracket will ship in Europe in May 2019, priced at approximately €800 / £730.In the US it's priced at $700 and will ship in April 2019.

Sony UK Press Release

Sony Launches RX0 II, the World's Smallest and Lightest Premium Ultra-Compact Camera 

Superb image quality delivered by 1.0-type stacked 15.3MP[i] image sensor condensed into waterproof[ii] rugged, highly compact body

• Featuring ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm[iii] F4 fixed wide-angle lens

Movie shooting with 4K[iv] internal recording and new image stabilisation solutions

Advanced functionality for stills photography including up to 1/32000 sec. Anti-distortion Shutter and up to 16fps[v] continuous shooting

Diverse range of shooting scenes enabled by waterproof 180 degree tiltable LCD panel and Clear Image Zoom 

• Perfect for selfie with enhanced colour reproduction, new Soft Skin Effect mode and advanced Eye AF

Microphone jack and Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) delivers minimal and ideal Vlog shooting solution

Multi-camera solution that enables creative video expression from various viewpoints

Sony today introduced an exciting new addition to its highly popular compact camera line-up with the launch of the world's smallest and lightest[vi] premium compact camera, the RX0 II (model DSC-RX0M2). Building upon the waterproof/dustproofii, shockproof,[vii] crushproof[viii] and ultra-compact qualities of the original RX0, the new model now offers internal 4K recording, an up to 180-degree and down to 90-degree tiltable LCD screen that even works underwater[ix],ii and new image stabilisation solutions for video recording.

At the heart of the RX0 II sits a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixeli Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor and an advanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine that offer enhanced[x] colour reproduction including beautiful skin tones. This power packed combination have been optimised to deliver lightning fast performance and exquisite image quality for both stills and movie shooting across a wide sensitivity range of ISO 80[xi]-12800. The ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mmiii F4.0 fixed wide-angle lens has a shortened minimum focussing distance of 20cm, making it perfect for selfies or table-top photos.  

A camera for all conditions

The RX0 II is truly a ‘worry-free’ camera that can be taken into places that no other camera can go. Measuring just 59mm x 40.5mm x 35mm[xii] and weighing just 132g,[xiii] the RX0 II fits easily into a pocket and is ready for whatever the elements can throw at it. It is waterproofii up to 10 metres deep, dustproofii, shockproofvii up to 2 metres and crushproofviii up to 200KG force. 

“The development goal of the original RX0 was to build a camera that enabled new forms of creative expression through its form factor and technical capabilities,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging at Sony Europe. “We have built upon this with the new RX0 II and added features and functionality that we believe make this an ideal camera for any type of travel and will perform equally well as a stills or video camera across a huge range of shooting and vlogging scenarios.” 

Movies and More 

The RX0 II offers 4K 30p internal movie recordingiv with full pixel readout and no pixel binning to collect approximately 1.7 times the amount of data required for 4K video. This oversampling reduces the appearance of moiré and jaggies and delivers smooth, high quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. Using the recently introduced Sony “Imaging Edge™” mobile applications, this footage can be transferred to a smartphone[xiv], edited and shared easily across social networks.

The RX0 II introduces in-body electronic stabilisation[xv] for steady footage, even when shot handheld. This can be enhanced even further when footage is exported to a smartphone or tablet running the ‘Movie Edit add-on’[xvi] application where the additional information captured during filming can be processed to produce a video with gimbal-like smoothness.[xvii] An additional new feature that can be accessed via Sony ‘Movie Edit add-on’ is ‘Intelligent Framing’ where the selected subject is kept in the centre of the frame and  image distortion is corrected in a final edit. Depending on where the video will be shared, the required aspect ratio can then be selected. 

Additional movie features of the RX0 II include Super Slow Motion recording at up to 1000 fps[xviii], uncompressed 4K HDMI output and simultaneous proxy movie recording.  Users can utilise Picture Profile, S-Log2 and Time Code / User Bit functions to ensure a final result that exactly matches their creative vision. 

Precision Photography

The versatility of the RX0 II means that it offers a host of stills photography features in addition to its video capabilities. It boasts an Anti-distortion Shutter of up to 1/32000 sec. and can shoot at up to 16 fpsv to capture any fleeting moment of emotion that passes across the subject’s face. In an upgrade from the original RX0, colour reproduction has been enhanced to reproduce natural and vivid colours of human skin, and the optional ‘Soft Skin Effect’ can be applied to cover minor blemishes and wrinkles.  Rating and Protect functions can be applied in camera and a grouped display of continuously shot images can be viewed on the camera.

Sony’s Eye AF, that is proving hugely popular with portrait photographers across the world, has been upgraded on the RX0 II. The speed, accuracy and operation of the Eye AF has been improved to make it even easier to capture a stunning portrait; a simple half press of the shutter button will lock-on to the eye of the subject. The focussed eye can be selected (left / right / auto) in the menu or assigned to a custom button, allowing the user to concentrate on composition. The camera can be set for interval shooting, the results of which can be edited with Sony’s “Imaging Edge” desktop application ‘viewer’ into stunning time-lapse videos[xix].

Multi-camera options

Up to 5 RX0 II cameras can be controlled wirelessly[xx] using Sony ‘Imaging Edge Mobile’[xxi] application and between 6 to 50 cameras will be able to be controlled via an access point (scheduled for Summer 2019.) The RX0 II is also compatible with the Camera Control Box CCB-WD1[xxii] which enables up to 100 cameras to be connected and controlled in a wired multi-camera setup. These multi-camera solutions unlock a whole new world of shooting opportunities and free video expression from any viewpoint that the user wishes to pursue.

Pricing and Availability

The RX0 II kit with the VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip and bracket will ship in Europe in May 2019, priced at approximately €800/£730.

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Preview Images

Sony have released some official sample JPEG images taken with the new RX0 II action camera.

A gallery of sample images from the Sony RX0 II action camera.

Sony RX0 II Sample Images

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