Sony RX0 II Review

June 20, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

Sony RX0 II 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.

Noise

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.

JPEG RAW

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 125 (100% Crop)

ISO 125 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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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.

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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.

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Macro

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.

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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.

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