Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 II Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 15.3MP 1" Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm Equivalent f/4 Lens
  • Internal UHD 4K30 Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • HFR Mode for Slow Motion up to 1000 fps
Sony has worked wonders with the Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 II, creating a premium, ultra-compact, and tough camera with an outstanding feature set for both stills and video. This form factor makes it ideal for travel and everyday life while the 15.3MP 1" Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor ensure your images are of the highest quality. Also, this model offers internal UHD 4K30 video recording, electronic image stabilization for movies, and a 1.5" 230k-dot 180° tilting LCD that is perfect for selfies and vlogging. Beyond that, the RX0 II can handle adverse conditions with ease, being waterproof to 33', dustproof, crushproof to 440 lb, and shockproof to 6.5'.
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Sony DSC-RX0 II Overview

  • 1Description
  • 215.3MP 1" Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 Lens
  • 4UHD 4K Video Recording & S-Log2 Gamma
  • 5Rugged, Pocketable Body Design and Connectivity
  • 6Wireless Connectivity and Multi-Camera Setups

Sony has worked wonders with the Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 II, creating a premium, ultra-compact, and tough camera with an outstanding feature set for both stills and video. This form factor makes it ideal for travel and everyday life while the 15.3MP 1" Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor ensure your images are of the highest quality. Also, this model offers internal UHD 4K30 video recording, electronic image stabilization for movies, and a 1.5" 230k-dot 180° tilting LCD that is perfect for selfies and vlogging. Beyond that, the RX0 II can handle adverse conditions with ease, being waterproof to 33', dustproof, crushproof to 440 lb, and shockproof to 6.5'.

Image quality is of the utmost importance, and the relatively large 1"-type sensor benefits from a stacked architecture and dedicated DRAM chip that dramatically speeds up processing and performance. Tied into this system is the BIONZ X processor, enabling outstanding low-light performance with sensitivities up to ISO 12800 as well as continuous shooting at 16 fps and support for Eye AF in select modes. The fast sensor readout also improves rolling shutter and speeds of up to 1/32000 second. Benefitting this imaging system is a ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm equivalent f/4 lens that ensures minimal distortion, excellent sharpness, and a minimum focus distance of just 7.9".

All this technology makes the RX0 II a stellar video camera, too, as it offers internal UHD 4K30 video along with Picture Profiles, including the advanced S-Log2 gamma. Users looking for the best can still output an uncompressed and clean 4:2:2 4K image over HDMI as well as benefit from the camera's 3.5mm microphone input for improved audio capture. The RX0 II has electronic image stabilization for steady handheld footage. Full HD video at up to 120 fps is available as well, though a High Frame Rate or HFR Mode will enable super slow-motion capture at up to 960 fps in NTSC or 1000 fps in PAL. Additionally, interval recording is possible for creating time-lapse movies.

Taking things a step further are the RX0 II's advanced connectivity options. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow for remote control and image transfer to a mobile device via the Imaging Edge Mobile app. This setup can operate multiple RX0 II cameras at once. The camera also benefits from other optional accessories that allow the RX0 II to be integrated into advanced configurations with up to 100 cameras.

15.3MP 1" Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
Squeezed into that pocketable and rugged frame is a large 15.3MP 1" Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor with dedicated DRAM chip. By integrating the DRAM so tightly with the sensor, Sony was able to dramatically speed up read times, allowing an anti-distortion shutter at up to 1/32000 second, a wide dynamic range, and sensitivities that range from ISO 80-12800. Working with this sensor is the BIONZ X image processor which ensures images are captured with a wide dynamic range, reduced noise, and natural-looking colors. Eye AF is supported now, and the RX0 II can shoot full-resolution stills continuously at up to 16 fps. The contrast-detect AF system will operate in single-shot AF, preset focus, or manual focus.
ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 Lens
Integrated into the body of the RX0 II is a ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm equivalent f/4 lens. These optics are optimized to capture high-resolution images with minimal distortion and high sharpness. It also sports a minimum focus distance of 7.9" for versatility and can work with Clear Image Zoom to provide a 2x digital zoom with a minor loss in quality. Additionally, ghosting and flare is well controlled and a coating on the front of the body makes it easy to clean water drops and dust.
UHD 4K Video Recording & S-Log2 Gamma
Another benefit of upgraded processing in the RX0 II is the ability to record UHD 4K30 video internally to a memory card and Full HD at up to 120 fps. These videos are recorded with full pixel readout of the sensor and no pixel binning, meaning that about 1.7x the data required for 4K resolution is captured and down sampled to produce higher-quality footage. It will record footage in the high-quality XAVC S format at up to 100 Mb/s for ensuring excellent detail in your final recordings.

For advanced filmmaking, the RX0 II offers shooters Picture Profiles, including the S-Log2 gamma, for additional control over the look of your final images and the ability to capture video with a wide dynamic range to be edited in post. Electronic SteadyShot image stabilization is available as well for steady handheld operation. Another function supported by the system's advanced processing is an HFR or High Frame Rate Mode. This will allow users to capture extreme slow motion at up to 960 or 1000 fps for NTSC or PAL, respectively. Quality Priority Mode can be used when resolution is critical to record up to HD at 240 or 250 fps. A helpful option for HFR is an end trigger function so you can record the 2-4 seconds prior to the shutter being pressed so you don't miss the shot.

Users looking to integrate the RX0 II into a professional workflow can benefit from the camera's uncompressed and clean HDMI output via a micro-HDMI port and the 3.5mm microphone input for connecting audio equipment. The camera is also equipped with MF Assist and Peaking functions to help make sure your subject is in focus. And interval recording is available for creating time-lapse movies.
Rugged, Pocketable Body Design and Connectivity
Core to the RX0 II's identity is a durable extra-super-duralumin body with a sleek exterior. Measuring just 2.4 x 1.6 x 1.4" and weighing just 4.7 oz, this camera is extremely portable and can be used in the tightest locations. Added in this model is a 1.5" 230k-dot 180° tilting LCD, allowing for easier selfies and vlogging. The screen can tilt downward 90° for additional flexibility when shooting at different angles. In terms of toughness, the RX0 II is waterproof to 33', shock resistant to drops from up to 6.5', and crushproof to 400 lbf, as well as dustproof.
Wireless Connectivity and Multi-Camera Setups
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity can be used to access more features via a connected mobile device. The Image Edge Mobile app will support remote control of the camera and can even control multiple RX0 cameras at the same time. Bluetooth can be used for remote power on/off and recording location data. A Movie Edit add-on can also be used to transfer videos to your mobile device and will provide automatic image stabilization and reframing for various social media networks.

Various accessories will amplify the RX0 II shooting experience. Shooting grips, mounts, and imaging tools can help ensure the best handling and image quality for your setup. Also, the RX0 II is a great choice for multi-camera installations. It can be easily used in a dual-camera shooting setup with the optional VMC-MM2 Release Cable or can be combined with the separately available CCB-WD1 Camera Control Box for working with up to 100 RX0 II cameras simultaneously.
UPC: 027242917910

Sony DSC-RX0 II Specs

Image Sensor1"-Type CMOS
Focal Length7.9mm
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length24mm 
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Focus Distance7.9" / 20.0 cm
Fixed FocusNo
Angle of View 84° (35mm Equivalent Stills)
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC
Video Format3840 x 2160p at 23.98/29.97 fps (100, 60 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/60/120 fps (100, 60, 50, 25 Mb/s XAVC S)
1920 x 1080i at 50/60 fps (24 Mb/s AVCHD)
Slow Motion Mode240 fps Recorded at 1676 x 942p
480 fps Recorded at 1676 x 566p
960 fps Recorded at 1136 x 384p
Still Image SupportJPEG / Raw
Channels2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio FormatDolby Digital AC3
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityVideo
80 to 12,800 in Manual Mode
Exposure MeteringAverage, Center-Weighted, Highlight, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesModes: Intelligent Auto, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Programmed Auto, Superior Auto
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
Continuous ShootingUp to 16 fps at 15 MP for up to 129 Frames (JPEG)
Self-Timer2, 5, 10 Sec
Remote ControlVCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip (Optional)
Image StabilizationDigital
Shockproof Rating6.5' / 2.0 m
Waterproof Depth Rating33.0' / 10.0 m (Camera)
Environmental ProtectionAdvertised as Dust Resistant/Submersible to 32.8' / 10 m
*Manufacturer Testing: IP68
IP RatingIP68
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerNo
Built-In Light/FlashLight - No
Flash - No
WirelessWi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Accessory ShoeNone
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs1 x Micro-USB 2.0
Outputs1 x Micro-HDMI
Microphone InputVia Dedicated Port
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 700 mAh
Charging MethodUSB
Power ConsumptionOperating: 1.3 W
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4" / 59 x 40.5 x 35 mm
Weight4.13 oz / 117 g (Body Only)
4.66 oz / 132 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.71 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.15 x 4.7 x 3"

Sony DSC-RX0 II Reviews

Love it

By eugen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

It was hard to find in Canada.....luckily BH came to the rescue. Minuscule,built like a tank,same menus as my A7 mark three. Quality wise,compared with my GoPro hero 7 black,it's not even destroys it. The app on my iPhone 12 Pro, still a mess.....I hate that app like you can't believe.I'm not going to use it and I bought a Crane will stay there for good.

On par with some of the best prosumer camera’s

By Anthony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-31

Don’t let the “toyish” size of this little gem fool you. Yes, the LCD screen is tiny and hard to negotiate, but the way around that is to connect the camera to a TV and setup all your main settings there. Once you have your desired settings, then your good. The quality of this camera is just OUTSTANDING especially for the size. I also have a Sony FX700 and when both are played back on my 4K TV the difference are almost indistinguishable from the both cameras, yes, the FX 700 does have a slight edge, but keep in mind that camera is literally 10x the size. The battery life is average at best but I still get a good hour or so from a fully charged battery, so keep a few spares with you. So if you want a great 4K camera that you can hold in the palm of your hand, I highly recommend getting one of these.

Great camera!

By Mike_CC
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-13

If this camera would have had bulb mode, I would buy more of them without blinking. Dear product team, please note that bulb mode doesn't have to be unlimited, I understand that the sensor might get damaged, but 1min or even 30s would be enough, even 10s if is not possible more. This feature Is VERY VERY useful to control exactly when the exposure stops. Please consider adding it in a future firmware update!

I Hate to Bash a Product this Good but . . .

By Robert
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-29

Good Points:  Image Quality is sharp, exposure and color need only a small boost, and the ISO is excellent for a 1-inch sensor. Macro photographs are razor sharp. Time Lapse mode is easy to set up and regular videos look good to me, but admittedly, I’m not a video guy. The RX0 ii gets 5 stars for final product. ****************************************   Bad Points: Terrible interface at all levels. Buttons are made for elves and the screen is too small for serious work.  Worst of all, you have to enter the menu to do a lot of very common things.  For example, Shooting Mode and Exposure Compensation are buried in the menus.  To change the shutter speed, you have to first go into the menu to switch to Manual Mode and then return to the menu to find the Shutter Speed options.  The 24mm focal length is good for video but may not be useful overall. If you want to switch to Digital Zoom (which is surprisingly good), it’s at a 4 step process, again delving into the darn menus.  **************************************** The port covers are cheap and flimsy; the camera gets warm after shooting a as few as 50 photos; you can flip the screen to use the camera as a dashcam, but now the buttons are upside down; the screen blacks out during video recording; Time lapses do NOT work in either Auto modes; time lapses are not made into movies as in Panasonic cameras; you can use the best level of digital zoom only if you lower the Jpeg image size.      The RX0 ii gets 1 star for usability.   ******************** ******************** Just because you can make a miniature camera, it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.  There’s no point to this camera.  The RX100mx does everything this camera does and a lot, lot more.  In comparison, the RX100 cameras are a pleasure to hold and use – the RX0 is a chore.  Sony has crippled this camera so severely that it has ruined the photographic experience.  ********************

It looks like a toy and acts like a professional camera

By Gwinn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-28

This has given my workshops a better look. I bought 2 cameras for a 2 camera shoot and interviews. Thanks for helping me pivot during COVID.

I love this camera!!!!

Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-20

Maybe not intended but this camera opens a new world for nature photography!!!. It is rugged, waterproof and can be remote controlled. Time lapse option is also useful leaving the camera to take pictures for hours. I love this thing!!!! (just please extend wireless remote control range

Not impressed so far....

By Stanley
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-18

Proprietary software. Replace your not so old Android device if you would like to use it as a remote for this camera. Choppy video when panning this camera, and viewing on your device ten feet away ....... money not well spent. I am done

A continuing firmware headache from Sony

By Frederick
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-02

This camera seems to have been released in great haste by Sony, possibly in an attempt to stop the loss of market share coming from GoPro. It's twice the price of the GoPro, but the size is a tiny bit smaller and the quality of the optics are make a noticeable difference in some cases. I have three of these units from B&H. Sony is relying on its customers to apply firmware updates, and it is getting difficult to comply with the restrictions Sony has put in place in firmware version 3.0. These updates are in part to "fix" the bugs that Sony failed to catch even in the initial manufacture, and to introduce features that can be accommodated by the unit's hardware. The latest firmware update shows that Sony is - as it has been since the 1970s in my experience - somewhat aloof and out of touch with the customer base. The latest firmware revision 3.0 can only be applied with computers having a narrow range of operating systems. Doesn't Sony know that a professional needs to extend the life of equipment and operating systems in computers beyond a 6 to 12 month life? Not making the Firmware 3.0 update possible with Mac OS High Sierra is a major mistake. The Mac-applied 3.0 firmware can be updated only with computers running OS Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur, and get this, the firmware will NOT work with OS Big Sur if the computer running it uses the new M1 Apple Silicon processors, but will work only on the Intel variety new Macs running Big Sur. A similar narrow range of operation systems applies to Windows-based computers. I have known all of Sony's professional products to be of superior design, but not making it easy for those in the field to apply firmware updates is yet more evidence that Sony continues to have an arrogant and insular attitude towards the people whose purchases made Sony one of the richest of brands in the world. I would strongly advise Sony to issue an option, so the customer can, if needed, obtain firmware updates using the computer operating systems and hardware as was in use when the units were first manufactured. Alternatively, I would ask that Sony open up a program where owners can have Sony service centers to apply these updates for the customer, whenever a consumer asks it, and I believe it would do well for Sony in the public relations areas if the firmware update service would be offered free of charge.

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