Sony Unveils RX0 Waterproof Ultra-Compact Camera

Sony has announced the DSC-RX0, a robust ultra-compact camera , extending the popular RX series. Weighing just 3.9 oz and measuring approximately 2.38 x 1.63 x 1.19 inches (WxDxH), the RX0 can be used as a stand-alone camera or as part of a multi-camera rig in any kind of shooting conditions including rain, underwater, space-limited, sandy or dusty environments, a Sony release said.

Sony’s wireless radio commander, the FA-WRC1M can be used to trigger up to fifteen RX0s simultaneously, while the PlayMemories Mobile app allows up to five RX0 models to be connected and controlled wirelessly from any paired device. A wireless multi-camera shooting solution capable of connecting additional RX0 units when an access point is used is currently under development with a target release date of January 2018 via firmware update. For users looking for a more reliable wired connection, a camera control box is being developed and will also be released in January 2018.

The new RX0 camera features a 1.0-inch type stacked 15.3 MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor, BIONZ X processor and a wide-angle ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 fixed lens to deliver high resolution and less distortion in both RAW and JPEG stills and across all supported video formats. It is equipped with an Anti-Distortion Shutter that can shoot as fast as 1/32000 second, as well maximum burst shooting capability at up to 16 fps, ensuring that even fast moving objects are beautifully and accurately rendered. Its small size also makes it an ideal choice for casual shooting, street and travel photography and more.

The RX0 is waterproof at depths of up to 10 meters (33 ft) on its own, and can be used at up to 100m (330 ft) depth when paired with the new MPK-HSR1 Housing. The camera is shockproof and can sustain a drop from up to 2 metres (6.5 ft) and crushproof to 200kg / 2000N, making it durable enough to withstand tough shooting conditions including rain, sand, dust and snow.

On the video front, the RX0 is packed with a variety of creative and powerful features including super slow motion capture at up to 960 frames per second, 4K clean HDMI output to an external recorder as well as MF assist and Peaking to adjust focus to exact preferences of the creator, as well as Preset Focus options which enhance control. The camera also offers Picture Profile options and S-Log2, as well Time Code / User Bit features, which are extremely useful for multi-camera shoots.

The RX0 will ship in October 2017, priced at approximately U.S. $700.

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