A brief overview of any camera from Sony: the camera is the bottom, but the sensor is large. Wow, how cool - give me two! The same applies to the Sony RX0 II.
The feature of another under-camera from Sony is in a relatively large sensor for a compact camcorder.
The Sony RX0 II has a 1-inch sensor. This is the same size as their once popular Sony RX100. Both cameras are very compact and lightweight. But if the RX100 is a compact camera, then the RX0 is an action camera in size (although it is not).
See the difference in device sizes. At the same time, the size of the matrix is \u1b\uXNUMXband there and there XNUMX inch. It sounds cool, and the whole marketing around this model is built on this. But as always with the poor devices from Sony, the question arises - and what to do about it?
Let's start with the general characteristics.
- 15,3 megapixel sensor
- Recording modes 4K 30fps, FullHD up to 120fps. And super slowmo up to 1000fps, but at a resolution of 800 by 270 pixels and a duration of about 4 seconds.
- ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm F4 Lens
- Lapel screen 1,5 inches
- Classic signature menu from Sony
- Eye Spot AF - photo mode only
- Possibility of softening the skin Soft Skin Effect
- 3.5mm microphone input and microHDMI output (output video 8 bit 4:2:2). Intra-chamber 8bit 4:2:0.
- There is an entry in S-Log2. Minimum ISO 1000.
- Waterproof up to 10 meters underwater
- Withstands up to 200kg load
For starters, why isn't the Sony RX0 II an action camera...or a blogging camera?
This camera does not have tracking autofocus. Wow, huh? Issue for 700 dollars. a device without a basic function for any video camera is a very greyhound step. But this isn't the first time Sony has spit on its customers, so they're no strangers to it. It happened in 2019, by the way. And we are talking about the second version of the RX0 II. The first one was in 2017. For two years, autofocus in video mode could not be done. Progress, what can I say.
There are the following modes for focusing: PF for shooting 1 meter and further and PF Near for shooting at distances of 0,5-1 meter. The problem is that a distance of 0,5-1 meter is already shooting with a selfie stick, and not just with your hands. Or you have to have very long arms. Plus, there is a focus mode at a minimum distance of 20cm. All this must be switched with a button.
The lack of autofocus already puts an end to Sony RX0 II for blogging and action camera use. But that's not the end of the story...
Touch screen - no, not heard. Screen diagonal 1,5 inches. The quality of the screen is the bottom, a classic for Sony cameras. When shooting in 4K, you can not raise the screen brightness, it is at a minimum. If full-frame expensive Sony cameras there are big problems with screens, here it’s just a mockery of the user - to fit the terrible menu from Sony on a dark microscopic screen with a diagonal of 1,5 inches.
In some reviews, the fact that this disgusting menu was shoved into the mini-camera is presented as an incredible coolness, because the user has a huge amount of settings available. And the menu is professional - from "adult" cameras. What kind of nonsense is not carried in sleek reviews. In that menu, the basic functions to set up are a hell of a pain. The non-touch microscreen only makes it worse.
24mm focal length and f4 aperture
The focal length and constant aperture of the Sony RX0 II create a lot of trouble in many ways.
f4 lets in less light than competitive f2.8 GoPro with a smaller sensor. As a result, this practically aligns these cameras in light sensitivity. Large sensor with a dark lens versus a smaller sensor with a brighter lens.
Focal length 24mm is more difficult to crop than fishye at GoPro. On the Sony RX0 II, you need to pay more attention to composition and framing more carefully. To do this, the Sony RX0 II has a disgusting miniature screen that is almost invisible in sunlight.
The focal length of 24mm, coupled with a sensor larger than the GoPro, implies the need for focus. But there is no autofocus. Gopro also does not have AF, but there the whole picture is in hyperfocal due to the focal length and a small matrix. Here the problem is created, but not solved.
Aperture is always f4 unchanged. In comparison, the GoPro can close the aperture. If the aperture cannot be closed, how to shoot in bright sunlight to maintain a cinematic shutter speed of 1/50? It is necessary to cling ND-filters. To attach ND filters, it is necessary to collective farm rig. And this is possible, of course.
We just started with the fact that we have a super-compact camera weighing 130g with all kinds of protection from anything and everything. When you collective farm a rig, it will no longer be possible to wet it and crush it with a tractor. Yes, and with compactness it comes out so-so.
By the way, the battery of the Sony RXo II is a complete bottom. Battery recording time: 1 hour in FullHD, approximately 30 minutes in 4K. So in the rig you will also need to harness an adult battery Sony NP-F. How it looks can be seen in review from Kai.
A pen is also sold separately for the camera for 80 dollars. But it is not stabilizer adapters, but just a pen / stand with record buttons. The handle is connected to the camera via a cord. Goodbye moisture-shock-protection. For the same $80, I highly recommend this one carbon mini tripod.
There is electronic stabilization. Added for show. In practice, it doesn't help much. Before GoPro, she is like heaven. The Sony RX0 II also has stabilization for post-processing using gyroscope data. Stabilization on post is available only in the application on the phone and the export is only in 1080p.
When shooting 4K video, the camera tends to overheat after 5-20 minutes (according to various reviews). When recording 4K video, control from a smartphone is not possible.
The Sony RX0 II has the wildest rolling shutter in 4K. For a blogging/action cam, this is a disaster. This is a handheld camera, not a tripod. In such conditions, the rolling shutter will manifest itself to the maximum. But you can of course write in FullHD, there will be fewer problems.
S-Log2 is also purely for show. You can't get a good dynamic range from such a small sensor, no matter what profiles you put in there. The minimum ISO for S-Log2 for the Sony RXo II is 1000. There will be a lot of noise. Even APS-C crop Sony Log profiles are not working due to noise. What can we say about a camera with an objectively tiny matrix.
What is it all for?
We have sorted out the pains of this under-camera, and now the question is - why endure all this? For the sake of the "huge" sensor, of course. Let's compare it with other devices to understand how "huge" the 1-inch sensor really is.
Crop factor from full frame 1x
- 1 inch sensor 2.73x
- micro 4/3 crop factor 2x
- APS-C crop factor 1,5x
Positioning trick. Everyone was told that there is a sensor from Sony RX100, and after all, after all, this is a camera. And here is a small action camera. Sounds cool, but it's not. I don't think the Sony RX100 is a worthwhile camera. By and large, we can talk about a normal sensor starting with APS-C. Anything less is a strong compromise. Especially for photography.
Even in the sycophant reviews of the Sony RX0 II, with the naked eye, you can see the embossed sky and poor dynamic range. Yes, GoPro's matrix capabilities are even worse, but it does not pretend to compete with cameras. The most important thing is that GoPro is really an action camera with simple controls, good stabilization, Slow-Motion, 4K 60fps working modes and a decent picture in good light.
Sony RX0 II does not go into another segment in terms of image quality due to a slightly larger one-inch matrix. She still needs a lot of light for a good picture. And there they also installed a dark lens ...
By the way, more about softening the skin Soft Skin Effect. On matrices with such a sensor size, the skin is already a clay mess without delimitation into semitones. There is nothing to soften - and so porridge. And this feature only works in photo mode.
Let's continue the comparison by the size of the matrices
iPhone 12 sensor 1/2.55″ = 5,76mm by 4,29mm
GoPro sensor 1/2,3″ = 6,17mm x 4,55mm
iPhone 13 sensor 1/1.7″ = 7.6mm x 5.7mm
1 inch sensor = 13,2mm by 8,8mm
Micro sensor 4/3 = 18mm by 13,5mm
Crop APS-C = 25,1mm by 16,7mm
Full Frame = 36mm by 24mm
As you can see, the 1-inch sensor looks just huge compared to the sensors in the cameras of top smartphones (which were not yet in 2019) and relative to the sensor in GoPro 8. By the way, in the iPhone 13 they put a matrix even a little larger than that of GoPro.
The GoPro sensor has a full frame crop factor of 5,64x. Focal length equivalent to 16,5mm, flue-equivalent aperture f15,8. Therefore, there is no need for autofocus, everything is already there flu.
If you look at the numbers, then the inch sensor in the camera looks even competitive. Only in fact, this is all digging in the sandbox. There is no fundamentally cool picture there due to that unfortunate one inch. By the way, iPhone 13 shoots better than RX0 II.
Talking about a 1-inch sensor in a separate photo / video camera is already in the past. The Sony RX0 II was released in 2019. We can say that it was a conditional milestone when this could still be sold. Now this niche is occupied by phones. Due to computational mechanisms (HDR, faux bokeh and more) it is much easier to shoot the same thing on the phone. And as an action camera there is a GoPro.
Sony RX0 II improvements over the first Sony RX0
- Can write to itself 4K. The first version wrote only FullHD, and gave out 4K via HDMI.
- The Sony RX0 has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm, while the RX0 II has 20cm.
- Added a swivel screen.
In other reviews
I recommend to google and read what they write about this garbage from Sony in other reviews. Headlines alone are worth something:
- SONY RX0 II. GOPRO KILLER. THE BEST VLOG CAMERA
- Sony RX4 II 0K blogging camera
- Sony RX0 II Review: Professional Action Camera
- SONY RX0 II | BEST Compact Camera TRAVEL 2019
- Excellent quality, AS FOR A COMPACT CAMERA.
You read all this and think how you can lie so brazenly. It takes a conscience...
Some seriously did reviews of "it" as a camera. There is even a RAW format there ... no comment.
This is from the same series when the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III and G5 X Mark II are called semi-professional compact cameras. Compact - yes, but talking about semi-professional tasks is nonsense. Just a way to sell something to newbies.
Today people either take crop/full frame or filmed with a phone. Time of "inch" and wretched micra gone.
What's wrong with Sony?
This review is a clear demonstration of whats wrong with sony. They sell expensively a non-functional device, and people eats ads and buys. That's the whole story. But in order to explain this, you need to delve into the details. They are all salt.
Now they sell the same Sony ZV-E10, but in fact - the same garbage. But the matrix is bigger. But it all started with the matrix ...