Writeup on the Sony RX0 , king of sport compact cameras.

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RX0, Sony’s answer to the Gopro and the likes of many waterproof, lifeproof cameras such as the well-regarded Olympus’s Tough series.

(well, little surprise its a 0, since now we have  the RX0, RX1, RX1, RX100 lines for the Sony collector) 

Equipped with a huge 1.0 inch type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor and a ZEISS® Tessar T* 24mm wide lens with a maximum F4 aperture housed in a very high quality tough, duralumin rigid body that is waterproof down to 10m/33ft, shockproof when dropped up to 2.0m/6.5ft above ground, and crushproof under up to 200kgf/440lbf/2000N.

Here’s something unheard of in sports / tough cameras alike. Imagine now one has the durability and toughness one will expect but gripes with lousy IQ is now resolved with high quality glass and sensor of the RX100 series all housed in a shell not much larger than a dollar coin.

Usage wise the RX0 proved its mettle and why it retails for a SRP of $999 in Singapore . Housed in that small footprint is a fully function camera with PASM, Exposure control down to 4k video – basically what one gets in the RX100 series. Handling Sony cameras has never been intuitive for me but this one does it well, with 2 huge ‘you can never miss‘ buttons. (On/Off and Shoot)

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A few weeks into using it, and housing it down in soap once it dropped into my kid’s bowl of soup – I can attest to that its now just life-proof but kid-proof. In fact, ff someone lobs this at you, its a logical decision to run instead of letting this one crack your skull.

IQ wise, well – its a Sony a.k.a, you gonna be getting close the best in sensor tech in a nutshell and this cam shines in good light.

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The dynamic range the sensor provides for starters already kicks the competitors down the chute to start with.

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One will argue that 15.3mp is passe, but my argument is always its more than sufficient for daily needs. Remember this is coming from someone who shoots the GFX50S, a 51mp monster. DSC00137

A huge surprise was the distortion in the camera , the LACK of it. Sony really did a good job here managing the combination of the sensor and Zeiss optics and trying to fit it into a 59.0×40.5×29.8 mm , 110gram body (batt, card included ok).

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Yay or neigh, my answer is Yay, and now the prayers of those who yearn for a tough life-proof miniature camera has been answered, and not only so – but with the added bonus of now very good imaging and video performance.

I have no idea how RX0 II will be, but RX0 for now dominates the market for the genre which some call ‘sports cameras’ , which to me demeans what it is is capable of.

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keithwee

Keith Father, Teacher and Life Photographer. Lives a life of positivism & seeks to photograph Life & his 2 toddlers Kei & Lynn.

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