Sony has unveiled a new action-cam: the DSC-RX0. The ultra-compact camera, which sports a 1.0-type stacked 14.8MP Exmore RS CMOPS image sensor, is waterproof up to 10m, shockproof up to 2m and crushproof up to 200kg.
The RX0 has a maximum shutter speed of 1/32000 second and can shoot as low as 16fps or up to 960fps NTSC or 1000fps PAL. It can be linked to other RX0s in a variety of configurations, and using Sony’s wireless radio commander, the FA-WRC1M, up to 15 of the cameras can be triggered remotely – ideal for bullet time and time slice recording effects.
Sony is currently developing a solution for simultaneous connection and control of many more RX0 cameras, as well as a dedicated camera control box, both of which will be available in January 2018.
The RX0 is being launched with a number of accessories, including a cage, an underwater housing rated at 100m depth, a cable protector, spare lens protector and rechargeable battery pack.
The €850 price point seems just low enough to put the RX0 in GoPro territory, particularly for high-end applications.
Sony Imaging’s Kaetsu Jo explained that one group ready to embrace the RX0 was VR filmmakers, and the Sony stand showed off a VR camera cage fitted with multiple RX0s.
“We have much better image quality than competitor cameras,” claimed Jo. “With a one-inch sensor, it’s certainly much better than GoPro. And it’s tougher.”