Sony’s latest competitor to the GoPro is a cute black box

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The RX0 is Sony’s latest competitor to GoPro action cameras. It’s a cute little box that promises to do big things — shooting video and stills on its own, or as part of a rig of multiple cameras. The device has a 1-inch, 15.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, with a wide 24mm Zeiss lens fixed at F4. That sensor is bigger than any sensor available on current GoPro models.

The camera also features a shutter speed of up to 1/32000 and a burst mode of up to 16fps. It’s also got a screen on the back so you can check your shots.

The model itself is very compact, weighing 0.24 pounds and measuring 2.38 x 1.63 x 1.19 inches, which is around the same size as the models in the GoPro Hero series. It’s an action camera in every sense of the word, being waterproof up to 33 feet (up to 330 feet with a case), and able to shoot in the rain or sandy, snowy, and dusty environments. It’s also shockproof up to 6.5 feet and crushproof for weights up to 440 pounds.

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Sony says multiple RX0 models can be linked to shoot bullet-time shots (like in The Matrix) and other technical shots. One cool feature is its ability for super slow-motion capture at up to 960 frames per second, but it’ll be below HD quality, and Sony says it can only shoot nearly 1080p at 240fps.

Sony has a wireless radio commander that can trigger up to 15 RX0 cameras at the same time. You can also control the camera from your phone using Sony’s PlayMemories app, which allows up to five RX0s to be connected. Sony says it’s working on a wireless multi-camera shooting ability for when a wireless access point is used. The company anticipates that will roll out through a firmware update in January. A camera control box is also slated for a January release, if you prefer to rely on a wired connection.

Sony says the camera is ideal for casual shooting, street, and travel photography, so it’s a nice model for enthusiasts. The RX0 is a pricier choice at $700, compared to GoPro’s Hero5 Black which retails for $399.99. The RX0 is due to be released in October.


But is there a microphone inline port?

casual shooting

Okay sounds great!

The RX0 is a pricer choice at $700

I’m such a peasant

No GPS, so less useful for sports training. Seems like a big feature to miss off a high end camera.

Whoa, $700 USD is a way better price than the rest of the world is getting. It’s reported to cost 850 euros! That’s over $1000!

Anyway, it’s pretty cool, but I definitely wish that Sony had just made a waterproof RX100 instead of going for a weird fancy prosumer niche action cam.

I would actually buy a waterproof camera with a 1" sensor, at least if it was in the same ~$700 price range.

You had me until ‘$700’.

Maybe this will lead GoPro bring out a Hero model with a slightly larger sensor(somewhere on the 1/2"-2/3" range) in a slightly larger body to really differentiate its quality from higher end smartphones.

4K 60fps?

I don’t see mention of software or hardware stabilization…

who will pay over $500 for action cam, let alone $700
people buy action cam just for the small, rugged and cheap
if you want better image quality then buy a Micro Four Thirds sensor mirrorless camera (DSLR if you have budget)
which has even better image quality than 1-inch sensor camera and has interchangeable lens system

And perfect to add to a helmet

The market for this is somewhere between a gopro and a black magic micro cinema camera. This gives you a 1in sensor and 1080/60 with external 4k in a package smaller than a hero 5 black. It should have significantly better low light handling and overall image quality than the gopros.

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