Sony's new GoPro killer, the DMX-RX0

Sony RX0
Neal Romanek
Acquisition
September 17th 2017 at 4:05AM : By Neal Romanek

The new ultra-compact camera has a 1.0 sensor and is waterproof

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 200kgf.

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 RX0’s 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.

 

Sony RX0 closeup

 

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 Euro price point seems just low enough to put the RX0 in the position of being a GoPro killer, 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 a multiple RX0’s.

“We have much better image quality than competitor cameras,” said Jo. “With a one-inch sensor, it’s certainly much better than GoPro. And it’s tougher.” 

 

Sony RX0 VR cage