Durability and top-shelf image quality don’t usually go hand-in-hand when it comes to cameras though Sony’s impressive new RX0 camera aims to buck that trend as it combines both qualities into one very compact casing.
The Sony RX0 comes with a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-MP Exmor RS CMOS Sensor along with a BIONZ X image processor crammed into an absurdly durable casing with the dimensions of a chunky matchbox along with a rear 230K pixel display to frame snaps. What elevates the RX0 above the norm is its absurdly tough casing that can survive drops of up to 2 metres to the deck as well as shrug off the odd deluge of rain. It can even continue working in up to 10 metres of water for up to an hour without the need for an additional housing and it’s rated to even survive up to 200 kilograms of crushing weight without buckling,making it one very tough customer indeed.
Of note is that the RX0’s integrated Zeiss Tessar T 24mm F4 fixed wide-angle lens that has a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second and it is also supports up to 16fps continuous shooting. For videos, it is capable of taking 1000fps slo-mo video and 250fps Full HD video with shots in your choice of RAW or JPEG and video saved on a microSD card.
The camera also has an array of optional accessories that significantly enhance its capabilities with the most notable being the MPK-HSR1 waterproof housing that clamps onto the camera, allowing it to survive up to 100 metres of depth in water.
The RX0 is now up for preorders for RM3,199 and comes with a roll bar mount, a monopod and a 32GB microSD card thrown in for free. At the same time, Sony also announced the preorder price of the RX10 Mk IV camera that comes with a 20.1-MP sensor along with an Exmor RS CMOS sensor and a Bionz X image processor for RM7,999. For the price of entry of the RX10 Mk IV, they’re also throwing in a 64-GB SD card and a tripod too on the house. Both the RX0 and RX10 Mk IV can be pre-ordered at any Sony experience stores nationwide or online at www.sony-asia.com