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New Sony RX0 HD Action Cam gets square, here’s how it compares to GoPro Hero 6

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The new Sony RX0 HD Waterproof Action Camera ditches their slender profile for the square form factor of its biggest competitor in order to up the feature set. It seems the battle for resolution is mostly over, so it’s all about improving the quality of that footage in other ways, and making the devices easier to use.

sony rx0 versus gopro hero6

In our tests, the Sony’s have always had good color reproduction and image quality. The RX0 pushes that further with new sensors capable of capturing clear video from ISO 125 down to ISO 12,800, making for non-grainy low light video. But that’s just the beginning. The Zeiss Tessar T 6-element lens all but eliminates edge distortion despite the wide angle capture, and their Exmor RS CMOS sensor and Bionz image processor combine to let you capture up to 1,000 frames per second for ultra slow motion. For stills, it can shoot 16fps with an insanely quick 1/32,000 shutter speed to eliminate any motion blur or distortion.

sony rx0 action camera specs and details

The unit gets a machined aluminum housing that’s drop proof from 6.5ft (2m) and crush proof up to 440lbf (200kgf). It’s also waterproof to 33ft, three more than the Hero 6. Where it really starts to differentiate is in its ability to connect with accessories. It has a 1/4-20 tripod mount, and an optional case that adds more 1/4-20 mounts on all sides. Connect external microphones and lights for more professional footage. Or, connect an external recorder and the camera will feed uncompressed 4K footage to it.

Standalone, it’ll record up to 60 minutes of 4K (UPDATE: or at least 1080p…waiting on confirmation from Sony) video per charge using Sony’s removable batteries, making it easier to keep shooting in the field. There’s also built-in auto shutoff if the camera gets too hot during recording.

sony rx0 action camera specs and details

The new shape lets them build in a screen for (sort of) the first time on an Action Cam. It’s not touch screen (the GoPro Hero6 is), relying on buttons to cycle through settings. It does, however, have face recognition built into its autofocus, or you can use it’s zoom assist to magnify the image for manual focus. And there are four settings for auto focus, letting you control how and where it’s looking. You can also control all of it from their mobile app on your phone, connecting via WiFi and Bluetooth…with up to five cameras connected through the app at once.

sony rx0 versus gopro hero6

Another edge over the GoPro is the use of Memory Stick / Micro SD cards to hold the footage, giving you expandable storage compared to the GoPro. UPDATE: Both the RX0 and Hero6 use removable media storage. Recording can be set to either XAVC S or AVCHD, offering film makers higher quality options…and there are a ton more options in white balance, color and other settings. Another thing film makers will appreciate is the centered lens, making it easier to stack them together or align multiple cameras for shooting in 3D or for VR.

The GoPro Hero 6, which just launched a few days ago, gets voice control and the ability to automatic highlight reels for you, which the Sony doesn’t do. Both will capture 240fps in full HD for “normal” slow motion, the Sony simply takes that quite a bit further with settings up to 1000fps. Sony’s price also takes things a bit further, with a $699 retail. This, combined with its ability to work with a wide range of existing external accessories, puts the Sony more in the pro range of cameras, but it’s hard to argue with a ruggedized housing considering where we’re using these things. Pre-order now, available October 17.

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dan
dan
6 years ago

Was this even researched? “Another edge over the GoPro is the use of Memory Stick / Micro SD cards to hold the footage, giving you expandable storage compared to the GoPro” The GoPro uses micro SD cards, which is expandable storage.

The RX0 does shoot 4K video.. but not internally. Which makes “Standalone, it’ll record up to 60 minutes of 4K video per charge” completely wrong.

The RX0 isn’t a GoPro competitor. It’s not an action cam at all. It’s a B-roll, extreme condition camera. It’s got a 24mm equivalent FOV whereas the GoPro is 14mm and fisheye. The sony is a niche product that will be praised but anyone wanting a GoPro and buying the Sony will be quite disappointed.

DCR
DCR
6 years ago

Not to mention the GoPro actually has standalone batteries (only the Session has built-in batteries). Or that the 1000FPS can’t be done internally – that tops out at merely 1080p60. And even at 1,000FPS, the resolution is incredibly low (well below 720p).

There’s a place for this type of camera, but quite frankly it’s definitely not a bike. It’s mainly in scenarios like trying to film inside a car, where you can run cables to other spots in the car for the connected storage/etc…

Collin S
Collin S
6 years ago

ISO is directly related to grain size, thus something with a super high ISO would be extremely grainy. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-O2H6pWfjSvk/UHQD8681WtI/AAAAAAAAAJo/rETFs3UAFEA/s1600/214842635_orig.jpg

Going back to film, the finer the ISO, the sharper the picture is however the grains would take longer to react to light thus the picture would appear darker for identical shutter speeds.

Tan
Tan
6 years ago

Yeah, many wrong information here. This camera definitely can’t record 4K internally though I suspect the next version will be, as they’re people who want a higher image quality action cam and are willing to pay more for it.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago
Reply to  Tan

Sony did not market this as a action camera either. It’s small production camera that has a lot of flexibility

Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Don’t know why you’d want to copy the hideous shape of GoPro. It has the worst shape possible for an “action” camera. I saw a motorcyclist yesterday wearing a helmet with his teletubby GoPro on top of his helmet and it just looked silly (and I’m sure the drag is actually noticeable). I’ll never understand why they don’t try and figure out a way to get the same internals stuffed into a more streamlined shape. There is no need for an on-board screen, everything can be paired to a smartphone these days. The square shape plus housing makes for one ugly, non-aero attachment to a bike/car/motorcycle/accessory, etc.

myke2241
myke2241
6 years ago
Reply to  Allan

Clearly you did not think pcbs and how complex of manufacturing that would be and increased price. Additionally heat from the sensor would be a little bit of a challenge.

RED
RED
6 years ago

Anyone tried this mobile app?

Years of experience with Sony products suggests…

Hardware: Sony nails it
Software: Sony puts a turd in a sack and tumble-dries it on low.

Dennis
6 years ago

Wasn’t the biggest plus of this Sony over the Gopro the 1″ sensor size? This makes the RX0 performance in low light conditions many times better than that of Gopro that uses a tiny, smarphone-like sensor.

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