Sony RX0 II Comparison Review
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II is a fixed lens compact camera that was revealed to the public in March 2019 and is equipped with an one-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 15.4 megapixel.
Is the Sony RX0 II a good camera? The RX0 II has a Camera Elo of 2268. This rating puts the RX0 II among the top 40 percent of all prime lens compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (one inch cameras), the RX0 II ranks among the top 50 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 3.5-star performance rating.
|Sony RX0 II|
|Fixed lens compact camera|
|15.4 MP, 1" Sensor|
|ISO 80 - 12 800|
|no viewfinder, LCD framing|
|1.5 LCD, 230k dots|
|Tilting screen (no touchscreen)|
|5.5 shutter flaps per second|
|Waterproof body (10m)|
|240 shots per battery charge|
|59 x 41 x 35 mm, 132 g|
Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.
Body comparison with a credit card
The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Sony RX0 II vis-à-vis a credit card. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.
The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony RX0 II alongside a set of similar cameras. If you want to review a particular camera pair side-by-side, just move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.
|1.||Sony RX0 II||59 mm||41 mm||35 mm||132 g||240||Y||Mar 2019||699|
|2.||Nikon P950||140 mm||110 mm||150 mm||1005 g||290||n||Jan 2020||799|
|3.||Nikon W150||110 mm||67 mm||38 mm||177 g||220||Y||Apr 2019||159|
|4.||Panasonic FT7||117 mm||76 mm||37 mm||319 g||300||Y||May 2018||449|
|5.||Ricoh WG-60||123 mm||62 mm||30 mm||193 g||300||Y||Oct 2018||279|
|6.||Sony ZV-1||105 mm||60 mm||44 mm||294 g||260||n||May 2020||799|
|7.||Sony RX100 VI||102 mm||58 mm||43 mm||301 g||240||n||Jun 2018||1,199|
|8.||Sony HX99||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||242 g||370||n||Aug 2018||449|
|9.||Sony HX95||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||242 g||370||n||Aug 2018||429|
|10.||Sony WX800||102 mm||58 mm||36 mm||233 g||370||n||Oct 2018||399|
|11.||Sony RX0||59 mm||41 mm||30 mm||110 g||240||Y||Aug 2017||699|
|Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.|
The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sony RX0 II was launched in the US market at a price of $699. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.
Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide
The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.
The Sony RX0 II features an one-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony RX0 II among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.
Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of alternative cameras.
|1.||Sony RX0 II||1-inch||15.4||4800||3200||4K/30p||..||..||..||..|
|7.||Sony RX100 VI||1-inch||20.0||5472||3648||4K/30p||..||..||..||..|
Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The RX0 II indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the RX0 II can use is 4K/30p.
Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Sony RX0 II along with similar information for a selection of comparators.
|1.||Sony RX0 II||none||n||1.5 / 230||tilting||n||..||5.5||n||n|
|2.||Nikon P950||2359||n||3.2 / 921||swivel||n||1/4000s||7.0||Y||Y|
|3.||Nikon W150||none||n||2.7 / 230||fixed||n||1/2000s||4.7||Y||n|
|4.||Panasonic FT7||1170||n||3.0 / 1040||fixed||n||1/1300s||10.0||Y||Y|
|5.||Ricoh WG-60||none||n||2.7 / 230||fixed||n||1/4000s||8.0||Y||n|
|6.||Sony ZV-1||none||n||3.0 / 922||swivel||Y||1/2000s||24.0||n||Y|
|7.||Sony RX100 VI||2359||n||3.0 / 1229||tilting||Y||1/2000s||24.0||Y||Y|
|8.||Sony HX99||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||Y||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony HX95||638||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||n||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony WX800||none||n||3.0 / 922||tilting||Y||1/2000s||10.0||Y||Y|
|11.||Sony RX0||none||n||1.5 / 230||fixed||n||..||5.5||n||n|
The LCD screen on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II is flexibly attached to the body. In particular, the LCD can be tilted vertically to facilitate odd-angle shots in landscape orientation. This tilting design is often preferred, for example, by street photographers to a fully articulated, swivel type of LCD attachment, as it is more unobtrusive during shooting than a screen that flips out to the side.
For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.
Mic / Speaker
|1.||Sony RX0 II||-||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|2.||Nikon P950||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|3.||Nikon W150||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
|4.||Panasonic FT7||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||-|
|5.||Ricoh WG-60||-||mono / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||-||-||-|
|6.||Sony ZV-1||Y||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|7.||Sony RX100 VI||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|8.||Sony HX99||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|9.||Sony HX95||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||Y|
|10.||Sony WX800||-||stereo / mono||-||-||micro||2.0||Y||Y||-|
|11.||Sony RX0||-||stereo / mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
It is notable that the RX0 II has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.
The RX0 II has a prime lens built in (7.9mm f/4.0), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length of 24mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic of similar focal length and aperture specifications.
While the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the RX0 II in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]).
|1.||Sony RX0 II||..||..||..||..||3.5/5||4/5||Mar 2019||699|
|2.||Nikon P950||..||..||3/5||..||4/5||4/5||Jan 2020||799|
|3.||Nikon W150||..||+||..||..||3.5/5||3/5||Apr 2019||159|
|4.||Panasonic FT7||..||+||..||..||3.5/5||3.5/5||May 2018||449|
|5.||Ricoh WG-60||..||..||..||..||..||..||Oct 2018||279|
|6.||Sony ZV-1||4/5||..||4.5/5||85/100||4/5||4.5/5||May 2020||799|
|7.||Sony RX100 VI||4.5/5||+ +||..||83/100||4/5||4.5/5||Jun 2018||1,199|
|8.||Sony HX99||..||..||..||..||4/5||4.5/5||Aug 2018||449|
|9.||Sony HX95||..||..||..||..||..||..||Aug 2018||429|
|10.||Sony WX800||..||..||..||..||..||..||Oct 2018||399|
|11.||Sony RX0||..||..||..||..||3.5/5||4/5||Aug 2017||699|
|Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.|
Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.
Sony RX0 II FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the RX0 II.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the RX0 II?
The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the RX0 II with the BIONZ X image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the RX0 II?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 12800.
Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?
Yes, the LCD-screen of the RX0 II is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.
Is completely silent shooting possible with the Sony RX0 II?
The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony RX0 II?
The RX0 II offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony RX0 II support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the RX0 II use?
The camera gets its power from the NP-BJ1, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.
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|Camera Model||Sony RX0 II|
|Camera Type||Fixed lens compact camera|
|Camera Lens||24mm f/4.0|
|Launch Date||March 2019|
|Launch Price||USD 699|
|Sensor Format||1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||13.2 x 8.8 mm|
|Sensor Area||116 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||15.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||15.4 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 800 x 3 200 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||2.74 μm|
|Pixel Density||13.22 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||4K/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||80 - 12 800 ISO|
|Image Processor||BIONZ X|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||1.5 inch|
|LCD Resolution||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Tilting screen|
|V-logging Friendliness||Front-flip possible|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Continuous Shooting||5.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||mMS or mSDXC cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Waterproof body (10m)|
|Battery Type||NP-BJ1 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||240 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
59 x 41 x 35 mm
(2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4 in)
|Camera Weight||132 g (4.7 oz)|
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