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Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in August 2017 and March 2019. Both the RX0 and the RX0 II are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with an one-inch sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 15.4 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Sony RX0   Sony RX0 II
Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24mm f/4.0 24mm f/4.0
15.4 MP, 1" Sensor 15.4 MP, 1" Sensor
1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 125-12800 ISO 80-12800
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
1.5" LCD, 230k dots 1.5" LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
5.5 shutter flaps per second 5.5 shutter flaps per second
Waterproof body (10m)Waterproof body (10m)
240 shots per battery charge240 shots per battery charge
59 x 41 x 30 mm, 110 g 59 x 41 x 35 mm, 132 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

The physical size and weight of the Sony RX0 and the Sony RX0 II are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Sony RX0 vs Sony RX0 II
Compare RX0 versus RX0 II top
Comparison RX0 or RX0 II rear

In this particular case, the Sony RX0 and the Sony RX0 II have exactly the same width and height, and, thus, have identically-sized bodies. However, the RX0 II is markedly heavier (20 percent) than the RX0. In this context, it is worth noting that both cameras are splash and dust-proof and can, hence, be used in inclement weather conditions or harsh environments. More than that, both cameras are water-proof and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The battery packs of both cameras can be charged via USB, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, just click on the right or left arrow next to the camera that you would like to inspect. Alternatively, you can also use the CAM-parator to select your camera combination among a larger number of options.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX0» 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.2 in 3.9 oz 240 Y Aug 2017 699- i Sony RX0
 
Sony RX0 II« 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.4 in 4.7 oz 240 Y Mar 2019 699 i i Sony RX0 II
 
Panasonic ZS100« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.7 in 11.0 oz 300 n Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
 
Sony RX10 IV« » 5.2 in 3.7 in 5.7 in 38.6 oz 400 Y Sep 2017 1,699 i i Sony RX10 IV
 
Sony RX10 III« » 5.2 in 3.7 in 5.0 in 37.1 oz 420 Y Mar 2016 1,499 i i Sony RX10 III
 
Sony RX100 V« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.5 oz 220 n Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX10 II« » 5.1 in 3.5 in 4.0 in 28.7 oz 400 Y Jun 2015 1,299- i Sony RX10 II
 
Sony RX100 III« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.2 oz 320 n May 2014 799- i Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX10« » 5.1 in 3.5 in 4.0 in 28.7 oz 420 Y Oct 2013 1,299- i Sony RX10
 
Sony RX100 II« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 9.9 oz 350 n Jun 2013 749- i Sony RX100 II
 
Sony RX100« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.5 oz 330 n Jun 2012 649- i Sony RX100
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. 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.

 

Sensor comparison: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an one-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Sony RX0 and Sony RX0 II sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 15.4 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the RX0 and the RX0 II have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the RX0 II is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 6 months) than the RX0, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II are ISO 80 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

RX0 versus RX0 II MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX0» 1-inch 15.4 4800 32001080/60p22.412.454868Sony RX0
 
Sony RX0 II« 1-inch 15.4 4800 32004K/30p----Sony RX0 II
 
Panasonic ZS100« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.555970Panasonic ZS100
 
Sony RX10 IV« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Sony RX10 IV
 
Sony RX10 III« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p23.112.647270Sony RX10 III
 
Sony RX100 V« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX10 II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p23.012.653170Sony RX10 II
 
Sony RX100 III« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.412.349567Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX10« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.912.647469Sony RX10
 
Sony RX100 II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.512.448367Sony RX100 II
 
Sony RX100« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.612.439066Sony RX100

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the RX0 II provides a better video resolution than the RX0. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the RX0 is limited to 1080/60p.

 

Feature comparison: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The RX0 and the RX0 II are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Sony RX0, the Sony RX0 II, and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX0»- n 1.5 230 fixed n .. 5.5 n n Sony RX0
 
Sony RX0 II«- n 1.5 230 tilting n .. 5.5 n n Sony RX0 II
 
Panasonic ZS100« »1166 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic ZS100
 
Sony RX10 IV« »2359 Y 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y Sony RX10 IV
 
Sony RX10 III« »2359 Y 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 14.0 Y Y Sony RX10 III
 
Sony RX100 V« »2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX10 II« »2359 Y 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/3200s 14.0 Y Y Sony RX10 II
 
Sony RX100 III« »1440 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX10« »1440 Y 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX10
 
Sony RX100 II« »- n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 II
 
Sony RX100« »- n 3.0 1229 fixed n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100
The RX0 II has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the RX0 does not have a selfie-screen.

The reported shutter speed information refers to the use of the mechanical shutter. Yet, some cameras only have an electronic shutter, while others have an electronic shutter in addition to a mechanical one. In fact, both cameras under consideration feature an electronic shutter, which makes completely silent shooting possible. However, this mode is less suitable for photographing moving objects (risk of rolling shutter) or shooting under artificial light sources (risk of flickering).

Both the RX0 and the RX0 II have built-in prime lenses. Both optics share the same full frame equivalent focal length (7.7mm) and have identical aperture specifications (f/4.0). Both cameras offer the same maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the RX0 and the RX0 II write their files to micro SDXC or Memory Stick Micro cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

 

Connectivity comparison: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

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-RX0 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX0»-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YSony RX0
 
Sony RX0 II«-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YSony RX0 II
 
Panasonic ZS100« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic ZS100
 
Sony RX10 IV« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-Sony RX10 IV
 
Sony RX10 III« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-Sony RX10 III
 
Sony RX100 V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX10 II« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-Sony RX10 II
 
Sony RX100 III« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX10« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-Sony RX10
 
Sony RX100 II« »Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 II
 
Sony RX100« »-stereomono--micro2.0---Sony RX100

The RX0 II is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Sony. In contrast, the RX0 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the RX0 was succeeded by the Sony RX0 II. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Sony website.


Review summary: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

So how do things add up? Is the Sony RX0 better than the Sony RX0 II or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0:

  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 22g or 17 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in August 2017).


Reasons to prefer the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0II:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 6 months) more recently.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the RX0 II emerges as the winner of the match-up (4 : 2 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

RX0 02:04 RX0 II

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Sony RX0 and the Sony RX0 II place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Prime Lens Compact Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the RX0 or the RX0 II. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews: Sony RX0 vs RX0 II

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, and photographyblog). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX0»--3.5/5-4/5 Aug 2017 699- i Sony RX0
 
Sony RX0 II«----4/5 Mar 2019 699 i i Sony RX0 II
 
Panasonic ZS100« »+ +82/1004.5/54/54.5/5 Jan 2016 699- i Panasonic ZS100
 
Sony RX10 IV« »+84/1004.5/5-5/5 Sep 2017 1,699 i i Sony RX10 IV
 
Sony RX10 III« »+84/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Mar 2016 1,499 i i Sony RX10 III
 
Sony RX100 V« »+ +83/1004/55/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX10 II« »+ +82/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Jun 2015 1,299- i Sony RX10 II
 
Sony RX100 III« »+ +82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 May 2014 799- i Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX10« »+80/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 1,299- i Sony RX10
 
Sony RX100 II« »+ +79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jun 2013 749- i Sony RX100 II
 
Sony RX100« »+ +78/1004/55/55/5 Jun 2012 649- i Sony RX100
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Sony RX0 vs Sony RX0 II

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24mm f/4.0 24mm f/4.0
    Launch Date August 2017 March 2019
    Launch Price USD 699 USD 699
    Sensor Specs Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 15.4 Megapixels 15.4 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4800 x 3200 pixels 4800 x 3200 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.74 μm 2.74 μm
    Pixel Density 13.22 MP/cm2 13.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/60p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-12800 ISO 80-12800 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ X BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 68 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.4 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.4 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 548 ..
    Screen Specs Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.5 inch 1.5 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Shooting Specs Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) .. ..
    Continuous Shooting 5.5 shutter flaps/s 5.5 shutter flaps/s
    Electronic Shutterup to 1/32000sup to 1/32000s
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium mMS or mSDXC cards mMS or mSDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Sony RX0 Sony RX0 II
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (10m)Waterproof body (10m)
    Battery Type NP-BJ1 power pack NP-BJ1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge240 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 59 x 41 x 30 mm
    (2.3 x 1.6 x 1.2 in)
    59 x 41 x 35 mm
    (2.3 x 1.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 110 g (3.9 oz) 132 g (4.7 oz)

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