Sony RX0 sensor review: Tiny and clever

Sony reported the RX0 in August 2017, and albeit numerous individuals accept it's an activity camera, it's more than that. It might have the tough body that we anticipate from an activity cam, for example, those in the GoPro Hero Black range, yet inside is a 21Mp (15.3Mp compelling) 1″-type sensor. Moreover, Sony has utilized its stacked CMOS sensor configuration to help expand the pixel size and lift the light-social occasion potential for better picture quality.
Sony RX0 sensor review Tiny and clever
Sony RX0 sensor review: Tiny and clever
On the front of the RX0 is a ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm (identical) f/4 focal point, and on the back there's a 1.5″ (3.8cm) Clear Photo TFT LCD with 230,400 spots.

Still pictures can be shot in RAW or JPEG organization, and Full HD video can be shot at up to 50/60fps or 50/60p. There's additionally a High Frame Rate (HFR) mode that empowers Full HD yield at 240/250, 480/500, or 960/1000fps. (There is a 4K video choice, yet this must be recorded to an outer gadget.)

The RX0 is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, and dust-confirmation. Its vigorous development and its little size make it appropriate for shooting in brutal situations and in difficult to-achieve areas where picture takers should need to trigger it remotely.

Not surprisingly, this survey focuses on the camera's still-picture execution.

Key specifications:
  • 15.3Mp 1″-type stacked CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X processor
  • ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm f/4 lens
  • Fixed f/4 aperture
  • Up to 1/3200sec anti-distortion shutter
  • 25-point contrast-detection AF system
  • 1.5″ Clear Photo TFT LCD with 230,400 dots
  • 16fps continuous shooting
  • Extended ISO range of 80-12,800 or 125-25,600, with multi-frame noise reduction

Overall image sensor performance

A general score of 68 implies that the Sony RX0 sits close to the center of the table for 1″-type sensor execution in our testing. As is regularly the case, the best picture quality is conveyed when the camera is set to its most reduced affectability setting. For the RX0, that is ISO 80, which has a deliberate estimation of ISO 86.

While the Sports (low-light ISO) score may look genuinely low, it's in reality useful for a sensor of this size. It implies that pictures are of high caliber, gave that the affectability is kept to ISO 548 or lower. (Actually, this implies setting an estimation of ISO 500 or lower.)

At 12.4EV, the Landscape (dynamic range) score is likewise respectable, showing that there's a decent scope of tones in the RX0's pictures and that features don't wear out rapidly.

Image quality compared

The table underneath indicates how a long ways ahead the RX0 is from the GoPro Hero5 Black. The activity cam's littler sensor falls behind in each regard. The RX0's Sports (low-light) execution, for instance, is more than 2EV higher, while its Landscape (dynamic range) score is 1.2EV better. In the interim, there's a 3.4-piece distinction in the Portrait (shading profundity) score, implying that the RX0 will deliver perceptibly better shading with more pleasant tonal degrees in pictures.

As should be obvious, the RX0 contrasts exceptionally well and such top of the line smaller cameras as the Sony RX100 II, the RX100 III, and the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II. It's additionally not a long ways behind the PowerShot G7 X.

As it's a little rough camera with a settled focal point and settled gap, the Sony RX0 involves a specialty in the market. In any case, it's fascinating to contrast it and some top of the line smaller cameras that have a similar size sensor, for example, the Sony RX100 II and the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II.

Strikingly, the RX100 II coordinates the RX0 for Portrait and Landscape scores, however the distinction in the Sports score sees it lead the pack generally speaking. Truth be told, the RX0's Sports (low-light) score is just about 33% of a stop superior to anything the RX100 II's, however this gives it a slight edge. Indeed, even the distinction between the RX0 and Canon G9 X II is exceptionally slight, and it's probably not going to have a discernible effect in pictures.

In-depth comparisons

In this segment, we'll investigate the execution behind the feature scores and inspect in detail how the Sony RX0 sensor contrasts and the chips in the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II and the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II.

Portrait (color depth)

In spite of the fact that the Sony RX0 has a lower least affectability setting than the contending cameras, it can't exactly coordinate the RX100 II for shading affectability at that finish of the scale. Be that as it may, it matches or hardly outflanks the Canon camera's sensor all through the affectability (ISO) go.

The most huge distinction is at settings of around ISO 400 (estimated as ISO 281) and ISO 800 (estimated ISO 562). Be that as it may, even at its tallness, the RX0 is just around 1.2 bits better, and by and by, this will have next to no effect.

Landscape (dynamic range)

Once more, the best estimated distinction between the three cameras' dynamic range is around the ISO 400-800-1600 territory, with the RX0 standing out. It's not drastically better at these qualities, but rather it conveys up to 0.41EV more tone, which could be recognizable in specific circumstances. The RX0 may simply hold the features somewhat better or have a part more detail in the shadows when differentiate levels are very high.

Sports (low-light ISO)

Every one of the three cameras control commotion spring up to around ISO 400, yet over this esteem, they slip beneath our 30dB limit for astounding picture quality. That is in any case useful for 1″-type sensors.

At the most minimal ISO esteems, the Sony RX0 is a little beneath the two examination cameras, yet it's to a great degree improbable this would be noticeable in pictures.

From their ISO settings of 400 to 3200, the three cameras' flag to-commotion proportions are relatively indistinguishable. It's just at the upper settings where we see some disparity once more. This time it's the Sony RX100 II that creates the somewhat better outcomes, maybe clarifying Sony's promoting it towards "low-light specialists."


Sony is pointing the RX0 at proficient picture takers who require a little tough camera for particular ventures. It's not by any stretch of the imagination proposed to be fitted to a ski protective cap or mounted on bicycle handlebars, however unmistakably it beats a standout amongst the most mainstream activity cams around. Truth be told, it's a solid rival against top of the line compacts with a similar size sensor. Be that as it may, it offers a far unrivaled scope of video includes in an intense body.

As far as picture quality, the best differential between the RX0 and the cameras we've pitched it against is the shading profundity in the lower-center affectability run. And still, after all that, there's little possibility of it being discernible in pictures caught under similar conditions.

In this audit we have contrasted the Sony RX0 with its most direct adversaries that we've tried. Obviously, you can make your own particular examinations and top to bottom investigations utilizing our intuitive picture sensor positioning device.
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