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Sony RX0 II

15.3-megapixel ultra-compact camera with 4K video recording, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®

Item # 158RX0II

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Product highlights:

  • 15.3-megapixel effective recording
  • wide-angle ZEISS Tessar T* f/4 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 24mm)
  • large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor for low noise and exceptional sensitivity
  • BIONZ X™ image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
  • Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos and video to a compatible mobile device for easy sharing
    • allows remote control of multiple DSC-RX0 ii cameras with free Imaging Edge mobile app
  • Bluetooth allows remote power on/off operation
  • waterproof down to 33 feet
  • shock-resistant to drops from heights up to 6.5 feet
  • records photos and video onto optional microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, and Memory Stick Micro™ memory cards
  • up to 3.5 frames per second in continuous shooting mode (up to 16 frames per second in speed priority continuous mode) with reduced blackout
  • 1.5" high-resolution (230,400-dot) tilting LCD monitor
  • electronic shutter speed range: 1/4-1/32,000 seconds
    • electronic shutter allows clear fast-action photos and slow motion video
  • variable ISO settings from ISO 125-12,800
  • Program Auto, Manual Exposure, and MR (Memory Recall) still shooting modes
  • Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Superior Auto, Manual Exposure, and HFR (high frame rate) movie modes
  • up to 4K video resolution
  • movie file formats: XAVC S, AVCHD
  • uncompressed, clean HDMI output supports 4K and full HD
  • face and eye detection autofocus for sharper portraits
  • 14 Creative Style modes (including Sunset, Night Scene, and Autumn Leaves) for enhanced images of different subjects and scenes
  • Picture Effect modes like Soft Focus and Retro Photo let you add creative touches
Connections and Dimensions:
  • micro HDMI (Type D) output (cable not included)
  • high-speed micro USB interface
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • includes rechargeable NP-BJ1 lithium-ion battery, charger, micro USB cable, memory card protector, and wrist strap
  • 2-3/8"W x 1-5/8"H x 1-7/16"D
  • weight: (with battery and memory card) 4.7 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DSCRX0M2

What's in the box:

  • Ultra-compact digital camera
  • NP-BJ1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V 700mAh 2.6Wh)
  • AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • 23" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • Memory Card Protector
  • Wrist strap
  • Startup Guide (English)
  • Startup Guide (French)
  • Reference Guide
  • Movie Edit Add-on note
  • Limited Warranty (US + Can)
  • Product registration sheet

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Features & specs

LCD Screen Size 1.5"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof Yes
GPS-enabled Via Smartphone
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24mm
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom 8x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash No
HDMI Output Micro
Internal Memory None
Memory Stick MS Micro
CFexpress Cards No
CompactFlash Cards No
SD Cards microSD
XQD Cards No
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 15.3
Image Stabilization Digital
Highest Resolution 4800 x 3200
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Width (inches) 2-3/8
Height (inches) 1-5/8
Depth (inches) 1-7/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Recording Features
Playback Features
Battery Information

Recording Features

Ultra Compact Camera: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX0M2 ultra-compact digital camera measures only 2-3/8" x 1-5/8" x 1-7/16" (WxHxD), but packs a lot of technology into its tiny form factor. The camera features a 15.3MP CMOS image sensor and a Zeiss lens for excellent picture quality. It also features a tough outer body with a ribbed design that is waterproof, shockproof, and crushproof.

Tiltable 1.5" LCD Screen: The DSC-RX0M2 has a 1.5" Clear Photo LCD screen with 230,400 dots. The LCD brightness control can be set manually from -2 to +2, or to Sunny Weather for shooting outdoors. The LCD screen can be tilted up to 180 degrees, allowing you to view yourself while you frame a self-portrait. There is no separate viewfinder.

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1.0" stacked, back-illuminated Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with approximately 21.0-million total pixels and 15.3-million effective pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Paired with the image sensor is the advanced BIONZ X image processor.

Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, and Memory Stick Micro (M2). Memory card recommendations are as follows:

Recording Format microSD Memory Stick
Still Image


Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)

(Class 4 or faster, or U1 or faster)

XAVC S 4K 60Mbps
HD 50Mbps or lower
HD 60 Mbps
(Class 10, U1 or faster)
Not compatible
4K 100 Mbps
HD 100 Mbps
microSDHC/SDXC (U3)

Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images and movies in the following file formats:

  • Still Images:
    • JPEG (Extra Fine, Fine, and Standard compression)
    • RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 Format)
    • JPEG+RAW (images from both formats created at the same time)
  • Movies:
    • XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video; 2-channel, 48kHz/16-bit LPCM audio)
    • AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video; Dolby Digital 2ch audio)

Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-RX0M2 allows you to choose from multiple image sizes in four aspect ratios: 3:2 (for printing), 16:9 (for viewing on an HDTV), 4:3 (for viewing on a computer), and 1:1 (for shooting as a medium format camera). The following image sizes are available:

Image Size 3:2 16:9 4:3 1:1
Large 15M: 4800 x 3200 13M: 4800 x 2704 14M: 4272 x 3200 10M: 3200 x 3200
Medium 7.7M: 3408 x 2272 6.5M: 3408 x 1920 6.9M: 3024 x 2272 5.2M: 2272 x 2272
Small 3.8M: 2400 x 1600 3.2M: 2400 x 1352 3.4M: 2128 x 1600 2.6M: 1600 x 1600
VGA     640 x 480  

Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, the RX0 II can also record high quality movies in 4K and Full HD. You can record movies in the low-compression, high-quality XAVC S format, and AVCHD for easy editing and sharing. You can choose between NTSC (60, 30, 24 fps) and PAL (50, 25 fps) for worldwide compatibility. Available image sizes and movie quality include:

Movie Format Image Quality Average Bit Rate Image Size
XAVC S 4K 30p 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps 3840 x 2160
24p 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps
XAVC S HD 120p 100 Mbps, 60 Mbps 1920 x 1080
60p 50 Mbps, 25 Mbps
30p 50 Mbps, 16 Mbps
24p 50 Mbps
AVCHD 60i 24 Mbps (FX), 17 Mbps (FH) 1920 x 1080

Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* (T-star) 7.7mm lens with a F4.0 aperture, and an 84-degree field of view that is equivalent to a 24mm lens (in 35mm photography). The lens is constructed with 6 aspheric elements in 6 groups.

Zoom Scale: The camera offers three ways to zoom by magnifying the images digitally:

  • Smart Zoom: The camera magnifies the image without deteriorating the original image quality by partially cropping the image. Available for image sizes M, S, or VGA (Up to approx. 2x)
  • ClearImage Zoom: ClearImage Zoom lets you exceed the Smart Zoom range without significantly deteriorating the image quality. (Up to approx. 4x)
  • Digital Zoom: The camera magnifies images to the largest scale, with some image quality deterioration. (Up to approx. 8x)

Rugged Construction: The DSC-RX0M2 has an extra rigid, super duralumin body that is built to withstand even the toughest photo shoots. The camera underwent rigorous testing to ensure superior performance, and was certified to the following standards:

  • Waterproof/Dustproof: The camera is sealed so that it is waterproof down to 33 feet (10 meters) without a waterproof housing. It is also dustproof. (IPX8 equivalent waterproof / IP6X equivalent dustproof)
  • Shockproof: The quality craftsmanship of the camera helps the internal components withstand the impact of drops to the ground from heights of 6-1/2 feet (2 meters). (MIL-STD810G C1 method 516.7-shock)
  • Crushproof: The super-rigid body makes the camera crushproof under weights of up to 400 foot-pounds (200kgf / 2000N).

Anti-Distortion Shutter: The camera's Anti-Distortion Shutter is capable of shutter speeds of up to 1/32000 sec. Coupled with the speed of the Exmor RS sensor, image distortion of swiftly moving objects, caused by conventional rolling shutters, is minimized.

Built-in Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: The RX0 II lets you connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Using the Imaging Edge Mobile app, available for Android 6.0 and up, and for iOS 12.4 or later, you can send high-quality still images and videos captured on the camera to your smartphone for sharing with friends on social media. You can also control your camera and change settings from your smartphone or tablet. The location information from your smartphone can be added to captured images in the camera, so you can display those images in map apps. The Imaging Edge Mobile app can also help keep your camera's firmware up to date by transferring updates through your smartphone connection.

Drive Modes: The camera offers multiple Drive Modes. In addition to single image shooting, you can choose from the following:

  • Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous images at approximately 3.5 frames per second while you press and hold down the shutter release.
  • Speed Priority Continuous: Shoots full 15-megapixel images continuously at up to 16 frames per second while you press and hold the shutter release button.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second, 5-second, or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture.
  • Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode takes continuous frames after a 10-, 5-, or 2-second delay. You can choose 3 or 5 frames to be taken.
  • Continuous Bracket: The Continuous Bracket mode lets you shoot a series of images with a single press of the shutter button, each with a different exposure setting--some at normal exposure, some under exposed, and some over exposed.
  • Single Bracket: The Single Bracket offers the same choices as the Continuous Bracket above, however, you must press the shutter release button for each picture.
  • WB Bracket: The WB Bracket mode shoots three images, each with different color tones according to the selected settings of white balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can choose the a low or high bracket deviation value.
  • DRO Bracket: The camera shoots a total of three images, each with a different degree of D-Range Optimizer.

Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:

  • Wide: The camera focuses in all ranges of the image. When you press the shutter button halfway, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
  • Center: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the image.
  • Flexible Spot: The camera focuses on a very small area that can be moved around the frame to the desired point on the screen.
  • Expand Flexible Spot: If focus isn't obtained on the single selected point, you can use focus points around the flexible spot as the second priority area to achieve focus.

Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. When in Manual Focus mode, the up/down/left/right buttons around the LCD monitor can be pressed to achieve sharp focus. The focusing distance jumps at fixed intervals when you press the up/down buttons: 0.2m, 0.5m, 0.7m, 3m, and infinity. For micro adjustments, press the left/right buttons. Manual Focus is available for still images and movies.

Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces to assure sharp focus, and deliver accurate, natural skin tones. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register individual faces to be given priority.

Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition is used in the Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto shooting modes. This function automatically detects different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. The camera recognizes the following scenes: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, and Low Light.

Shooting Modes: You can select from the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Mode: The Auto Mode allows you to shoot still images under any condition with good results by setting the values determined by the camera. You can choose between two Auto Modes:
    • Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot still images with automatic scene recognition.
    • Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot still images with automatic scene recognition, with an emphasis on dark or backlit scenes.
  • Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the shutter speed adjusted automatically (aperture value fixed at F4). You can also select various settings using the menu.
  • Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually by adjusting the shutter speed. If the ISO is set to other than ISO Auto, you can check the metered exposure value, and set the exposure to 0 (metered value), or adjust the exposure toward + or -.
  • Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
  • Movie Mode: Allows you to record XAVC S or AVCHD movies with stereo audio. You can select Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, and Manual Exposure for movies.
  • HFR (High Frame Rate): This mode allows you to shoot slow motion movies with the exposure adjusted automatically (HFR Program Auto) or manually (HFR Manual Exposure).

Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following Metering Modes:

  • Spot Metering: Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background.
  • Center-weighted Metering: Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject.
  • Multi-pattern Metering: When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.

White Balance: The White Balance lets you adjust the color tones according to the ambient light conditions. White Balance can be set automatically, or to one of the following presets: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (warm white), Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (day white), Fluorescent (daylight), Underwater Auto, Color Temperature/Filter, Custom 1/2/3 (saved White Balance settings), and Custom Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).

Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position. You can choose from the following grid line overlays: Rule of 3rds, Square, Diagonal + Square, and Off.

Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.

Streaming Webcam: Using Sony's Imaging Edge Webcam software, you can use the camera to live stream high quality video on many of the popular video conferencing software platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet. You can control the look of your content by choosing the lens focal length to control the depth-of-field. Your video stream will stand out with better quality images, even in difficult lighting. To stream from your camera, you will need to connect it to your computer via the included USB cable. The camera's microphone will not capture sound, so a separate microphone is required, plugged into the computer. Optional accessories include a tripod or other mount, and a constant light source. Imaging Edge Webcam software is compatible with is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit only) and macOS Big Sur (Version 11), macOS Catalina (Version 10.15), macOS Mojave (Version 10.14), and macOS High Sierra (Version 10.13).

Playback Features

Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX0M2's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into the following folders: Date View, Folder View (Still), AVCHD View, XAVC S 4K, and XAVC S HD View.

Image Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the Image Index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.

Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, 10, and 30 seconds. When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.

Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them look more impressive and artistic. You can choose from the following: Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.

Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.

Battery Information

Battery Information: The DSC-RX0M2 is powered by the supplied NP-BJ1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.7V, 700mAh, 2.6Wh). Using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 135 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:

Function Battery Life
Shooting Still Images Approx. 240 images
Actual Shooting Movies Approx. 35 minutes
Continuous Shooting Movies Approx. 60 minutes

Internal Battery: The camera has an internal rechargeable battery for maintaining the date and time and other settings regardless of whether the power is on or off. The battery is continually charged as long as you are using the camera. If the camera isn't used for about a month, the internal battery can become discharged. The camera can still be used with a discharged internal battery, however, the date and time will not be shown. The internal battery can be fully recharged in approximately 24 hours with the power off and a charged battery pack is in the camera.


HDMI: The RX0 II has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output for connecting the camera to an HDTV or external recorder. A Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control.

Multi/Micro USB : The camera features a Micro-B USB jack (labeled "Multi") for connecting a Micro USB cable for downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.

Microphone: A 3.5mm jack is provided for connecting an external microphone. If the external mic requires plug-in power, the jack will supply power to the mic. The built-in microphone will be muted when an external mic is plugged in.

Memory Card Protector: The camera's connections and memory card slot are all located on the rear panel, protected by a waterproof door. Whenever you plug in an HDMI cable, Micro USB cable, or external microphone, the door must be removed, exposing the memory card. Included with the camera is a plastic memory card protector that prevents the memory card from being knocked loose accidentally when the door is removed.


Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) Software: The performance of the DSC-RX0M2 can be enhanced through the use of available software from Sony. The Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) is a suite of software with the following applications:

  • Remote:
    • Shoot images according to the settings on the computer when the camera is connected via USB. You can display the shooting screen on the computer in Live View, and shoot images seamlessly while adjusting the shooting settings.
    • Pixel Shift Multi Shooting: Shoot with a higher resolution by combining four images shot with the image sensor, shifted one pixel at a time
    • Browse and search images
    • Filter images by ratings
    • Create time-lapse movies
  • Edit:
    • Adjust the brightness and color of images
    • Apply Creative Styles to images
    • Crop images
    • Straighten crooked images
    • Convert and adjust RAW images to JPEG or TIFF format

Compatibility Note:The software is compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, as well as macOS 10.13-10.15 operating systems.

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Is the RX0 II compatible with the Sony live view remote rm-lvr3?
[ William  Mar 05, 2020 ]
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It is not listed as being compatible, no.
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