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Tick Tock Tech Talk: A review of the Sony RX0 II in 1 minute

Sizing up the world's smallest and lightest premium ultra-compact camera

Text: Rachel Au


The Sony RX0 II is the world's smallest and lightest premium ultra-compact camera—but wait, is it as amazing as it sounds?

I'll confess this: I was really excited when I heard about the new Sony RX0 II coming to Malaysia. As a former user of both a DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the tagline, "the world's smallest and lightest premium ultra-compact camera" was enough to catch, and hold, my attention. I do miss utilising a "proper camera" when I travel but I certainly don't miss lugging around a camera that's the size and weight of a block of wood, so to speak. 

While yes, my smartphone has satisfied the keen shutterbug in me, but there's no harm in bringing along a camera as tiny and light as the Sony RX0 II—it's only a whopping 132g (approximately) and shorter than a typical lipstick! Especially when it offers a stunning 15.3-megapixel resolution, featuring a Zeiss Tessar T* 24mm 3 F4 fixed wide-angle lens. My video review above managed to cover pretty much everything I love about the camera—truly, the quality of both the photos and videos are exceptional and crisp. 

What I didn't manage to cover in that hot one minute, and a very lengthy conclusion, is the main downside that got me peeved. If there's one flaw about the Sony RX0 II that I have to pick, it'd be the user interface. There are so many menus and sub-menus, and with a screen that small, it can be a bit of hassle to screen through and manage the settings. At times, it wasn't as simple as a mere touch of button to switch between recording a video or snapping a photo—thus, the Sony Shooting Grip was a lifesaver when it came to that. Also, I really wished that it was touch screen although with that size, I can understand why it wasn't made that way either. 

The upside of all those menus and sub-menus, however, is that you can really control how you want your photos. If you have the time and patience to learn them all, it can be advantageous. If you don't, I certainly don't recommend getting it and immediately jetsetting off with it as your main camera... unless, you're really primarily using it as a vlogging camera, which is what Sony is marketing it more as, anyway.

The new Sony RX0 II is available this May 2019 and retails for RM2,799. For more info, visit Sony Malaysia's website.

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