Sony’s IFA 2017 event is not just about their new flagship smartphones. The Japanese company also unveiled a new action camera powered by a large 1-inch Exmor RS sensor — the Sony RX0.

Sony calls the RX0 as a “new type of camera which offers entirely new imaging possibilities for today’s creators,” although it highly resembles the likes of a GoPro action camera. Thanks to a remarkable engineering feat, photographer and enthusiasts will now be able to enjoy the acclaimed image quality of the Sony RX series in a robust and ultra-compact body.

The RX0 features a 1.0-type stacked 15.3-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X image processor and wide-angle Zeiss Tessar 24mm f/4.0 fixed lens. It can save both RAW and JPEG stills and widely supported video formats. Sony promotes the Anti-Distortion Shutter feature that can shoot as fast as 1/32000 of a second with a maximum burst rate of 16fps.

As for video, it has super slow-motion capture at up to 960 frames per second and 4K clean HDMI output to external recorders. The camera also offers Picture Profile options and S-Log2, as well as Time Code / User Bit features.

The camera’s ultra-compact action camera body weighs just 110g and measures 59 x 40.5 x 29.8mm. It’s waterproof up to 10 meters deep, shockproof up to a two-meter drop, and crush-proof to 200kg of force. Rain, sand, dust, snow and other environmental elements are nothing for the RX0. Sony also managed to put in a tiny 1.5-inch LCD monitor onto its back.

The new Sony ultra-compact camera will ship in October 2017 with a price tag of approximately US$ 700.

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