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Sony debuts the RX0 II, world’s smallest and lightest 4K ultra-compact camera

Small in size, but definitely not terrible in performance

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During the #VlogWithSony event in Singapore, Sony surprised everyone when they announced the new RX0 II, the successor to Sony’s RX0. Sony claims that it’s the world’s smallest and lightest ultra-compact camera to date at just 132 grams.

The Sony RX0 II looks like its predecessor but has the old (but nifty) features, such as the 15.3MP Exmor RS image sensor with Zeiss Tessar 24mm f/4 fixed lens, Anti-Distortion Shutter and up to 1/32000-second fast shooting plus a burst rate of up to 16fps, and S-Log2 to name a few.


The new 4K internal video recording records 1.7 times more data without pixel binning, thus preserving more details without compromising the overall video quality. The enhanced BIONZ X image processor is capable of bringing better color reproduction and natural skin tone — all great for vlogging. There are also four percent more frames with its 1,000fps slow-motion recording, as opposed to the previous 960fps.

A big improvement is the addition of the in-body electronic stabilization (EIS) with gimbal-like smoothness even when handheld. Other prominent features are the tiltable 1.5-inch screen and real-time Eye AF (autofocus) tracking, which are both found on the higher-end Sony Alpha camera lineup, including the recently launched Sony A6400.

Sony RX0 II, external flash/light, and microphone attached in one bracket that is connected to the shooting grip itself

On top of those, there’s a feature called “intelligent framing” which detects a subject then keeps it in the frame, while image distortion is corrected after the video is shot. Editing clips through the RX0 II is also handy as you can transfer your photos and videos to your smartphone and edit them with your desired editing app.

It is not just ultra-compact, but also ultra-robust with its 10-meter waterproofing, two-meter dustproofing, and the crush-proof feature that can withstand up to 200kg of force.

It can still be used with the shooting grip, which can transform into a mini tripod when you stretch out the grip’s legs or add a complementary bracket that can attach more accessories to it, which will be made available in a RX0 II kit in select Asia-Pacific countries.

The Sony Imaging Edge Mobile app can control up to five RX0 II cameras wirelessly, while buying a separate Camera Control Box can help you control as many as 100 wired cameras.

The device will retail for about US$ 700, which is the same as the launch price of the older RX0 launched two years ago. In the Philippines, it has a Suggested Retail Price of PhP 39,999.

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DJI launches the ultra-portable Osmo Mobile 3

It’s now foldable!

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DJI Osmo Mobile 3 | Image credit: DJI

DJI has been a quintessential part for most people — drones, portable cameras, action cameras, you name it, they have it. With the existence of advanced smartphone cameras, there’s no doubt that mobile cinematography is also getting better. DJI continues to prove that they are the world’s leader in creative camera technology with the Osmo Mobile 3.

The third iteration of the Osmo Mobile is the first folding stabilizer made by DJI. They have specifically thought of its new folding design to make it more portable for everyone. The redesign also paves way for clutter-free operation, even when you are using charging cables and external mics.


It doesn’t stop there as they also included efficient and convenient buttons so you’re ready to shoot whenever, wherever. You can access Quick Roll by pressing the Mode (M) button twice 🤟🏼. That feature automatically rotates the phone’s orientation from landscape to portrait (and vice versa).

ActiveTrack 3.0

ActiveTrack 3.0 also helps in re-centering the subject being tracked. A trigger exists for locking orientation and rotating the gimbal for selfies. There’s also a dedicated zoom slider on the stabilizer’s side for hassle-free operation. In addition, users can control the zoom speed based on their preference.

DJI Mimo App and Story Mode

With the DJI Mimo App, you can access its pre-programmed modes during and after shooting. Story Mode lets you edit videos right away with preset music, transitions, and filters. There are also 13 templates you can choose from.

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 with Sport Mode

Several modes to play with

The Sport Mode increases the stabilizer’s responsiveness in shooting subjects that are fast-paced. There’s also the Gesture Control which automatically snaps a selfie once you pose for the camera — a peace sign, perhaps?. Panorama mode is also included with 3×3 or 180º options when shooting. Don’t worry, the Slow Motion Mode is also present with 4X or 8X speed options.

Get more creative with TimeLapse, MotionLapse, and HyperLapse. They all sound similar but they are different in their own ways.

TimeLapse lets you shoot longer videos in a shorter playback duration. MotionLapse combines the function of TimeLapse, but with the addition of the movement of a dynamic element you selected in the frame. Lastly, HyperLapse works just like TimeLapse but adds more movement by moving the stabilizer along with you. It works best not just because of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), but also with DJI’s ActiveTrack 3.0.

Pricing and availability

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is currently available in DJI’s flagship stores and select Apple Stores in the United States. It’s currently sold in two packages: The standard package with the wrist strap, storage pouch, and anti-slip pads retails for US$ 105. Meanwhile, there’s a US$ 125 package that includes everything in the standard version, plus the Osmo Grip Tripod and Osmo Carrying Case.

Global availability and local pricing has yet to be announced.

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Sony RX100 VII: full-frame features on a compact camera

Best compact camera today?

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Sony’s compact camera just leveled up. Just months removed from the announcement of its predecessor, we now have the Sony RX100 VII and it’s the company’s most powerful camera to date.

The headline feature is the Sony A9 level speed performance with up to 60 AF/AE calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking. Speaking of tracking, the Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting introduced on the Sony A7R IV is also making its way to the RX100 VII.


It comes with a ZEISS 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens to give you flexibility when shooting. Other improvements include a new drive mode, Single Burst Shooting, for capturing high-speed shots at up to 90FPS.

More options for movie recording

Those looking to shoot plenty of videos will love the 4K Active SteadyShot that Sony says is eight times more effective than 4K Standard SteadyShot. Interval Shooting(19) For stunning time-lapse videos, there’s Interval Shooting. And there’s also slow-mo recording at up to 960FPS for that cinematic flair.

There’s also an option for vertical movie recording if you want to record for IGTV. Vloggers were kept in mind with the 3.5mm mic input and a 180-degree flip screen.

Package for vloggers

If you want to kick it up a notch there’s also a Shooting Grip Kit package. It includes an RX100 VII and Shooting Grip  that allows for easy recording and zooming. The kit also comes with a bracket with accessory shoe and two rechargeable battery packs.

Sold separately, but recommended by Sony, is the Sony Stereo Microphone (ECM-XYST1M). It mounts on the brack’s accessory for simple vlogging setup.

Pricing and availability

The RX100 VII  will ship in August 2019 for around US$ 1,200 while The RX100 VII Shooting Grip Kit will be available later in 2019 for around US$ 1,300. In Singapore, the RX100 VII will be available end of August starting at SG$ 1,649. The RX100 VII Kit will retail for SG$ 1,799.

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Sony’s A7R IV has a massive 61MP sensor

Still king of full-frame mirrorless cameras

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After hearing of a Sony Alpha event, we at GadgetMatch crossed our fingers hoping for the A7S III. That’s a much-awaited update on their S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras specifically made for taking videos. The event though, was for the Sony A7R IV. And while it’s not what we were waiting for, it still has so much going for it.

For one, it’s world’s first 61-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. That’s a huge step-up from its predecessor’s 42.4-megapixel sensor. Sony’s samples during the presentation showcases how you don’t lose detail even when you zoom in on the images thanks to its massive sensor.


You don’t lose detail even after zooming in

It also has a 15-stop dynamic range, five-axis optical in-body image stabilization, as well as 10FPS shooting with continuous autofocus as well as real-time eye-tracking for every shot. Something new that video-makers might find really useful is the addition of the real-time eye AF to video recording.

Speaking of video, the A7R IV is capable of 4K recording with S-Log 2/3, HDR for professional editing. Still with video-makers in mind, the A7R IV comes with a new system that captures digital audio signal. With this, Sony introduced two accessories to take advantage of this new tech — a digital audio shotgun mic and an XLR mic adapter kit. The accessories cost US$ 350 and $600 respectively.

As for the camera itself, the A7R IV will retail for US$ 3,500 body-only and will be available in September 2019. In Singapore, the it will be available starting August 24, 2019 with a retail price of SG$ 4,999.

With Canon and Nikon launching their own full-frame mirrorless cameras namely the EOS R and the Z6 and Z7, this was a serious flex on Sony’s part. The company is letting the world know that they continue to hold the crown as king of full-frame mirrorless shooters.

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