GoPro gets some competition
expected to turn it on and off. speed to freeze the action but that means digging into the menu.
It does, however, have a manual mode to control all your settings but this will only appeal to more experienced photographers.
The GoPro has both image and video stabilisation which work well. It can also take 4K video, along with a much wider range of frame rates.
Being able to control your frame rate is important with action cameras as you often want to capture fast-moving subjects and using a high-frame rate paired with a higher resolution lets you slow down your video when playing it back while still keeping it sharp.
Another big difference is the lens field of view. Most action cameras have a fish-eye style lens where as the RX0 is set at 28mm. The GoPro can be adjusted from wide (14mm) to narrow (28mm). The RX0 is slightly smaller and a more squarish shape, while the GoPro is more rounded and its lens sticks out a bit.
Both cameras are waterproof up to 10m without requiring a case. The GoPro’s battery is a lot bigger 1220mAh compared to Sony’s 700mAh.
The GoPro also has voice control, which is quite a handy feature when you’re operating a camera on the go.
Another difference is that the covers that protect the battery and ports are easier to open on the RX0. Opening them on the GoPro sometimes require a bit of force. The Sony is a new camera and this is shown in the range of accessories available.
At the moment you can’t really attach it to anything but I expect this will soon change.
There are dozens of GoPro accessories allowing you to attach it to bikes, boards and helmets.
However, the best ‘‘accessory’’ GoPro has is its dedicated fans who constantly post videos and talk about the cameras in forums.
Sony has this type of community with its popular mirrorless cameras but not with the RX0. The RX0 is Sony’s first action camera and it shows. It’s hard to use on the go and there aren’t enough attachments.
At the moment it’s just a really small camera that takes great images rather than one to take on the mountain or in the sea. However, Sony has a reputation for quickly improving and releasing new products so hopefully the next version will be better.
It best suits a photographer (especially a Sony fan) who wants a small camera for travel or something they can chuck in a bag if heading off for a day trip.
For now, if you want a true action camera, then the GoPro Hero 6 is the best option. If you’re on a budget, consider the recently released, budget GoPro Hero ($350).
GoPro hasn’t had a lot of competition as it became the camera of choice for action sports.
The best part of the Sony interface is the buttons.