11 Aug 2015

First footage from Sony's 4K RX10 Mk II

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The Sony RX10 Mk II is a curious and rather exciting little camera. Packed into its diminutive frame is a very good Zeiss constant F 2.8 lens and a 4K video recorder. It is, of course, primarily a still camera, but you wouldn't necessarily think so from its video credentials.

Topologically, the Sony camera is exactly the same as a traditional camcorder: a fixed lens coupled to a recording camera. Ergonomically it's very different. You can't put this device on your shoulder or even hold it like a camcorder. It's like it's a video camera trapped in a still camera's body: exactly the contradiction that's faced video makers ever since the Canon 5D Mk II.

But if you can look past this slight awkwardness, maybe with a special rig, or just by getting used to it, you have a camera that records fantastic-looking 4K movies with a modern codec. With this combination of lens and camera, it's hard to think of better 4K value for money.

(I should declare an interest here. I have an RX10 MK 1 and I love it. You can take it anywhere and use it for remarkably sharp-looking stills and video.)

Here's a video shot by Jacek Zarzycki in Leeds and York (in Northern England).

It looks ungraded but is certainly sharp. Interestingly, there's a sequence that seems to have been taking from a moving vehicle (at around 1:04) and - even when a bus drives in the opposite direction - there's only slight evidence of rolling shutter.

David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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