Sony and DJI have joined the competition in the action camera market. In this article, we will compare Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action. They both offer impressive image quality, and they come with excellent features. Choosing between these two models depends on whether you are going to do some post-production or you want to upload your vids immediately.
The discussion below will cover everything about:
- The design and build quality of each camera here
- The connectivity of Sony RX0 II and DJI Osmo Action
- The special features available on each camera
- The image and audio quality of Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action
- Which action camera that is generally more recommended for you
Sony RX0 II: Design
When you look at Sony RX0 II for the first time, you may immediately think that this is Sony’s GoPro. It has the typical shape of an action camera, which has become the trend since GoPro products hit the market. It comes in a block-shaped housing which is very compact and lightweight, though it is a little bit too thick to get inside your jeans’ pocket comfortably. See also: Garmin Virb vs GoPro Hero 5
The build quality is particularly impressive. Although in a glance it appears like a less cute GoPro action camera, a closer inspection will reveal the superior construction. The front panel is made from toughened glass, whereas the rest of the body is an aluminum-rich magnesium alloy. Only the display’s cover on the rear is plastic.
The ruggedness has been tested thoroughly. Sony RX0 II is water-resistant to 10 meters. It can withstand a drop from a 2-meter height, as well as a crushing force of 200 kilograms.
The display has a metal hinge that enables it to flip out. Although it is not fully articulated, the tilt is still very useful for shooting from above or below eyeline. You can even flip it 180-degree to see your face on the display while shooting. This will benefit vloggers who love to frame themselves in their shots.
However, Sony RX0 II is a little bit confused about what it wants to be. At first, it looks like a luxurious action camera. But, then, there is a conflict between form and functionality. The display on the rear is hemmed-in with small buttons which are somewhat difficult to access.
Sony RX0 II: Features
In terms of connectivity, there is a notable difference between Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action. If you want to use an external mic for capturing audio from a closer distance or an external display for monitoring, you’ll want to choose Sony RX0 II. It comes with a 3.5mm input for connecting an external mic. It also has a Micro-HDMI port for an external display. DJI Osmo Action doesn’t have these features.
Sony RX0 II is charged via a Micro-USB port. There is also a MicroSD slot for a memory card. All the connection ports are protected by a weather-sealed flap, while the removable battery is put behind another. This camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Sony RX0 II is not sure about what it wants to be. Rather than a streamlined user interface which is expected from an action camera, Sony RX0 II comes with the menu system of a sophisticated digital camera, with 29 different pages of settings.
As the effect, people who want a simple point-and-shoot camera may find it a bit difficult to configure. But people who have experience with advanced camera systems may appreciate all the tweakable settings. You can focus the camera manually, enable or disable focus peaking, and even choose the color space between sRGB and Adobe RGB. You can’t change the aperture, but the shutter speed and other parameters are adjustable.
There are Auto modes for some of the features if you don’t want to deal with such complicated settings, especially since there is no manual dial to do the job. The Auto modes are pretty good, but they don’t always give the best results.
Sony RX0 II: Performance
The next big difference between Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action is the image sensor. Sony RX0 II is very interesting because, despite the utterly compact and lightweight design, it is still able to utilize a 1-inch 15.3MP image sensor. For comparison, both GoPro Hero 7 Black and DJI Osmo Action only use 1/2.3-inch image sensors.
The larger image sensor will allow dramatically better low-light performance and increased dynamic range. Sony RX0 II is also able to shoot 4K videos. Although the maximum frame rate in this setting is only 25fps, the 100Mbps maximum bit rate is good enough for capturing all the details.
Note that the image stabilization is rather poor. Although Sony RX0 II is said to have some sort of image stabilization, the footage still jiggles around when the camera is mounted on a bike. Well, you can use a video-editing software to apply some IS, but this usually will eat some part of the field of view.
Battery life is also another weakness of Sony RX0 II. It can only last for an hour, or less if you use the wireless connectivity all the time. You should always bring a spare battery for this camera.
DJI Osmo Action: Design
DJI Osmo Action doesn’t have a tiltable screen, but that is not really necessary – this camera already has a front color screen in addition to the wide rear display. As the effect, you won’t need to fumble with a hinge in order to see whether your face is in the frame or not. Then again, without a tiltable screen, shooting from above or below eyeline will be difficult.
If you want the absolute best image quality, DJI Osmo Action’s 1/2.3-inch image sensor probably won’t satisfy you. But, if you want a compact, lightweight camera that is user-friendly, easy to mount on your bike or helmet, and still with decent image quality, then DJI Osmo Action is a viable choice.
The construction is highly rugged and durable. It is waterproof to 11 meters, and it can survive a drop from 5 feet (1.5 meters). The lens is screwed-on, which means that you can replace the lens if damaged and add ND filters if desired.
On the top-left side of the unit, you can find the QuickSet button for changing modes without going through menu screens. On the bottom, there is a two-pronged mount which will allow you to use a wide range of third-party accessories. The battery is removable and secured by two latches that feel a bit difficult to access, but still function properly. You can swap the battery with a spare one when running out of juice.
DJI Osmo Action: Features
When choosing between Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action, you may need to consider whether you will need to use an external mic or not. DJI Osmo Action doesn’t have a mic input, and the quality of the built-in mic is only good enough for capturing sound from a close distance. If the source of the sound is too far, the recording won’t be very clear.
This model also lacks a Micro HDMI port. But it does come with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which will allow you to connect your mobile device for file transfer or remote control. There is also a MicroSD slot for a memory card.
DJI Osmo Action boasts the RockSteady image stabilization, which is highly effective for minimizing shakiness and blur. There is also an HDR mode, although it can’t be used with the aforementioned image stabilization, and a manual mode. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s, and the lowest is 120s. DJI Osmo Action also offers a slow-motion mode, timelapse, hyperlapse, and voice control.
DJI Osmo Action: Performance
DJI Osmo Action is capable of 4K recording in 60fps, which is impressive. It does this with a 100Mbps bit rate, so every detail and color information can be captured in the footage.
Compared to Sony RX0 II, the 1/2.3-inch 12MP image sensor of DJI Osmo Action is indeed smaller. It also has fewer pixels. DJI Osmo Action may have less dynamic range, but the overall image quality is still very good, especially in the 4K setting. The higher frame rate and the better image stabilization are also significant benefits. Movements look smooth, and the footage won’t jiggle around even if you are shooting while on a bike.
The battery life of DJI Osmo Action is also better. It can last for up to 135 minutes per charge. Well, if you enable the RockSteady image stabilization, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth continuously, the battery life will be significantly shorter. Carrying a spare battery is still recommended.
Sony RX0 II vs DJI Osmo Action
In general, DJI Osmo Action is more recommended if you are looking for a real action cam. It has much better image stabilization. It is also capable of 4K recording at 60fps. The battery life is better, too. However, if you want an ultra-compact camera with advanced photography features, Sony RX0 II can be an excellent choice.