New Sony DSC-RX0 II Time-Lapse Camera Solution Saves Money

Categories: Cameras, Time-Lapse, Uncategorised Blog PostsPublished On: October 28th, 202118.6 min read
Nigel Paine

Cost Effective Long-Term Time-Lapse using the Sony DSC-RX0 II Cameras

Time-lapse videos are becoming increasingly popular for businesses to present all sorts of projects such as long-term events including building construction, machinery movement, infrastructure installations, etc. ¬†Professional time-lapse photographers often use DSLR cameras to produce corporate videos because of the superb quality high resolution images and sensitivity that larger sensors facilitate. ¬†The big issue with using SLR cameras for long-term time-lapse applications generally comes down to cost. ¬†These systems can cost as much as ¬£10-15K (‚ā¨12-17.5K), an amount that any small construction company would prefer to invest elsewhere! ¬†Valuable DSLR cameras and lenses are often tied up for a long time, are bulky making them visible when installed, and obviously expensive if stolen!

Action cameras are also popular for use in long-term time-lapse since they are much lower cost, smaller and tie up less capital. ¬†However, a 4K resolution GoPro uses a small 1/2.3″ sensor with each pixel measuring just 1.12 microns. ¬†This can present problems with camera’s low light sensitivity with the camera having a fixed wide angle field of view which can only be adjusted by digitally cropping the image. ¬†Whilst this is not an issue for all applications, it is when compared to the quality of a DSLR camera system with a superior sensor and interchangeable lenses.

What is the most cost effective high resolution long-term time-lapse solution?

One compact action camera which stands out from the crowd is the Sony DSC-RX0 II camera. ¬†This camera is capable of capturing 15.3MP images using a 1″ Sony IMX383 sensor which is 4 x larger than a normal 1/2.3″action camera sensor.

Sony DSC-RX0 II camera 3/4 view

The Sony DSC-RX0 II camera is now compatible with¬†Camdo Solutions UpBlink Time-Lapse Intervalometer¬† and can integrate with existing CamDo DryX enclosure, battery and solar power solutions. ¬†The standard camera¬†features an 84 degree fixed 7.7mm Zeiss Tesar lens, however SeeSense also supply a modified version of the camera which enables users to fit interchangeable lenses just like you would in an SLR solution. ¬†The¬†Back-Bone modified Sony DSC-RX0 II camera is very popular in film, broadcast and other applications where a completely stand-alone hi-resolution compact camera needs to be deployed. The cost of a complete CamDo long-term time-lapse solution with Sony DSC RXO II camera with 1″ sensor starts at around ¬£1500 or ‚ā¨1750.

Back-Bone DSC-RX0 II with Ricoh 25mm C-mount lens


A low cost time-lapse solution to match SLR cameras

The updated UpBlink Intervalometer allows users to deploy the Sony DSC-RX0 II for long term time-lapse in a completely off grid situation if required. ¬†Alternatively the system can be mains powered including the ability to upload images to the cloud using CamDo’s CloudX package or your own FTP site using a WiFi connection.

Back-Bone modified Sony DSC-RX0 II cameras¬†accept a wide range of high resolution interchangeable 1″and 1.1″ C-mount and MFT lenses and thus making the system a direct low cost alternative to larger SLR based time-lapse systems.

The CamDo DryX enclosure is compatible with the standard Sony camera and a special glass fronted enclosure option is available for any Back-Bone modified camera and lens combination.  Complete deployable solutions are available from SeeSense including a range of mounting brackets and power solutions including solar.

Existing UpBlink owners can upgrade their system to operate with this Sony camera simply by purchasing a replacement USB to Sony Multiport connection cable and updating the UpBlink firmware. Everything is available in from stock at SeeSense EU and UK offices.

CamDo UpBlink with DSC-RX0s and cable

The Sony RX0 II action camera features:
  • Large 1″ (1.0-type, 13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Approx. 15.3 Megapixels
  • ZEISS Tessar T* Lens (24mm F4)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • VERY comprehensive operating menu
  • Waterproof (IPX8) to 33‚Äô (10m)
  • Crushproof
  • Shockproof
  • Dustproof