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Back-Bone Gear & Interchangeable Lenses For the Sony RX0

By Justin Heyes on February 22nd 2018

At a glance, the Sony RX0 looks like a stripped down RX100 so that it would fit into a GoPro sized hole. Looking at the spec sheet, however, you begin to realize that in typical Sony fashion nothing is held back. Dropping a 1-inch sensor in the RX0 Sony has separated itself from the pack; add to this multi-camera ability for easy VR capture and 360 content.

While the new Sony action camera might offer better lowlight performance than competing 1/2.3″ counterparts, many potential users feel as though the  24mm fixed lens mitigate any potential advantage. The Canadian company Back-Bone Gear hopes to tap into the potential of the RX0 with their custom modifications.

Specializing in producing modifications for action cameras, such as GoPro cameras or Yi cameras, Back-Bone Gear’s  latest venture called the Ribcage RX0 adds a Micro Four-Thirds lens mount to Sony’s action camera.

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RX0 PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 15.3MP multi-layer Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Zeiss Tessar T* 24 mm equivalent F4
  • Outputs 4:2:2 UHD 4K Video via HDMI
  • Raw capture
  • 1/32000 shutter speed
  • 16 FPS
  • Full HD at 240 FPS
  • Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Body
  • Timecode-Sync Multiple Cameras
  • Internally Records 1080p60 Video
  • XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 Recording
  • Control via App or VP1K Remote
  • NTSC/PAL Switchable
  • Waterproof & Shockproof Body

Ribcage RX0 Overview

  • MFT Mount & C-Mount
  • Use SLR lenses & more with optional adapters
  • Tripod mount with both 1/4-20 & 3/8-16 UNC threads
  • Internal filter holder & removable IR-cut filter for custom imaging applications

The added MFT lens mount is passive, not supply any electronic communication to the camera, and is intended for manual MFT lenses, adapted SLR glass or C-Mount lenses; an adapter included in the box for the latter. The Ribcage RX0 also includes a removable IR-cut filter, which allows for easy IR capture or stunning black and white imagery.

The modification has a bit of a trade-off when it comes to portability and weather sealing, but what you lose waterproofing you gain the ability to use to change lenses that can be adapted to the Miro-Four-Thirds format, this includes the Metabones Speed Booster.

The price of adding interchangeable lenses to the RX0 comes at a bit of premium. The modded Ribcage RX0 is available for pre-order now starting at  $1,099 directly from Back-Bone Gear. The first units are expected to ship at the beginning of March.

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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