Sony RX10 Mark II High Frame Rate 60fps 120fps 240fps 480fps 960fps

I just got the new Sony RX10 Mark II in yesterday and obviously the amazing thing about this camera is it's High Frame Rate feature. Here's a quick capture testing some of these HFR settings. I still have to learn how to use it, because once you go into HFR Mode, the camera goes into Stand By and will not let you re-focus or change anything. You have to setup your shot, then go into Stand By mode, and then finally record when you're ready. Depending on the HFR mode, you can only record for a quick second or two.

Of course at 60fps or 120fps 1080p, you can shoot all day. The HFR mode is for 240fps, 480fps, and 960fps. Also you have to play with different shutter speeds at different frame rates to get sharper images with less motion blur. So forgive the footage if it's out of focus, or has too much motion blur. The different frame rates will also cause different crop views. You'll notice the 960fps setting is more 'cropped' than the the other frame rates.

The HFR mode requires a special SDXC Card to record, and after going through a few different types in my stash, the Sandisk Extreme Plus UHS-1/U3 was one that worked very well (found here). Even my high end Sandisk cards 95MB/s used for RAW on the BMPCC didn't work on the RX10MKII. I kept getting an error message because it wasn't U3 compatible

Sandisk Extreme Plus UHS-1:U3
find-price-button Sandisk Extreme Plus UHS-1/U3 SDXC Media

Be careful, don't get the wrong one. The label on my SDXC Card specifically says 80MB/s and U3. It's odd because I can't find the same card on B&H, but definitely the Sandisk Extreme Plus U3 on Amazon is exactly like mine.

I'll be doing a little more in depth about the camera, but if you have any questions about this camera, leave your comments. For those of you on the fence, I think you'll definitely be impressed by all the many features and overall quality of the camera. In stock and available at B&H (here).

sony rx10 mark II
find-price-button Sony RX10 Mark 2 28-200mm F/2.8 Zoom 4K Video HFR Slow Motion


29 thoughts on “Sony RX10 Mark II High Frame Rate 60fps 120fps 240fps 480fps 960fps

  1. @Sam - Slow motion is in the menu. You have to set the high speed framerate, and then when you want to use it, you have to go in to that mode. When you are ready, you have to set the buffer. Once you start the buffer you can no longer change focus or anything. It's like in an idle mode. Then you have to hit the button again to start recording.

  2. Hi EMM,
    I’m a bit confused... do we have to buy the sdxc card to activate slow motion for the camera or is there another way? Also Once bought what do we do? Please respond

  3. Emm

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    @simon - No I did not have the first, but people are saying it's well worth the upgrade. If you don't want to do 4K you can still do 1080p and in different formats.

  4. simon

    did you have the previous version too
    I currently have the rx10 and contemplating whether I should upgrade to mk2
    Now I would prob not be shooting 4k yet because my hardware computers etc might not be up to it
    I do use the cam for both stills and video on some travel assignments and personal travel but mainly for video for events run and gun type stuff

  5. Emm

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    @Tommy Q - Both. You can choose click or smooth. There's a switch under the lens for this.

  6. Tommy Q

    Hey^ everyone!

    I've got some questions.
    1) Can you change angle of the lens mechanically? not only by camera buttons
    2) what about blue lights? cause it's enough a big problem in a7s
    3) what about aperture? i've heard that you can't change it during shooting a video, is it true?

  7. Emm

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    @Southerndude - Totally keeping this one around especially for event coverage. Often I do events where I just need a small camera, audio input, zoom lens with constant aperture, and image stabilization. Before good mirrorless systems I used a Canon DSLR with a 24-105mm F/4. Recently i've been using a GH4 with a 12-35mm Lens especially with the 4K internal recording.

    Now this Sony RX10 has those features I need, but offers a bit more zoom range. The high frame rates are excellent for Quick BTS slo-mo dramatic footage even just handheld. I'm not just keeping this, I might end up getting another. When shooting stuff with multi cameras, I just find it way easier to match cameras when they are the same. The only thing I really have to think about is the battery life. The GH4 camera batteries last forever, while this one only a short while.

  8. Emm

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    @George - Thanks for pointing that out. Actually the link drops to a few choices. The 64GB is SDXC, the 32GB is SDHC. The image I use is the 64GB SDXC type, so that's the one that is working for me.

  9. Hey man, thanks for all your work. I just picked up one these cameras. I have a bunch of transend R95 u3 cards and wondered if you had tried that particular card with any success. It's worked on all my 4k cameras so I was hoping not have to buy another card but I will be using this primarily for slomo


  10. I have the RX-10 M2 now for a few days, I'm using it to shoot some musicians in a poorly lit, and very small studio, Added some small lights and shot at ISO-1200 about -1 stop Using Nuetral at -2, -2, -2. XAVC-S 60fps, Video came out pretty darn nice. very pleased with the flexibility this camera offers, Love not having to change lens's and keeping mu sensor clean. I think the HFR is a little cumbersome to use, especially if you don't use it very often.

    In regards to the memory cards, I use these and they have been awesome in this new RX-10 M2, both for regular video and HFR. They come in 64Gig, and 128 Gig.

    Glad to see you trying the RX-10 M2 Emm. Do you think you will be keeping one in your camera arsenal?

  11. George

    Hi emm i think the compatible cards for 100mbps recording need to be SDXC not SDHC.And U3 of course.The Amazon link is for s SDHC card.
    Apart from that have you tried high iso's?Can you test and tell us the results?Thanks.

  12. Emm

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    @The Brand University - Yeah Canon barely even lets you have 1080p 60fps. You really have to spend a lot money on a Canon camera just to get that small feature. Aside from the HFR modes, this RX100 MK II gives you 120fps 1080p with amazing quality.

  13. The higher frame rates are phenomenal! This would be a great buy just for slow motion and effects shots. Sony is making some awesome cameras right now. Might have to chuck all this Canon gear!

  14. Emm

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    @Aaron - It's not amazing, but compared to the GH4 maybe similar. The one thing I wish it has was more of a wide angle. I don't really use zoom lenses up to 200mm very often so I would have preferred a lens with a shorter range and a wider FOV.

  15. How is the low light performance compared with gh4? I'm looking for a second camera but I need good low light and focus peaking.

  16. BlueBomberTurbo

    With S Log2, you either need a compatible LUT or software that will read and correct to a ColorChecker chart. I'm using MBR Color Corrector 2 on my RX100 IV with great results. FilmConvert using the Sony F55 S Log2 profile works extremely well, too.

    For timelapse, you'd need to shell out a few bucks for a Sony app, or use a compatible USB remote shutter release with a built in intervolameter. I'd pay for the app, so you can use USB to power the camera till your card fills. A big advantage of these new sensors is that you can force the electronic shutter to always be on, so you'll never have to worry abounded shutter life.

  17. Emm

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    @Darren Levine - The 120fps in 1080p is magical for this type of camera, at this price, with this lens. I think the HFR quality is totally usable up to 480fps depending on the content and how it's edited. The problem with HFR in 240, 480, or 960 is once you're in this mode you can't make changes to the camera. You can't adjust focus, change exposure, etc. It's also limited to just 1 or 2 seconds and then you have to wait several seconds for it to save the recording to the card. It's a slow process, but when used in the right setting you can get amazing stuff.

  18. Emm

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    @Merlin - I've only had it for a day, but the video on top was shot in SLOG2. It certainly isn't the same quality SLOG you'll get from an A7s, and I haven't had enough time to figure out a good way to handle it yet. There's a lot of settings you could change to make it better (or worse), but it's not as easy as RAW or Prores from a BMPCC.

  19. Tom

    Is timelapse an option? I couldn't find it in the specs so I'm guessing no. Hopefully I'm wrong...

  20. Merlin

    This camera has a lot of attractive features. Just wondering how the grading of S-Log2 compares to shooting with Pro Res or RAW from BMPCC, since you have direct experience with both cameras.

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