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Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera: A Camera That’s Smaller and Better Than Your Phone

Sony’s RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera is smaller and lighter than your phone, and will capture significantly better photos and videos—even underwater or in dim lighting conditions. Here’s a photo I snapped while snorkeling that shows the vivid detail this pocket-sized camera can capture:

Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera Review

Price and Where to Buy: The Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera is available on Amazon for $698 (camera only) or $766 (with a bonus camera grip as part of the “Vlogger Bundle”).


How the Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera Rates

  • Usefulness: 10/10. I find myself gravitating more to my phone for photos and videos since I don’t want to carry around a heavy or large camera. The Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera is smaller than a phone, so it’s super easy to take on more physically active trips, and it’s as simple as a point-and-shoot. (That said, there are plenty of settings to play with if you prefer a more advanced, manual approach.) The camera works great underwater for both still photography and video, and the video has excellent built-in stabilization.
  • Photo Quality: 10/10. I was very impressed with the photo and video quality of this camera. A 1.0-type sensor and low-distortion ZEISS Tessar T lenses capture highly detailed photos and videos, even in tough lighting conditions.
  • Ease of Use: 9/10. You can pull this camera out and begin shooting right away, and the presets work well. You can switch between photos and videos fairly easily, and the camera can be linked to your smartphone to review or edit photos. A 180 degree-tiltable screen folds flat when not in use, or can be popped out to take a quick selfie.
  • Durability: 10/10. This camera is waterproof down to 33 feet, shockproof from a height of 6.5 feet, crushproof up to 440 pounds, and dustproof.

Final Verdict: Take better photos and videos without weighing yourself down while traveling with the Sony RXO II Premium Tiny Tough Camera.

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Caroline Morse Teel is always on the hunt for the newest and best travel gear. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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