Sony RX100 II Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Kit Lens: 3.60x zoom
(28-100mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 160 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/2000
Max Aperture: 1.8
Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.5 in.
(102 x 58 x 38 mm)
Weight: 9.9 oz (281 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $750
Availability: 07/2013
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony RX100 II specifications
20.20
Megapixels
3.60x zoom 1 inch
size sensor
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RX100 II Summary

Sony has once again raised the bar for advanced compact cameras with the RX100 II. Building on the wildly popular RX100, the RX100 II adds a tilting rear LCD screen, flash/accessory hot shoe, built-in Wi-Fi, and a backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor for improved low-light and high-ISO performance. It's a bit pricey at $750, but there's simply no better pocket camera on the market, as of this writing. (The Sony RX100 II won our Pocket Camera of the Year for 2013 award.)

Pros

New, 20.2MP, 1-inch type, backside illuminated (BSI) image sensor produces superb image quality, with particular improvements in low light and high ISO; 3-inch tilting rear LCD screen handy for composing shots from difficult angles; Fast all-around performer with quick autofocus and virtually no shutter lag; New, multi-interface hotshoe for adding a strobe or optional electronic viewfinder; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.

Cons

Bigger and heavier than previous model; More expensive than previous model; Reduced burst performance when shooting RAW files; Somewhat confusing menu structure and control layout; Wi-Fi features can be difficult to set up.

Price and availability

The Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 II has been available since July 2013 for a list price of US$750. That's a modest US$100 increase over list pricing for the original Sony RX100, which continues to be available alongside the new model.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

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