• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony RX100 II advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus AIR advantages over Sony RX100 II

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $598
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    23 vs 13 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Faster RAW shooting
Olympus AIR
Sony RX100
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100 III
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup
Olympus AIR
Sony RX100 III
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $715
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Sony RX100 II
Panasonic GM1
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100 II
Canon G7X
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $637
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
Olympus AIR
Canon G7X
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $637
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic GF7

Sony RX100 II
Panasonic GF7
  • $629
  • 1 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • NFC
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GF7
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $431
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen
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