• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 3.6x zoom 28mm - 100mm (35mm equiv.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 4.0x zoom 28mm - 112mm (35mm equiv.)

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Advantages

Sony RX100 II over Pentax MX-1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 12.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    281g vs 399g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.149 vs 0.241 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.6 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.9 fps vs 0.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Pentax MX-1 over Sony RX100 II

  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    7 vs 4 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

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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.

  • Good image quality for a compact camera in its class; Sharp, bright f/1.8-2.5 lens with 4x optical zoom; Cool retro-styled design with brass top and bottom plates; Tilting LCD; Exposure compensation dial; Speedy and accurate autofocus; Full HD video recording.

  • Image detail starts dropping off noticeably above ISO 800, and noise becomes problematic at ISO 3200 and beyond; Sluggish cycle times and burst performance; Issues with purple fringing in some shooting scenarios; Heavier and larger than other cameras in its class.

The Competition

Compared to Sony RX100

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Bigger RAW buffer
Pentax MX-1
Sony RX100
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $448
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX100 III

Sony RX100 II
Sony RX100 III
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Hot shoe
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax MX-1
Sony RX100 III
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Olympus XZ-2

Sony RX100 II
Olympus XZ-2
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Pentax MX-1
Olympus XZ-2
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • 60p
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $299
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon G15

Sony RX100 II
Canon G15
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $434
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Pentax MX-1
Canon G15
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $434
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon G7X

Sony RX100 II
Canon G7X
  • $648
  • 1 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • 24p
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Touchscreen
Pentax MX-1
Canon G7X
  • $423
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Slow-motion videos
  • Bulb shutter
  • $699
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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