• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 4/3 226.2mm2
  • 20.4 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony RX10 II advantages over Olympus E-M1 II

  • Less expensive
    $998 vs $1399
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/3200 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus E-M1 II advantages over Sony RX10 II

  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.36 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • High resolution composite
    Yes vs No
    Combine multiple shots to form a super hi-res version
  • Fast startup
    ~0.80 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,312 vs 531 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Thinner
    68 mm vs 102 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    574g vs 849g
    Lighter weight
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.6 fps vs 14.2 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    60.6 fps vs 8.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    51 vs 29 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • 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.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent build quality; Superb viewfinder; Excellent image and video quality for its class; Bright and versatile zoom lens; Very fast autofocus; Great burst performance and depth; Incredible slow-motion capabilities; Really intuitive Wi-Fi image transfer; Good battery life.

  • Expensive compared to its nearest competitors; Less zoom reach than rivals; Soft in corners wide-open; Slow buffer clearing; Small rear control dial has poor tactile feedback; Long delay to render each high frame-rate movie; No tilt/swivel or touch on the LCD panel.

  • Excellent image quality; Very good dynamic range & high ISO performance; Fantastic C-AF performance; Incredible burst rates, even with RAW; 4K UHD & Cinema 4K (DCI) video; Clean HDMI; Dual SD card slots.

  • Expensive; Menus still confusing; UHS-II support only on one card slot; No optical low-pass filter means greater risk of moire; No built-in flash.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-T2

Sony RX10 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Olympus E-M1 II
Fujifilm X-T2
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony RX10

Sony RX10 II
Sony RX10
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
Olympus E-M1 II
Sony RX10
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $698
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)

Sony RX10 II
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Integrated ND filter
  • $1077
  • 1 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer exposure
Olympus E-M1 II
Leica V-LUX (Typ 114)
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1077
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Panasonic GH5

Sony RX10 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic GH5
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $1298
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Panasonic G9

Sony RX10 II
Panasonic G9
  • $998
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
Olympus E-M1 II
Panasonic G9
  • $1399
  • 4/3
  • Longer video battery life
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $998
  • 4/3
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Top deck display
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