Sony RX10 II Field Test: The faster, better enthusiast long-zoom gets a real-world workout in Portland, OR


posted Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 4:39 PM EST


The Sony RX10 II has some mighty big shoes to fill. Following in the footsteps of the original RX10 -- the camera which single-handedly created the large-sensor, long-zoom category, and which took the Best Enthusiast Zoom prize in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards -- the RX10 II keeps the same basic design as that of its predecessor, but debuts a brand-new stacked image sensor design. With the new model, Sony's goals are twofold: Answer the 4K video capabilities of its main rival, the Panasonic FZ1000, and improve performance, which was among our few criticisms of its predecessor.

Our lab testing suggested that the company has made a big step forward with its new model, but how would the Sony RX10 II perform in the real world? That's what I wanted to know when I got hands-on with the RX10 II at a press event in Portland, Oregon earlier this month, and my hands-on experience with the camera shooting a range of interesting and challenging subjects forms the basis of my just-published Sony RX10 II Field Test.


Want to know my thoughts on the Sony RX10 II? You'll find an in-depth look at its ergonomics and handling, user interface, still image and video quality, and its high frame-rate video capabilities in the field test, as well as a whole raft of straight-from-the-camera photos in my real-world gallery and our lab test samples. And don't forget to check out our performance figures, which also went live earlier this week.


Want to compare the Sony RX10 II to its nearest rivals? You can do so at the links below:

Sony RX10 II vs. Sony RX10
Sony RX10 II vs. Panasonic FZ1000
Sony RX10 II vs. Canon G3X


And you'll find the various sections of our Sony RX10 II Review -- including my field test -- at the links below:

Sony RX10 II ReviewSony RX10 II Field Test

Sony RX10 II GallerySony RX10 II Lab Samples

Sony RX10 II PerformanceSony RX10 II Prices