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Sony RX100 II Review

The Sony RX100 from the previous year has won over the favor of both professional reviewers and average customers, rising to the position of the best-selling premium compact camera for many periods over the last year.

It defeated competitors like the Canon G15, the Nikon P7700, and the Fuji X20 to earn the title of the best premium small camera on this site, TechRadar.com. Because it has a sensor that is one inch (type) in size, which is substantially more significant than the devices that are found in other cameras on the market, it is currently the only product of its kind available for purchase.

Now, Sony is coming out with an updated camera version known as the RX100 Mark II. This new model has many of the same specs as its predecessor, but it also has some significant upgrades. It will be available for purchase at the same time as the original RX100, which Sony has stated would continue to be available for purchase through at least the holiday season of 2013.

Sony RX100 II Build Quality

As you may imagine, a significant portion of the design and usefulness of the Sony RX100 Mark II is precisely the same as those of the original Sony RX100.

Despite the huge size of the sensor, it has a streamlined design that allows it to fit easily into a pocket or bag and does not have an excessive number of protrusions that add to its size. Comparatively, it is around the same size as the Panasonic LF1 or the Olympus XZ-10, but both cameras have far smaller sensors.

The camera has a more streamlined design, thanks partly to the aluminum chassis. Even though there isn’t a grip on the front of the camera, it still has a solid feel in your hand, and there’s a little grip on the back of the camera where you can rest your thumb.

A mode dial can be found on the top of the camera and is used to select between the numerous shooting modes available. These modes include wholly automated mode, panoramic mode, and P/A/S/M modes. Conveniently, there is also a slot labeled MR, which stands for “memory recall.” This slot allows you to keep a group of settings that you regularly use, such as high ISO or monochrome, making it easy to access them later.

Similar to the lens found on the original Sony RX100, the one found in the Sony RX100 Mark II has a 3.6x optical zoom and, when fully extended, has a solid feel. It is controlled by the conventional switch located around the shutter release. You may zoom in and out easily, and after you’ve reached your desired focal length, the lens will automatically retract until you’re ready to use it again.

Sony RX100 II Performance

Because the performance of the Sony RX100 from the previous year left us quite satisfied, we were enthusiastic about putting the new Sony RX100 Mark II through its paces when we learned about the new features that would be included in the camera.

We were pretty convinced that the level of clarity and color would be good, and the new backlit sensor promised to give better shots in low light, although we were previously pretty confident that it would. We are relieved that the camera’s capabilities have not let us down in any way.

The colors are vivid and vibrant without being too saturated, and the detail produced by the 20.2 million-pixel sensor is outstanding. This feature is carried over from the model that came before it. Even when zooming in to 100%, there is very no sign of the image being smoothed, and this is especially true at lower sensitivities. Even though there is some noise, which is to be expected given the mid-range sensitivity, the detail is still kept well.

Even in conditions with a variety of lighting conditions, the automated white balance mechanism performs an excellent job of providing correct color reproductions. In environments with artificial lighting, the Sony RX100 Mark II tends to produce somewhat warmer tones. Still, if this is causing problems for you, you may modify the white balance setting to one that is more suitable.

Sony RX100 II Image Quality

Throughout the examination, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II generated photographs of exceptionally high quality. This camera did a fantastic job of handling noise, which did not become noticeable until the ISO 3200 level, and then became progressively worse at the higher settings of ISO 6400 and 12800. This was a remarkable performance for such a tiny image sensor with such a high pixel count.

Chromatic aberrations were noticeable, although they were well-controlled, and only a tiny amount of purple fringing was seen in scenarios with a high contrast level. The photographs were a touch soft right out of the camera when the default setting was used, so they require further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively, the amount of in-camera sharpening can be increased to compensate for the images’ lack of sharpness.

The macro performance is rather strong, letting you focus on the topic from a distance as near as 5 centimeters. The built-in flash did a fantastic job indoors, producing images free of red-eye and with enough exposure overall. The cameras have a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds, which enables them to catch sufficient light for the majority of after-dark scenarios. When using the camera in a hand-held position at slower shutter speeds, the Steadyshot anti-shake feature performs quite well.

A practical Dynamic Range Optimizer function will extract additional data from an image’s shadow and highlight sections without adding any noise or other artifacts that aren’t intended.

The High Dynamic Range mode combines the results of two separate images taken at various exposures into a single image. The result is an image that has a higher dynamic range than what would be produced by a single photograph. However, it does yield some excellent effects even though it can only function with JPEGs and stationary subjects.

Even after all of these years, they are using Sony’s Sweep Panorama is still a delightful experience. Picture Effects allow you to create unique looks in a short amount of time, which would otherwise need you to spend a significant amount of time in the digital darkroom. Creative Styles, on the other hand, give a quick and simple method to adjust the JPEG photographs captured by the camera.

Sony RX100 II Specs

Body typeLarge sensor compact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3648 X 3648, 3648 x 2736, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayRGB Primary color
Image
ISOAuto (ISO 160 – 12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 160 / 200 / 400 / 800 /1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 (Expandable to ISO 100 / 125) Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 160 – 25600), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsStandard, Fine
File formatRAW (ARW2.3 Format)RAW+JPEGJPEG
Image parametersContrast: -3 to +3 stepsSaturation: -3 to +3 stepsSharpness: -3 to +3 steps
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–100 mm
Optical zoom3.6×
Maximum apertureF1.8–4.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes, built -in LED type
Digital zoomYes (14x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97″)
Number of focus points25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,229,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeXtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modesSuperior AutoIntelligent AutoProgram Auto (Program shift available)Shutter PriorityAperture PriorityManualScene SelectionSweep Panorama
Scene modesAnti Motion BlurFireworksGourmetHandheld TwilightHigh SensitivityLandscapeMacroNight PortraitNight ScenePet ModePortraitSports ActionSunset
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range15.00 m (ISO Auto (W))
External flashYes (via Multi Interface Shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Continuous drive10.0 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Type D Micro HDMI)
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWiFi and NFC (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Remote controlYes (Yes via NFC)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery
Battery Life (CIPA)350
Weight (inc. batteries)281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)
Dimensions102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Sony RX100 II Verdict

Because of the significant improvements made to the previous model of the Sony RX100, the company has decided to release a new model of this extraordinarily well-liked and well-known camera. It would appear that Sony has been paying attention to feedback from both existing customers and the general public to choose what new features to incorporate into the most recent edition, which is a positive development.

We were excited to test out the new backlit sensor that was included in the Sony RX100 Mark II, and both our lab results and samples from the real world indicate that Sony has made some significant improvements to the performance of the sensor, making it a handy camera to use when there is low light.

It is not able to compete with cameras that have a bigger sensor, such as the Fuji X100S or the Nikon Coolpix A; nevertheless, it is much easier to carry about in your pocket, it has a zoom lens, and it is less expensive.

The images are sharp, vivid, and full of detail while retaining a subdued level of saturation without seeming excessively vivid. This was included in the first generation of the Sony RX100, and we are happy to see that it has been carried over to the Sony RX100 Mark II.

Sony RX100 II Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Excellent operability in low-light conditions
  • Screen with a tilt
  • Full manual control
  • Wi-Fi compatibility
Need Improvements
  • Functionality restrictions with regard to Wi-Fi
  • There is no touchscreen.
REVIEW OVERVIEW
Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Features
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Performance
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
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