The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II is built upon the incredibly popular RX100 compact camera, adding a BSI-CMOS 20MP 1"-type sensor behind the familiar 28-100mm equivalent stabilized lens with F1.8-4.9 aperture range. In this second incarnation, the RX100 II features a tiltable LCD, multi-accessory hot shoe, and NFC-enabled built-in Wi-Fi for wireless image transfer.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Compact Camera
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“ For anyone simply looking for the best image quality from a compact, the RX100 II is the answer.”
- 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS
- ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
- 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
- 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
- Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
- Steady-Shot image stabilization
- Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- Includes expandable Smart Accessory Shoe for system accessories
- Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||5472 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:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto (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|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Standard, Fine|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–100 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 - F4.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (14x)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||15.00 m (ISO Auto (W))|
|External flash||Yes (via Multi Interface Shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots))|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Type D Micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||WiFi and NFC (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)|
|Remote control||Yes (Yes via NFC)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)|
|Dimensions||102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The RX100 II performs much the same as its RX100 predecessor, turning out some of the best image quality we've seen from a compact camera. With the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity and a BSI sensor, it's at the top of its class in terms of performance and features. With a few caveats regarding the shooting experience, it's a clear class-leader.
Available light photography, enthusiasts looking for a high-resolution lightweight compact.
Not So Good For
Budget-conscious shoppers, those averse to small control layouts and feature-overload.
Thank you, Sony for the RX100 II
Just a brief note of thanks to Sony for putting this camera out on the market. I have all sorts of cameras acquired for professional work as an investigator, two Leicas, a bag full of Nikons and various lenses. Now this is the camera that I actually use, because it combines small size and convenience with remarkable picture quality, especially with the filter adapter that allows lens hoods, close-up lenses, etc.. I think of this as a revolution in camera quality. Its 20 megapixels are ...
WOW you will be dumbfounded!
I have been needing a camera for hiking that was utilitarian in nature and had exceptional image quality for landscapes. I tried out a canon s100 some time ago and it was an absolute dismal disapointment as it just did not have the speed features ISO and image quality I was looking for. I was interested in the first generation of this camera and went as far as thinning out some camera gear to buy it by selling an x pro body as I had 2 and only "needed" one. What I was not expecting was that ...
Love This Camera!
I have been a Canon PowerShot fan for several years now, but I was really disappointed with the Canon PowerShot S100 — in fact, I didn't think it was as good as my S90. I like to have a good quality pocket camera that I can take anywhere, and so I started looking to see what else was out there and found the Sony DSC-RX100. About the time I really started thinking about buying it, Sony announced the new version and it sounded even better for my needs. I liked the idea of WiFi for easy picture ...
Today bought this camera and tested it intensively. Impressions: - very compact - ideal size for pocket; - very fast autofocus - like last Olympus OM-D5, not less: you can push and same moment have a focused shot; - perfect design: I think that Sony now has designer of level Apple last years - design of this camera and RX1R is genius; - quality of finishing - above any expectations - I expected same for price level twice more; - quality of pictures: perfect. But I dream about time when this ...
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RX100 II Menu Button Need Help
How do i make the menu button go back to the last menu page i am at ? mine kept going back to the first page. Lets say i press the menu button then i scroll to the 4th page. Then i press the shuttle button to escape. When i press the menu button again, it go back to the 1st page. Anyidea ?
in menu mode, go all the way to the Wrench-number one-Menu Start - select Previous. Continue Reading
In Setup menu - The Setup menu, reached through the last menu tab on the right of the menu screen - choose Menu Start then 'Previous' rather than 'TOP'. After choosing 'Previous' the camera will always display whatever menu screen it was last displaying whenever you press the Menu button. Checkout the following ebook on Kobo. I have found it immensely helpful. Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II Getting the Most from Sony's Pocketable Digital Camera By Alexander White http://store.kobobooks.com/en-au/books/Photographers-Guide-Sony-DSC-RX100/2_X_dqviPkSPuXFihTGc7w?MixID=2_X_dqviPkSPuXFihTGc7w&PageNumber=1 Continue Reading
What camera gives the most publishable results in the smallest package?
Hello! This is my first post even though I have been following dpreview for years now, on and off. I'm currently looking for a replacement for my Canon 40D. I'm in the market because I wan't to shoot video and pics of my future dog that will be born sometime in april onwards. The 40D doesn't have video and that's the main reason I need a new camera. I don't want to shoot crappy Samsung Galaxy S3 video. I'm also an artist, and although my photography has been on a break, I would like to have sufficient gear to shoot high qualiity art photography with. The 40D is a fine camera, but I'm not completely satisfied with the low accuracy for larger prints. Story of What I've Already Considered: I'm somewhat on a budget and at first I was considering a compact, like Canon Powershot S110 or Olympus Stylus XZ-2. I was debating the size. Then I went camera crazy and upped my budget. There came the Canon S120, G15 and G16. Fujifilm X20 etc. Then I found sony cameras, the Sony RX100 and RX100 II. ...
For what you are looking for I think you should take a close look at micro four thirds cameras. The former Sony NEX line/new a6000 and similar apsc sensor mirrorless cameras are really nice. However, you are still essentially using lighter versions of apsc sized lenses. With micro four thirds you are getting a slightly smaller sensor but the lenses are also much smaller. This gives you a smaller overall package. The Panasonic GM1 is tiny. The system is also pretty mature so there are tons of lens options at various price points and a large market for used lenses compared to other mirrorless systems. I would take a look at the Panasonic GX7. It has great image quality in a small package and the auto focus is fast. All photos taken with a modern digital camera are publishable. In fact, you probably don't need more that 5 megapixels for enough resolution to publish something in a good sized print. Always remember, it is really the photographer that makes the photo, not the ... Continue Reading
What camera was this taken with??? (or cell phone) If you want publishable results, ask yourself, what kind of theme's are you shooting? Nature, people, create your own (studio/outdoors) scene, action, close, far, National Geo, travel pics, social pics, product pics, and so on. I have a feeling that you may be happiest with the RX10, even though it is not the smallest - but it seems to bring together most of what you desire. It certainly has the best video quality. The RX100-II and Nex-6 with kit lens perform similar - you have to consider the Nex-6 with higher IQ (faster) lenses to make a difference. If so, the Nex-6/A6000 is a good choice. I have not looked at the G1X-II - it is RX10 like, but smaller (less reach), and it incorporates a larger (but Canon) sensor. Something else to consider. I would not consider anything with a smaller than 1" sensor. Continue Reading
Yeah, and I haven't seen a better sensor score in a smaller package. You really don't know what you want... as evidenced by your own responses to YOUR thread. You have successfully "milked" this thread for all it's (its) worth. Get a camera, take some pics, and get a life! Continue Reading
External storage for iPad
Hello all, I'm wanting to take my new sony rx100m2 on vacation with me but I don't want to take a laptop with me. I can transfer files to my ipad for the camera, but the iPads 16gb of memory isn't enough to store all of my photos and videos for the trip. I would like to find an external wireless hard drive that I can use with the iPad. I would need to be able to read and write to the drive from the iPad. Is anyone using this setup or does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks in advance! Nick
Does the Seagate app (for iOS) support RAW files? Can it recognize RAW files on the iOS device and allow transfer of them from the iDevice to the Wireless Plus? AFAICT, when this device first came out, this was not possible. Did they update the app? Continue Reading
You can get an external HD for the camera to dump into- some even have LCDs for reviewing, but last I heard an iPad will not support operation thru an external HD. It is in fact a sell point for other brands. While some HD manufacturers are trying to make it work with Apple it may jack your iPad. Your computers are your external HD for your iPads. I don't see the point in committing to digital cameras on the road without accepting the need for a laptop to accompany/ support it. If the sole purpose is to provide camera backup there are a variety of sub 300$ 500GB laptops available. Cheaper than ten 64GB cards. Continue Reading
Can you recommend any portable hard drives that I can connect the camera to directly? I normally wouldn't have a problem either having a laptop with me or coming home the next day to download and process. However, this trip, and some in the future, will include overseas travel, and multi-day backpacking trips. Situations where space and weight will be at a premium. Continue Reading