Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Compact Camera

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79% Silver Award
For anyone simply looking for the best image quality from a compact, the RX100 II is the answer.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
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)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Standard, Fine
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–100 mm
Optical zoom 3.6×
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (14x)
Manual focus Yes
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra Fine WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
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))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type D Micro HDMI)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes WiFi and NFC (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Remote control Yes (Yes via NFC)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Value
Silver Award
Silver Award
79 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

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.

User Reviews

4.22348 out of 5 stars
  • JPKL, Aug 24, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • joecoopdog, Aug 27, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • MissOU, Aug 31, 2013 GMT:
    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 ...

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  • SergeyMS, Oct 7, 2013 GMT:
    increadibly

    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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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

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 ?

sookainian asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

in menu mode, go all the way to the Wrench-number one-Menu Start - select Previous. Continue Reading

Trafford answered
6 months ago

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

Lizzie14 answered
6 months ago

QUESTION

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

Nick in Knox asked
25 days ago

ANSWERS

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

seeblue answered
20 days ago

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

DenWil answered
25 days ago

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

Nick in Knox answered
24 days ago

QUESTION

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. ...

JMC Art asked
6 months ago

ANSWERS

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

John Carb answered
6 months ago

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

blue_skies answered
6 months ago

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

KwhyChang answered
6 months ago

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