Sony has upgraded its Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 premium compact camera, but is it possible to improve an already excellent camera? We find out, read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review – Our verdict

On paper, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II could appear to be a simple upgrade but it is far more than that. As a result of customer feedback about the original Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, lots of very useful features have been implemented or improved for use in the RX100 II. These additions unlock a huge amount of potential from an already brilliant camera.

The previous RX100 was class-leading for being pocketable, easy to use and customisable, and for its impressive image quality. The RX100 II is no different, ticking all these boxes but with reduced noise and therefore better performance in low light due to its new back-illuminated sensor. The NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity is among the best available, and on top of all that, the camera is compatible with Sony’s externals flashes, microphones and other accessories.

The RX100 II has a wealth of manual controls that are all customisable, yet it remains easy to use. This is a great camera for both beginners and more advanced users.

Image: The minimum focusing distance is 5cm at the widest focal length while at the longest focal length it’s 55cm. This is not ideal for macro work, although 20.2 million pixels allows for satisfactory cropping


External mic:Yes
Video:AVCHD: 50p/60p, 50i/60i, 24p/25p. MP4: 25p/30p. VGA: 25p/30p
Built-in Flash:Yes
White Balance:Auto, 11 presets (including 4 fluorescent), custom
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Micro SHDC
Output Size:5472 x 3648 pixels
LCD:Tiltable 3in, 1.23-million-dot, TruBlack TFT LCD
Sensor:20.2-million-effective-pixel, 1in (13.2 x 8.8mm), Exmor R
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory, iAuto, superior auto+, 180° sweep shooting, 14 scene modes, picture effects
File Format:JPEG (Standard, Fine), raw, raw+JPEG (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Lens:3.6x optical zoom, 10.4-37.1mm (28-100mm effective) Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* with 7 elements in 6 groupsAperture f/1.8-4.9, with 7 blades
Shutter Speeds:30-1/2000sec
AF array:Multi-point (25 points), centreweighted, flexible spot, spot tracking, spot face detection
ISO:160-12,800 (Multi-frame NR: Auto – ISO 160-25,600)
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1/3 steps
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:10fps continuous, speed priority continuous, self-timer (10sec/2sec delay), self-timer (cont.), self-portrait one-person, self-portrait two-person (with 10sec delay, 3/5 exposures), bracketing
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Focusing Modes:Single-shot AF (AF-S), continuous AF (AF-C), direct manual focus (DMF), manual focus
  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Metering
  4. 4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - White balance and colour
  8. 8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  9. 9. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II review - Our verdict
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