Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
16 May 2014
Summary: The hot shoe that allows for the addition of accessories catapults this camera into enthusiast territory. Such accessories include external flashguns, an electronic viewfinder and a remote trigger, though each of these adds to the cost of the camera. There's a filter adapter for 49 mm filters.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Broad feature set, Good low-light performance
Excerpt: In the summer of 2012, the debut of the Sony RX100 answered the prayers of enthusiast shooters looking for a capable yet compact second camera. More than a few photographers who'd resisted trading up to an interchangeable lens-camera due to the size, even for mirrorless models, also found much to love in the Sony RX100 , which punches above its weight thanks to a much larger sensor than can be found in the majority of fixed-lens cameras.
Excerpt: Welcome to Mark II of the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100, a neat, surprising camera that could sit happily alongside an upper level snapper (like a DSLR) in the camera bag. Unsurprisingly, it is priced at the upper level of compact digicams. It has a reasonably fast Carl Zeiss f1.8, 3.6x optical zoom, imaging to a 20.2 million pixel CMOS, enabling the capture of a maximum image size of 5472×3080, leading to a 46x26cm print.
Cons: limited zoom range for your needs; LCD screen tilts are limited.
Conclusion: High-end point-and-shoots like the RX100 II tend to make shopping a bit tough for camera shoppers. Unless you have your heart set on the II, you’ll be cross-shopping with a bunch of really great options, many of which may better fit your needs. If you don’t mind working with a single focal length, Ricoh’s GR is only $50 more than the RX100 II and offers first-class handling and controls along with its much bigger APS-C sized sensor.
Conclusion: Sony stepped up to the plate and knocked a home run with the refined RX 100 II — this compact camera packs a big punch in image quality and overall ease of use. Sony's leading compact boasts a Carl Zeiss lens, which stands up to its Hollywood reputation, and is matched with a backlit sensor, which was new technology to us. We were impressed. Its overall image quality matched with small size led this camera to be a favorite on expeditions and adventures.
Summary: 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.
Summary: The Sony RX100 II is one of the best compacts we have tested. The price point of Rs. 42,990 is something that is a bit of a bother. Allow us to explain. The Sony RX100 is still a capable camera and apart from a BSI sensor and improved sensitivity, the other additions such as Wi-Fi/NFC and hot-shoe element are not things that will suddenly make the RX100 look bad.
Summary: The Sony DSC-RX100 II is an updated version of the RX100, which in our opinion brings mostly surface level upgrades to the camera. The sensor and the lens remain the same as the predecessor, which is bound to generate mixed feelings, however, all is not lost. Read our review to find out just why the RX100 II is a justified successor to the very popular RX100.
Pros: Large 1-inch sensor allows high ISO shooting without much noise, Fast f/1.8 aperture at 28mm end, Extremely fast AF, Incredibly sturdy and compact
Cons: No quick access to all settings, Telephoto aperture of f/4.9 is slow
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.
Pros: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II delivers excellent photos, speedy performance, and a broad feature set in an attractive, compact package.
Cons: The camera tends to clip bright highlights more than we typically see, and the slippery body lacks a grip. Plus, the lack of a manually triggered macro mode might put off some fans of close-up photography.