Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
16 May 2014
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II adds a few well-received features, including Wi-Fi, to those of its highly rated sibling camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (Est. $440) . The DSC-RX100 II delivers the best images produced by a compact camera, and is aimed at the enthusiast photographer market. However, there's a great variety of manual shooting and customization options to suit photographers of all skill levels.
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.
Summary: No doubt, Sony has improved what appeared to be difficult to beat. The addition of the full support of the Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC, a tilting screen, a backlit APS-C sensor. A hot shoe is compatible with a range of accessories, along with other small refinements, make this small but powerful RX100 M II the most handsome premium compact market. There remain.
Pros: Materials and finishes of the highest quality, Excellent image quality, Fast AF single, Excellent implementation of Wi-Fi, Sensor backlit, Tilting screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion: Hallelujahs and cheers greeted the original RX100, with one critic going so far as to claim it was the best compact ever. (The RX100, by the way, is still available, now for $150 less.) The RX100 II keeps the momentum going, and offers the best image quality you can get out of a compact. If you want any better, you’ll have to move up to even more expensive models like Sony’s Cyber-shot RX1 or Fujifilm’s X100S.
Pros: Beautiful photos and movies, f/1.8 3.6x zoom, Tilting 3-inch LCD screen, Wi-Fi with NFC
Cons: 100mm on tele-end a bit limited, Full aperture range only at wide-angle, Slow shutter speed, Poorly placed red-dot video button