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.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Broad feature set, Good low-light performance
Conclusion: The original RX100 shook up the compact camera market, and the new Sony RX100 II continues in that mold, picking up our award for 2013 Best Pocket Camera of the Year . While superficially very similar to the original model, the new RX100 II brings a number of key enhancements.
Pros: Class-leading image quality with excellent high-ISO performance, Very good dynamic range, especially from RAW files, Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture for shallow DOF and good night shooting, Handy step-zoom option for quickly selecting one of 5 preset focal lengths, Compact, discreet design, great f...
Cons: Slightly larger than original model, pushes limit of being a "pocket" camera, $100 more than prior model, gets into price range of DSLRs, Not easy to hold; feels slippery in your hand (see above to buy a Richard Franiec accessory grip), RAW files don't show as much noise improvement over predeces...
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...
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 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.
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...
Excerpt: The Sony RX100 was a game changer in many respects when it came out last year. While it was a large sensor camera (not the first of its kind), what it did was bring a large sensor into a rather compact camera.
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.
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
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.