Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
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Sony DSC-RX100 II Review
3 February 2014
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: While you probably wouldn’t want to use the Sony RX100 II for your serious professional work, during our testing, it proved to be more than adept at capturing high-quality still images and video that rival some DSLRs. And that’s saying a lot. With point-and-shoot-style cameras continuing to get crushed under the smartphone bulldozer, the fast-focusing RX100 II makes a strong case for the relevancy of the pocket camera.
Pros: Excellent still and video quality for a pocket camera; very fast autofocus and shot-to-shot speeds; surprisingly good at high ISOs in low light; small form factor lets you take it anywhere; handy, tilting, 3-inch rear display
Cons: Pricey; slow start-up and shutdown speeds; slightly bigger and heavier than previous model; Wi-Fi features difficult to set up
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.
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: 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
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II Hands-on: Premium compact camera returns
25 August 2013
Conclusion: Pros There's plenty to like about the Sony RX100 Mark II, from its small, pocketable size to its excellent image quality. We're most pleased about the improvement to low light performance, which is significantly better than its predecessor, thanks to that new backlit sensor. It might not be able to beat cameras with larger sensors (such as the Fuji X100S) but it is also more pocketable, has variable zoom and costs less.
Pros: Tilting screen. Full manual controls, Wi-Fi and NFC, Excellent low-light performance
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: The most obvious change is the addition of a 3-inch tilting LCD screen on the back. This uses the same "White Magic" technology as on the original (for better viewing in bright conditions), but the tilting configuration makes it much easier taking over-the-head or ground-level shots. A new Multi Interface Shoe supports not only an external flash, but a number of other accessories as well, including a stereo microphone and high-quality electronic viewfinder.
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 for candid shooting, Generally great build quality, Tilting LCD screen for high or low-angle shooting, "WhiteMagic" LCD tech for very bright, readable display, even in sunlight...
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 predecessor as JPEGs (may not be worth it to upgrade if you only shoot RAW and don't need the new features), Reduced burst rate when shooting RAW files (RX100 bursts didn't slow down ...
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II is an upgraded version of the hugely popular Cyber-shot RX100. You can tell a lot from a name and it's interesting that this is the RX100 II and not the RX200. It tells you that Sony is pretty confident that it got most things right with the RX100 and it wasn't necessary to tear it apart and start over, only to revise and update.
Pros: Big sensor, pocketable compact form., Articulated LCD screen., Built in Wifi with NFC., Excellent low light & high ISO performance., Focus peaking., Hotshoe supports external flash, EVF and mic., Optional remote cable.
Cons: Weak stabilisation., Slow f4.9 maximum aperture at 100mm., Digital zoom can't be disabled for movies., Screen isn't touch-sensitive., No miniature effect mode for movies.