Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II evaluation

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Final 12 months’s Sony RX100 has confirmed widespread with each critics and customers, changing into the top-selling premium compact digital camera at numerous factors over the previous 12 months.

[Replace: The RX100 II (known as the DSC-RX100 II by some retailers) has since been changed by 4 newer cameras, with the newest being the RX100 VI. Nonetheless, Sony nonetheless retains all earlier fashions in its compact digital camera line-up, and whereas the RX100 does not function the newest and best tech, it is nonetheless an awesome purchase if you happen to’re on a finances.]

Right here on TechRadar it received the title of greatest premium compact digital camera, beating the likes of the Canon G15, Nikon P7700 and the Fuji X20. It’s distinctive available in the market for now, as a result of it contains a one-inch (sort) sensor, which is considerably bigger than the gadgets present in related cameras available on the market.

Now, Sony is releasing an RX100 Mark II model of the digital camera, maintaining most of the similar specs however with just a few notable enhancements. It will likely be bought similtaneously the unique RX100, which Sony says will stay available on the market till at the very least Christmas 2013.

Sony RX100 Mark II

First up is the sensor, which retains the identical 20.2 million pixel decision and bodily dimension, however is now an Exmor R system, that means it’s backlit. This could make it carry out higher in decrease mild situations. The utmost sensitivity has now additionally been elevated to ISO 12,800.

The digital camera retains the identical 3.6x optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, which affords an equal focal size of 28-100mm (in 35mm format) and a most aperture on the huge angle of f/1.8. Sony tells us that it was vital to maintain the f/1.Eight specification particularly, since this was an particularly widespread function.

Probably the most vital adjustments to the construct of the physique of the digital camera is the display, which retains the identical 3-inch dimension and 1,229okay dot excessive decision, however now tilts each upwards and downwards for capturing at awkward angles. Anybody who hoped Sony would come with a touchscreen on the RX100’s successor might be disillusioned, as a result of the corporate remains to be electing to not embody one.

Sony RX100 Mark II review

By way of usability, the brand new digital camera’s greatest improve might be the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity. That is additionally the primary Sony compact digital camera to function NFC connectivity, which is one thing that is changing into more and more widespread. Each these options imply you possibly can management the digital camera remotely by way of a smartphone or pill, in addition to obtain your pictures to your system.

One of many criticisms of the primary Sony RX100 was that it lacked a hotshoe or port, that means you could not connect equipment corresponding to a viewfinder or microphone. Sony has rectified this by together with the identical Multi Interface Shoe as discovered on different Sony cameras in its NEX and Alpha ranges.

The sticking level of this digital camera will after all be the truth that these enhancements come at a value premium. Whereas you possibly can presently decide up the unique Sony RX100 for round £450 / US$650 / AU$680, the Sony RX100 Mark II value might be a lot steeper, at £650 (round US$1,000 / AU$1,100). Hopefully, costs will come down as soon as it hits the market.

Sony RX100 Mark II review

The variety of premium compact cameras now available on the market is pretty excessive, with just about each producer providing some sort of choice. The Sony RX100 II subsequently has a great variety of opponents, however it’s most likely most intently matched by the Panasonic LF1 or Olympus XZ-2.

In fact it truly has the identical dimension sensor as discovered on the Nikon 1 interchangeable lens system, so it is also considerably a competitor for these cameras, albeit with out the power to vary lenses.

Its small dimension and zoom lens imply that it sits beneath the ultra-premium APS-C and full-frame compact cameras presently available on the market, together with the Ricoh GR, Nikon Coolpix A, Fujifilm X100S and Sony’s personal RX1.

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