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The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II, as you can probably tell from the name, is this years update to the Sony Cyber-shot RX100. The original RX100 was rather unique in that it features a 20.2MP 1" CMOS sensor, a compact metal body, manual controls, and a bright f/1.8 3.6x optical zoom lens. The RX100 II improves on the original with a 20.2MP 1" backlit CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi connectivity, NFC, tilting screen, and a multi-interface flash hot-shoe, along with a number of other improvements.
20.2MP 1" Exmor R Backlit CMOS sensor
3.6x optical zoom lens, f/1.8-f/4.9 aperture
28-100mm equivalent lens
Optical image stabilisation
3" 1,229,000 dots tilting screen
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Full HD video, stereo sound
ISO100 - ISO25600
PASM manual controls
HDR / RAW / 10fps continuous shooting
Flash hot-shoe / multi-interface accessory port
The RX100 II has an aluminum body that feels extremely well-built with the high quality construction you come to expect from a premium Sony product, however the camera does not feature a front grip and instead you will need to look into adding additional weight to the camera if you want a front grip. The rear of the camera has a good rubber grip where your thumb rests helping you keep hold of the camera, however we would recommend use of the included wrist strap to stave off dropping the camera.
The menu systems are more like the Sony Alpha range of cameras rather than the NEX cameras, which is a good thing in our opinion. This gives easy access to options, with a clearly laid out menu system. To quickly set the most popular settings, you can simply press the Fn button on the back and from the rear screen you can set Metering, ISO, WB, DRO/HDR, Picture Effect, Focus area and Image quality - the options available here can also be customized to you can get quick access to your favorite settings. There is a memory recall setting on the mode dial so that it's easy to quickly switch to your favorite settings, and the buttons are clearly laid out with clear labeling, although some may find some of the buttons a little small.
To use the Wi-Fi features with your smartphone you need to download the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app for Android or iOS. The app lets you remotely trigger the camera, control the zoom and set a self-timer, or send photos to the smartphone for sharing on social networks. You can also use NFC to setup the connection if your smartphone has NFC built in. Selecting photos can be done on the camera or the smartphone, and the app has options to set the image size transferred, from full size, 2MP, and VGA.
Battery life is rated at 350 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, although extended use of Wi-Fi is likely to reduce battery noticeably.
We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
What's in the Box
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Micro USB cable
Shoulder Strap Adaptor
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